I think I'd be interested in a Steel ongoing if they just made him a science hero instead of an armored hero.
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The thing is, of course in a superhero book you need the action, and Steel's suit is a big part of his recognizability. But he doesn't have to be a typical superhero to get into scraps that require the use of force, and ergo his suit.
I've said this before, but I think it's sort of the key to distinguishing Steel from all the other 'science dudes' out there.
Characters like Reed Richards, Ray Palmer, Will Magnus, and Pym...they all love the science of science. Science is the end, in and of itself. Discovery, inventing, theorizing...that is all the stuff they live for. Solving a problem is a challenge, and that is where the excitement lies; in solving the problem, regardless of the context.
Steel doesn't really give two craps about science. Science is a means to an end, a way of raising people up, raising the world up. It doesn't exist in a vaccuum, it's utility is predicated upon the impact it has on PEOPLE.
That is the direction you take the character, I think.
Shazam! (and Cyborg will become the new backup feature in Justice League).
That said, I'm always wrong about my comic book predictions. So it won't be Shazam.
That sort of Steel book could be amazing. I wonder if DC has burned its bridges with Warren Ellis?
Ellis' relationship with Marvel (and, presumably, with DC since he does have a good relationship with Harras) is that he'll do some of their books that he thinks might be fun and easy for the visibility.
That makes something like "Superman" or "Batman" or "Justice League" a possibility, but not something like Steel or Cyborg or Nightwing or what have you.
Not enough dividends.
That said, I think there are plenty of people who are capable of putting out such a book; Hickman, before he got too big himself I suppose. Nick Spencer, I believe, still has it in him. Eric Trautmann, potentially, although his interest and skill tends to lie in the military-themed. Fialkov certainly seems capable of exploring the social ramifications of various status quo and status quo shifts in I, Vampire and Last of the Greats.
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I would dig a Booster Gold book.
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