At this point I stick to the DC side of the Faux Comics War merely because I’m not prepared to memorize the continuity, seek out the current stories, (Seriously, Marvel, what is wrong with your website?) and be enraged about the twists of yet another universe full of superheroes. There are only so many hours in a day.
Still, there are a few characters out there who are fun enough and simple enough for me recommend wading hip-deep into murky water of weeklies, if only to pick up an issue or two for when DC weeks are lean.
She-Hulk is paradoxically a continuity walk in the park because it is a continuity disaster. Different origins, different powers, different versions of the character, different motivations, different numbering systems, and different descriptive adjectives. Eventually you stop trying to surface through the confusion and just enjoy the warm, light-headed feeling it gives you. It’s like what drowning would be like, if you could do it on your couch while eating potato chips.
Don’t try to understand. Just accept that you’ll get a story about a giant green lady who kicks ass, and usually it will be pretty funny.
2. Hercules and Amadeus Cho
Big dumb guy. Little smart guy. Basically in a competition to see who can screw up more egregiously.
Since they are characters owned by one of the Big Two, one of them has already been killed off. I’m told he’s coming back, though.
One caveat for this pair; don’t buy the singles, buy the trades. The singles are too continuity laden to understand, but the trades make for pretty good stories, if you don’t question why some big cataclysmic event is happening and just accept that it is happening. They’re fun, they make even the sound effects funny, and there are some interesting concepts in there as well. I especially liked the spin on the Pandora’s Box myth in a female-dominated society the pair visit.
I remember David telling me, many podcasts ago, that I might like this characters, and I have to admit I kind of do. He’s a dude with love powers, daddy issues, a secret plot that I can’t follow, and no morals. I don’t think I would like him in DC. The reason that I do like him in Marvel, I think, is because I have no stake in the Marvel Universe. I have a feeling that the writers are promoting him as the Big Bad by chopping down other characters. If I were a regular fan, that would probably make me mad.
I’m not. It doesn’t. And he’s psychotic and twisted enough to be my Marvel Equivalent of the Secret Six. Well, not quite. The Secret Six make me race to the store. Daken is like the rest on this list, good enough to make me pick up a story I see on the shelf if it looks interesting.
So that’s my list of books I’d follow if DC suddenly got magicked off the face of the earth. I know they’re all sidelined characters, but honestly, that’s the point. I don’t have the time, patience, or money to deal with the Old Cap, New Cap, Red Cap, Blue Cap nonsense that Marvel seems to be pulling right now.
DCers, pick them up, if you like. Marvelites, tell me I’m wrong.