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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Prometheus is a Pushover?

All throughout December, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the redemption of Prometheus’ bad ass stature…

Prometheus was introduced in JLA as basically the villain equivalent to Batman. Tough enough to take on the entire JLA…

Then he was getting beat up all over the place, like when Green Arrow out a hurting on him…

Hush saves him, and Prometheus does not come off so well…

Prometheus then basically becomes Hush’s henchman…

In the 2009 Prometheus one-shot by Sterling Gates, we discover that that was not the same Prometheus who fought the JLA…

He captures the imposter and we learn the connection between the two…

Prometheus went on to challenge the Justice League once again and caused some major damage. Green Arrow, oddly enough, was once again the person who took him out, but this time not nearly as easily.


I didn’t realize they had fixed Prometheus, very cool.

This is often the problem with a villain introduced as the baddest badass on the block. There’s always going to be another writer who really wants to see that creep taken down a peg.

Also, seeing Prometheus in a Batman comic seems problematic, because Knight’s current costume is so similar.

Unfortunately, his return to his former glory was done in one of the most universally reviled series DC’s put out in recent years, making this retcon completely ineffective. Prometheus in Cry for Justice may have been powerful for the first six issues (largely due to the heroes being portrayed as completely incompetent, rushing him all at once), but in the final issue he basically let Green Arrow walk up and skewer him.

OK- where was that middle section from- where G.A. perforates him so thouroughly? It looks familiar, but I can’t place it.


Batman Gotham Knights #53.

That was the absolutely horrendous period of Gotham Knights where Hush appeared in every single issue for about 2 years straight.. It’s what finally caused me to drop the book.

Speaking of characters designed to be anti-Batmen, did the Wraith ever make another appearance after Batman Special #1, in 1984?

Yes , the Wraith appeared in a Batman Confidental arc a few years ago. I don’t remember the issue numbers. But it was early in the series.

Y’all are talking about the Wrath. The Wraith is a minor Spider-Man villain.

Naw, the Wraith is a hero created by Michael T. Gilbert in “Quack!” He’s kinda like the Spirit.

I always liked his takedown in JLA/ Avengers, where he tries his psychological warfare attack on Captain America, and Cap punches him out all “Bitch, please.”

Nice save of a character. Well thought out “excuse”

I always hoped that the Wraith would be revealed as the mastermind behind the Hush storyline …. but it wasnt.

Boy that Gotham Knights storyline really was almost nonsensical. Did Judd Winick write it?

neural chaff. ugh. That’s got Grant Morrison written all over it.


Yes, I was thinking that while re-reading it. :-)

Nevetmind that in his first appearance…after all that posturing…..his own creator had Prometheus defeated by a single cateoman whip to the balls. That character was always style over substance

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