4) BLACK VELVET

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A key player in Astro City’s 1970s Dark Age, Barbara Vane could manipulate solid darkness, and spent a lot of time patrolling with The Street Angel.  She died at the hands of Jitterjack, but thanks to the Silver Agent, her powers did NOT annihilate the entire city in a blast of eldritch shadow.  Her namesake drink was first distilled by a man named Jack Napier, a name shared by the Tim Burton version of The Joker, in 1989’s ‘Batman.’

Soooo, that’s cool…

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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! And a nice red uniform.

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