Lightning Lass has been one of my favorite members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. She started as a replacement for her brother, with not much more development than that. Eventually, she found herself relegated to being one of the weakest Legionnaires, with what many considered a useless power. In that role, she was defined by her relationship to a stronger male character. However, when her original powers were returned, she found herself once again among the more powerful Legionnaires. She also became one of the first openly gay Legionnaires in a same sex relationship with fellow Legionnaire Shrinking Violet. For the purpose of this article, I am restricting my coverage of the version of Lightning Lass that existed up until the end of the fourth Legion series, Legion of Super-Heroes #61.
I was reading an older comic book that had Waverider in it, and was reminded that I really liked the overall design of the character and the way his powers interacted with the black parts of his costume. I revisited the character and decided that this was one character that I wanted to do a little analysis of, despite his effect on comics being negligible. This is truly a needless character analysis.
Did you think that we had already done a Needless Character Analysis for Spider Gwen? The thing to know about her is that she is actually called Spider-Woman and is from an alternate Earth where it was Gwen Stacy that was bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter Parker. She first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, which is available in multiple formats and has been reprinted several times, making it affordable to find a copy to read. She was created by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi.
This week, our needless character analysis might very well be just that. In legal limbo for many, many years, the Elementals are unlikely to ever see a resurgence. Their creator, Bill Willingham is at last comment, uninterested in revisiting the characters, much less trying to regain full legal ownership of them. Nevertheless, Elementals remains one of the gems from the independent comics boom of the 1980s, and worthy of your search for them.
For this week's Needless Character Analysis, I went for a non-mainstream character, Katchoo of Strangers In Paradise. This is one of those series that, while it ended several years ago, it still remains popular due to its complex characters a strong story. Because Katchoo is one of the central characters, consider this a spoiler warning for the series, if you haven't read it yet.
This week's Needless Character Analysis is for Madame Masque. Currently getting a higher profile due to her inclusion in the television series Agent Carter, Whitney Frost has been a regular, if infrequent foe for Iron Man for many, many years. Her history can be a little hard to follow, but we're going to try to tackle it.
There was a lot of criticism to the New 52 version of Starfire. Recently, the character has seen a little redemption thanks to a new series by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Emanuela Lupacchino. Given that the character has a high profile from her inclusion the animated versions of Teen Titans, it seemed like a re-visit was due to see if the character has been redeemed by her current series enough to be an entry point for younger fans more familiar with her animated counterpart.
This week’s Needless Character Analysis in Maddie Munroe, from We Can Never Go Home. She’s a character that really has a great mystery around her, and took control of her life once it spun out of control. If you haven’t read it, then do so, because there are spoilers in this character analysis. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
Almost everyone remembers Miracleman from his 1980s stories by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Because no analysis of the character is complete without an overview of the character's rocky publication history, that is integrated here.
We're still in the middle of watching Jessica Jones on Netflix. Some of you may have finished already, but day jobs and family obligations mean that we're only half-way through. In the meantime, we're going to share a little comic book background about one of the series' supporting characters, Patsy Walker. For those of you interested in it, the villain of Jessica Jones, the Purple Man, has also had a Needless Character Analysis.
Lately, the urge to share some Legion of Super-Heroes love has been overwhelming. So far, the only Legionnaires to get Needless Character Analysis have been ladies, so it's time for one of the guys to get a chance. Whenever the Legion is described, one of the members that is instantly attached to it, probably more than the founders, is Brainiac 5.
This week saw the release of Uncanny X-Men #600, which had among other things, the current Iceman coming out of the closet when talking to his younger counterpart. Given that this wraps up one of the stories that Brian Michael Bendis got started, first revealing that the younger Bobby Drake was gay, which seemed to contradict years of established continuity. This week saw that the established continuity was just years of Bobby Drake choosing not to acknowledge that part of himself, since being a mutant was hard enough as it was for a young Bobby Drake.