Come on, Give 'em another try.1 of 12Heroes, the seminal super powered series that arrived at NBC with a first season bang and left with a fourth season whimper, is coming back to television. Yes, that's for real.
The series will return in 2015 as Heroes Reborn. The series returns to air after five years off, and may or may not include some of the original actors/characters returning - creator Tim Kring is definitely involved.
With that as inspiration, we thought we'd take a look at ten comic book series we'd like to see get a similar return to grace. If characters like the Metal Men can show up out of the blue in the middle of a Justice League event, then maybe these characters and series can make a return as well. After all, we're in the midst of the second Gold Key relaunch in a decade, this time from Dynamite.
Take a look at our ten picks for some Heroic returns.
Note: Since the last time we ran this countdown, Quantum & Woody and Ghost have both had revivals. Maybe someone's taking these suggestions after all!
ABADAZAD2 of 12CrossGen's Abadazad has already been rebooted and canceled again but both times, the book's never had a chance for the story to gain much momentum.
Short version: In the last months of CrossGen, the homage to L. Frank Baum's original Oz stories was launched and got great reviews for J.M. DeMatteis' lyrical writing and Mike Ploog's lush art. Then CrossGen went under, taking the series with it after only a few issues.
But wait! Disney bought the rights to the CrossGen properties, citing Abadazad as the major reason behind their acquisition. A new line of prose/comic hybrids got a huge launch...
...then were canceled again, with the third book only appearing overseas.
Disney now owns Marvel, which in turn owns the CrossGen properties, and has done a number of acclaimed relaunches of their books. DeMatteis has repeatedly indicated his interest in returning to the characters. If Marvel and Disney want to get a piece of that sweet Harry Potter money, they could do worse than allowing Abadazad to relaunch preferably in its original comic form, or as a series of original graphic novels. And at least let it get through a full storyline this time.
SOLO3 of 12Unlike every other series on this list, Solo was an anthology, and a unique one at that: The DC book focused on a different comic book artist in each issue, letting them tell pretty much whatever type of story they wanted with whatever characters in the DC library they saw fit.
In its two-year run, Solo brought acclaimed names including Tim Sale, Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred and Sergio Aragones into the fold, winning three Eisner Awards in the process. The project was overseen by DC art director Mark Chiarello, who was also behind the similarly unconventional Wednesday Comics.
With a seemingly endless supply of artists fans would love to see get the Solo treatment, and Chiarello promoted late last year to VP Art Direction & Design at DC, a revival of the concept would nicely diverse the publisher's New 52 offerings.
SOJOURN4 of 12The second CrossGen title on our list is Sojourn, which helped ignite the career of artist Greg Land. Originally written by Ron Marz, it was one of the most popular titles at the now-defunct publisher.
Seeing as how Marvel did play a few years back with reviving Ruse, SigilMystic, (though Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Route 666 were shelved, never quite making it into fans' hands), a return to Sojourn could still happen, especially given how HBO's Game of Thrones has made adventure fantasy cool with mainstream audiences.
Even if Sojourn doesn't pick up where the unfinished series left off (no Marvel CrossGen book has), a new volume would give Marvel their own sword-and-sorcery title, a genre they've largely ignored.
MANHUNTER (Kate Spencer)5 of 12This was the little series that could at DC Comics. Launching in October 2004, Kate Spencer was the newest character to wear the Manhunter title. Armed with her supersuit, gauntlets, and staff, not to mention her quick wit and motley crew of friends and family, Kate fought crime both as a hero and as a lawyer.
Her series received a stay of execution twice, eventually becoming a back-up and then being canceled altogether.
Marc Andreyko, Kate's creator, is now back at DC working on Batwoman, a book that Kate would fit right into for spin-off potential. She also, believe it or not, made her live-action debut in season 1 of Arrow (just as a lawyer, not as Manhunter), so there are media tie-in opportunities as well. As DC continues to struggle to be more diverse and push more female heroes to the forefront, Kate Spencer is definitely one that could answer the call.
AGENTS OF ATLAS6 of 12Agents of Atlas fits almost perfectly into the mold of a fan-favorite TV return: The series was beloved by pretty much everyone who read it, yet was chronically plagued with low sales. Compared to much of Marvel's superhero offerings, it also had its own distinct style with cast members like Gorilla-Man, you know things are going to be a little quirky.
It's also refused to die: a 2006 six-issue limited series was followed by two ongoing series, which ended after 11 and five issues, respectively. That didn't stop the team, who then showed up in Fear Itself: The Home Front.
