Sunday, October 08, 2006

Best Name Change!

Quite often, people tend to have a problem when comic book characters change their name. Usually, the new name is not as good as the old name. But occasionally, the name change is a good one.

To wit, Shadowcat is a lot better of a name than Ariel or Sprite.

What, though, do you think was the BEST name change in comics?


Blogger Bill D. said...

Battlestar. The name itself is kind of dumb, and makes you wonder why everyone didn't constantly call him Galactica just to piss him off, but at least Marvel saw the many errors of calling the guy "Bucky."

Changing Jack Monroe into Nomad was a good idea for some of the same reasons. Unless you're a 12 year old white kid living in 1941, Bucky's sort of a stupid name to run around with.

10/08/2006 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Robin -> Nightwing was one of the better ones, acknowledging his graduation from sidekick to hero-in-his-own-right. I especially liked that it acknowledged the influence of both his "father" Batman, and his "uncle" Superman.

10/09/2006 12:35 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Good picks by both of you fellas!

10/09/2006 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Nightwing was a great one.
Nomad made snese as well, as Cap used that name first, and Jack was following him.
Battlestar--just goofy, but better than Bucky--and in that vein USAgent was a better name than thr e Patriot when Steve Rogers took back Captain America.

10/10/2006 12:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paste-Pot Pete --> The Trapster.

Not that "Trapster" is such a great name, but when you look at what it replaced...

Oh, and
Marvel Girl --> Phoenix.

Marvel Girl is a terrible name, sounds like the member of the Legion of Super Heroes who drew the short straw on Pick A Code Name Day and had to take the most generic one on the list. Phoenix still doesn't tell you what her powers are, but it sounds tres cool & grownup.

10/16/2006 4:50 PM  

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