10 IMAGE Characters for MARVEL and DC to Co-Opt1 of 12by Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor
With last week's bombshell that former Spawn supporting character Angela will be joining that Marvel Universe with the final issue of Age of Ultron following the continued use of the formerly-Wildstorm characters in the DC New 52-niverse, it's clear that "using an Image Comics character" is the new thing for the Big Two.
But with so many characters to choose from, which Image character should be co-opted next?
SUPERPATRIOT2 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The DCU
How Would They Appear? As an ersatz Captain America who's also a cyborg and occasionally a murderous psychopath, surely this character is a perfect choice as a potential nemesis for all-American hero Superman?
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Superman Faces Off Against The Dark Side of The American Dream As A Classic 1990s Hero Joins The DC Universe!"
HONORABLE MENTION: Any of the 1963 Characters
Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? Whichever one can work out the tangled rights issues first.
How Would They Appear? That's a great question. Since the various characters from Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch and John Totleben's 1963 project first appeared, the creators have fallen out, leaving ownership of the property split between the team. Could a revival occur with some of the characters, depending on who was involved? Potentially but which characters, and what they'd look like, is open to question.
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Lost Characters Created By Watchmen's Alan Moore Join The [Insert Company Here] Universe!"
CHAPEL3 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The Marvel Universe
How Would They Appear? As another Spawn-adjacent character, Chapel should of course join the Marvel Universe with his origins essentially intact, but with a redesign from Joe Quesada. As a soldier-turned-mercenary, he's prime material for a Captain America villain.
Potential Headline Opportunity: "A Real American Hero? Captain America Meets His Worst Nightmare As Marvel Welcomes A Controversial Hero!"
HAPPY THE HORSE4 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The Marvel Universe
How Would They Appear? Yes, yes, I know; Happy - from Grant Morrison's recent series of the same name with Darick Robertson is clearly a DC-type of character. (He's a flying blue talking horse!) That's why sticking him in the Marvel U is so much more fun; he'll stick out more. Put him in Guardians of The Galaxy to accompany the talking raccoon.
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Grant Morrison Makes Up With Marvel As Tomorrow's Avengers Get Happy!"
SHADOWHAWK5 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The DCU
How Would They Appear? As an all-new hero, using the visuals and basic concept of Jim Valentino's original creation for the basis of a new character who shows up in Gotham City to fight crime, much to the displeasure of Batman. (Hey, they have the same silhouette, and the Dark Knight is very touchy about things like that.)
Potential Headline Opportunity?: "Holy HIV! Much-Loved Superhero With AIDS Returns in New Batman-Related Series!"
WESLEY GIBSON6 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The DCU
How Would They Appear? Considering that Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' Wanted started life as a Secret Society of Super-Villains pitch, why not bring back its central character as the lead super villain from the New 52 version of Earth-3 where the Justice League is destroyed by the bad guys? Maybe cut back on that whole Eminem likeness thing, just in case, though.
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Mark Millar Returns to DC to Kill Superman and Batman!"
OMNI-MAN7 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The DCU
How Would They Appear? Let's face it, there's almost no way that Omni-Man wouldn't end up being a great Superman villain. Man of Steel versus Man of Facial Hair? Just bring the character over wholesale from his Invincible incarnation and sit back to watch the carnage. It'd be like Zod with a mustache.
Potential Headline Opportunity: "The Creator of The Walking Dead Creates Superman's Latest 'Invincible' Villain!"
GLORY8 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The Marvel Universe
How Would They Appear? Reverting from the popular Joe Keatinge/Ross Campbell version of the character, Marvel would return the character back to her roots as a Wonder Woman clone to allow the House of Ideas to finally have a female lead who can stand toe-to-toe with Thor et al. (Just don't turn her into a Thor romantic interest, please).
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Marvel's Newest Heroine Is A Real Wonder, Woman!"
SUPREME9 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The Marvel Universe
How Would They Appear? As we have seen throughout recent years with appearances by (multiple) Hyperion(s), the Sentry and other characters, Marvel would really, really like a Superman of its own to play with. Bringing in Rob Liefeld's Superman analogue gives them that very thing and also offers the chance to reprint the much-loved Alan Moore issues.
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Look, Up In The Sky! Marvel's New Superman Has A Watchmen Connection!"
MAN OF MIRACLES10 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The Marvel Universe
How Would They Appear? If Marvel can't quite get the rights to Marvelman sorted out, why not go for the next best thing Todd McFarlane's attempt to get around the tangled rights issues surrounding the character, from Spawn way back when? The best thing about using this character is that there's an inbuilt reason for any rights-avoiding redesign, as the character has a history of shifting identities and looks throughout his original appearances (including an appearance as Jesus Christ).
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Is Marvel Really Resurrecting One of Comics' Greatest Missing Heroes?"
THE WALKING DEAD11 of 12Which Universe Should They Be Inserted Into? The DCU
How Would They Appear? Well, Marvel already has its Marvel Zombies brand, so clearly it's time for DC to jump on the bandwagon by tempting Robert Kirkman to bring his Image smash hit to the DCU for a one-off crossover series, illustrated by the best names that money can buy, a la Before Watchmen.
Potential Headline Opportunity: "Hell Has Frozen Over With DC's Blackest Night 2 Series"
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