The Best Superman Stories

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A friend asked me after watching the newest Man of Steel trailer, “Have there ever been any good Superman stories? I just don’t like the character. I don’t feel like I can relate with a god.” I’ve heard this same thing from many comic book fans over the years, and while I understand the place where that comment is coming from, if you’re willing to spend a couple dollars I believe that it would take only a few issues to change your mind. Check out the 20 stories mentioned below to discover a few comics which will help you understand the character a little better.

“WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT SUPERMAN?”

I’ve heard that comment more times than I can tell you. Being (arguably) the most popular comic book character of all time will bring out the detractors, and this question seems to epitomize the thought process behind understanding the popularity of Superman. Listed below, in no particular order, are five comics that ask that set out to question (and give an answer to) the role of Superman.

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Action Comics #775 – “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way”

Of all the comics mentioned in this post, it’s Action Comics #775 which confronts the issue of “Why should I care about Superman?” most head-on. As the title of the issue posits, the ideals of Superman and his representation of America of yesteryear are under attack. This attack is brought forward by a group of homicidal antiheroes called The Elite. The Elite represent the new cropping of violent “heroes” from popular comics in the nineties (i.e. The Authority) which intend on replacing Superman by becoming the world’s judge, jury and executioners. The battle for Superman not only represents his place in the DCU amidst groups like The Elite, but also represents the character’s place in current day American superhero comics. It’s not very often that a creative team can justify the existence of character so soundly in only 38 pages.

Link: ComiXology

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Hitman #34 – “Of Thee I Sing”

Of all the Superman stories on this list, this single issue would probably be my personal favorite read. Hitman was a subversive “superhero” comic that ran in the late nineties from the creative team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea, telling the story of a hitman and his buddies in Gotham. While this excellent comic book challenged the idea of what a superhero is, and exposed the ridiculous nature of those that wear tights and fight crime, there was a brief reprieve from the norm in issue #34 when Ennis decided to have Superman explain the hardships and pressures of being ‘Superman’ in a random rooftop encounter with Hitman’s titular character Tommy Monaghan. Sometimes it takes somebody who hates superheroes to make a case for why everybody loves them so much.

Link: ComiXology

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It’s a Bird (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s a Bird…

This is the only comic on the list that doesn’t actually have Superman in it, yet it may make the best case for the character to those that can’t relate to the Man of Tomorrow. It’s a Bird… is an award winning autobiographical story told by Steven T. Seagle, built around the idea that he initially turned down the task of writing a Superman on-going comic book series due to not being able to relate to a fascistic godlike character. Tying in his family’s battle with Huntington’s Disease and other personal life issues, Seagle begins to see how Superman may actually relate to his life. This book is like nothing else on this list, and deserves to be read by everybody reading this post.

Link: Trade Paperback

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Kingdom Come

Not a whole lot needs to be written about Mark Waid and Alex Ross’s classic Elseworlds tale. If you’re new to comics, Kingdom Come is an excellent story which sees Superman go into self-imposed exile only to come back years later when the world’s “superheroes” start to do more harm than good. It’s always been said that Superman is the pivotal character for all major DC Universe events, and this story takes that idea and runs with it. How important is Superman to the DCU? Read Kingdom Come to see why he’s seen as DC’s top superhero.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

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Superman: Peace on Earth

If you liked Alex Ross’s art in Kingdom Come, you’ll savor every massive page of this oversized comic book. Written by Paul Dini, this simple story distills the idea of Superman into a short beautiful package. The story follows Superman has he decides to attempt to end world hunger, only to see how difficult and impossible that gesture may be. Superman naysayers may not be converted by this book, but Peace on Earth nails why people love Superman: he represents hope for a better tomorrow.

Link: Trade Paperback

ORIGIN STORIES

There have been plenty of origin stories for Superman, some drastically different than the basic ‘shot from a dying planet, raised by Kansas farmers’ that most origins adhere to. For those new to the character, you can’t go wrong with origin tales, as you’re starting from the ground up. With these five stories you’ll be treated with accessible Superman comics, which should help you to better understand how Clark Kent became Superman.

