Great Yet Completely Underused Characters

Big Barda

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Big Barda has been around since 1971 and has never had her ongoing series. I'm not implying all long running characters deserve an ongoing series. However, Big Barda is, in my opinion, one of the most awesome characters the DC Universe has. With the help of Scott Free, Big Barda overcame the brainwashing of Darkseid and became a pillar of moral character. Super Strong, Super Tough, Beautiful and Vicious. I hope that Barda can receive a new life in the new 52. She's just to great a character to keep stuck in limbo. P.S. when she became a green lantern in JLA: Another Nail, it was awesome

Mr. Miracle

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I understand why Mr. Miracle isn't necessarily the first choice when it comes to receiving a series. His original gimmick left for not a lot different plots. Basically if he didn't get captured in some crazy, inescapable mechanism then it didn't have anything to do with him. In recent years, his powers of escape extended and made him a great tactician and combatant

Barda and Scott Free

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One thing that DC, and a lot of other comic companies, doesn't discuss enough is an in depth portrayal of a married Super Family. Not only are they married,but they happily in love and it could be interesting to see further. Plus there aren't a lot of heroes whose wives kick more ass than the man.

Lady Shiva

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Lady Shiva is completely awesome. She's been badass since appearing in Richard Dragon and has only gotten cooler. I love her portrayal in The Question the most. A woman who isn't really evil, but just loves to fight. She's a Blood Knight and an Anti-Hero. She kills, yet will save Vic Sage's life just because he has a warrior's passion. Shiva's character is complex and a little crazy and could really have good material if explored further.

Terry McGinnis

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It's hard for DC to commit to Terry. Because it commits to the fact that Batman will get old and will have to retire.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians are just awesome, like nextwave. Sometimes they're silly, but they will always be great.


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Vixen has been a major supporting character in the DC Universe since her inception. I really would like to see her in her own series. After the awesome Vixen: Return of The Lion, we see that Mari still has time to grow and become a better person. No longer needing her Tantu totem means her powers could be growing stronger. How strong? I wish we could find out

Renee Montoya

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Renee Montoya was great in Gotham Central, great in Batman No mans land, spectacular in 52 and even Gotham Girls. And know she's awesome as the question. However, since her backup feature in Detective Comics ended. She's been a know show. The Character of the Question is probably in my top five heroes, so this discerns me the most. I assumed she'd be front in center in the new 52. 19 weeks later and only one picture appearance in the Batwoman book. Please don't let this character die she's strong, she's cool, she's strategic, and at the risk of sounding redundant, she's awesome.

Vic Sage

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If I can't get Renee Montoya as The Question, then dammit I want Vic Sage back. Bring him back, at least as some sort of mentor to Renee or possibly as an entirely new character. But Vic is great and deserves a new life in the New 52.


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A lot of people don't even know who Silhouette Chord is. She was a great member of the New Warriors. A disabled member who can teleport to different places. But it was character that was the best. She was shot and paralyzed from the waist down and still decided to be a hero. I liken her to Oracle in that regard

Misty Knight

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Now I love the Heroes For Hire books. However, Misty can't seem to separate herself from that title. She's a great in their as leader and all around chestmaster of her team. But it would better if she would get on her own. Get some common enemies. Let the readers actually learn about her life.

In closing these are the characters I like to see more in the limelight of their respective universes. I am by no meaning saying this is some injustice or anything I just feel they would be better if they were used more.


My Pre-Reboot Thoughts

These were the thoughts I had about the DC Reboot before it happened

DC Reboot: My Thoughts

I used to think that all reboots were bad. I loved the classic stories and histories that characters have and I was very adverse to change. I didn't care how many universes DC had, and quite frankly I still don't. But as I've gotten older and more mature, I've learned that there is nothing wrong with change and in as countless examples can showcase, sometimes it's for the better.

