Category Archives: Forgotten Characters

UN-Forgotten Characters: Rhapsody Has Returned

Every comic book character is somebody’s favorite. There have been so many comics across so many decades, with so many people reading them at random, that certain issues and certain characters are going to stick with those people.

The height of early 90s fashion

One of those characters for me is the mutant Rhapsody, a character who made a single storyline appearance in an issue of Peter David’s X-Factor all the way back in 1992. I don’t remember how little 9-year-old me got ahold of the issue, but so much about what I love in comics can be traced directly back to X-Factor #79.

Join me after the jump for the full story and Rhapsody’s return at the Hellfire Gala!

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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 peopleĀ 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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