Q&A #158: Who is a favorite character created in the 1990s?

In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.

Who is a favorite character created in the 1990s?


Anika

SPIDER-GIRL.

May “Mayday” Parker first appeared in a What If? title in 1998. I don’t think I’ve read it. I wasn’t reading comics regularly at that time. I think my husband picked out my first Spider-Girl issue for me. I didn’t mean to love Spider-Girl. But I do. And half of why I love Spider-Man is because Peter Parker is such a GREAT dad. I love the future Parkers. The comic had the same issues Batman Beyond had — it’s hard to create a near-future or pay homage to old stories and characters while keeping it fresh — and I loved it for the same reasons — none of that mattered. Spider-Girl, spectacular and amazing and everything else, was about a family.

I love it. And I miss it.


Caroline

My feelings about Cable are on the record, and since there isn’t a comic book character more “nineties” than Cable — and he was, actually, introduced in 1990 — I could leave it there.

But truly, I don’t have that much interest in the Cable of the nineties. My Cable is the guy who put aside his gun-toting ways and decided that he could save the world. (Or the redheaded baby he was hauling around could. Or Deadpool. It’s hard to keep track.)

I would like to shoutout to a character who shares Cable’s 90s/X-Force roots and actually hasn’t evolved all that much: Neena “Domino” Thurman. Graced with sharpshooting skills and luck powers and a smart mouth, Dom is what she is. For Cable, she serves as a person with ties to his not-so-Messianic past. She wants to believe he can be a better man, but she hasn’t quite seen the evidence. Otherwise, she hasn’t gotten that many great stories of her own, but she can add spice and sass to any lineup, and I’m always glad to see her around.


Jennifer

Like Caroline, my favorite character from the 90s is one I’ve become more fond of in later incarnations. But the fact remains that Peter David’s current run on X-Factor owes a debt to Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza’s 1991 brainwave that resulted in a mulleted, be-pouched, sword-wielding figure named Shatterstar. The character has come a long way, from his initial emotionless warrior ways to his current characterization as a Jack Harkness-like omnisexual flirt, but some of his most enduring characteristics were formed in the 90s: his love for television, fighting, and competition; his powers and physique; his origin in the Mojoverse; and, perhaps most importantly, his incredibly close relationship with Julio “Rictor” Richter. Sure, the 90s also gave us Shatterstar’s nonsensical Benjamin Russell storyline and a lot of terrible art, but for sowing the seeds of what has become, retroactively, one of comics’ most long-lasting same-sex romantic entanglements (however defined), I have to give the decade a lot of credit.


Sigrid

Squeaking in under the wire, Jakita Wagner was introduced in Warren Ellis’s Planetary in 1999.

Jakita is a metahuman, super-strong and super-tough. On a team of information specialists, technofreaks, and century babies, Jakita is merely the daughter of her world’s Tarzan-analog.

When I returned to reading comics after a messy 90s-related separation, Warren Ellis’s comics were a large part of what pulled me back in. Jakita was and is a twist, a spin on the super-strong superhero. She’s powerful yet human, and I always appreciated that.


So what about you? Who is a favorite character created in the 1990s?

  • Jess

    STEPHANIE BROWN FOREVER

  • Sam

    The 90s were a boon time for me. Steph Brown, Bart Allen, Conner Kent – actually, the kids from Young Justice, basically. Plus Steph, who should have hung out with them more often.

    I was a teenager in the 90s, so I really connected with the teen teams, especially the new ones such as Young Justice and Generation X. I love that first incarnation of Chamber, I loved Skin.

    Also, I know they’re not comics, but the 90s brought about the DC Animated Universe, which is basically the best part of DC these days.

  • Jess

    Or wait, maybe Bart? THIS QUESTION IS TOO HARD.

  • CalvinPitt

    The Ray (Ray Terrill). A lot of this is I really liked the look Ray had when powered up and flying around. Mostly black, except for the yellow parts of his jacket. It was a really nice visual. But I also liked the fact he’d been hiding inside his whole life, told the Sun was dangerous to him, only to find out the Sun would actually give him superpowers, which had to be a pretty cool thing to find out.

    Of course, it set the tone for his relationship with his dad, which was basically like having Silver Age Superman for a father: Constant pranks masquerading as “tests”, and a lot of guff about needing to be serious from a guy who had his own son raised by his brother. I think I like Ray for how he struggled with caring about his dad, and hoping Happy Terrill would get his act together as a father.

    Runner-ups: Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown. A lot of my favorite DC characters are from the ’90s, but almost none of my favorites from Marvel are, though there are characters created earlier who my favorite take on them is from the ’90s (Jamie Madrox, Ben Reilly).

  • Menshevik

    Although I think that comics went into a decline in the 1990s compared to Golden Age of the 1980s, when I checked I found that I’m very much spoiled for choice. So after some checking and pondering, I’ll plump for

    Marvel: Squirrel Girl (although I think I only really started loving her after the 1990s were over)

    DC: Arrowette (for her relationship to her mother, her friendship with Cassie, and for her decision to stop being a superheroine)

    Indies: Barry Ween, Boy Genius

    Honorable mentions: Harley Quinn, Impulse, Lyja, M

  • Menshevik

    Well, on further reflection I’ll go for Spider-Girl for Marvel…

  • Margot

    All of Young Justice! Or maybe Peter David’s Supergirl! Or Steph. Steph is great. Or most of Generation X. 😀

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