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Superman: Birthright (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Superman: Birthright

When tasked by DC to create an accessible origin for any and all readers in the 21st century, writer Mark Waid and artist Leinil Yu took the challenge and created one of the better tellings of Superman’s rise to greatness. The thing that makes this story a must read is that it, unlike most Superman stories, makes Clark Kent a interesting character. Check out Birthright if you want to read a story that stays grounded in more real world fare.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

Superman for All Seasons

Superman for All Seasons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Superman for All Seasons

Of all the origin stories, Superman for All Seasons is easily my favorite. Written by Jeph Loeb with incredible old-timey art by Tim Sale, this comic is did more to make me love Superman than pretty much any other comic I’ve ever read. The basic premise is that the book is cut into four parts, represented by the seasons, and narrated by different characters in Clark Kent’s life. When you take all four tales told by each unique character, you have a great understanding of just who the character of Superman really is. If you need another reason to check For All Seasons out, the book contains my favorite (two-page) panel ever to grace the comic book medium.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

Superman: Red Son

Superman: Red Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Superman: Red Son

Our second Elseworlds title on this listing (Elseworlds means a story told out of DC’s main continuity) can be easily explained: What if Kal-El landed in the Soviet Union instead of the United States? Writer Mark Millar may not have broken new ground with the ‘What Superman landed in ??? instead of Kansas?’, but he did craft the definitive what if Superman origin tale. While Elseworld titles such as Justice League: The Nail show what happens in a world without Superman, and books like Superman: Speeding Bullets show what what happen if he was raised by another family in the USA (Batman’s family!), it’d be the vast ideological differences of the US’s cold war opponents which would give the most fascinating view of how things could have been different if Ma and Pa Kent didn’t raise the young super-powered alien.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

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Superman: Secret Identity

This comic may be viewed by some as a stretch for this category, yet it fits the criteria perfectly. In Secret Identity writer Kurt Busiek and illustrator Stuart Immonen tell the tale of Clark Kent, a kid growing up a fan of the comic book hero Superman, in a world without superheroes. Really, the less you know the better, so I won’t go too far into the story details, but I will recommend this title as one for those looking for a Superman story without the baggage of the DC Universe weighing it down.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

Superman: Secret Origin

Superman: Secret Origin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Superman: Secret Origin

In 2009 writer Geoff Johns began to craft a new beginning for Clark Kent with the help of artist Gary Frank – this won’t be the last you hear of these two writing Superman on this list. While DC may have rebooted their continuity with the New 52 in 2011,  Superman: Secret Origin remains the newest traditional origin story for the character of Superman. As always, Geoff Johns creates an accessible superhero tale which can be read by those with no previous background with Superman, but contains easter eggs and tidbits that act as nods to long time DC comic fans. Don’t pass up this excellent telling of Superman’s early years.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

NEWER SUPERMAN STORIES

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Superman: Brainiac

Today saw the release of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie Superman: Unbound, which is based on Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s “Superman: Brainiac” story. John’s entire (on-again off-again) run on Action Comics was full of creative ideas, but it’d be his new take on Brainiac which would stand out as one of the writer’s best stories told at DC Comics. Featuring plenty of Superman vs. robot action, Brainiac has never been more lethal. To keep drama high Superman is quite vulnerable in this story, enough to keep you guessing where everything is heading. Pick it up after watching Unbound!

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

All-Star Superman

All-Star Superman

There are plenty of great Superman stories out there, but none as fun as All-Star Superman. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely take old concepts and make them feel new again, somehow finding a way to turn the idea of Superman as a godlike being into the story’s biggest asset. Though it may seem odd, or go over some readers heads, All-Star Superman stands as a fantastic adventure which explores the true character of Superman. And if the book is a little too much for you, try watching the DC Universe Animated Original Movie All-Star Superman, it deftly condenses Morrison’s story into a fun 76 minute package.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

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Superman Family Adventures

While all the rest of the stories on this list skew towards an older audience, Superman Family Adventures serves as a perfect way to bring children in on the fun of Superman. Parents, you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank with this book either, as the book was (unfortunately) cancelled after only 12 issues, so buying this series by issue or in trade is painless. Take note of the ‘all-ages’ aspect of this book, as it may be directly marketed to young kids, but it’s good enough that even the adults reading the book with their kids will undoubtedly enjoy this fun series.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

Superman The Last Son of Krypton

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton

A few years back writer Geoff Johns teamed up with Superman: The Movie & Superman II director Richard Donner in order to tell a story featuring some of Superman’s most fearsome enemies – General Zod, Ursa and Non. While the book may be remembered best for its delays (due to artist Adam Kubert’s health issues), “Superman: Last Son” is now collected in various formats and can be read as intended. The main reason to read this book (outside of the gimmicky 3D issue – glasses included!) is that it handles Superman’s struggle between living human and being Kryptonian. Plus, after Donner’s portion of Superman II, it’s nice to see him work with Zod again.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

Superman Up Up and Away

Superman: Up, Up, and Away!

