Except Monica Rambeau is being used more now, ever since Al Ewing added her to his Mighty Avengers and his Ultimates. So you're getting what you wanted.
If you think “appearing in two titles, one of which was canceled after less than 15 issues and one of which is canceling I think before issue ten, both times in ensemble casts” means that a character is somehow now “high profile” or whatever, I’ve got some big news for you.
“appearing in comics for the first time in decades” is not actually the same thing as “no longer underappreciated.” also, you will notice that the ask was “underappreciated”, not “unappreciated.”
sure, are there characters that don’t even get that much? of course there are. I love many of them. I just didn’t happen to put them on this list.
Imagine Bucky meeting Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman and remembering her from their missions together for Hydra.
“We sure could have used your help in the battle of New York too!” Tony exclaims as both the Avengers and the Carol Corps enter the Quinjet.
“Oh. Yeah. We had to decline.” Col. Monica Rambeau says, barely looking at him. Col. Carol Danvers explains: “Yeah, sorry. Busy cancelling an Incursion.” Bruce and Tony blink. Carol pauses, then rubs her forehead: “I can’t remember the technical term, sorry. That thing when Planet Earth from an alternative universe is obliterated, and the Earths of two adjacent universes collide with each other, destroy their respective universes and threaten our dimension, know what I mean?”
Tony and Bruce exchange confused looks: “Er… no?”
“Well, that’s because we did our jobs.” Monica smirks and fist bumps Carol.
“Wow.” Tony grabs Fury’s sleeve as he passes by: “Hey, Nick, why didn’t you ask these ladies to be part of the Avengers Initiative?”
"Aw, you mean, we weren’t your first choice?”
“Tony.” Nick Fury pinches the bridge of his nose and sighs. “You barely even made the list.”
Carol and Monica turn their attention to Rhodey and gently tease him. Their youngest ally, Kamala Khan - who is dressed from head to toe in the colors of Captain Marvel - fires questions at Bruce and Tony.
Jessica Drew ignores all of them and walks straight to the very end of the Quinjet, where Bucky is sitting, hands deep in his pockets, eyeing the Avengers and their new allies with equal wariness. Jessica croaks something unintelligible at Bucky. He nods. She sits down next to him. She crosses her legs and stares at him expectantly. He lowers his head but keeps his eyes fixed on her. Her hands are shaking. She has this weird, hesitant smile of her face.
Suddenly, Bucky yelps and springs up. Rhodey has his gun out of the holster. Monica and Carol go in combat mode, their hands sparkling with energy. Tiny, protective Kamala throws herself in front of Tony and Bruce.
Bucky presses his hand over his mouth and tears start running down his face.
Jessica wants to say something, anything, but no sound comes out of her mouth, so she eventually opens her arms and to everyone’s surprise, Bucky steps in her embrace, lets her cradle him as she shakes her head and murmurs: “For years, I thought you were my imaginary friend.”
“I remember you”, Bucky says. He smiles through his tears. “I know you. You…”
He looks at her teary eyes and beaming face, and it all comes back to him: Dr Drew’s baby daughter, Dr Drew’s twisted take on the Black Widow, Hydra’s very own spider, Hydra’s princess… the toddler babbling to him, parroting Hydra songs, and falling asleep under the Winter Soldier’s chair, her first wobbly steps around his cryogenic chamber, her light taps on the frozen glass as her father described to her the marvel of eugenics, needles as thick as her arm, the day she first crawled up the wall and the smell of electricity that hasn’t anything to do with the wipes…
“You…” Bucky gulps. He remembers it all and yet she is standing before him, a SHIELD jacket on her red and gold suit, a wide grin across her face, her eyes glittering with pure joy and relief. “You found a way out.”
“I did.” She extends her arm towards his face, refrains from touching him, but curves her hand in an affectionate gesture above his cheek. "I sure did.“ Her smile grows even wider, "We both did.”
Following the dissolution of the orignal Avengers team, Director of SHIELD, Nick Fury set off to find the next generation of heroes. He roamed across the country and located and recruited ten superheroes to help assist with peacekeeping of the world. With the newly appointed Captain America, Sam Wilson, and Pulsar, Monica Rambeau, the new team has banded together to help the good fight!
Hey look everyone! I finished my redesign of the Avengers! This was a lot of fun and I decided to redraw them for this group pose! Again, like with my Young Justice reboot, I made sure to include characters I thought deserved some spotlight! Especially minority characters and women! Because it’s about damn time we use these amazing characters!
