Six by 6 | Six characters M.I.A. in Marvel NOW!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin: For being the one-time government bigwig in charge of all things superheroes, Norman Osborn keeps an awfully low profile. After he was deposed in the pages of Siege, Osborn’s appearances in the Marvel Universe, as himself or as the Green Goblin, have been sparse, relegated primarily to that great Osborn miniseries. In his absence, Doctor Octopus has put in a firm challenge to supplant Osborn as the wall-crawler’s No. 1 foe with the whole body-snatching thing, but I can’t wait to see what Norman thinks of that.
Ghost Rider: He’s one of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes, but also one that’s proved difficult for the publisher to integrate into its plans. (Man, imagine what Ghost Rider would have done in Avengers Vs. X-Men!) Instead, the Spirit of Vengeance, whether Blaze, Ketch or Alejandra, has been a ghost lately. Much like the Punisher, Ghost Rider’s a hard nut to crack — but there’s bound to be a way to make him work in Marvel NOW!
Marvelman/Miracleman: No matter what you call him, Micky Moran has been a no-show since Marvel announced in July 2009 that it had acquired the rights to the character. But now, nearly four years later, we’re still waiting to see Marvelman in one of the publisher’s comics. Some people thought he might appear in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run, but it looks to be the New Universe instead. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but imagine Marvel NOW! turning into Marvelman NOW!