By frischdvh 7 Comments
I remember when I was a little kid, I had the flu. My grandpa brought me some comics, among which were Marvel's Champions issues 16 & 17. For some reason, I really took to the series. I was a huge (new) Defenders and X-Men fan at the time, so I dug the Angel and Iceman. I little exposure to Hercules and Black Widow. I liked Ghost Rider. As I was moving this last September, I found my collections of the Champions and reread them. I then decided to make a project of updating the idea of the Champions for today.
I know it can't be published due to the Hero Publishing lawsuit and the name can't be used by Marvel, but this is a fantasy project.
I had about 10 people I wanted to use, but had to cut it down to six or seven. The roll call and creative process follows.
An apt replacement for the Black Widow, plus she has character expansion potential. She is a SHIELD agent sent to LA to investigate a terrorist cell known as Factor 3.
Tony Isabella originally was building the Champions around Bill Foster, the Black Goliath. So to honor that memory, I put Tom Foster (Bill's nephew who assumed the identity of Goliath after Bill's death) on the team. He is in custody after the Revenger's attack on the Avengers. SHIELD cuts a deal where he will serve his sentence as a powered agent and back-up to Mockingbird. He would also get to move back home to LA.
I like the Ghost Rider, but I love this guy. I first got wind of this character in the New Invaders mini. He is like an immortal Deadpool with a flaming skull. Relocating to LA after the dissolution of the Initiate's team of Defenders, the Skull now works for a popular horror movie studio. He loses a friend to a Factor 3 terrorist attack and helps Mockingbird and Goliath, joining their team.
Rita DeMara recently escaped Hell during the Chaos War. She lands on her feet in LA, living with her mom. Rita is contacted by Factor 3 after the first incident. They blackmail her into being a double agent for them. She seeks the team out to help.
A replacement for the "odd factor" of the Ghost Rider for the original team, Sleepwalker is a powderkeg of potential. Sleepwalker is a great character to use in a team environment. Rick Sheridan, the host of the Sleepwalker, is found amongst the survivors of the Factor Three terrorist attack. He is comatose allowing the Sleepwalker to roam free, but what happens when it is discovered Rick was in the coma BEFORE the attack.
SPOILERS, now this isn't Robert Reynolds. This is the amnesiac son of Count Nefaria (formerly known as Nefarious). He awakens during the F3 attack and helps Mockingbird and her team quell the uprising.
Lastly.....well, that is kinda why I wrote this. I had a plethora of other characters I wanted to use (Moon Knight, Daredevil, Red Ronin....yes Red Ronin), but I think the best thing would be to ask for help. Who would you make the 7th member, and why, and what is their in? Not really a contest, just a thought...if you ant to participate. Thanks in advance!