After the events of the DC crossover event Infinite Crisis, Clark Kent has lost his powers. After the events of the 52 miniseries Lex Luthor has been disgraced and become bankrupt. “Up, Up, and Away!” follows Clark as he enjoys his time as a normal human being, while Lex amasses power enough to strike back at the populace that took his wealth away. If you want to read a Superman story that focuses on how Supes would live his life powerless, Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns have crafted a fun 8-issue story just for you.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

OLDER SUPERMAN STORIES

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The Death and Return of Superman

My favorite line from the DC event Infinite Crisis is Batman telling Superman, “And let’s face it “Superman”… the last time you really inspired anyone — was when you were dead.” Although I did not enjoy Infinite Crisis, that line is one of the most profound DC has written in this generation of comics. Geoff Johns was right writing that, when was the last time people really cared about Superman? The unfortunate answer was when Doomsday beat him dead. Superman is one of the most American creations in comics, and “The Death of Superman” also rings out as an example of America’s obsession with celebrity death. Although it’s easy to dismiss “The Death and Return of Superman” as a cash-grab comic, it stands as an important milestone for the character, and the last four issues telling Superman’s demise are extremely well told.

Link: ComiXology, Omnibus

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Superman’s origin is revamped in The Man of Steel No.1 (July 1986), written and drawn by John Byrne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Man of Steel

After DC’s crisis that started the fad of event crossovers, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superman was due to be revamped for a new generation. The new origin for Superman was crafted by comic legend John Byrne who pulled double duty as artist and writer. If you were tasked with stating everything that you knew about Superman, chances are that the details you’d mention were put in place in the 1986 six-issue miniseries The Man of Steel. For those looking for a solid and familiar Superman story, The Man of Steel is for you.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

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Superman #149 – “The Death of Superman”

This is the oldest story on this list, and it is also of the darkest. Released back in 1961 Superman #149 told an imaginary tale that had Lex Luthor killing Superman. While DC has actually killed Superman in main continuity since, at the time this must have been a truly devastating read, imaginary or not. Now, about 52 years after it was initially released, it still reads well and remains an entertaining story. Good luck finding the issue though…

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Swan’s cover for Superman #423 (September 1986), the first half of “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Superman #423 / Action Comics #583 – “Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow”

This two part story, crafted by Alan Moore and Curt Swan, was used as the final hurrah for the Silver Age of Superman. Alan Moore created a perfect Superman comic by writing a story which tied up his mythology, framing the issues in a sort of remembrance of a character which left us. While it’s nearly 30 years old, the timelessness of Superman’s character makes this comic perpetually relevant.

Link: ComiXology, Trade Paperback

For the Man Who Has Everything

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Superman: Annual #11 – “For the Man Who Has Everything”

If there are any Justice League Unlimited fans out there, you may not be aware that the episode “For The Man Who Has Everything” was actually based on the classic one-shot story by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (the same team who created Watchmen). For those who haven’t read this, or seen the episode based on it, all the better. No spoilers. While it will cost you a bit to find the single issue, I recommend picking up this incredible Superman story either digitally through Comixology, or by picking up the excellent Alan Moore’s DC Universe collection.

Link: ComiXology, DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore – Trade Paperback


There are plenty of other stories to read if you get through this listing and want more. This list represents mostly issues and stories that exemplify Superman’s character and his impact on the DC Universe. If you’re curious about where to go from here, hit me up in the comments or on Twitter (@Dan1verson) and I’ll throw a couple more stories your way.

25 Characters Wanted as DLC for Injustice: Gods Among Us

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I finished playing through the story mode campaign on Injustice: Gods Among Us over the weekend. While the game won’t win any industry awards for its story/dialogue at the end of the year, I have to admit that I enjoyed it’s plot. Comic book fans, imagine a story like Geoff John’s Infinite Crisis, only with worse scripting and character art, but with a more coherent narrative. It’s big, it’s dumb, it’s fun, and I’d recommend it to DC Comic fans.

