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Six by 6 | Six characters M.I.A. in Marvel NOW!

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Marvel’s turning over a new leaf, so to speak, as it enters the Marvel NOW! era. But in that amid the flurry of new titles, new line-ups and new creators, we’re finding some notable absences — notable to us at least. While some missed heroes like Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Mockingbird have popped up in cameos here and there, there are still a significant number of popular players waiting to be brought onto the field. In this installment of “Six by 6,” we suss out six such characters and zero in on their last whereabouts, and where some of them might show up next.

War Machine

War Machine: You know, for being Iron Man’s right-hand man and a movie star in his own right, James “Rhodey” Rhodes sure has trouble finding a seat at the table. While he’s headlined his own series, there have been long swaths of time in which Rhodey is nowhere to be found … and we’re in one of those now. War Machine’s last in-continuity appearance was in the pages of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s 2012 Avengers Assemble run, but since then he’s become difficult to find. We hope that with a certain movie on its way we might see War Machine make his whereabouts known in the very near future.

Nick Fury

Nick Fury: Nick Fury Sr., to be exact. While his long-lost son Nick Fury Jr. is heading up the Secret Avengers squad, the elder Fury has been keeping his head down. He appeared last year in both Defenders and Ed Brubaker’s final issue of Captain America, but now he’s in the wind. He’s due to pop up in Winter Soldier, where I hope he’ll play a larger role.

Moon Knight

Moon Knight: Ah, Moonie. Less than two years ago you were the subject of a Hail Mary revamp by Marvel’s top writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev. Twelve issues later, and not much changed. In the past six months, Moon Knight has shown up in X-Men Legacy and in Bendis’ Avengers finale, but in Marvel NOW! he’s been invisible.

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Green Goblin made an appearance on the last page of the latest issue of Superior Spider-Man.

Ghost Rider is the one I’m most disappointed about.

War Machine is rumored to be the new Iron Patriot over in Secret Avengers. Osborn will be in Superior Spider-man. Nick Fury is currently appearing in Winter Soldier, basically as Bucky’s handler.

I’m surprised Doctor Doom hasn’t made the list. Where’s he been at, dawg?

Simon DelMonte

March 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I’m close to giving up hope that Marvelman will ever return in any way, shape or form.

surprised moon knight went mia given how he was part of the avengers during avsx also along with ghost rider though maybe marvel is waiting till they can decide who ghost rider is once and for all. as for miracle man think that is due to marvel having to stil having to finish going through the red tape before the character finaly appears once and for all for good.

Jim K.: Thanks for the update. I missed that one.

David: Doctor Doom showed up briefly in the Marvel NOW Point One. Blink and you’ll miss it, but he’s there. He was on the original list.

I don’t know…there’s that pretty big Infinity story coming up…that could be the perfect place to launch Miracleman…

Ummm… Moon Knight isn’t MIA. He’s involved with the Age of Ultron storyline. And they’ve already said that Norman Osborn is going to be appearing in Superior Spider-Man.

HATEHATEHATE the multiple pages thing. The RSS feed only gets the first page.

That there is not an ongoing S.H.I.E.L.D. series is a crime. I guess Secret Avengers is/will be close?

Rhodey was also in the Iron Man suit for a good portion of the last arc or two of Fraction’s “Invincible Iron Man.” He’s only been gone, what, a few months?

No Pym? Has me worried for AofU
No Quicksilver? Probably the most criminally underused character, after Black knight (who is also missing)
I know Vision appeared in Assemble Annual, but he needs a real role.

Iron Fist and Cage too

Has Silver Surfer showed up yet in Marvel Now? I’d like to see him get another shot at an ongoing…

Rollo Tomassi

March 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

You know who else is missing from Marvel NOW?

Wally West.

What’s up with that, Marvel?!? Huh!? HUH!???!?

I’d also say Captain Britain is missing. He went from being in the Secret Avengers to being nowhere at all. What’s up with that?

Mysterious Stranger

March 9, 2013 at 7:46 am

This multiple pages crap on both this and the CSBG blog is nothing but a blatant cash grab to get additional ad views. That’s why I’m no longer reading those two sections of the site. If this practice finds it’s way to the main site then I’ll be done with CBR for good.

Captain Britain: Just showed up in Avengers Arena.
Silver Surfer: You’re right, this is a big miss for me. his last appearance as the pre Marvel NOW! (Marvel THEN?) Defenders #12.
Hank Pym: Was in February’s Avenging Spider-Man #17.
Quicksilver: He appeared in the recent Vision-centric AVENGERS ASSEMBLE ANNUAL #1.
Black Knight: He was in GAMBIT #7, but sadly sadly underused since his last team book.

Jake Earlewine

March 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Yeah, the multiple pages thing sucks.

Regarding the article, I never liked Ghost Rider one bit, and wish he’d disappear forever. But there are a lot of characters I feel that way about. I much prefer the original Ghost Rider — the cowboy character.

I also have feelings of disgust for Thunderstrike, War Machine, black Nick Fury, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Woman, She-Hulk and every other watered down imitation of an original character. Who needs them, when we still have the original?

I don’t mind the multiple pages, but I follow this site in a feed reader (Bloglines) that shows only the first page of content and NO indication that there’s anything more. No “read more” links or anything. Could you add them to the feed content, please?

It’s a shame Moon Knight is currently down the tubes… The guy blew open the current case of the Ultron almost entirely on his own, and now he’s out of the picture.

I’d love to see more UK-centric heroes jump out… years ago, Captain America partnered with Union Jack for a few issues.

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