5 Forgotten Marvel Heroes Who Need a Solo Series

When you have a roster as large as Marvel Comics, some characters fall through the cracks. Loose ends and lost characters are the inevitability of company growth. Here are five missing heroes that we want to see come back with a new solo series.

5. Ian McNee

Ian
Source: Marvel Unlimited. Mystic Arcana #2. Art by Eric Nguyen. © MARVEL 2007

With such an extensive catalog in their shared universe, not many Marvel series protagonists can boast that they have appeared in less than 10 issues. Ian McNee is one of those protagonists.

Magician Ian McNee first appeared in an anthology comic in 1983, in which he killed Doctor Strange in an alternate universe to take his mantle of Sorceror Supreme. He didn’t appear again for over 20 years until 2004 semi-anthology miniseries Mystic Arcana, focusing on Ian battling gods to collect artifacts that were uncovered by various adventures of Marvel magic-users.

His next and final appearance was in another one-shot, Mystic Tarot, in 2007. I’d say 10 years is more than enough time for a revival of the warlock. I mean, he has glasses that project punctuation marks matching his thoughts, like a magical Zer0 from Borderlands 2!

How cool is that?

 

4. Nomad

Nomad
Source: Marvel Unlimited. Nomad: Girl Without a World #2. Art by David Baldeon & Chris Sotomayor. © MARVEL 2009

For a period of time, Captain America gave up his shield and operated under the moniker Nomad. This is not who I am talking about. Rikki Barnes was Captain America’s alternate universe sidekick (a ‘Bucky’, if you will) that was first introduced in the post-Onslaught arc Heroes Reborn. She lives in an alternate Waterworld-like universe and leads a team called the Young Allies. This is also not who I am talking about.

I am talking about an alternate-alternate universe Rikki who died in her world fighting Onslaught, but found herself transported to the main universe instead. Despite her confusing backstory, Rikki took up the mantle Nomad and starred in the fantastic miniseries Nomad: Girl Without a World, in which she struggled to adapt to our world where Captain America was dead and everything was different from what she knew.

Nomad eventually partnered up with Araña in half-issues tacked on at the end of Bucky-centered Captain America comics, and formed a team (not coincidentally called the Young Allies) before her untimely permanent death, again at the hands of Onslaught.

I think it’s time for a revival, don’t you?

 

3. Mark Ewing

Mark Ewing
Source: Marvel Comics. Conspiracy #1. Art by Igor Kordey & John Marasigan. © MARVEL 1998

Remember the Dan Abnett/Igor Kordey miniseries Conspiracy? Don’t lie to me. It’s not online, it was 20 years ago and ran for a grand total of 2 issues.

Conspiracy was an erratic comic that dealt with Daily Bugle reporter Mark Ewing coming to the conclusion that all the major events of the Marvel Universe – including heroes getting their powers – was a large conspiracy, with the government involved.

Art-wise and story-wise, it seems to have been an influence on Jessica Jones’ debut series Alias, though this has never been confirmed. Ewing has only appeared in this two issues, but his twisting story could definitely be branched out to at least 12 issues.

Get on that, Marvel!

 

2. Klara Prast

Klara
Source: Marvel Unlimited. Runaways #29. Art by Michael Ryan, Rick Ketcham, & Andrew Hennessy. © MARVEL 2008

The Runaways ended years ago, but most of the characters live on. Victor joined the Avengers A.I. and recently appeared in Vision. Chase joined the Avengers Undercover with Nico, who is in currently in the female-led A-Force. A resurrected Alex is even currently terrorizing the Heroes for Hire in Power Man & Iron Fist. Klara Prast, however, often felt shafted in her own comic.

Klara, or Rose Red, or Tower of Flower – whatever you want to call her – is a 12 year-old girl that the Runaways rescued from her abusive husband in the early 1900’s. She has the ability to control plants; think of her like an adorable Poison Ivy with preteen naïveté and 20th century conservatism.

With a new upcoming Runaways TV show based on the original team and a reboot comic announced for later this year, let’s hope the poor girl finally gets some much-deserved love from Marvel.

 

1. Phyla-Vell

Phyla
Source: Marvel Unlimited. Guardians of the Galaxy #24. Art by Wes Craig, Serge LaPointe & Nathan Fairbairn. © MARVEL 2010

Phyla has probably appeared in more comics than anyone else on this list, and has definitely taken on more personas. Introduced as the daughter of the original Captain Marvel Mar-Vell and the sister of the third Captain Marvel Genis-Vell, Phyla-Vell was the fourth to take up the mantle. (After Monica Rambeau but before Khn’nr, Noh-Varr and Carol Danvers, if you’re counting.)

She appears in Annihilation trying to rescue her girlfriend Moondragon from Thanos with Moondragon’s dad Drax the Destroyer, and then becomes Quasar after the current Quasar Wendell Vaughn dies and gives up his Quantum Bands. She has a four-issue miniseries Annihilation: Conquest – Quasar leading up to Annihilation: Conquest, and then she joins the Guardians of the Galaxy.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Phyla makes a deal to resurrect Moondragon and becomes the Avatar of Death, Martyr. This name proves fitting as she is killed by a resurrected Thanos. (Comics are weird).

Aside from her short miniseries run preceding Conquest, Phyla has never had a solo series to her name. Maybe her heavily hinted appearance in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will inspire Marvel to give the coolest Guardian another shot.

What do you think? Any characters that I’ve missed? Any that don’t deserve to be on the list? Let us know!

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Author: Jesse "The Clairvoyant" Rolufs

Film star. Chemical engineer. Dancer. Comedian. I am none of these things. What I am, however, is a huge geek hailing from the frigid wastes of western Canada. I couldn’t even tell you when it started - I’m told the first words out of my mouth were “I swing my +2 DEX war axe and attack the dragon.” My name is Jesse (also known as “The Clairvoyant”) and I am a big nerd when it comes to video games, board games, movies, anime, TV, RPGs - and I am possibly the one of the world leading experts on comic books, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Joss Whedon. You can find me on twitter as @JesseRolufs. Don’t be afraid to check out my informative Joss Whedon-themed podcast @whedoncast, and my hilarious bargain-bin-movie-bashing podcast @BlindBuy!

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