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Comics 411: Favorite Superhero Offspring

April 17, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Cable Cyclops

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Last week we discussed our Thoughts on Marvel’s House of X and Powers of X. Here’s what some of you had to say:

DiMera: “Hickman writing Magneto is all that matters.”

Robert Stewart: “I’ve read a lot of Hickman, and I’m honestly yet to be impressed. He just might not be my cup of tea, but I don’t get the fanfare around him.”

To read last week’s column go HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss our…

Favorite Superhero Offspring

When it comes to our favorite superhero offspring, it’s a pretty safe bet that the first names that pop in your mind are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. For good reason. While their famous lineage might have recently been tweaked here and there, for many years, and probably in the minds of casual fans, they were the children of Magneto and made a very powerful family unit.

I wanted to touch on some of the more well known kids out there. And before I jump into it, I know there is something like 200+ children of superheroes. I’m not going to name them all and I’m not going to list someone obscure like Aliyah Bishop (Daughter of Bishop and Deathbird) or too out of mainstream comic book reality like Ariana McKenzie (Daughter of Namor and Invisible Girl). I’ll leave it up to you in the comments to cover the ones that I missed.

Yes, May Parker, AKA Spider-Girl, started out in MC2 but quickly gained popularity and a worthy addition to this list. She was her own person but kept a lot of the charm and likeability.

The Young Avengers have given us a load of entries to the list. We have Wiccan (Scarlet Witch and the Vision), Patriot (Isaiah Bradley), Cassie Lang, Speed (Scarlet Witch and Vision), and Hulkling (Captain Marvel or Mar-Vell), among othesr. I’ll admit that I’ve been lax in keeping tabs on the Young Avengers’ more recent appearances in the Marvel universe but having a connection to the superheroes who’ve come before gives them an edge and opens up doors for writers. Here’s hoping they get some more shine sooner rather than later.

Now we shift focus back to the mutant corner of Marvel. It can get a little confusing. For years Rachel Summers was the poster child for dysfunctional family. Cyclops/Scott Summers was her alternate reality father and Jean Grey was her alternate reality mother. Oh, and years later we find out that Cable is her alternate reality half-brother. Rachel was born in a dystopian future, trained as a “hound” to hunt down mutants, and struggled to find out who she was. For years she was written up-and-down, becoming someone that was more trouble than she was worth. Although I did enjoy her time in Excalibur.

Cable carried on the tradition of convoluted continuity. The son of Scott Summers/Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey who was sent to the future after becoming infected with the techno-organic virus. He returns to the present day, as an adult, and…wow. I forgot how deep his origins got.

And I’m not going to even touch how Nate Grey fits in the mix. And I really don’t want to delve into Legion, the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller. He was one of those characters who didn’t seem very well thought out and was more of a mcguffin.

If you look at the current situation in the X-books, it might confuse you even more with the addition of a young Cable who killed…you know what? I’ll cover that another day.

The Fantastic Four are back and Marvel’s First Family has always been about…family. Sadly, I never really connected with Franklin and Valeria Richards. An all-powerful character is tough to keep interesting and when you transfer those powers to a child, it can get annoying. Such was the case with Franklin. They never seemed to know what to do with him and he just became a story crutch. His powers would come and go, he’d get older then younger, and was generally a mess. His sister wasn’t much better. Originally she die when Sue Storm had a miscarriage but was saved by Franklin’s reality altering powers. If things weren’t weird enough, she was raised by an alternate reality Doctor Doom or, as she called him, Uncle Doom.

While DC doesn’t have a huge number of popular kids, one of my favorite is Damian Wayne or Robin! Alive or dead or back alive, a character that I was set on hating became one of my favorite ones to read.

A forgotten gem of a title was Infinity Inc. and I’m waiting for them to make a comeback one of these days. The team was primarily composed of the children of the Justice Society. Jade and Obsidian were the offspring of the Golden Age Flash, Nuklon/Atom Smasher was the son of the Golden Age Atom, Silver Scarab/Dr. Fate was the son of the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and of course Earth II Huntress was the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.

Even Wolverine has time for love. And I can only imagine what kind of dad Logan can be but it seems the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree with Daken. I’ve had my issues with Daken and felt his character is a little too cliche. If I was really pushing clone kids, X-23 would easily take his place. Like she does in the comics.

Now someone I feel is a bit underrated is Skaar. Anyone who comes from the Hulk is bound to have issues. Son of the Hulk and the extraterrestrial Caiera, he was conceived during the Planet Hulk storyline. With the right writer, Skaar could be a force to be reckoned with.

If I had to pick two examples of superhero kids done right I would point to Malcolm Dragon and Invincible. Malcolm is the son of the Savage Dragon. You can thank the steady and consistent hand of creator Erik Larsen. I’ll use this space to say that if you aren’t reading Savage Dragon, you’re really missing out on what makes comics fun.

Invincible or Mark Grayson is another one who benefited from having a well though out and executed creative team. Yes, he had his own book where his superhero father, Omni-Man, was introduced but that little hook gave his story life and character. Over the years, I’ve found Invincible to be one of the more sure bets in delivering an entertaining read. I admit that I pick up the collected editions as the story reads better, at least to me, that way. When it comes to superhero offspring, Invincible gets my #1.

Alright, let me know who I missed and who your favorite is. Just please, no Adam X.

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!