Name: American Chavez Alias: Miss America Publisher: Marvel Comics First appearance: Vengeance #1 (Sept. 2011) Creators: Joe Casey & Nick Dragotta Team affiliations: Teen Brigade, Young Avengers, A-Force Abilities: Superhuman strength, Superhuman durabilty, Flight, & Inter-dimensional transportation
Why We Love Her: America is an all around badass queer lady - she can punch holes through dimensions! Raised by her two mothers, she left her Utopian to follow their examples of self-sacrifice.
After Young Avengers we were sad to see this Latina go into the Marvel archives but were pleasantly surprised when she came back with the A-Force run of Secret Wars. The Marvel Previews have shown her in not only the Avengers #0 issue but also the Ultimate alongside
Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel, & Monica Rambeau.
What to let us know why you like America Chavez? What other Latinx superheroes are you fans of? Let us know!
Kathy Sue’s husband, Bill, has run into Wanda Maximoff before when he called himself trying to get to Monica.
There’s one time where Bucky and T'Challa are both busy, so one of the Avengers on their downtime gets to watch Monica. Of course, everyone loves Monica and sparring ensues to see who gets to watch her. No one knows how it happened, but Wanda had beaten Natasha without using her powers. Which means she gets to pick up Monica from school and watch after her. The two get along so well and Monica loves Aunt Wanda.
Wanda makes it to her school after it ends and all the kids are either getting picked up or riding the school buses. She can see Monica talking and laughing with two of her friends. A swell of happiness fills Wanda’s chest watching them, but it quickly turns sour.
She sees Bill beelining straight for the unsuspecting girl, and everything about him throws red flags in Wanda’s mind. Growing up an orphan at about Monica’s age, she knew what it was like to have pigs come after her with lewd intentions. And it’s sad to think that Monica should have to be wary, too.
Wanda doesn’t remember walking and ends up blocking Bill’s path. She grabs his arm, and whatever indignation that rose in him died as their eyes locked. Wanda can feel anger crackle in her fingers and disgust boil in her gut. If looks could kill, Bill would’ve dropped dead as red eyes burned holes into him. He’s gone pale and his intentions faded away.
Wanda didn’t have to say a word as she released Bill’s arm and watched him leave. As soon as he was out of her line of sight, Wanda left with Monica. She asked her about school and made dinner as Monica did her homework. They then make cookies for dessert and watch a movie on the couch until Monica’s bedtime.
Wanda does talk to Bucky as soon as he makes it home, and as she described the man Bucky’s jaw tightened.
Sam Wilson grew up in Harlem, NYC. His father, a minister, died when he was a young boy trying to stop a gang altercation near their church. From then, Sam grew angry at the world, but rather than unleashing his fury on others, he used this anger to better himself. He joined the military soon after high school and eventually was recruited as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. under the codename “Falcon”. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. he was able to work with Nick Fury’s top agents, including Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Steve Rogers had been employed by S.H.I.E.L.D. since the 1970s when he was found frozen in a glacier after on his last mission in 1945. During Sam’s time at S.H.I.E.L.D. he was frequently Steve Roger’s partner. However as the years progressed, Steve began to age. Though the super soldier serum still slowed down Steve’s aging process, he had been fighting for decades and the aging process began to take its toll. Fearing he would not be able to keep up with the new agents, he decided to retire and pass down the Captain America title to his trusted partner, Falcon. Falcon during this time had developed hard light construct wings, which enabled him to fly as well as a fully capable shield to block attacks. In addition, he frequently uses his wings to attack foes, as despite them being light constructs, made them almost completely indestructible. With the rise of superheroes and supervillains, Sam and Nick Fury agreed to create a team of superheroes to help defend the defenseless, thus creating the Avengers. Sam and Monica Rambeau aka Pulsar, lead the team.
So I tried to combine the movie look and the new Captain America look for Falcon in this. I liked the hard light constructs because it would mean he is able to turn them on and off, which means no cumbersome metal wings. Thoughts?
Anna Marie grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where she led a relatively normal life. She was a rebel and frequently ran away from home to a point where her family and friends nicknamed her “Rogue” which she decided to go by. One fateful day, Rogue kissed her boyfriend only for her X-gene to activate and grant her with the ability to absorb energy and memories via touch. Her kiss was enough to put her boyfriend in a coma, and she decided to run away from home yet again, only this time to never return. Rogue wandered aimlessly through the South just getting by until she was approached by the Brotherhood of Mutants, who invited her to join them which she accepted. However, during one of their battles, Rogue was up against Carol Danvers aka “Ms. Marvel” at the time but now known as “Captain Marvel”. Rogue’s mutant ability reacted strangely to Carol’s alien hybrid powers and resulted in Rogue permanantly duplicating Carol’s powers onto herself, granting Rogue the ability to fly as well as super strength and invulnerability.
