fantasticraig wrote:Going back to that Marvel vs DC discussion, I love DC, but something that they do that annoys me is that every single hero has a little group of snarky mini-versions of themselves running around with them. Superman has Superboy and Supergirl, Batman has the Robins and Batgirls, The Flash has all the other speedsters, etc.
They did this back in the day to make the heroes more relate-able to younger audiences, but nowadays it just seems kind of stupid that every hero has like 4 echoes of themself.
The sad thing about Flash's entourage is over half the speedsters that run(Hah) in his circle aren't even related to him. They're just superspeed heroes DC acquired during their various take overs of other comic book companies. It'd be kind of like Batman constantly hanging out with Green Hornet, Zorro, and Catman(The non-DC one.) just because they all do basically the same thing. But what screws it up for Flash is they don't have a seperate team book for this, all the other speedsters just show up in his book all the time. In the 90's that got REALLLLLLY bad and sort of stunk up his title with all the hangers ons.
Getting away from Flash, think about how sad this is for Spiderman, who is kind of the opposite of Superman in this situation. There's Spidergirl, but she's in the future. There was BRIEFLY Kid Arachnid, but he was just a one-shot joke character. Otherwise, there's FOUR Spiderwoman gals and that Aria chick who is basically just Spiderwoman by another name. All his echoes are just spinoffs of his first echo. No bromance, no getting to be a father figure, just a bunch of ladies unrelated to him using his name and rarely ever working with him. What a shaft.