Friday, June 19, 2015
Top 5 fridays: Best Character/Character Reimaginings from the New 52
A few weeks ago, I saw this in the comments of DC's Facebook Page.
This is a comment I can assume practically EVERYBODY sees by this point. I replied to it, but of course this led to many more people jamming it down my throat that "New 52 stinks!" The New 52 is what got me back into comics. This was a chance to grab new readers, as well as clean up some of the mess(Don't deny it, the DCU was becoming a mess) and it did succeed! There were fantastic things that came from this new DCU, and I don't think they get the love they deserve. This week and next on Top 5 Fridays, I'm going over things spawned from this new universe that are actually good! This week we'll be honoring the new characters and character reimaginings that turned out pretty well! Enough talk, LETS BEGIN!
I get that Highfather is supposed to be the opposite of Darkseid, but when I think New Genesis and Apokolips had gone to war, I can't ever imagine the old version of the character was ever a warrior. He was more like the grandfather of a mighty warrior, and not a warrior himself. Even Odin at least wore his freaking armor to show himself as the mighty warrior!That being said, The New 52's recreation of the character changed that perception of mine.
This character means business, and you can actually see him posing a serious threat to both sides of heroes and villains. He is wise like his Pre-New 52 version, but isn't afraid to rule out warfare. THIS is what I wanted to see! The Warrior who fought Darkseid! I'm not saying I don't want him to stay like this forever, but to better understand what the character has gone through to become the old wise man. In the finale of the recent Lantern Crossover, we see him wanting to turn over a new leaf, and become The Shepard he is destined to become, bringing this story full circle.
4: Wonder Woman's Demigod Siblings
I know this one is kind of cheating, but look back at all of the demigods that Wonder Woman has met and teamed up with in the Azzarello run. These demigods you see have more humanity than most demigods you read about, and that's what I like about them!
You feel bad for Siracca being killed off just because she was first in the new generation of Zeus' Bastards, but even more so for Milan, who might have the most useful power, but the most painful. Hell, even though shes the villain, I felt bad for what Cassandra had to go through with the First Born.
However the one I feel the most connected to had to be Lennox. Since his first appearance in the Wonder Woman comic, he was the guide, protector, and big brother to this group of misfits. He claims he wanted to work alone, but in the end gave his life for his family, truly embracing the family man he has become.
Man it has been a while Old Man. You were used only once and I find that a shame.
Graves is one of my favorite villains in the New 52 and for good reason. He is the ultimate personification of the downside of having the Justice League.
We have a happy family man who idolized the League after they saved him...after a sickness tore his life apart, he realized that not only would the League fail to save him, but they are to blame. Hence his journey into becoming a villain who breaks the League by showing them those they've lost in their rise of heroics... The Kents, The Waynes, even Victor Stone; Graves learned what they lost and with his spirits, broke the league...and he could have gotten away with actually KILLING them if not for Steve "The Friend Zone" Trevor.
2: Reverse Flash
Both their stories start similar; their mothers died when they were children. While Barry's father was an innocent framed for a crime, Daniel's was a abusive(which is a crime!) father. While Barry worked hard to become a Criminal Scientist, Daniel always searched for the easy way out. While Barry gained his powers from a freak lab accident, Daniel got his from a reckless driving accident. I think its pretty obvious who is the more reverse here!
Honorable Mention: Cyborg Superman
This leaves just one question: What will the Super Family do when they all learn the identity of him?
That's it for this weeks Top 5! Do you agree with my list? Are you one of the many who HATE the new 52, think it was fine, or love it? Leave a comment and i'll see you next week