WIth DC bringing back the Multiverse and also rebooting their main continuity without the merged realities of the pre-Crisis Earth-1, 2, 4 and S, there leaves an opening to explore those other parallel world’s.
As seen at the end of 52 maxi series, Mr. Mind (an Earth-S villain) ‘ate’ the realities of all 52 Worlds twisting most of them into their pre-Crisis versions. For the most part. Let’s look at what we have;
EARTH-1 – Being developed in graphic novel format by J. Michael Straczynski and Geoff Johns doing Superman and Batman respectively. This seems to be their playground for now. Let’s leave it alone.
EARTH-2 – Finally getting a JSA series after much fan outcry. One of the worst things about this post-Flashpoint mess was the removal of a very beloved superteam.
EARTH-3 – Some pretty cool changes as seen in 52 but it doesn’t concern me.
EARTH-4 – Home of the Charlton characters hasn’t any appearances since the Crisis on Infinite Earth’s in 1986. This is ripe for expansion and one of the parallel worlds I want to focus on.
EARTH-5 – Home of Captain Marvel and the Fawcett characters. Cap has a big fan following and he’s seen print pre-Crisis.
This is what I would do:
CAPTAIN ATOM – His name would be Nathaniel Allen Adam, a combo of pre and post Crisis. He would be an Air Force pilot who volunteered to fly an experimental nuclear powered ship shielded with an alien metal called ‘Dilustel’ into space. The ship malfunctions (sabotage maybe?), blows up and Captain Adam is vaporized in space. As in pre-Crisis continuity he manages to pull himself back together atom by atom but it takes him 40+ years to do it thereby firmly depositing himself in the modern day. I’m still up in the air if I would do a story arc with him being gold and then changing to silver in a more patriotic looking costume after hooking back up with the government. And when he coats himself the Dilustel, he’s anatomically correct so he will be wearing pants.
BLUE BEETLE – Archaeology professor and family man Dan Garret would be the current Blue Beetle of this world. His magic scarab will form into his blue chainmail costume but with some modern looking updates (but nothing to the extreme like with Jaime Reyes though). He would have flight, invulnerability, super-strength and be able to shoot lightning. Much the same as he’s always been. Being a professor, he has a TA by the name of Ted Kord, a mechanical genius and member of the gymnastics team. See where I’m going with this? Very similar death too due to Ted’s uncle Jarvis.
BLUE BEETLE II – After Ted Kord inherits the scarab from his mentor Dan Garret he finds that it just will not work for him. But that’s OK! Being the mechanical genius that he is, he invents his own arsenal and flying Bug. He also discovers that the scarab is far from useless, it is a source of untapped power. He uses it to power…. something. His base? New powered suit of armor (Kind of Kingdom Come-ish) or maybe the Bug itself? Who knows. Ted drives on in Dan’s name and does him much honor.
THE QUESTION – I loved how he was portrayed in the Justice League Unlimited Cartoon and I would go along those lines. He’s a detective and street level character, almost Vertigo-esque. His clothes would turn a darker color when he activates the gas. Powder blue and orange aren’t going to cut it.
NIGHTSHADE & SON OF VULCAN – Truthfully, I haven’t really put too much thought into these characters. Both are magic based and have the opportunity for some world building there.
SARGE STEEL – Kind of a Nick Fury type but missing a hand instead of an eye. He would be in charge of the governmental organization that Captain Atom eventually becomes a part of.
THE VILLAINS – I can’t recall any Earth-4 villains! Really. I would take Maxwell Lord just as he is from New-Earth and make him a Luthor level villain. Plastique and Major Force would fit right in with Captain Atom but more would need to be created for the rest of the characters. After all, heroes are defined by their villains.
CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE MARVEL FAMILY – Make it fun, goofy and intelligent and try to recapture the feel that made the Golden Age series so popular. I would do a large story arc starting with their origin in 1939, a crossover with the WWII Justice Society on Earth-2 and their final adventure where Billy, Mary and Freddy along with the Sivana Family get trapped in the Suspendium Bubble. The next arc would bring them into modern times.
IBIS – Ibis is an immortal and now act as a guide for the Marvel’s after they come into modern times. He’s a strong magic user and would trained a couple apprentices and maybe even had a couple kids with Tala by the time he’s in modern day.
BULLETMAN – The way he was shown in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon was fantastic! His costume will be updated to a more Rocketeer feel and the exploding sound effect when he takes off from flight will be worked in. His helmet that attracts bullets to it needs to go! His legacy character may be a gun wielding character with a ‘bulletproof’ vest that absorbs kinetic energy causing bullets (among other things) to drop after they hit. Not much of a tie in to his legacy but it could be a modification of his helmet??
MR SCARLET & PINKY – Oh dear God these two needs some help. Slight updates to the Golden Age costumes. Same old, same old. There legacy characters would have a Daredevil movie type costume to them. I haven’t put too much thought into these two.
SPY SMASHER – A great Golden Age character but I can’t envsion him being brought into the modern age as is. His modern incarnation would be a counter terrorism/spycatcher (go figure) going by the name Codename: Spy Smasher and is referred to as Agent Armstrong. Or something like that.
MINUTE-MAN – A patriot type that was also working for the military. His program could have evolved over the years since WWII ended into a group of special forces types. This is a hard one to do just because he’s quite corny and the Minute Men has been done in real life recently. Something will come to me eventually.
THE VILLAINS – The Sivana’s, Black Adam, Mr. Mind, IBAC… there are tons of Marvel Family villains to use. The other characters not so much, so again a great opportunity to create more.