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Top Five Characters Created in Infinity Inc.

Top Five MONTH continues (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) with a look at the top five characters introduced in the pages of Roy Thomas’ Infinity Inc.!

Enjoy!

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Dr. Mid-Nite II (Beth Chapel)

It’s a bit disappointing to note how few black female superheroes there were when Dr. Mid-Nite II showed up in Infinity Inc. It’s too bad she was a bit on the bland side of things (and that rather than have later writers do something with her, she was killed off).

5. Tigress II

Tigress is the daughter of the Golden Age Tigress and the Golden Age Sportsmaster. She was a member of the original Injustice Unlimited, and has fought the Infinintors (and the current JSA) on numerous occasions.

She’s a nice, uncomplicated supervillain – perfect for villain groups!

4. Wildcat II

Yolanda Montez was a mutant who knew Ted Grant while growing up (he was her godfather). She then took his name when he was injured during Crisis. He was first pissed off that someone was using his name, until he realized it was his goddaughter, and then he was cool with it – proud, even.

She had mutant powers of well, cat-stuff. You know, your standard female feral powers (like, well, Feral).

She was sadly killed in the pages of Eclipso before Geoff Johns got a chance to do anything with her character.

3. Hourman II

Rick Tyler, however, lived long enough for Johns to work some of his revamp magic on him.

Originally, Rick was about as bland as you can get – he was just basically an updated version of his father, with an astonishingly ugly costume. He gained a bit of an edge when he thought he killed off the Wizard, and later on, it was revealed that Rick had developed cancer due to using Miraclo (the drug that gave both Hourmen their powers).

Eventually, though, Geoff Johns would do some cool stuff with Rick, giving him the ability to see one hour into the future and also giving him one hour to spend with his dad (who died fighting the villaint Extant during Zero Hour). That was a really neat twist.

Ultimately, both Hourmen were saved from death, and now, Rick is a member of the JSA and is married to his teammate, Jesse Chambers (Liberty Belle).

2. Icicle II

Icicle is another character who was given a nice revamp by Johns, but really, by “revamp,” I mean we got to see his personality developed, and it is cool to see just a generally BAD guy. He is not driven by revenge, he is not driven by his father’s legacy – he’s just a generally bad person, and while he worked with the JSA when it served his purposes, he’s not going to be someone who will ever reform. I liked the way Johns got into his head – good stuff.

He is currently dating Tigress II.

1. Mister Bones

Talk about a cool revamp!

Mister Bones was a decently cool character in Infinity Inc., especially when the bad guys forced him to use his “killer touch” to kill his own teammate, Skyman!!

However, it was Dan Curtis Johnson who did THIS revamp, as it was revealed that Bones, after the breakup of Infinity Inc., went on to become the head of the Department of Extranormal Operations, who deal with superhuman threats. He was a cool chaacter in that series (Chase), and Mark Andreyko is doing good work with him in Manhunter, too (where Manhunter works for him, as well). He has popped up more than a few times in JSA.

Great character revamp!

Okay, that’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

29 Comments

Andrew Collins

July 3, 2008 at 1:24 am

Brian said:
“and that rather than have later writers do something with her, she was killed off”

Sadly, for a company that has had some its biggest successes with revamps/makeovers, DC has made this its M.O. since the mid-to-late 90′s.

Really cool list too. I never got to read Infinity Inc and would love to see it reprinted, especially the early issues with Don Newton and Jerry Ordway on art.

Harlequin II was a pretty solid messed up villainess but then Millenium screwed her up beyond repair.

Wasn’t she INTRODUCED during Millenium?

“She was sadly killed in the pages of Eclipso before Geoff Johns got a chance to do anything with her character.”

But Johns did have a chance to make her cousin, Alex Montez, curator of the JSA museum until he became Eclipso in a sort-of-odd way to get revenge for Yolanda’s death. He played a fairly substantial role in the “Black Reign” storyline.

Geoff Johns covers every base he can, naturally.

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 3, 2008 at 6:36 am

Mr. Bones has always been my favourite character in Infinity, Inc.

Didn’t I see him being the boss of Chase in CHASE?

Will Ackerman

July 3, 2008 at 7:00 am

I kinda like the list except from the title I was expecting actual members of Infinity Inc. rather than a mix of both Infinitors and bad guys. That and I am kinda disappointed that Obsidian wasn’t on the list (even though yes, he was created by Roy Thomas prior to Infinity Inc.). Still, I wholly agree with Mr. Bones being number 1.

Do the initial team of Infinitors not count because they were introduced in that All-Star Squadron issue? Because that hardly seems fair. Jade, Obsidian, Nuklon/Atom-Smasher, and the rest were created *for* Infinity Inc, even if they didn’t first appear there.

Back in the early days of Vertigo, they were taking some obscure DC Universe characters and giving them some pseudo-continutity adventures. I always thought that they should do one with Mr. Bones because there were so many levels to his character. That said, it is nice to see that he has moved up in the DC Universe in such a positive way.

Also, he started as a bad guy who was sentanced to work with Infinity Inc and then was developing a respect for the team where he chose to side with the Infinotors over his former Helix allies.

Hourman has the most unnatural pose I have ever seen. Is he dancing?

Mr. Bones rocks, but the revamps of Hourman, Wildcat and *especially* Dr. Mid-Nite were duuuulllllll.

He’s a black man and a skeleton smoking a cigar who also happens to be in charge of a major gov’t agency.