And like Heroes being the brainchild primarily of Tim Kring, each incarnation of Agents of Atlas was guided by writer Jeff Parker. Sure, he's busy now with projects across the comic book world with multiple publishers, but there's definitely a community of fans who would welcome a return to Agents of Atlas if not in their own series, then perhaps as guests in one of those ongoings.
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI-137 of 12While it only ran fifteen issues, Paul Cornell's take on the heroes of the United Kingdom found its way into fans' minds and hearts. The first modern exposure to some of the UK's greatest heroes for many American readers, Cornell and team found a way to make Captain Britain and his squad uniquely British but also accessible to all.
Perhaps the greatest contribution was Excalibur aka Doctor Faiza Hussain. It's a shame to not see her appearing regularly in comics anymore. She has dis-and-reassembling powers, plus wields the fabled sword as its chosen owner.
With the help of Revolutionary War and the return of Cornell to the Marvel fold, perhaps now is the time for a return for this unique super team full of magic, snark, and a grander sense of adventure than any Avenging squad or X-whatever.
HOURMAN8 of 12There have been three different Hourmans (Hourmen?) in DC history, and for the purpose of this list, we're interested in the third: Matthew Tyler, a time-traveling android from the 853rd century.
First introduced in Grant Morrison and Howard Porter's game-changing JLA run, the Hourman of the 853rd century starred in his own 25-issue solo series written by Tom Peyer. The book depicted his relationship with perennial sidekick Snapper Carr, who helped him relate to modern-day humans.
A cult favorite character and series, this Hourman has been dormant for years if The New 52 could bring back nearly forgotten '90s character Resurrection Man, why not Hourman? With Miraclo making an appearance in Earth 2, which is home to other "JSA" characters, and a possible Hourman show in development at The CW, it seems inevitable that we'll see Hourman's return sooner than later.
NEXTWAVE9 of 12Nextwave was a singularly unique action-comedy, and the creative talent behind Nextwave seem open to returning to the series if circumstances allow it.
Of course, the Nextwave creative team - writer Warren Ellis and artist Stuart Immonen - are a pretty busy crew. Ellis is writing Moon Knight and a host of projects in and out of comics, and Immonen is constantly cycling from one high-end Marvel project to the next.
But Nextwave, which ran from 2006 to 2007, was something very different than anything else Marvel put out, as evidenced perhaps most clearly during Fin Fang Foom's rampage where he threatens to put Meltdown from X-Force in his pants. Fans still ask about Nextwave at Marvel convention panels, continuing hope that the stars align so more of the comic is produced. In the meantime, the book's influence is still regularly seen at Marvel, with characters appearing across several titles, even spawning some legacies of their own.
CHASE10 of 12If ever a comic series deserved to be considered for a comeback, it's DC's 1990s ground-level look at the DC Universe, Chase. Not only does it match the model of being criminally underrated at the time while beloved by those in the know, but in artist JH Williams III, it also has a star who went on to bigger things as evidenced in his current gig, drawing the high-profile Sandman: Overture. (Writer Dan Curtis Johnston, however, has been sadly silent for the most part since the series' cancellation.)
Chase's problem may have been that it was ahead of its time. The attitude it took towards the DCU was echoed in later books like Gotham Central, and despite the series only lasting 10 issues, main character Cameron Chase has refused to go away, appearing in various Secret Files and Origins one-shots, as well as series like Manhunter and Batwoman. Chase was always a series too good to go quietly, and one can only hope that enough people buy it in collections and digitally to make DC consider reviving the series and letting Cameron return to investigating the super-powered colorful characters of the DC Universe on a monthly basis. After all, someone should try and make sense of The New 52, shouldn't they?
RUNAWAYS11 of 12At some point in their lives, every kid thinks their parents are evil. As it turned out for this group of family friends, this was actually the case. Luckily, as they discovered their supervillain parents were The Pride, Nico, Gert, Alex, Chase, Karolina, and Molly came together to be the coolest non-team team this side of the Silver Age.
The brainchild of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Runaways have run through three short volumes (18 issues, 30 issues, and 14 issues, respectively), plus a few miniseries and guest appearances, but are sorely missed by their dedicated fans. This was a book where teenagers looked, acted, dressed, and talked like teenagers. It was a book with a predominantly female cast, and real-world problems with a fantastical back drop.
Unfortunately, the book never quite took off the way Marvel hoped, and only declined after Vaughan and Alphona left it behind. Of course, now that BKV has come back to the comics world after some time off, maybe impassioned fans can get their wish.
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