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Snark Free Corner for 6/18

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Snark Free Corner for 6/18

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

COOL COMIC CHARACTER

One of the standouts of Mark Waid’s acclaimed “Return of Barry Allen” storyline was the introduction of Max Mercury (ostensibly a reinterpretation of a Golden Age superhero, but really, this was a brand new character), the Zen master of speed.

Max was a speedster who traveled through time, and was content to live in the present as a normal person, even though he had all sorts of great lessons to teach people.

The coolest aspect of Max was that, since he had no history, Waid was free to do what he wanted with him, so his personality could be done any way Waid wanted it, which would be impossible to do with established characters.

After a couple of years of being an interesting supporting character in the ever-expanding Flash cast of speedsters, Max moved over to the Impulse title, as the mentor of the title character.

That was a very smart move on Waid’s part (or whoever came up with the idea, if it was not Waid), as it gave him (and future writers) a separate main character to

A. Be the straight man for the wacky Impulse to play off of, and

B. Act as a second main character to give plots to.

It was a great set-up for a spin-off book, and I still honestly do not understand why Max was put into limbo in Impluse (granted, Impulse was soon effectively nullified as a character in the pages of Teen Titans and then Infinite Crisis, so I guess it would have been moot anyways).

Now that Mark Waid is back on Flash, I hope we see the return of Max Mercury.

In fact, there’s already a published cover we could use!!

Max Mercury – a cool comic character

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Lots of heroes can run fast or fly or use magnetism or teleport – but what is the super power that is not as common as these but should be?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Name me a cover that features a member of the World War II Howling Commandos OTHER than Nick Fury and Dum Dum Dugan that shows the character POST-World War II (and remember, only one cover per commenter).

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

1. This character is married.
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2. This character has a child.
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3. This character works for a Homeless Shelter.
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4. This character is related to Lois Lane.
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5. This character took Clark Kent’s job when Kent was presumed dead after Doomsday attacked Metropolis.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

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