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    I kind of wish Thomas had given him the original A-Man's power set. Is there a chi-powered black superhero anywhere out there?

    Still, loved his look and his backstory. In some ways, he was almost the All-Star Squadron's Namor-esque character. Allied with the group, but definitely with is own views of kinds of injustice needed fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrNewGod View Post
    I kind of wish Thomas had given him the original A-Man's power set. Is there a chi-powered black superhero anywhere out there?

    Still, loved his look and his backstory. In some ways, he was almost the All-Star Squadron's Namor-esque character. Allied with the group, but definitely with is own views of kinds of injustice needed fighting.
    Marvel's new Power Man's powers were chi-based, so he was like a combo of Luke and Danny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    I'd f**king love a JSA series set in the 40's. I'm a big fan of pulp and I feel like we'd get a healthy dose of that in a WWII era JSA.



    I gotta agree with dropping the lightning/magnetic powers. It seems like every black man in comics either has a suit of armor or electric powers. Plus, those don't really mesh with the standard "matter copying" abilities of Amazing Men.

    I'd totally support AM being able to mimic non-solids (like some versions have done) because otherwise you're largely limiting yourself to "brute" abilities; strength and durability, etc. You could get more variety out of it, copying copper for it's ability to conduct electricity and whatnot, but writers will almost never put that kind of thought into it, it'll just be "he copies a rock, and gets strong and tough."

    My kingdom to see Amazing Man get his hands on some Nth metal though.



    Agreed. I haven't read DCeased, and have only read a few issues of Injustice, but what I've seen makes it look like Taylor was handed a dog's dinner of a concept and he still managed to make it work. If he can make a flawed premise like Injustice a enjoyable story then he can write whatever the hell he wants as far as I'm concerned.
    Honestly I feel like you would have to add in the ability for him to mimic solid, liquid, and gasses as well as allowing him to mimic energy and plasma for him to be a high tier hero. As much Justice League media I've consumed, which is admittedly not a lot, I'm coming to the conclusion that you can't gey by with mediocre powers. Each member of the JL by themselves are super powerful and deal with things way above low level threats. They're not a team where everyone with low level can be equally useful. Even Cyborg is suppose to be this ultimate human/tech hybrid and gets ripped apart daily. If he didn't get those abilities then he's just going to be cannon fodder (he will probably be that anyways, but it would be pretty cool to seem him absorb Darkseids omega beams). And he can still fit the low level/street level stories this way while still being a threat if something big comes his way.

    Besides if he doesn't get those powers then people will call him an inferior Metamorpho. People already think Vixen is a discount Animal-Man.

    I think it would be best to give him high strength and durability than a regular person while he is in "human form". Not anything near Superman level, but at least to the point where he can flip a tank or two over otherwise he's just a normal dude whose skin changes properties. So while he's not mimicking matter he could still take a punch that would knocked the toughest body builder/boxer/martial artist. I would make him just above Captain America's level, which is considered peak human.

    Speaking of martial arts I like to imagine him having a fighting style like Tony jaa. It would be devasting having a dude who can mimic metals using a fighting style that involves some of the hardest parts of your limbs to strike.
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    Heís already an Olympic level athlete but I agree that having him be just generally beyond peak human would be good. Maybe Spider-Man level strength. Spidey can lift 10 tons but isnít totally bulletproof. So Amazing Man having some super strength but needing to absorb metal to be invulnerable would be cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robotman View Post
    He’s already an Olympic level athlete but I agree that having him be just generally beyond peak human would be good. Maybe Spider-Man level strength. Spidey can lift 10 tons but isn’t totally bulletproof. So Amazing Man having some super strength but needing to absorb metal to be invulnerable would be cool.
    I'd be down with that. Maybe not full-on Spidey strength, because ten tons is a lot, but maybe 5?

    I want AM to be able to copy any state of matter, including gases and liquids, and/or energy (something more than just solids) but I really like the idea of him being a dude who is amazingly well prepared; I want him using martial arts like Shockingjustice suggests, I want him to carry a "matter samples" utility belt with a bunch of different things he can copy so he's never left without options, I want the dude to know how to fly a plane, build a radio....just all kinds of skills and knowledge that could come in handy for a hero.

    Like, I want this guy to be sorta the McGuyver of heroes; throw him in any situation and he'll have something useful to bring to the party.

    Is anyone reading Injustice 3, or whatever Taylor's new book is called? Is Amazing Man in it yet, and if so how's he been written?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    I'd be down with that. Maybe not full-on Spidey strength, because ten tons is a lot, but maybe 5?

    I want AM to be able to copy any state of matter, including gases and liquids, and/or energy (something more than just solids) but I really like the idea of him being a dude who is amazingly well prepared; I want him using martial arts like Shockingjustice suggests, I want him to carry a "matter samples" utility belt with a bunch of different things he can copy so he's never left without options, I want the dude to know how to fly a plane, build a radio....just all kinds of skills and knowledge that could come in handy for a hero.

    Like, I want this guy to be sorta the McGuyver of heroes; throw him in any situation and he'll have something useful to bring to the party.

    Is anyone reading Injustice 3, or whatever Taylor's new book is called? Is Amazing Man in it yet, and if so how's he been written?
    I wouldn't mind one of the Amazing-Mans (isn't there four) being an adventure character like Idiana Jones. Make it sort of like Adam strange, visiting different places and planets.

    Though if they stick with him being on the JSA or JL he would have to be overpowered other he's just another Cyborg, a guy who's just there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shockingjustice View Post
    I wouldn't mind one of the Amazing-Mans (isn't there four) being an adventure character like Idiana Jones. Make it sort of like Adam strange, visiting different places and planets.

    Though if they stick with him being on the JSA or JL he would have to be overpowered other he's just another Cyborg, a guy who's just there.
    Eh, power level has nothing to do with it. Batman doesn't have any powers beyond "capitalism" and DC treats him like a god. Cyborg is literally a New (demi)God and DC treated him like a taxi.

    Aquaman is solidly mid-tier in power and he's a League staple.

    If you want to get good treatment in the JL book you have to be a big A-list character before you join. That's not a book that creates A-listers (as we learned with Vic) it's the book where the A-listers hang out, and everyone else is just party crashing. Vic is theoretically more powerful than any of the Big 7, including Clark, J'onn, and Diana, but he's not a big name A-lister so DC made him a yellow cab.

    Amazing Man *could* be a great fit in JL. He's got more than enough power and utility to hang with those other guys. He'd be more useful than Aquaman in most situations, at the very least (and I love Aquaman). What Will Everett doesn't have is the high value profile, and in the JL that's the only power that matters.

    He's probably better off in a JSA book or League B-team or something. Such a title won't sell as well as JL so Everett would get less exposure, but he'd likely get better characterization and more panel time, and that's far more important. Unless a JL writer was a big fan of Amazing Man and really invested in developing him, Everett would probably get sidelined just like Vic did, no matter how powerful or useful Everett is.
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