UN-Forgotten Characters: Excavator
Hey guys, Excavator’s back!
About two years ago now, I started up a special feature on my blog called Forgotten Characters. Basically, I tend to fall in love with some of the most obscure, small time comic book characters you’ve ever seen. Maybe they only show up for a single issue or a single storyline, but for whatever reason, they tickle my fancy. In the hopes that maybe other people like them as well, I give them a little write up to let the world know I haven’t forgotten.
The first Forgotten Character on my list was Excavator, the teenage, shovel-wielding member of the Wrecking Crew. He was created as a one-off joke character in the pages of Runaways way back in 2005. Excavator served his purpose and we never heard from him again, no matter how much I really liked him.
Turns out, Excavator has been brought back in all his shovelly glory in the pages of Avengers Undercover! How cool is that?!
Join me after the jump for all the details!
Avengers Undercover is the sequel series to Avengers Arena, where several teen superheroes were kidnapped by Arcade and were forced to fight to the death in Murder World, a la The Hunger Games. In Avengers Undercover, the survivors find themselves lured into joining the Masters of Evil, led by Baron Zemo – except that they’re still good guys, so they’re secretly going along with Zemo to eventually take him down.
And sure enough, guess who’s a member of the Masters of Evil?
Excavator has a pretty substantial role, actually. He’s not just a background character. Excavator is the would-be boyfriend of Deathlocket, one of the Murder World survivors. She’s kind of a bookworm who was grafted with cybernetic Deathlok parts. He was attracted to her right away, and she likes the attention from a cute boy. It’s an adorable little relationship, except for the fact that Excavator is definitely a bad guy.
He wanted her to shoot Captain America!
So my hat is off to writer Dennis Hopeless for bringing back one of my Forgotten Characters. This is further proof that any character can be made interesting as long as they’ve got the right motivation.