Flash/Barry Allen: The fastest man alive, The Flash — not to be mistaken with Flash Gordon — can run faster than the human eye can see. Barry Allen started out as a police scientist until one day he was given super speed thanks to some lightning and chemicals that spilled on him. It’s kind of the normal superhero beginning, someone who sees what is wrong with the world is given powers in a freak accident. The Flash is in many ways comic relief in the comics. He is often given the one-liners, and in the Justice League with Superman and Batman being two very serious characters, he brings in some levity.
Green Arrow/Oliver Queen: Son of a rich mogul, he was very much the drunken playboy. Fancying himself a Robin Hood-type figure, he went after the corruption in Star City and those who would seek to bring the city down, after his parents were killed when he wasn’t brave enough to kill the lions mauling them (we’ll give him a pass since he was a kid with a bow and arrow and they were lions). He, in many ways, follows the Batman trope. His parents were killed in front of him, and he has taken on a city as his own, to fight for it and to kick the bad guys out of it. However, Queen’s playboy past is something that can still show up in his comics, and he is a much lighter character than Batman.
Firestorm: Another laboratory accident (it is a serious issue of safety in both Marvel and DC), Firestorm is not one person, but two people whose powers work together. One part is the physical person, who controls the powers, and the other, often smarter person acts as a voice in the physical person’s head, and gives advice as to what they could do and how they could win the situation. The voice in the head doesn’t have power. Firestorm is very much a side character who shows up in different versions of the Justice League.
Martian Manhunter/J’onn J’onzz: J’onn J’onzz is a Martian from Mars. However, he came around to the good side. Now as a shape shifting alien with telepathic abilities and a few other things that he can do, he works along side the Justice League. After being brought to Earth in a teleportation accident, he decided that he would fight crime. No real reason for it, but it seemed like the right thing to do. I really enjoy his stories, but definitely is a bit more of a side character.
Aquaman/Arthur Curry: He is one of my personal favorite DC characters. Why you might ask? Because he has interesting powers, and if they are used correctly, it can create interesting stories. Plus he is from Atlantis, and the ruler. They have struggled to tell really good stories with him, and he gets used as a punchline in the same way that Cyclops does with the X-Men. But when written well, Aquaman, Mera, and the enemies that they face off against have some interesting stories to tell. And just be adding in the land of Atlantis, they are able to tell stories around him with some more fantastical elements.
How much do you like Aquaman or have you not even read any of his comics? If so, let me know, and I can help you figure out where to start.
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