Sunday, September 05, 2004
Shane over at Near Mint Heroes has started what he promises is a regular feature spotlighting comics series that fell between the cracks and were cancelled in untimely fashion. The first title to get the spotlight is DC's Chase series, about the adventures of an agent for the DC Universe's metahuman-monitoring CIA anagram, the Department for Extranormal Operations, aka the DEO. Created by D. Curtis Johnson and illustrated by the Promethea team of J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray, Chase, whose father was a superguy in the 60s and has grown up with a healthy dislike of all folks in spandex, was one of the most intriguing and downright real women characters in comics, especially at the time with the Bad Girl phenomenon, featuring fantastical warrior women with huge boobs and unlikely waistlines, still in full flower. She was stubborn, cynical, and often unlikeable, but she had her heart in the right place and we were only beginning to get acquainted with her when DC pulled the plug after eight issues due to low sales. #9 was one of the big One Million crossover event going on at the time, and was by far one of the best in the series. Still, the book has a small, but fanatical following, and Chase herself has been a regular in many of DC's Secret Files books. A comeback has not been ruled out, and I seem to remember none other than J.H. Williams himself mentioning, over at DC's Promethea message boards, that something might be in the works with the original creative team. That's been a while back, so perhaps it's not to be. We shall see, I guess.
Anyway, thanks to Shane's article, I found out something I did not know- that there is a Heroclix figure of Cameron Chase! As you can see above, she's depicted in all her trenchcoated glory. I gotta get me one of these, despite the fact that I am not a Heroclix enthusiast, don't know thing one about the figures or the game or anything...but I gotta get what may be the only existing piece of Chase merchandise available! I found the above pic at a website which sells the things...but she's identified only as "DEO Agent". Hmph. Fortunately, it won't cost an arm and a leg at only $1.99.
You just never know what you'll run across sometimes.