The recommendation comes with a warning however, it is still a NetherRealm Studios fighting game. I know general opinion may side against me, but I’ve never been a Mortal Kombat fan. The games seem to be more concerned with cleavage and gore for the kiddies rather than fulfilling fighter gameplay. That said, Injustice is a deeper fighter than expected, and my new favorite fighting game from NetherRealm/Midway – edging out Mortal Kombat 3. There’s something oddly entertaining about iconic heroes and villains of DC lore beating each other senseless.

The characters in Injustice: Gods Among Us is the real key to your enjoyment of the game. Try not to gleefully laugh out loud when making Aquaman feed his opponent to a shark! I know I was sold on the game when I saw a trailer featuring Doomsday pummeling his opponent back and forth through the Earth. Once sold, the idea of playing as characters foreign to gaming such as Deathstroke and Black Adam had me hotly anticipating the game. Now that I’ve played it, and found out that I surprisingly enjoy it, I want more characters to enter the arena.

DC has thousands of characters, and while I believe that the original game roster was a good one, I believe there is still plenty of gold left to mine from the DCU roster. Here’s a list of 25 characters I’d like to see offered as Injustice DLC alongside the previously announced Lobo and Batgirl.

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Andrew Bennett

In DC’s New 52 offerings one book stood out from all the rest: I, Vampire. While the book was just cancelled with issue #19 in April, it should be remembered fondly for doing something different and delivering an original, beautiful, and unpredictable comic. What better way to celebrate the underdog series than with adding I, Vampire’s main character Andrew Bennett as DLC for Injustice. Being that he’s a shapeshifting vampire, I could easily see NetherRealm creating a fighter able to change from human to bat, to wisp of smoke, to giant werewolf, all in a single battle.

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Animal Man

Call me prejudice, but Buddy Baker/Animal Man is one of my all time favorite characters. Read through Grant Morrison’s incredible run from the late 1980s and there’s no way you too won’t be a fan of this odd character. While he may seem like an odd pick for a fighting game, just image the idea that he can channel animals’ abilities into his powers, so he could fly like a bird, headbutt like a rhino, or kick like a kangaroo. It’d still come off silly, but the developers and designers could have a lot of fun with creating this character. [Honorable mentions: Vixen]

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Beast Boy

Another character with animal based powers (DC seems to have quite a few of those…) which would be great as DLC would be the Teen Titan’s Beast Boy. The reason I’m giving him a nod on this listing is because unlike Animal Man who uses animal powers, Beast Boy actually transformers into animals. Imagine changing into animals for various attacks, or being able to permanently morph into one as a trait. It should also be mentioned that Beast Boy is mouthy and obnoxious, this could definitely play into the replay value of the character in multiplayer battles.

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Black Canary

Not much needs to be said about Black Canary. Not only is she a great character from the comics, but she’s also one of the characters in the DCU that can win a fight without her metahuman abilities. On top of being a natural fighter, it’s always nice to have more female characters on the roster.

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Black Manta

For some odd reason I’ve always liked Black Manta. I couldn’t tell you why, but something about the odd manta ray looking helmet and pitchfork which tickles my ironic sensibilities. If you want to see the character in a legitimately interesting light, check out the cartoon Young Justice. As a player in a fighting game he’d work great as a foil to Aquaman’s character.

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Blue Beetle

While I appreciate Ted Kord’s time in the JLI, it would be Jaime Reyes that I’d like to see in Injustice. Reyes would appeal to the young DCU fans who’ve had this character promoted to them quite a bit over the past few years, and with the adaptable mechanical suit Blue Beetle would be an offensive powerhouse.

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Booster Gold

One thing Injustice was missing was a real sense of humor. Sure, Joker had lame dark comedy, and Green Arrow had a few one-liners, but the game is missing a truly humorous character. While having a character like Deadpool from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 may be going overboard for Injustice’s tone, a character like Booster Gold could swoop in and deliver just the right amount of douchiness to liven up the joint. [Honorable mention: Ambush Bug, or Larfleeze]

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Constantine

There are plenty of magic users in the DC Universe, but my personal favorite is John Constantine. This would be a odd choice for NetherRealm to add to Injustice, but I think that he could definitely be one of the most interesting players on their roster if they went with him. As Constantine isn’t much of a fighter, this character would be all about distance attacks and magic traps. Just image a character spending more time lighting a cigarette than punching and kicking. It’d be a refreshing change of pace. [Honorable mention: Doctor Fate, or Zatanna]

