Category Archives: Forgotten Characters

Forgotten Characters: Phantazia

Whatever happened to Phantazia?

There are a bajillion different mutants in the X-Men corner of comics, and I’m sure more than a few have been left by the wayside over the decades. But what about Phantazia? She looks cool and she was a female member of the Brotherhood of Mutants before it was cool!

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Phantazia is one of those weird characters who pops up in a specific role, gets used in the background a couple of times and then disappears almost completely. But you can’t deny that she has a really cool look. Purple is a badass super-villain color.

So what became of that cool looking female member of the Brotherhood? Join me after the jump to find out!

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UN-Forgotten Characters: Gauntlet

Hey guys, the Gauntlet is back!

Being the enormous comic book geek that I am, I happen to fall in love with a lot of random, obscure characters that pop up through ongoing series. Sometimes they’re just background nonsense. Sometimes they’re an awesome supporting character that doesn’t get brought along when the creative team changes. When that is the case, I started this Forgotten Characters article series to highlight some of my favorites that disappeared over the years.

Well now I’m pleased to report that one of those Forgotten Characters has returned!

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His gauntlet is looking funkier than ever

The Gauntlet has reappeared in the newest issue of Tony Stark – Iron Man! This makes perfect sense, considering the Gauntlet’s creator, Dan Slott, is the new writer for Iron Man!

Join me after the jump for all the awesome details!

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Forgotten Characters: Element Woman

Whatever happened to Element Woman?

Back when the New 52 continuity actually mattered and tried to hold itself together, Element Woman was one of the first, permanent new members of the Justice League! She was created and written by Geoff Johns himself!

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Just look at her little element car!

But her introduction was part of a larger storyline leading into the Forever Evil crossover. And then she immediately disappeared and got shuffled off to the nonexistent Doom Patrol. She hasn’t been seen since, and definitely hasn’t had a part to play in Rebirth.

What happened? Why would this awesome new character get such a short shrift? Join me after the jump to help commiserate!

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Forgotten Characters: Dr. Francine Langstrom

Whatever happened to Francine Langstrom, the wife of Man-Bat?

Man-Bat is still around. He’s a teacher at Gotham Academy. But whatever happened to his better half, the badass lady scientist that is Francine Langstrom?

Why isn’t DC Comics making better use of this potentially awesome character?


Batman only trusts so many people with his giant laser blasters


Francine Langstrom, for those who don’t know, is the wife of Kirk Langstrom, otherwise known as Man-Bat. They’re a scientist couple who are always working on this formula that turns people¬†into a werebat creature. Kirk and Francine have appeared all over the world of Batman, from Batman: The Animated Series to Batman: Arkham Knight. And as of right now, Francine is languishing in comic book limbo!

Now is the perfect time for Francine to make an awesome comeback! Join me after the jump to find out why!

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Forgotten Characters: Vibe

Whatever happened to Vibe?

The dance-loving former Justice League Detroiter has never been more high profile than right now, with Cisco Ramon a popular, ongoing character in The Flash TV show. And before that, there was a big Vibe push in the New 52 from no less than Geoff Johns himself, putting the character front and center in the new Justice League of America.

But that fizzled out pretty fast.

Look at him fizzle!

Vibe was never a popular character. But with the New 52 relaunch at DC Comics, everything was new again, and Vibe was allowed to party like never before. He was part of a big promotional push in the lead up to Trinity War and Forever Evil, then starred in not only the relaunched Justice League of America comic, but also his own spin-off solo series by writers Andrew Kreisberg and Sterling Gates. And like I said, Vibe was chosen, out of all possibilities, to be one of the main characters in the supremely popular Flash TV show. His origin story has been an ongoing plot since the start of the show.

So why has Vibe been missing in comic book action for years now?

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