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Oh yeah, warning: racism.

Wesley Dodds is, in the current chronology of the DCU, the first modern superhero, and was considered by Batman to be an even greater detective than he was.

Driven by disturbing prophetic dreams, Dodds would march out into the night to try and prevent and solve crimes with nothing more than his wits, his gasgun and mask to prevent himself from being effected by his own gas' side effects.

He was assisted by his long time romantic partner Dian Belmont, who helped him solve crimes and drove his car until her nephew, Sandy Hawkins, stole her job.

If you can pick up the series Sandman Mystery Theatre, it's a good noir detective comic that also shows the approach of superheroes into the DCU, replacing the regular pulp influenced characters of old. Plus it deals with contempory issues in an interesting way as well.

Here is a section from Sandman Midnight Theatre, the joint Matt Wagner/Neil Gaiman written storyline that connected Gaiman's Sandman series with Wagner's.

Dodds is in the UK investigating a blackmailling ring originating from a manor owned by some "so-called magicians" and cultists. While searching for the safe that contains their blackmail material, he comes across something odd in the basement...




And from Sandman Mystery Theatre 40, here is Dian coming to visit Wesley as he watches over a rabbi that is being targetted by some gangsters, and makes a shocking (for the time period) confession to her,



Actually, if you bring back Wesley could you bring back Dian too? As her death was one of the contributing factors to him throwing himself off a cliff at the beginning of the Jack Knight etc. incarnation of the JSA, as well as protecting the identity of the new Dr Fate.

Date: 2010-08-19 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] falseaesop
I'm not sure I'd like to see Wesley back from the dead. New stories of his? Sure, love to read new period pieces of Wesley, but have him come back? Not really. Two reasons, one? Because shooting a Dark Lord in the face then ruining his plans while protecting your friends with a heroic sacrifice after living a full life is freaking epic, perfect way to go out. If they brought him back someone would eventually be tempted to have him die in a way to make it seem like Kingdom Come is happening for reals!

And two, even with the dreams I never thought of Wesley as superpowered. That is part of his charm, sure Ted Grant can get away with being a 'unsuper superhero' who is pushing 100, but line too many up in the JSA and its going to be silly. Alan and Jay don't count because htey have immortality macguffins.

Date: 2010-08-19 11:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
Ted's Quasi Immortal though

Date: 2010-08-19 11:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I think that's been done away with as he's used up all his extra lives.

Date: 2010-08-19 11:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
Nope. As of the Recent JSA Nazi-World Story line. Ted has Nine lives at any given time. Which means he's got to be killed nine times In rapid succession to be killed permenantly

Date: 2010-08-19 11:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Well, that's just cheating!

Date: 2010-08-19 11:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
Well the Nazis were able to do it (its how the JSA found out) also think of the Hell he went through until they found out

Date: 2010-08-19 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] falseaesop
Yeah Sand has been... underwelming. When JSA kicked off with a bang really seemed like he was going to carry the torch... but.... didn't.

Date: 2010-08-20 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
I think he's a member of JSA All-Stars. Granted, I haven't read that book in a while, so I wouldn't know for certain how he was being used.

Date: 2010-08-20 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] keeva
Because shooting a Dark Lord in the face then ruining his plans while protecting your friends with a heroic sacrifice after living a full life is freaking epic, perfect way to go out.

yeah, people who shoot dark lords NEVER come back in comics. :)

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