Now that we are starting a new post-DiDio era of Hope & Possibility, I want to lay out some of my requests to DC early on in case there is some sort of 'first come, first serve' policy. Again.
High on the list? Stop trying to force us to love the following characters and sell them as the Sensational Character Finds of Insert Year. Because we don't and they aren't.
Captain Atom. I know I have already devoted lots of words to how much I get sick of Captain Atom pushes, but it's still not enough.
Vixen. Look; it's not Vixen's fault that she's a stupid semi-sexist, semi-racist Storm knockoff. But she is.
Luke Fox. Why not give Luke Fox a SON?! And he can be... whatever we need at the moment! They keep throwing that liver against the wall, but it slides down eventually. He works on teevee on Batwoman where he's just Lucius Junior or Sexy Cisco. But stop trying to shove him in a cape. Besides, forget, Luke, what about DUKE? You forgot about Duke, didn't you? Again? DC could make Duke ("The Signal") Thomas work... but they keep turning to Luke instead.
Firefly. Poor man's Heat Wave. That wasn't Firefly's original schtick; the Golden Age firefly was a LIGHTING expert. That's unique. That's challenging. Everybody needs a freeze villain, we all accept that. Everybody does NOT need a fire villain.
Katana. Such a lazy character, literally named after her weapon. Somebody had to remind me today that she was in the Suicide Squad movie, because I'd forgotten. Stop trying to force this colorless Kill Bill reject on us.
Cassandra Cain and Lady Shiva. Martial artist ass-kicking Asian lady. It's trite, it's trope-y. Cassandra had an okay run, but she's just another failed Batgirl-manquee. If they were serious about her, they'd put her in Batwoman's supporting cast. But they aren't. They just gave her a costume and a pathetically lazy codename because they were afraid of fan semi-outrage if she disappear. Or just went to therapy.
Geo-Force. I am not even going to bother to waste any words on this one. It's Geo-Forced.
Deathstroke. Generic evil Captain America mercenary. A one-eyed mercenary; obviously the creation of someone who's never fired a gun. He's colorless at best and absurd at worst. There's a reason Deadpool is a joke, people.
Red Hood. There's a reason people voted to kill off Jason. RESPECT THE VOTERS. Also, stop trying to make 'anti-heroes' work in the DCU. They belong at Marvel.
OMAC. OMAC is stupid. OMAC has always been stupid. I mean, OMAC made a little sense in his original story but...stop making characters that Kirby told a story with into something they aren't. If you have to change the concept so much that all the remains is the look and the name, why bother? Similarly...
The New Gods. Aging Kirby fanboys (creators, mostly), get OVER it. I know you liked his art, so you fell in love with his work before you realized how stupid it was, but he's DEAD now; move on. The New Gods are goofier than pretty much anything else in DC Comics (except the Green Team and Goody Rickles, but guess why THAT is). I am not embarrassed when non-comics fans ask me about things like Grodd, or the Doom Patrol, or Killer Moth. Or even Green Arrow. But the childish fairytale New Gods -- or, rather, the fact that creators insist on taking them deadly seriously -- make me EMBARRASSED to be a comics fan.