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Your Top Modern Characters: OPC part 4

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, April 22 2009 and posted in Features
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More characters for your disapproval.

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Red Robin

Year first appeared: 1996

I dunno which version was voted so, I will just talk about them all? Red Robin is first seen on the pages of Kingdom Come, in which Dick is still fighting crime along with his wife Starfire, and there daughter Nightstar, but instead of working with Batman's crew, he is part of Superman's league. After the bombing that killed many heroes and villains, a panel shows Bruce tending to an injured Dick, showing that they have reconciled.

In Countdown to Final Crisis, Jason, as part of the Challengers, travel to Earth-51, where that Earth’s Batman gives Jason the Red Robin costume. Later, when the Joker kills that Earth’s Batman, Jason takes revenge by killing him. Throughout the rest of his adventures with the Challengers, Jason wears the costume, but when returning to his Earth he throws it away.

During the Scattered Pieces tie-in to Batman R.I.P., a new Red Robin makes his appearance, at first only as a glimmering image following Robin (Tim Drake) and suspected to have stolen a briefcase of money from the Penguin. Tim initially suspects Jason Todd of reprising his Red Robin persona. However, Jason claims innocence, supposing that someone may have stolen his suit when he discarded it earlier. The new Red Robin breaks up a scuffle between Tim and Jason, and later is revealed to be Ulysses Armstrong. Armstrong later changes costumes when he reveals himself to be the new Anarky, and after being severely burned in an explosion, an embattled Tim Drake dons the less-revealing Red Robin costume to hide his wounds. He later returns to his standard uniform.

In 2009, A new on-going series will be introduced titled Red Robin. Who the new Red Robin will be has not yet been revealed.

 

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Crusader

Year first appeared: 2008

Abby and Mark are a typical couple. At least, that's what Abby thinks. Unknown to her, her boyfriend is not just an accountant, but also the super-powered crime-fighter, the Crusader. And tonight, Mark's going to let her in on the secret.

Abby always knew he was a good guy. She just didn't know how good.

"Love and Capes" is a heroically super romantic comedy situation comedy in comic book form from Thom Zahler.

"I've always liked superheroes, and I've always liked romantic comedies," says Zahler. "It was kind of a peanut butter and jelly moment. The ideas just started flowing after that."

Zahler says that he was a fan of the cancelled "Lois and Clark" TV show. "It had its moments, for sure. But I found that I got bored whenever Superman showed up. Maybe it was that they didn't have a handle on the superhero elements, or that the effects budget always showed. But the Lois and Clark moments were great. A friend of mine and I decided the best episode ever would have been the two of them locked in an elevator, and he can't get out to change."

Yeah, I cheated. I cut and pasted this one from a website.

 

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Argent

Year first appeared:

Toni Monetti is the daughter of a former U.S. Senator. When she turned sixteen, Toni's skin became quite pale and had a silvery coat to it. On her sixteenth birthday party, Toni was mysteriously teleported away.

Awakening on the alien ship of the dreaded H'San Natall, Toni met other super-powered teenagers all of whom had been implanted by the aliens 16 years earlier. Eventually, the group of teenagers escaped their captors and returned to earth, where they subsequently found Loren Jupiter and Omen. This group would soon go on to form a new Teen Titans.

Argent, though inexperienced showed much promise as a hero. She became quite close to her teammates especially the heat-generating Isaiah Crockett whose code name was Joto. After the tragic death of Joto, Argent vowed to become a better hero in her own right and began using her powers in more advanced ways. It was also known that at the beginning of her carrier as a Teen Titan she had a crush on older hero Nightwing, but later grew out of it.

When the original five Titans decided to reform the team, Argent was offered membership, and she gladly accepted. Shortly afterward, an android from the future known as Indigo attacked the Titans and Young Justice.

After founding Titan Troia was apparently killed by a Superman-android, Nightwing devastated by numerous deaths of so many Titans disbanded the Teen Titans, believing they needed more training. Toni as did all the others left but she subsequently returned to the Titans during the year after Infinite Crisis. She was brainwashed into joining the Martyr Militia at the Dark Side Club. She was later brought to Titans Tower by Miss Martian for shelter. She was offered another membership, but just wanted to return home.

 

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Edge

Year first appeared: 1994

I cannot find anything on this character. At all. So, I will give you a little history lesson on Malibu Comics, who were a big part of the 90's. Malibu Comics launched in 1986 by Dave Olbrich and Tom Mason (joined by Chris Ulm in 1987) thanks to the secret financing of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, who was operating a comic book distribution company (Sunrise Distribution) at the time. The independent American publisher began modestly with creator-owned black-and-white titles, but made a name for itself publishing a combination of new series and licensed properties such as the classic characters Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes, and popular TV/movie/video-game tie-ins. The company served as publishers-of-record for the first comics from Image Comics in 1992, giving the upstart creator-run publisher access to the distribution channels. The Bravura line, consisting of creator-owned titles, was soon started. In 1992, heroes from Centaur Publications (a Golden Age publisher those properties fell into public domain) were revived in the form of the Protectors, Airman, Amazing-Man, Aura, Arc, Arrow, Ferret, Man of War, and Mighty Man, among others. Several of these characters had short-lived spin off titles of their own.

The Ultraverse line was launched during the "boom" of the early 1990s, roughly concurrent with the debut of publishers such as Image and Valiant, and new superhero lines from DC and Dark Horse (Milestone and Comics Greatest World, respectively). The line was in part intended to fill the gap left by Image's independence. They boasted improved production values over traditional comics (especially digital coloring and higher-quality paper), and a roster of respected and/or talented new writers and artists. Emphasizing the tight continuity between the various series in the Ultraverse line, Malibu made extensive use of crossovers, in which a story that began in one series would be continued in the next-shipping issue of another series. Various promotions for special editions or limited-print stories followed. The Ultraverse line came to dominate Malibu's catalog.

As sales declined industry-wide in the mid-1990s, Malibu cancelled lower-selling series. Marvel Comics purchased the company in 1994. Reportedly Marvel made the purchase to acquire Malibu's then-groundbreaking in-house coloring studio, and/or its catalog of movie-licensable properties. Marvel cancelled the entire Ultraverse line, but (during the Black September event) re-launched a handful of the more popular titles as well as a number of crossovers with Marvel characters. The "volume 2" series each started with "#∞ (infinity)" issues and were cancelled a short time later. Within the Marvel Comics multiverse, the Malibu Universe is designated as Earth-93060.

In June 2005, when asked by Newsarama whether Marvel had any plans to revive the Ultraverse, Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada replied that:

"Let's just say that I wanted to bring these characters back in a very big way, but the way that the deal was initially structured, it's next to impossible to go back and publish these books.

There are rumors out there that it has to do with a certain percentage of sales that has to be doled out to the creative teams. While this is a logistical nightmare because of the way the initial deal was structured, it's not the reason why we have chosen not to go near these characters, there is a bigger one, but I really don't feel like it’s my place to make that dirty laundry public."

Other comics in the Bravura line:
Breed (2 series) by Jim Starlin
Dreadstar by Jim Starlin
Edge by Steven Grant and Gil Kane (unfinished)
The Man Called A-X by Marv Wolfman
Metaphysique by Norm Breyfogle
Nocturnals by Dan Brereton
Power & Glory by Howard Chaykin
Star Slammers by Walter Simonson (unfinished until the series moved to Dark Horse Comics)
Strikeback by Peterson, Maguire and Oliff (unfinished - Image Comics released this series later on and completed it)

 

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