rdrsfn82 wrote:They promoted him as a big player, but he was just a role player. Plus he could have been Godfrey or an established villain or whatever. his ability to mask himself from the Spectre was power granted to him by Darkseid, at least that's how I read it, so that's not really a big deal. He really didn't do anything to make him stand out.
It could have been Godfrey. Maybe.
However, it could not have been an established villain.
No, Darkseid did not give Libra his powers. He got that from becoming one with the universe (the end of his existence until FC). Darkseid, before dying, brought him back, and gave him some New God tech (Mobius chair, Transmotifier), that's it. The true scope of Libra's power is still unknown, though he did get beat by Inertia.
The best Godfrey might have done (since they did meet) was train him a little on the whole prophet thing.
The Spectre thing was all him.
And the most important thing is that, he helped bring Darkseid and gang back in full form (because they were as good as screwed beforehand, with the whole deteriorating bodies thing). That's not something some random supervillain would do. (and don't bring up JLU. Lex didn't mean to do that)
However the editors and Morrison hyped him up as a major player before the series. That was a mistake, and not on me. Remember the ads about "Who is Libra"? Remember the interviews where they talked about how important he would be after his first appearance and after FC #1? That's them saying he was more than a role player.
He was a role player.
And yet, he did have a major role (which I already brought up), but in the beginning of the series. By the time the ALE was in full-swing, his role was done. (unless you count the Lex storyline, but I don't)
And the main reason why Libra was hyped up was pretty much to sell Secret Files (which I didn't buy anyway, but read). Other than that, false hype (but both Marvel and DC do that a lot).