May his fire burn everlasting: The resurgence of the cocaine-fueled Snowflame
Although he died a not-so-glorious death in his first appearance way back in 1988’s New Guardians #2, the cocaine-sniffing DC villain Snowflame is making a minor comeback. The Colombian drug lord has been featured recently on Cracked.com and io9, and now he has his own fan-fiction webcomic by artist Julie Sydor.
Snowflame tells the further adventures of the part drug-sniffing supervillain, part cult leader who first and last appeared in a forgettable series that spun out of DC’s Millennium crossover. That appearance must have made an impact on Sydor, as she not only turned him into a My Little Pony–what greater sign is there that you’re achieved cult status than someone turning you into a My Little Pony?–but also kicked off a webcomic that pits him against Green Arrow, Batman and Raven.
One question you might be asking is “Why Snowflame?” Which is a question Sydor answers on her webcomics’ “About” page:
Is it just me, or is there more to this character that would be fucking awesome to explore? I don’t really want to show my cards, so to speak, as to what I intend to write — but I will say that if you watch the Linkara review, you’ll notice Snowflame isn’t played as straight-up-heinous as say, a Captain Planet villian would be. He seems to have a sort of personal, if warped, sense of honor, and to some degree enjoys hanging around his cronies/entourage. Comics often feature introspective characters who feel alone because of their super-abilities, so it’s interesting (to me, at least) to see a character with such effed-up powers totally living it up and enjoying people.
Also sometimes I just get sick of stuff I want, like awesome Highlander sequels, always not existing. So I guess this is just me going postal over that.
Hopefully Snowflame’s resurgence means we’ll get to see Hemo Goblin again sometime soon.