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TJ Burns

In Reply To
Ed Love

Subj: Re: I like Citizen Steel!
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 02:31:33 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: I like Citizen Steel!
Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 03:19:33 am EDT

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I'm not a big fan of the current one. The playing up his weight/mass makes him more of a hindrance than an asset to the team. The few times he'd be able to cut loose and he has a costume that hinders him. Otherwise, he doesn't have the control needed, his weight is a risk factor in most buildings, etc. Sorta like Lightning. Her ability to short out electrical devices would make her a liability to even be near a car, airplane, ambulance. The side-effects of both of their powers are more damaging than helpful.

And it wouldn't have taken much of a retcon to bring back either of his two predecessors. The original was working on a bio-regenerative formula I believe when he had to undergo the process to become Steel. It's possible that they were a bit more like Wolverine beyond the metal skeletons. My own theory was the second Steel's death was faked after he sustained those injuries, letting him heal somewhere in private and have a real life without being coerced to live up to a legacy he didn't want.

> Of course, I was a big fan of his grandfather, the orginal Commander Steel (loved the name). One of the very few characters (Cap excluded of course) who didn't look downright silly in a costume inspired by Old Glory. The Patriot, anyone? I though it was a shame when Commander Steel was turned into a disturbed old man in JLA during the original crisis. I even kind of liked JLA Detriot's Steel, kind of Earth 1's original legacy hero. He died a pointless death at the hands of Professor Ivo's androids. I think this Citizen Steel not only looks great but has tremendous potential because he was just a normal guy who got a bum deal in life, losing his leg and let everything spiral out of control with painkillers. I think he and Rick Tyler have a lot in common.


> And it wouldn't have taken much of a retcon to bring back either of his two predecessors. The original was working on a bio-regenerative formula I believe when he had to undergo the process to become Steel. It's possible that they were a bit more like Wolverine beyond the metal skeletons. My own theory was the second Steel's death was faked after he sustained those injuries, letting him heal somewhere in private and have a real life without being coerced to live up to a legacy he didn't want.

It's been established elsewhere you're right on here... after all, they pulled the plug on him to let him die in the original arc he was injured in... only for Despero to find him and finish killing him later in the Giffen League. His grandfather intended to keep him alive and heal him, only for Despero to finish the job.


TJB


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