Silencer - Damage - Sideways -The Terrifics - The Immortal Men - The Curse of Brimstone - The New Challengers - The Unexpected
I’m a few issues behind on most titles, but so far I could see a few breakout characters. Might not be able to hold their own series, but could make for a great team title later.
Of all of them, I like the Sideways character the most, and I think he has the most potential. Yes, he’s basically a Spider-Man clone, but that formula works. And I actually like the costume design and power set. No a lot of teleporters that I can think of in the DC Universe.
Damage I think could work for a while in a solo series, but eventually I think he’d do better in an ensemble book. Again, yes, a Hulk clone. But you introduce the same element of two people in the same character, and one of those is a military man instead of a brainy scientist. Not sure how I feel about “zombie” look to his face, but overall I don’t mind the character design. And the power set of just being a destructive rage monster is pretty straight forward.
Silencer is okay for me so far too. The whole, “assassin trying to live a normal life” angle isn’t bad. And I think again, she might do well as a counterpoint to someone like Deathstroke, Deadshot, and other DC assassins. The one think I’m not sold on is her character design. Really it’s just the mask she has on when she’s wearing it. It looks like a ball cap made out of the Michelin Man. The power set is pretty cool though. Creating a bubble of silence could be taken to some interesting places, but I could see it getting played out if it was used too often for stealth kills.
The Terrifics has been a fun book for me so far too. And again, yes, a Fantastic Four clone. But also again, I think it works. The Metamorpho vs Plastic Man angle is great with Rex getting sick of Plastic Mans personality. And I like Plastic Man, so already a win. I don’t know much about Phantom Girl, or really Mr. Terrific that much, but they both work well in this group. As far as character design, I like the newer team suits we see them in.
Curse of Brimstone is kind of a miss for me. The art and the story telling are fine, but I just don’t see this character going too far into the DC Universe. The character design doesn’t bother me, nor does the power set. It’s just been a forgettable title for me.
The Immortal Men is another miss for me, and apparently for others as this has already been canceled. I haven’t finished the 6 issue run yet, but really was just another forgettable story. The first few issues looked like they were going to lead into something, but with it ending at issue 6 I’m guessing a lot will be left on the table.
The Unexpected and New Challengers are only a few issues in for me, so I can’t really say much yet. Hasn’t blown me away though.
So what are your thoughts?