Speedball fans - all seventeen of them - have had reason to mourn recently as their favorite bouncing, wisecracking masked marvel has been turned into Penance, a horrific dark pain-addicted shadow of his former self. I was never a huge fan of Speedball, as such, but I don't want to see the poor little guy literally put through the meat grinder like this. All I keep thinking of is how...er...unhygienic...the Penance suit is going to become. With the caked-on blood, and the not showering, and the how does he go to the bathroom, m'hey-hey!
Any-way, the good news! Speedball yet lives! Tucked away safely in an alternate time line as of Marvel Team-Up #18 (2006). In MTU #15-18, a parallel-universe Speedball, along with Darkhawk, Sleepwalker, and several other forgotten characters made up the "League of Losers", Earth's last line of defense after all the major heroes are ambushed and killed by a time-travelling warlord named Chronok. Four issues and considerable time hi jinx later, the heroes are victorious. They're also stuck in an alternate future, year 2099. That is to say, an alternate future to the future they would have had, had their original time line continued in it's original, Chronok-conquered state. Try to keep up, son.
Anyway, #16 ends with this (click to enlarge):
In your face, Spiky McGee. Coming soon...Good news for Stilt-Man fans!