Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Penance Revealed (SPOILERS)

The cover for Civil War: Front Line #10 was leaked today, featuring Penance, the newest member of the Thunderbolts, and if you've been paying attention, it's no great shock to see that Penance is...







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Robbie Baldwin, a.k.a. Speedball. He's been through Hell, and now it's time to grim him up. I was never a huge Speedball fan, so I have no particular problem with this development, though I'm reminded of a previous attempt to darken Beast Boy/Changeling in the Teen Titans about 12 years ago. That never "took", and this might not either. God knows Speedball had one of the all-time worst superhero names ever, being named after the drug cocktail that killed John Belushi. I'll be interested to see how Warren Ellis develops Baldwin's story - I'm expecting lots of rainbows and unicorns, personally... or not.

6 comments:

Spencer Carnage said...

I'm a fan of the Bagley era Speedball from New Warriors. He was just an obnoxious ass like spider-man to the nth degree. I've been enjoying what I read of him in Frontline as it seemed to make sense that he would go through all that after the stamford thing. But making him a villian? I was hoping he would bounce back, but apparently not.

Lord knows what Warren Ellis has in store for the guy named Speedball..

coco67 said...

It could be worse. His new name could be Crackpipe...or Billy Bong Thornton!

LurkerWithout said...

*bangs head against wall*

Brian Hughes said...

Yeah, I did like him best in NW.

Brian Hughes said...
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Brian Hughes said...

He isn't necessarily evil, but in need of redemption, and that's what the T-bolts are all about.