This fight left Carol crushed, and seeing what consequences her actions had Rogue, used her new powers to her advantage and fled the Brotherhood. She was later tracked down by Carol, herself and the two talked and Carol managed to forgive Rogue and brought her to the Avengers where she was granted a place on the team. Over the years the original Avengers roster and team had dissolved into almost nothing, which led Rogue to pursue her own solo career. When a new Avengers team was formed by Nick Fury, led by Sam Wilson and Monica Rambeau, she decided against joining as she desired to help young mutants. Fortunately, she was soon approached by Scott Summers aka Cyclops and was offered a position on his new X-Men as well as a guidance counselor and Avengers liaison for the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning which she graciously accepted.
Design Notes: Not much to say here. I basically kept her 90s cartoon design which I love.
Monica Rambeau was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She excelled in school and eventually joined the New Orleans Harbor Patrol where she obtained the rank of lieutenant. However, one day while on patrol, a rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist was experimenting with extradimensional energy out at sea. When she went to investigate she ended up being bombarded by strange energies which led to the development of her superpowers. From these engergies, Monica was able to transform her body or generate any form of energy within the electromagnetic spectrum. With this she is able to blast bursts of light or electricity from her hands and eyes. She is capable of traveling at high speeds via flight or running and can manipulate the energy around her or in her to become invisible or intangible. With such great power she began to operate as a superhero under the alias of “Photon”. Eventually her actions caught the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and Monica, now going by “Pulsar”, joined the elite group called the Avengers. Due to her intelligence and natural leadership skills, she is co-leader of the team.
I first encountered Monica Rambeau in the Nextwave comics and immediately loved her. It’s a shame she isnt used as much in the Avengers line despite her powerset and the fact that she was the leader of the Avengers on multiple occasions. Because of this I thought it was high time she got back to leading again. For her costume, I decided to combine her current/old costume with her Nextwave outfit.
(Just to remind everyone, these matches are totally random and were literally chosen by rolling a dice)
Potpourri Brackets - Round 1 - The Flash Vs Spectrum
The Flash - Barry Allen was struck by lightning and exposed to a mixture of chemicals that turned him into the fastest man alive. For years he has served as a scientist for the Central City Police Department and as a member of the Justice League.
Spectrum - Monica Rambeau was exposed to extra dimensional energies that allowed her to transform into any form of light energy, giving her incredible speed and an almost unlimited amount of energy blast. She has been the leader of the Avengers (regular and Mighty) and of Nextwave.
The Fight - This is another one of those fights that I can’t believe just happened to get lined up, because we have here the two fastest people on the bracket. Spectrum can move at the speed of light, and the old Flash used to be able to go much faster than that, but New 52 Flash is closer to her, but still probably a tad quicker. However, you can’t hit what you can’t touch, and just because he could keep up with her doesn’t mean he can hit light. The only thing he could do would be to vibrate his arms through her, which would hurt, but at most it would cause her to disperse and then pull herself together again at which point the fight would continue. After a few vibrating punches she’d be hurt, but after a few heavy energy blast, Flash would be down.
Make your ideal Avengers line up. Females only. Must be balanced. Bonus points if you use people who have NEVER been an avenger (normal, mighty, secret, new, dead or dark)
Well then, this will be fun! I would have done all females anyways:
Leader would be Storm (I know, let me explain), as she would be more tactical than Carol Danvers. Carol is always one who will rush into the fights head first. Storm would be the one in the back manipulating the battlefield. She would have a more tactical battle plan.
Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) would be the right hand leader. As she has enough experience on the Avengers and would be a good consultant to Storm.
Wasp would be the infiltrator/giant smasher with her growing and shrinking powers.
Songbird would be the construct maker, as she would be able to make useful mechanisms on the fly.
Spider-Girl and Kamala Kahn will be brought on as the rookie force in training who would pass on the skills to the next generation.
Monica cause her energy manipulation and past leadership skills would make her a very confident member.
Diamondback cause fuck Black Widow, she’s overexposed.
I think 8 is a well rounded number. Each character covers a different ground and has a different power skillset that complements the others.