With the first #12 in comic shops, we approach the end of one year of the New 52, probably the biggest gamble any comic company has taken since 1987, the year that the Crisis reset everything.  Some fans are still angry, but I still hear each week that the relaunch brought lapsed readers back into the comic shops, and I am seeing a meaningful influx of real NEW readers for the first time in over a decade.  Whether you like it or not, the New DCU is here to stay (until the next universal shakeup), leading me to question whether everyone from the old world exists in the new.

The MS-QOTD  (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) sort of misses Rip Hunter, asking:
Which characters do DC editorial absolutely need to get back in action in the new DCU?

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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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27 Comments

  1. nordberg01
    August 2, 2012 at 11:59 am — Reply

    Wally West and Donna Troy.

    It seems like these guys are the former Teen Titans that have slipped through the cracks while Roy, Dick, Jason, and other sidekicks have made an appearance.

    It’s time to bring that out from behind the curtain.

  2. Kevin Kortekaas
    August 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm — Reply

    Booster Gold needs his own series again, I really enjoyed the previous series. IBut it’d have to be the time cop thing, as watching him struggle with “being a fool” publically, but privately saving the world time and time again as just great.

    Seeing The Atom in a series again would be great, I don’t really have a preference between Ray or Ryan, although a series following Ray would probably get a stronger following.

    Also, after watching the two part Starro Batman Brave and the Bold, I think a Bwana Beast book would be neato.

  3. Kevin Kortekaas
    August 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    In addition, seeing some Metal Men would be great, especially as a kids comic (as while DC has some good kid oriented books, giving my son some variety would be great).

  4. Erik Waddell
    August 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    Have Grodd and Gorilla City made an appearance yet? They definitely need to remain in the DC universe.

    • JoeM
      August 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm — Reply

      They have in Flash!

    • August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm — Reply

      Yes. The Flash #9.

  5. Brenton8090
    August 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    Plastic Man and Metal Men should share an all-ages comedic title.

    • Kevin Kortekaas
      August 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm — Reply

      That’s a killer idea.

    • August 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm — Reply

      I agree with Kevin, this sounds like a great idea. Plus, if nothing else it means DC can try educating children, which the Metal Men are just made for. Who else can combine crime-fighting with a lesson in science?!

    • August 3, 2012 at 4:36 am — Reply

      I’m with you, but if the rest of the books in the new 52 are any indication, any of the good humor attached to those characters would fall by the wayside. Even my LCS guy said they need to lighten up, and Plas or the Metal Men would be a great way to do it.

  6. August 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    Starman. Any of ’em. I’m also looking forward to seeing as many JSA characters as possible show up in Earth 2, especially Hourman and Sandman.

  7. August 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    Lobo, please. Without Deathstroke. And with more adult violence, And not drawn by Liefeld again!

  8. Lee Goldberg
    August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters. It seems like the plans are already in place.
    Also, any of the DC “Cosmic” heroes, like Adam Strange, Captain Comet, or L.E.G.I.O.N

    • Rob
      August 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm — Reply

      Yes more spacey goodness gets my vote, perhaps something along the line of All Star Western.

    • August 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm — Reply

      Hell, add the Darkstars in there. With the Green Lantern Corps falling apart, the universe seems to have room enough for another organization of space peace-keepers. Especially since the GL mythos seems more intent on inter-corps conflicts than just fighting evil forces in space.

      Why not have somebody raid the old Controller strongholds and pilfer a few Darkstar suits? Could be interesting.

  9. August 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    Wally West, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown (I will be among the people mailing waffles to DC come August 10).

  10. Kevin
    August 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    I have to go with the Question. specifically Vic Sage needs to make a return. A street level crime series, sort of like Marvel’s Hawkeye, staring him would be amazing.

    • August 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm — Reply

      ^ This.

  11. August 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm — Reply

    1) Wally West. The character has become a fan-favorite following “Young Justice”. One of my co-workers absolutely loves West as the Flash and wants to pick up the monthly book to see more of the character . . . but oh wait, Dan Didio forgot he existed.

    2) Stephanie Brown – Not as crucial as Wally West, but still one of my favorites. Bryan Q. Miller’s Batgirl proved the character could hold her own book and honestly, I think even as the Spoiler the character could still hold just as much weight for fans.

    3) Jack Knight – This is a nitpick, but is anyone else confused what universe “The Shade” is set in? If the JSA exists solely on “Earth-2”, does Jack Knight even exist more? And if not, just how does the Shade fit into the new DCU since many of his actions involved Jack in the first place?!

  12. The_Bear_Jew
    August 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm — Reply

    Space Ghost

  13. August 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm — Reply

    Since my main choices have already been accounted for in other people’s lists, I’m just gonna throw out a character I loved that I think deserves a place in the new DCU: G’nort. Give him an all-ages title that still exists within the confines of the current universe, possibly teaming him up with the likes of Plastic Man and Ambush Bug.

  14. aerohalen1
    August 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    Donna Troy

  15. Navarre
    August 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    Has Raven been around?

  16. August 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm — Reply

    Elongated Man & Sue, Mister Miracle & Big Barda, and the Metal Men.

  17. Michael
    August 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm — Reply

    Not that they need to do this but things I find odd with the NuDCU:

    – Has Cyborg showed up in any other book than Justice League?

    – I find no Doom Patrol odd.

    – No Ambush Bug?

    – A better costume for Power Girl (or even back to the first image we saw of her – much better than the current thing she’s wearing).

    • Kevin Kortekaas
      August 3, 2012 at 7:09 am — Reply

      Some Doom Patrol would be good, as well as some Challengers of the Unknown that aren’t the shity version recently released.

  18. Christian
    August 3, 2012 at 6:51 am — Reply

    Stephanie Brown
    Wally West
    Donna Troy
    Renee Montoya
    Cassandra Cain
    Ralph and Sue Dibny
    Ted Kord

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