Monday, 13 August 2012
NIGHT-SLAYER - a Batman villain that sounds like a metal band. Don't think Bruce needs to worry about this guy turning up again.
NIGHTWING - having survived and editorial edict to kill him off during Infinite Crisis, Dick Grayson's alive and well and in his eponymous title so he goes into the "in place" column.
NIGHTWING AND FLAMEBIRD - wouldn't surprise me to see the Kandorian heroes appearing in one form or another, reimagined by Grant Morrison for today's discerning reader, but I don't think it'll be before the end of the year.
NIMBUS - tied in with the Omega Men as he is, I don't think we'll be seeing him any time soon.
NORTHWIND - one of Infinity Inc, it seems unlikely that we'll see him, even on Earth-2 given what we now know about the forthcoming (start of April, remember!) series and how the old heroes in the JSA aren't actually that old.
NUCLEAR FAMILY - these robots last showed up, I think, in the Battle for Bludhaven mini-series; I don't think there's any chance of them turning up soon.
OBSIDIAN - and here's another one that we can pretty much forget about; with the news that Green Lantern Alan Scott and the other JSA'ers are going to be in the mid-twenties, there won't have been time to sire a shadow-controlling son.
OCEAN MASTER - at the time of writing, Black Manta's just appeared in the pages of Aquaman. With one of his big bad guys back, I'd be surprised if Ocean Master doesn't make an appearance so he's going in the possible column.
O.M.A.C. - while the series didn't survive the first cull of the New 52, OMAC was a surprise appearance at the start of it so gets into the "in place" column.
THE OMEGA MEN - as I've mentioned on their individual entries throughout these posts, I don't think there's much chance of these guys appearing in the New 52 at all, let alone before the end of 2012.
ONYX - don't think there's been any sign of this Batman / Green Arrow ally for some time now.
So in summary, three in place (Nightwing, the Olympian Gods and O.M.A.C.) no definite predictions and one possible (Ocean Master)