This could have been Bugs Bunny...
.... and for 12 cents, Wonder Woman was the cheapest S&M publication around.
Though there have been changes, DC hasn't technically rebooted but once, and that was in 1985(Eight years before I was born). That's what has me kind of scared.
Specifically, parts of the history, which instead creating new and possibly more exciting stories, instead seem like a complete fall back.
Case in point Barbara Gordon
In 1988, DC published The Killing Joke, an influential one shot, which was basically a one-sided battle of wits, between Batman and The Joker.
In the midst of that Joker kidnapped Commissioner Gordon, and subsequently shot and paralyzed his daughter Barbara Gordon Aka Batgirl.
DC at least pretended to retire the character, but the next year a mysterious information broker named Oracle stared showing up in DC's titles, specifically Batman and Justice League of America. The character was of course revealed to be Barbara Gordon, never ending her fight against crime, even from a wheelchair. Barbara as Batgirl was smart, and some would say even fiesty. However, Barbara as Oracle is even stronger. She is smart and resourceful and tough.She had the choice of her paralysis being lifted by some of DC's SUPERSCIENCE and she decided on her own not to get treatment, since other regular paralyzed people couldn't. She never stopped training and learning more. She formed the team Birds of Prey and created possibly the only team of only superheriones and one of the strongest. And when Spy Smasher II tried to move in on Oracle's operation, Barbara, with no legs, defeated her in A fist fight She became an embodiment of persistence and strength, and as geeky as it sounds, is one of my heroes.
And all of that is being negated next month. DC is making Barbara, Batgirl again. She's probably my favorite Batgirl as well, but she is and has become so much of a better character as Oracle.
Changing the "timeline" or "universes" is fine if they're just making better stories, but to erase 21 years of
character development, I don't agree with that.
On the opposite side, they're making Dick Grayson Nightwing, which is a good decision.
Recently as a result of final crisis Batman was sent back in time and Dick Grayson took over as Batman, evne though he's spent the last 20 years as Nightwing. Now the stories with Dick as Batman are good, it's nice to see how somebody who actually knows what they're doing takes over the Bat's mantle. Looking at you Azrael. However, everyone knows that Dick wouldn't stay Batman, not that Dick couldn't be Batman, but he's his own person, Bruce Wayne is Batman, Dick Grayson was Robin and is now Nightwing, he has his own identity and should have a right to choose his own path. Not necessarily the path of a bat
Another negative point, there erasing relationships. In the reboot Superman and Lois Lane have never been together; neither has Batman and Catwoman. But at least with Superman, we'll still have the bumbling Clark Kent hot for Lois story. Batman and Catwoman's romance is being erased from continuity. Not only is Catwoman possibly the only woman Batman has love, since Catwoman appeared in Batman #1(1940), next to Superman and Lois(Action Comics #1,1938), they have the second longest heterosexual relationship in comics. Seventy one freaking years of character development, possibly erased
If the reboot changes regular things, like getting Wonder Woman out of those awful pants or
In conclusion, know first that I'm subject to be wrong about this as DC is to change their minds about it. Second they'll probably be releasing more news over the weeks I'll try and say more and ultimately I'm am not feeling the reboot

DCU List Writers and Artists

Action Comics #1, Grant Morrison, Rags Morales

All-Star Western #1, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Grey , Moritat

Animal Man #1, Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Dan Green

Aquaman #1, Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis

Batgirl #1, Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes

Batman #1, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo

Batman and Robin #1, Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason

Batman: The Dark Knight #1, David Finch

Batwing #1, Judd Winick, Ben Oliver

Batwoman #1 , J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman, Amy Reeder

Birds of Prey #1, Duane Swierczynski, Jesus Saiz

Blackhawks #1, Mike Costa, Ken Lashley

Blue Beetle #1, Tony Bedard, Ig Guara, Ruy Jose

Captain Atom #1, JT Krul, Freddie Williams II

Catwoman #1, Judd Winick, Guillem March

DC Universe Presents #1, Paul Jenkins, Bernard Chang

Deathstroke #1, Kyle Higgins, Joe Bennett, Art Thibert

Demon Knights #1, Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert

Detective Comics #1, Tony Daniel

Flash #1, Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul

Frankenstein: Agent Of SHADE #1, Jeff Lemire, Alberto Ponticelli

Fury Of Firestorm #1, Gail Simone, Ethan Van Sciver

Green Arrow #1, JT Krul, Dan Jurgens

Green Lantern #1, Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy

Green Lantern Corps #1, Peter Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna

Green Lanterns: New Guardians #1, Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham, Batt

Grifter #1, Nathan Edmondson , CAFU and BIT

Hawk And Dove #1, Sterling Gates, Rob Liefeld

I, Vampire #1, Josh Fialkov, Andrea Sorrentino

Justice League #1, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee

Justice League Dark #1, Peter Milligan, Mikel Janin

Justice League International #1, Dan Jurgens, Aaron Lopresti

Legion Lost #1, Fabian Nicieza, Pete Woods

Legion of Superheroes #1, Paul Levitz, Francis Portela

Men Of War #1, Ivan Brandon, Tom Derenick

Mr. Terrific #1, Eric Wallace, Roger Robinson

Nightwing #1, Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows

OMAC #1, Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish

Red Hood and The Outlaws #1, Scott Lobdell , Kenneth Rocafort

Red Lanterns #1, Peter Milligan, Ed Benes, Rob Hunter

Resurrection Man #1, Dan Abnet, Andy Lanning, Fernando Dagnino

Savage Hawkman #1, Tony Daniel, Philip Tan

Static Shock #1, John Rozum, Scott McDaniel, Jonathan Glapion

Stormwatch #1, Paul Cornell, Miguel Sepulveda

Suicide Squad #1, Adam Glass, Marco Rudy

Superboy #1, Scott Lobdell, R.B. Silva, Rob Lean

Supergirl #1, Michael Green, Mike Johnson, Mahmud A. Asrar

Superman #1, George Pérez, Jesus Merino

Swamp Thing #1, Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette

Teen Titans #1, Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund

Voodoo #1, Ron Marz, Sami Basri

Wonder Woman #1, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang