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Abandoned Love: Steel Used to Be Able to Teleport?

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at how Steel once had the ability to teleport…

In this piece, we’ll see how Christopher Priest abandoned a few plotlines that Louise Simonson left from her run on Steel. The most notable one by far is the teleportation one, but there was another one, as well.

It all started in Steel #25 (written by Louise Simonson), where we learn in the middle of a battle with the villianous Hazard that Steel (whose armor had been teleporting itself on to him for awhile now) was actually superhuman…

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and that he could teleport HIMSELF as well as the armor…

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In Steel #30, Simonson already graciously began to get the book ready for Priest to take it over by reducing the cast from Steel, his sister, her three kids and Steel’s grandparents to just Steel and his niece, Natasha, by offering them a witness protection program…

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In that same issue, we learn that Steel’s powers were manifesting an evil version of the armor in the “white zone” where Steel teleports to…

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In Steel #31, Steel manages to trap the evil armor in the white zone. The issue ends with a new status quo for Steel and his niece, as they’re staying in the former headquarters of the evil Hazard (who is now dead), sharing the complex with the young misguided superbeings who Hazard had been taking advantage of…

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Steel #32 and 33 were both fill-in issues.

Steel #34 was Priest’s first issue, and he moves Steel and Natasha to a new base of operations, Jersey City.

He wrote off the Complex set-up very quickly…

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But it took him awhile to explain away the teleportation “superpower.” Steel ended up fighting the evil armor again in Steel #37…

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Finally, at the end of Steel #37, Steel’s secretly evil new boss, Doctor Villain (pronounced Will-Hane), reveals the truth…

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So there ya go, Priest was able to write off Steel having super powers pretty nicely, really.

If YOU have a suggestion for a plotline that an incoming writer abandoned, let me know at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

4 Comments

Tracer Bullet

May 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Doctor Villain? Even Mister Sinister thinks that’s lame.

Is it lame? Or is it the greatest supervillain name ever?

Issue 25 not only has standard bad 90s art, but some of the worst lettering I’ve ever seen

“Doctor Villain? Even Mister Sinister thinks that’s lame.”

It’s pronounced WILL-hane. It’s French.

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