Making A Case For D-List Superheroes And Villains

It’s a great time to be a comic book nerd. Due to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comics have become the in thing and audiences have been introduced to a host of superheroes. Everyone’s heard of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, A-list characters who’ve carried franchises in comic and movie form.

Yet there are still so many characters that people aren’t familiar with, so called ‘D-List’ superheroes and villains who aren’t taken seriously. They can be the kind of characters invented for comic relief or used as cannon fodder in stories e.g. Booster Gold and Bob, Agent of Hydra. But I’d argue that a D-Lister is only limited by the imagination of the writer. In the right hands, an obscure character can reach the same level as Batman and I’m going to explain how that happens.

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Why The Absorbing Man Is An Underrated Villain

There are a variety of underrated characters in comics and many of them are villains who are used as cannon fodder against superheroes. They might be small time crooks or second rate super villains who have cliché backstories. But some small time villains can be the most human characters of all, and there’s an argument to be made that The Absorbing Man is one of the most underappreciated villains in the history of comics. Carl ‘Crusher’ Creel has the power to duplicate the properties of anything he touches, which puts him on the same level as heavy hitters like Thor and The Hulk.

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Black Bolt Vol 1: Hard Time Review: How Do You Make A Silent Character Relatable?

In recent years, Marvel have done a lot to promote the Inhumans and their world. The most well-known of the Inhumans is Black Bolt, so it was only a matter of time until The Midnight King received his own series. Black Bolt Vol 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, focuses on Black Bolt being held prisoner in a maximum security space prison. As Black Bolt is a silent character, you’d wonder how a story can be formed around someone who never speaks. Ahmed shows the reader how it’s done and the result is one of the most moving stories I’ve ever read.

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