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Darkseid

Out of all the characters on the list, this seems like the one that has the best chance of happening. Darkseid is the big bad of the DCU, and he’s already appeared in the game in a level transition cut scene. Really, due to being a heavy character I probably wouldn’t play as him, but I’d have to give it at least one go-around in order to use the Omega Beams! [Honorable mention: Orion]

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Deadshot

Another character that already appears in Injustice: Gods Among Us is Deadshot. He’s only hanging out taking shots from behind a pillar in the background of a level, but the model for the character is made (and it looks a lot more like the character we’ve grown to love in Secret Six and Suicide Squad, than Arkham City’s baffling interpretation), so let’s just give him a move list and get this over with already! [Honorable mention: Grifter]

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Dex-Starr

Are superhero comic books silly? Yes, sometimes. Is the main premise of Green Lantern silly? Yes. Are the other lantern corps from GL silly? Very much so. And is Dex-Starr silly? Yep, apologetically. Then why put him in a game?! Because he is also awesome. My ironic sensibilities are delighted every time I see the house cat become plasma blood spewing rage incarnate. If NetherRealm wants money, and like all of it, they need to consider adding in Dex-Starr as a playable DLC character. Don’t scoff, Tekken has Kuma and Panda, and neither of them fly, vomit boiling blood, or have a tearful backstory. [Honorable mention: Krypto]

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Etrigan the Demon

Why mention characters like Huntress, Robin, Hawkman and others who are already very much like characters already in the game when you can offer a name like The Demon and surprise everybody. For those not familiar with this great character he is actually two characters in one. Half of the time we get Jason Blood, a heroic human. The other half of the time we get Etrigan, a violent and unpredictable fire breathing demon from hell who is bonded to Jason. They essentially swap places between hell and Earth, and are awesome. The real question about adding the character is whether or not you have The Demon talk in rhyme or not?

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Frankenstein

This one seems like a no brainer. If you’re going to have a character like Solomon Grundy in your game, why not go all out and bring in a crazy undead character who shoots guns, swings a giant sword, fights massive monsters and speaks with a flourish? He may be based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but he seems more appropriate as a character for a fighting game than literature.

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Gorilla Grodd

Yet another character already found in Injustice, Gorilla Grodd is the one that I want to play as the most. Who wouldn’t want to play as a giant super-intelligent gorilla with mind-control abilities? Since he’s already been modeled (to look like his Flashpoint Grodd of War character), I could see Grodd as an easy addition to the game’s roster. [Honorable mention: Mister Tawky Tawny]

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Hitman

In fighting games I always enjoy taking the character who uses guns, just to annoy my opponent – i.e. Cable in MvC 2. While the aforementioned Deadshot could throw kicks and punches in with the gunplay, I believe that hitman Tommy Monaghan could be a great guns-only character (with the occasional grenade). This cool as ice character would look just different enough from the rest of the roster that having him play differently wouldn’t seem off base. I’m not holding my breath on this one, but I’d sure like to play as him.

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Martian Manhunter

If you want to put a character into Injustice that can go toe-to-toe with Superman without taking one of the game’s story’s silly super-pills, then this Justice Leaguer would be the character to add. Much like Darkseid, Martian Manhunter just seems like an easy addition to the roster… one that probably should have been there in the first place.

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OMAC

Another one of my favorite New 52 books that was cancelled early in its run was OMAC. While there have been plenty of versions of the character over time, it would be this new one which would work best for Injustice. Think of OMAC like Hulk, with his alter ego being a confused civilian named Kevin Kho. Just to have Kevin shout “Omactivate!” and smash on opponents would make for a character worthy to be added to the roster.

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Rag Doll

I promise you I am the only person in the world with this character on his/her DLC wishlist. But, I present to you Peter Merkel, Jr., one of the oddest characters in DCU history. I won’t go into the history of the character (I recommend reading Villains United and Secret Six Vol. 1 & 2 for that), but I will mention that Rag Doll replaced his joints with hinges so that he can bend any way he wants. This creepy character would be quite unorthodox, I imagine he’d play a lot like Voldo from the Soulcalibur series. [Honorable mention: Creeper]

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Red Tornado

Even if DC has yet to bring him into the New 52, I’d really like to see the Red Tornado make his way into Injustice. To be honest, I don’t know much about the character, but I have always liked his look, and the idea of having a robot character in the game would give Injustice’s roster a little more variety.

