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Subj: Re: What's with the term "Metahumans"?
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 at 06:23:52 am EST (Viewed 241 times)
Reply Subj: What's with the term "Metahumans"?
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 at 02:10:08 am EST (Viewed 240 times)

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didnt this term get a lot credence at DC after Kingdom Come?

It's like in the 90s when X-men were dominating, DC wanted a similar term for mutant that denoted fear and mistrust from the populace?

I myself don't care for the term. I think "superhuman" is clearly the right word.

I can't be absolutely certain but I suspect the term came into the lexicon as a result of 1989's Invasion introducing the concept of the 'Metagene' - the genetic marker in humanity that enabled Super-powers to be imbued. My faint memory, possibly incorrect, is that it was John Ostrander (Firestorm, Suicide Squad, Manhunter etc) who first coined the term of Metahuman, or at least made it fashionable and widespread through the 1990s...

The Metagene still gets the occasional mention and is still the default rationale used for the science behind humans developing super-powers...

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