Thursday, January 17, 2013

3 Redeeming The Blue Devil

Okay, are you all with me? Pay attention, because I have fixed (!!!) the New 52 version of our favorite hell-powered hero.

I like the appearance of the character, but I've been "meh" on the overall portrayal of the character so far. The old 'verse gave us a cool, interesting character, even if he had his "diva" moments -- he was an actor, what do you expect? He was smart, too; smart enough to have built the very cutting-edge-technology suit that became a part of him. What's not to love?

Nowadays, we have a ... man-child. I could be wrong, but the little bit we've shown hasn't been encouraging. It seems like the character hasn't really gotten a chance to show much depth. Not surprising, since DC made him share the spotlight with Black Lightning.

Fret not! I have fixed the character!



MY idea will definitely never see the light of DC's day, but it definitely accomplishes two things: it gives us fans back a bit of the character that we knew and loved, and it gives DC an idea for (the start of) a new Blue Devil series! What is my idea?

Don't let him get the suit back.

That's it.

That's all it would take. If he didn't get the suit/skin (skinsuit? Or is that too squicky?) back from Nebiros, it wouldn't be the worst thing for the character. From my point of view, it would be an impetus for him to improve! Want to walk with me down Speculation Lane for a few minutes?

Dan Cassidy has just barely escaped after getting his ass kicked by Nebiros, who was pissed off that his own skin rejected him. The only reason Dan survived at all was because Black Lightning saved him, and ... someone... found a way to banish Nebiros. Not sure who, but hey, I'm not being paid to come up with this yet.

Feeling a bit useless after being unable to prevent his death on his own, Dan starts to work. His social life disappears, and all of his time is spent at Graveyard Pictures. He surrounds himself with the mystical artifacts that are there, and more, and makes a NEW Blue Devil. Part mystical, part mechanical. A new Blue Devil, one that could never be taken from him, that will never control him, and can never be used against him. A new tool with which to fight the exact type of creeps that killed his grandfather.

So, what do you think? Definitely not the best, most fleshed-out story idea, but I like it so far. Especially for one that was thought up at midnight. Would you guys read it, if a decent writer were handling it? Who would you want as the Big Bad? I'm definitely seeing a rematch with Nebiros somewhere down the line!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2 Blue Devil should join Justice League Dark


When I wrote my "2013 wishlist" for Blue Devil, one of the things that I mentioned was that Blue Devil should join the Justice League Dark team. Prior to the New 52, he would've been able to be fit in well enough, but now? With all of the changes to the character, now he's a perfect fit!

Let's look at the current roster of Justice League Dark members:
  • John Constantine, magician and expert liar
  • Madame Xanadu, immortal mystic and fortune-teller
  • Deadman, ghostly acrobat skilled in possessing others
  • Zatanna, skilled in backwards magic
  • Black Orchid, shapeshifter with a connection to the forces of nature
  • Frankenstein, patchwork warrior
  • Amethyst, warrior princess
  • Timothy Hunter, who just opened the Books of Magic
With a line-up of dark heroes like that, Blue Devil would be awesome to see on the team. He's a magically-based character rather than starting out science-based like the old version, and there is a lot of storytelling potential.

We all know how much the modern comics industry digs events, right? There could be at least a small event running primarily through Justice League Dark, that features Nebiros' skin controlling Blue Devil. We've seen little bits of that so far in DC Universe Presents, and Lemire is pretty good at tying together events -- Rotworld, over in Animal Man and Swamp Thing, being a prime example.

So, what do you all think? Should he be the next character written in to that series?
 

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