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Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – G

Today we look at one of the more intriguing group of characters in the Valiant Universe.

Enjoy!

Geomancers

Geomancers were these figures who would show up, one per generation, and they would use their connections to the Earth to aide the heroes of the Valiant Universe by tipping them off about stuff. They were sort of like the Watcher, only they were ALLOWED to interfere.

During the Valiant days, there were two main Geomancers. The more prominent of the two was my favorite, Geoff McHenry, who was a Geomancer even though he was just a kid himself. I gotta hand Jim Shooter and Bob Layton a lot of credit for the work they did with Geoff, making him stand out – just a normal kid who happened to be one of the most important people on Earth. Geoff always seemed to have a good head above his shoulders, and it always impresses me when writers allow for occasional characters who are just plain ol’ normal, good people – Geoff was one of those types of people.

His biggest exposure, I suppose, was when he was the Dr. Strange to the Secret Defenders that was Secret Weapons (seriously, it was almost the exact same concept as the Secret Defenders, only with Geoff instead of Dr. Strange)…

Sadly, Geoff was replaced as Geomancer for awhile when Geomancer got his own book for a time. This time, it was Geoff’s gritty blind uncle Clay McHenry, who was not a bad character, but he paled in comparison to Geoff (or even Buck McHenry, the Geomancer before Geoff – who we saw in flashbacks occasionally).

Geoff’s true successor, Lucinda Mendez, was probably the next most notable Geomancer (there were Geomancers in the comics set in the future, too, like Magnus – who, by the by, was sent to the future BY Geoff McHenry!!).

Marvel and/or DC should try having a character like the Geomancers – I’m sure there already are characters who are SORT of like them. They’re good characters.

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Actually, wasn’t it kind of the other way ’round? I thought Secret Weapons came BEFORE Secret Defenders. And I still remember Hero Illustrated and Wizard snickering about “Geoff the Geomancer” being the name of an actual character, all these years later. Dipwads.

You had me worried there for a sec, Zach. I thought, “Wait, a piece written strictly on my memory of old Valiant comics isn’t totally accurate? NEVER!” :)

But yeah, after checking, Secret Defenders had a sizable lead on Secret Weapons (it came out about six months earlier). I doubt Secret Weapons was actually based on Secret Defenders, though. It’s just a funny coincidence (as, really, who would intentionally rip-off Secret Defenders?).

It is really a secret if no one cares? I mean, hands up if you weren’t oging to buy Secret Defenders, then heard that SLEEPWALKER was going to show up for two episodes. Followed by Darkhawk.

And I say this as a fan of both. The rotisserie-league of heroes, different eveyr few issues, gives no reason to read the book. The storytelling engine is basically nonexistant, to channel John Seavey for a moment.

If forgot about Geoffrey ! I really dug blind uncle Clay and thought that the whole Geomancer concept was not nearly used to its potential. Here’s hoping the new Valiant rectifies that situation.

Secret Weapons ? I thought it was kinda cool, esp considering outside of Harbinger, there really wasn’t another supergroup except for Hardcorps.

Wow, you’re actually serious about this.

Huh. My mistake then, Bryan. I’ll do better next time, I swear.

…and I’ve just called you “Bryan”, thus failing to do better. Sorry. :(

For more information on this and other VALIANT comics, check out the Official VALIANT Universe Wiki at http://www.valiantentertainment.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page :)

So, while my exposure to Valiant is pretty limited to anything outside of Quantum & Woody, but am I the only one reading this and thinking “My name is Geoff McHenry and I know stuff”?

That was pretty much the gist of it, heh

i dont really understand this thing

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