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One of my favourite scenes from Grant Morrison's run, offered as a possible source of general inspiration.

7 pages from Animal Man vol. 1 #23 (May 1990).

Buddy Baker is in despair. Feeling empty inside after his brutal revenge upon those responsible for the murder of his wife and children, he borrows a time machine so he can go back and warn his family in advance. However, the machine malfunctions, transmitting him as a sort of ghost whom his family, and even his past self, can't hear and can only intermittently see. As if this weren't horrible enough, Animal Man involuntarily falls even further back through time, to 1968. After giving his ten-year-old self a scare, he sits brooding in a park, whereupon the Phantom Stranger, who can see and hear him, offers his company.

And so Animal Man returns to the present, just in time to help deal with a bevy of pre-Crisis alternate-Earth superheroes and villains who've just re-emerged from Psycho Pirate's brain. But that's another story.

Date: 2016-11-15 08:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I like, amongst other things, that Morrison acknowledges the VERY short lived "Forgotten Heroes" team that Animal Man and Immortal Man were both members of.

Date: 2016-11-15 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
Who was the marketing guru who came up with that one, I wonder?

"You stopped caring about these guys and bought more Superman and Batman instead... BUT NOW THEY'RE IN A TEAM!!"

Date: 2016-11-15 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Oh, second/third stringer books will always be a thing, because sometimes it works and they actually take off. It's worth it for all the times they don't.

Date: 2016-11-15 10:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pyynk
Yup. See also a certain classic Justice League run.

Date: 2016-11-15 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
Yeah, THAT's true, but it's the name that throws me. I mean, Justice League International, Suicide Squad, even Nextwave... they all have an identifiable hook that says "here's a new reason to be interested in these guys." The Forgotten Heroes' name comes right out and says "Here's a bunch of guys that fans read for a while and then forgot about!"

Date: 2016-11-16 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
I think there's supposed to be a shade of 'they were forgotten- but they shouldn't be,' in there. Or 'old soldiers'.

Honestly I like the name ^^

Nextwave was fun, but the name doesn't really mean anything.
Edited Date: 2016-11-16 04:58 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-11-16 05:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
I feel there's some implication that immortality in general lends itself to being able to do so.

Date: 2016-11-15 09:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lyricalswagger
Leave it to Binky!

Date: 2016-11-16 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really love pre-52 Phantom Stranger. I do like 52 Phantom Stranger, just not as much.


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