Really, what’s not to love?

Are Inifinity Inc. back issues worth picking up? I’ve had so-experiences with Thomas on All-Star Squadron.

I’ve been really digging The Icicle, Cameron Mahkent. I really enjoyed the JSA Classified arc with him in and as you point out it’s his personality that’s really been developed.

Watching the current Venture Bros series I’m starting to see parallels between the Icicle and the Monarch. Two guys who are committed villains for life but you can’t help but love them…maybe Icicle should get someone to hook him up with a sweet floating glacier or something.

Even though we know that if there’s anyone who talks like Monarch in DC it’s Dr Light :)

All I remember is how incredibly annoying I found Yolanda’s speech pattern: a weird mix of English and Spanish that sounded like nothing no real Hispanic would ever use.

Do the initial team of Infinitors not count because they were introduced in that All-Star Squadron issue? Because that hardly seems fair. Jade, Obsidian, Nuklon/Atom-Smasher, and the rest were created *for* Infinity Inc, even if they didn’t first appear there.

If we count all them, the list would be obvious – this way, it’s odd!

At some point I’d love to see the backstory D. Curtis Johnson had in mind, or failing that a new one from Johns, about what Bones did in the (roughly, maybe) two years DC time between the end of Inf Inc and the beginning of Chase. How did he join the DEO, how did he become its director, what happened to his rhyming speech pattern (which he maintained intermittently in Chase but not since), etc.

And, now I have “Mr. Bones and me…” running through my head, to the tune of Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones.”

I never understood why Mr. Bones was put in charge of the DEO. Not only he looks completely inhuman AND has a poison touch he apparently can’t control, but he was raised away from normal society, so it cannot be a case of him having the right training for the job, either. Seriously, it just seems he was inserted there because the writer wanted to use him. Has a good explanation for his position ever been given?

“Mr. Bones” sounds like the name of a Pixies tune. Or Tom Waits.

The Bones / Manhunter conversation in the issue that came out this week was GREAT, by the way, with Kate attempting to play the race card with him (something I’d bet most readers weren’t even aware of… then again, given the size of Manhunter’s readership, maybe not…) and Bones getting *really* ticked off as a result.

JacobZC:

I SWEAR I heard Dr. Light’s dialog in FC 1 as the Monarch. I thought I was the only one.

You know, most of these characters remind me why I stopped reading Infinity, Inc. back in the day (That and an immense dislike of Todd McFarlane’s art). The new Wildcat, Dr. Midnight and Hourman were LAME. Not much thought was put into ways to make Wildcat & Dr. Midnight different, other than their ethnicities and genders. And Rick Tyler was pretty uninteresting until Geoff Johns thought of some cool twists for him.

Always found Mr. Bones’ rhyming dialogue annoying, too.

Really, Brain, it’s beyond me why you didn’t choose Hector Hall (The Silver Scarab, Sandman III, Dr. Fate IV, son of Hawkman Carter Hall), Lyta Hall (Fury, significant appearances in Sandman), Albert Rothstein (Nuklon, Atom-Smasher, slayer of Extant), Obsidian (a one-time villain) or Jade (a Green Lantern & an ex-girlfriend of Kyle Rayner). All of them have had MUCH greater impact on the DCU than any of these folks.

But if you REALLY want to make it an offbeat list, Brian, why not count the first appearance of Lyta Hall’s pregnant tummy? After all, the kid ultimately grew up to be Daniel, the new Sandman at the end of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman book.

Random Stranger

July 4, 2008 at 1:08 am

I though Wildcat first appeared in Crisis before joining Infinity Inc and that the Icicle 2 died in the pages of Flash before being replaced off screen at some point with another one (though with the way villains get around it could be back to him again).

Really, Brain, it’s beyond me

It’s beyond you?

They didn’t debut in Infinity Inc.

It’s even right there in the first sentence “with a look at the top five characters introduced in the pages of Roy Thomas’ Infinity Inc.!”

None of those characters were introduced in the pages of Roy Thomas’ Infinity Inc.

So it’s odd that you had such a reaction to the omission of those characters.

I though Wildcat first appeared in Crisis before joining Infinity Inc and that the Icicle 2 died in the pages of Flash before being replaced off screen at some point with another one (though with the way villains get around it could be back to him again).

She debuted in an issue of Infinity Inc. a month before Crisis #1.

Loebs might have intended to kill off Icicle II in the pages of Flash. I know he introduced an Icicle III. But in current continuity, Icicle II never died.

They didn’t debut in Infinity Inc.

It’s even right there in the first sentence “with a look at the top five characters introduced in the pages of Roy Thomas’ Infinity Inc.!”

None of those characters were introduced in the pages of Roy Thomas’ Infinity Inc.

My mistake — I was reading “Infinity Inc” as refering to the GROUP, not the book. The list makes more sense to me now.

It’s too bad noone has brought back Wildcat II or Dr. Mid-Nite II. Since DC seems to want to increase the number of minority characters, they’d be good options. Yeah, people might say they were dull…but as people pointed out, so was Hourman II till someone got a hold of him.

The Infinity Inc usurpers come to an end…

Update: while we’re on the subject, here’s a topic Comics Should Be Good wrote about the top five characters featured in the original Infinity Inc. back in the 80s….

[...] off, for a refresher, here’s a link to the two Top 5s in question – The Infinity Inc. one and the Earth 2 [...]

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