Monday, July 07, 2008

Who Can Replace the Martian Manhunter?



In Final Crisis #1 the Martian Manhunter was executed by Libra as a message to the superhero community that the recently returned villain was a serious threat. So, for the sake of argument, let's assume that the Manhunter really is dead forever*. The loss robs the Justice League of one of their most powerful members as well as the instant communication provided by his telepathy.

Who could possibly replace him? I nominate SWAMP THING.

In appearance and demeanor, not to mention powers, Swamp thing could serve as a perfect substitute for tall, green, alien J'onn. He's got fantastic powers coming out the wazoo, like the Manhunter, and then some. He isn't telepathic, but if Leaguers carried seeds on their persons at all times, they'd be set. All of the Justice Leaguers would only be one bobbly little swamp thing head at the end of a vine snaking from their trousers away from the latest Justice League alerts and information.

Granted, Swamp Thing doesn't at first seem like JLA material, but given that they've let everybody else in, why not? He is DC's iconic horror character, so it's not unthinkable to include him on their iconic team. It wouldn't be the first time a super-team admitted a questionable recruit in order to keep a better eye on them, either. Batman and Superman have both worked with the big guy, so who better to monitor his return to public life, for whatever reason. Heck, he even led his own wacky superhero team once.

Of course, this is all a pipe-dream as long as Vertigo keeps their clutches on the big guy. Swamp Thing as a dark horror franchise needs a good long rest, as it's been run on diminishing returns since Alan Moore left twenty-some years ago. Vertigo haven't been able to gain traction with a Swamp Thing series in years, as far as I can tell, so why not share?

Or maybe I've finally snapped. Whadda you think?


* He is not.

11 comments:

Mason said...

Grant Morrison showed us that Vertigo characters can exist (and thrive) in DCU continuity in his JLA story where Daniel (Sandman) showed up on the Watchtower. While Swamp Thing may not be the high-class gaudily-dressed hero usually seen in JLA, at the very least a cross-over hearkening back to Alan Moore's classic story with the JLA mopping up from Swamp Thing's battle with the Floronic Man would be a great way to 1) bring Swamp Thing back into play in the DCU and 2) prove that given the various Crisises over the years, Alan Moore's run is still in continuity.

Jeff said...

Bloodwynd, of course. Who else is there?

And yes, I know that MM was pretending to be Bloodwynd originally, but the character really does exist and given 1) the lack of a real mystic in the JLA and 2) the woefully underdeveloped "Fifth Age of Magic" currently underway, it would be sweet.

joe bloke said...

ambush bug!!!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to see Swamp thing wearing a cape.

He would make a good JLA character but he doesn't seem all that into "action" he's kinda slow and lumbering. plus he talks with orange word bubbles.

Adam said...

I actually like the idea, considering that Swamp Thing's grotesque anatomy matches up well with the artistic stylings of Ed Benes

adg3825 said...

They should add Swamp Thing, Ambush Bug AND Bloodwynd. Bloodwynd just had a great costume, Ambush Bug has the humor and Swamp Thing has the raw power. I mean, he's in touch with The Green. What more do you need?

And then it can turn out that J'onn is such a powerful shapeshifter that he could turn into four separate people, and one of him died at the hands of Libra, while the other three were impersonating Ambush Bug, Swamp Thing and Bloodwynd (again).

Kevin Huxford said...

Actually, I believe if the JLA all ate tubers off of Swamp Thing's body, he could probably allow them all to communicate mentally much like J'Onn did...with the bonus of a trippy experience at the onset.

adg3825 said...

Yay! Trippin' on Swamp Thing.

Dean said...

Because having a tripped-out, hallucinating Justice League wandering around is a fine idea.

Anonymous said...

You're all off base. It's gotta be Shrek!

Anonymous said...

Hey Swampy was on a team with challengers of the unknown. He could work with the JLA