Roshawn, creator of Anatomy of War and all-around comics fan, picks his top 5 Break-Out Characters of the past year.
5) X-O Manowar
One of the coolest new characters of the year! Back with a new origin and a new story, this Jim Shooter created character came blasting on the scene this year as Valiant Entertainment made their come back to monthly comics. This incarnation sees Aric Dacia (A Visigoth from the 4th Century) captured as a slave to the cosmos where he steals the armor that will help him escape the vicious aliens, The Vine.
Below: Hear Aric himself tell you about his struggle:
4) Archer & Armstrong
You may think that I am already giving way too much credit to Valiant, but they have some of the best characters I have ever laid eyes on. They are new and full of just that, CHARACTER! Archer is a no-cussing teen that was brought up to believe that either himself, or his siblings, would bring down the Anti-Christ. He was trained to be the perfect warrior with the ability to mimic any fighting style. Armstrong is a centuries old “immortal” that has befriended many of the worlds’ historical influences and is, apparently, the Anti-Christ. Or at least that is what Archer thinks initially.
The reason I love these characters are because they are the ying-yang of teams. One is a foul-mouthed OLD man and the other is THE all-American kid. They work off of each other so well!
Never, in my life, did I think that Venom would be a character I loved. Flash Thompson is the BEST thing that ever happened to the Venom symbiote. Remender has created, possibly, the BEST anti-hero EVER. You can’t help BUT root for him! As a veteran that lost his legs in the war, Flash Thompson is given the chance to be the hero he always thought he could be…but with no legs….and a drinking problem…and daddy problems…He is now a really messed up guy just trying to live up to his idol, Spider-Man. Rick Remender has given this character a new lease on life and has truly made him shine this year.
I have been longing for a return to the James Robinson ‘Starman’ days and this was just what I needed. Even more clever and witty than ever, Richard Swift (The Shade) embarks on a journey that will show his origin as well as how dark he can really get. A lot of GREAT things came out of this series and I really hope to see more of James Robinsons’ take on this character that he has perfected. I don’t care what people say, you can NEVER have too much of a good thing when it comes to James Robinson and ANYTHING Starman related.
I am just as surprised as you are. I never thought Cyborg would be a character that I would ever consider as a “Top-Tier” character. Even though I grew up reading Cyborg as part of The New Teen Titans (one of my favorite books ever; greatest team-up ever being Marv Wolfman and George Perez), I never quite thought of him as a SUPER-hero. His character really sky-rocketed in the Flashpoint series.
Now, in the DC Relaunch, however, he has proven himself time and time again. Being able to link into every computer in the world may be a bit of overkill, but he does it with the knowledge that he’s not doing it to spy, but only to help better mankind and to help combat against those that are willing to harm others. While this may be a little iffy at best, Cyborg has jumped into a whole other “League” with his new incarnation and has almost seamlessly replaced the Martian Manhunter as the brains of the group.
[Poor Cyborg probably wasn’t needed when the Craftsman guy visited the Justice League. – Ed.]