Monday, 16 July 2012

Who Was Who Is Who #29

So for want of anything better to write about on a Monday, I'm going to go through all my copies of Who's Who and see if I can predict who will make it over to the new DCU by the end of 2012, who might make it and who hasn't got a Midnight's chance.

MATRIX-PRIME - an old Supergirl villain, I kinda doubt that we'll be seeing this "mobile robot factory" turning up at any point soon.

MATTER-EATER LAD - far as I can see, Matter-Eater Lad hasn't made his way back into the pages of Legion so far (at least up to mid-March when I'm writing this) and Dave Sopko, the official COEP Legion go to guy, seems to agree: "Unfortunately, I doubt we will be seeing Tenzil any time soon. Paul Levitz seems to write him out whenever he is on the Legion. Using him extremely sparingly. Which is a shame, seeing as how much fun the character can be (see the Keith Giffen, Tom and Mary Bierbaum penned issues for examples. Not to mention the Subs Special)"

MATTER MASTER - I think the last time we saw Matter Master was when he and the rest of his cronies in the Secret Society of Super-villains had their memories returned and took on the JLA just prior to Infinite Crisis. Doubt he'll make it into the new 52 any time soon.

MAXIE ZEUS - one of Batman's crazy villains who believes himself to be the incarnation of Zeus, I wonder why Bats never called in a favour and had Wonder Woman introduce him to the real thing. He'd probably have thought it was all a hoax, but it may have been worth a go. Anyhow, I don't think Maxie'll be showing up soon.

'MAZING MAN - like Captain Carrot, I know there's a lot of love out there for the little guy, but I doubt he'll show up in the New 52.

MENTO - another Doom Patrol member that, unless we hear differently, won't be turning up in the New 52 before the end of the year.

MERA - and the first of this week's characters to already be in place is Mera who graces the pages of Aquaman.

THE MERCENARIES - unless this odd bunch turn up in the pages of G.I. Combat, I think it safe to say we won't be seeing them.

MERLYN - as in the archer, the only foe of Green Arrow that anyone can name. At the moment (mid-March, remember) Anne Nocenti has just taken over as writer and has plans to beef up GA's enemies. If the recently announced Arrow TV series pilot gets picked up, I'm sure we'll see Merlyn back in Green Arrow's pages so he goes in the possible column.

MERRY, THE GIRL OF A THOUSAND GIMMICKS - belonging to a different, more innocent age, I very much doubt Merry will be around in the new 52, even if the thing with Metron works out (see below).

METALLO - long-time Superman bad guy, he's back in Action Comics so gets into the already in place column.

METAL MEN - I think the last time I saw the loveable robots was in the pages of Justice League: Generation Lost and, as far as I can see, they've not turned up in the New 52 so far. However, with Professors Ivo and Morrow having turned up in Justice League, I can see Will Magnus turning up soon so they're going into the possible column.

METAMORPHO - another character I've long had a soft spot for, poor old Rex Mason hasn't made it into the New 52 so far but, with a bit of luck, he'll turn up at some point. Before the end of the year, though? I'm guessing not.

METRON - one of the more enigmatic New Gods, I think it highly likely he'll show up, along with some of the other New Genesisians, at some point but probably not before the end of the year. As to that reference I made above concerning Merry and Metron, see below.

MIDNIGHT - looking for all the world like the Spirit, I can't see him turning up any time soon.

So in summary, two already in place (Mera and Metallo), no definite predictions and two possibles (Merlyn and the Metal Men)

And just for fun, there's something that's always baffled me about Who's Who #15. Here's the back cover:

Together with the front cover, it's a picture showing all the characters who appear in that issue. Now how's this for a random pairing:

Merry, the Girl of a Thousand Gimmicks sitting on Metron's lap while he has his arm around her waist! There's something going on there, I tell you!


  1. Those Who's Who covers were just brilliant, great spot. It's so sad the new 52 scuppered the 21st century version Bob Greenberger had finished.

    Metamorpho was in the latest Batman Inc #1 with other Outsiders, so that's him in the New 52.

    1. Like I said, Metron and Merry being paired up always struck me as weird!

      So Metamorpho and other Outsiders are in? Bugger. That scuppers the rest of my predictions for them as well.


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