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Resurrection Man

Who’s Resurrection Man?! Hold on, and hang in there with me on this one. Resurrection Man is a character that is resurrected after every time he dies. With every resurrection he is given new superpowers. Think of this in fighting game terms and you have a character who could have a different move set every round. While that may sound maddening, it is also annoying to your competitors as they’d never know how you’ll be fighting them next. I image he’d play like Moukjin from Tekken. [Honorable mention: Clayface]

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Sandman

While The Sandman is my favorite comic series of all time, I’m actually referring to Wesley Dodds. It isn’t very often in video games any longer that we get to play as golden age superheroes, and one of my favorites was always Sandman. Just look at the character! He runs around in a suit, cape, fedora and gas mask. That is just downright amazing character design. Give the character a gas gun and let him move around like back-in-the-day and you’d have a character that’d be a ton of fun to play as. [Honorable mention: Dr. Mid-Night, Mister Terrific, or Starman]

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The Shade

Chalk this one up to me just finishing reading through all of Starman, but The Shade is one of the most interesting characters in all of the DCU. While his greatest assets (narration, and English wit) wouldn’t be used in the game, his superpowers would more than justify a spot in the DLC roster. (Even if it’d make people scratch their heads wondering who he is.) His powers are immortality and commanding the darkness into violent weapons, the latter of which could manifest into moves reminiscent to Morrigan from Darkstalkers. Shoot darkness here, release a shadow demon there, and finish your opponent off by walloping them with your cane.

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Spectre

While nearly all the characters mentioned so far have a move list just waiting for them, Spectre would be a little more difficult. In the DCU there are a group of characters which have godlike abilities, and often watch and manipulate the happenings on Earth, I would love to see one of these beings given a chance to battle in this game. If Marvel vs. Capcom 2 could get away with adding Shuma-Gorath, I think Injustice could handle the Spirit of Vengeance. [Honorable mention: Phantom Stranger, Pandora, The Sandman, or Death]

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Swamp Thing

Here’s another oddball injection to the fantasy fighter roster. Swamp Thing is enjoying a great run in the New 52 right now, and thanks to Alan Moore had one of the best runs of any comic ever back in the 80s, but bringing Alec Holland’s green god to a fighter seems like a strange choice. I’d agree to that assertion, but I counter by asking you to imagine Swamp Thing handling like Dormammu from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – large, bulky, strong and with plenty of elemental attacks. Really, I just want this character in the game to see what his special move would look like.

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Wildcat

If you are going to have a fighting game that takes place in the DC Universe, you need to have the fighter from the DCU, Wildcat. The scrappy old Ted Grant is just a boxer with a no quit attitude, that’s enough to be perfect for Injustice. If you need a visual, but just imagine him handling like Balrog from Street Fighter… only wearing tights with a cat mask. Perfect I tell you!!


They probably could have had a roster of over a hundred fighters and I still would beg for more. But if NetherRealm can deliver on a few of these characters I’ll gladly drop a couple bucks to play as somebody new.

What do you think? What characters would you like to see added?

Back in the Saddle Again

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It’s been a long while since I last blogged about anything inane (http://www.ign.com/blogs/iverson-ign). That said, since I, like all good narcissists in the internet age, believe the world is a better place with my random brain spasms out in public, here I am again.

For those unaware, my name is Dan Iverson. I’ve spent the past seven years of my life working at IGN.com, until I was recently laid off in February – along with a great deal of talented co-workers, which I wish the best. During my seven years with IGN I helped to start their TV site (http://www.ign.com/tv), worked with the community, managed their database, created massive features (i.e. http://www.ign.com/top/rpgs & http://www.ign.com/wikis/best-of-2011), and project managed a few key community/social tools for the site. You may have also heard my voice on a few IGN podcasts for TV, Comics, Stars, Nintendo and Tech over the years.

Now that you know who I am, I’ve decided to get back into letting my inner thoughts run free and shift my blog to a place where I can write about whatever I want… which will still be movies, TV, comics and video games, because I am the nerdiest person alive. I’m willing to fight for that position. …Like really fight.

I’ll pop in from time to time with answers to questions that I’m asked, or whatever strange thoughts I need to jot down. If you happen to have any comics, games, TV or movies related questions, send them my way on Twitter (@Dan1verson) and I’ll try to give my two cents when I get a chance.