As I sat down to write an Underrated, it wasn’t meant to be this one. Then my cat wandered over and almost put his face into my cup of tea (he didn’t, don’t worry). For some reason, he joged my brain into writing this Underrated instead, about how some sidekicks get overshadowed by their more famous mentors. So I asked myself, “self, are there any sidekicks that you feel are somewhat forgotten about?”
As it turns out, there is.
A few things before we start; firstly, these are characters who may have had their own comics, but usually limited to a short miniseries, or a cancelled run. Secondly, some of these characters are probably stretching the term “sidekick” a bit, so be prepared for some potentially foolish claims. Thirdly, this isn’t a complete, or inclusive, list and it is completely subjective.
Although powerless (and basically useless), Deadpool seems to enjoy bringing him along on adventures that he really has no place being on. Originally an agent of Hydra, his training has been focused less on combat, and more on running away when confronted with danger. Although even this training seems useless, as Bob has cited such Hydra lessons as “Hiding behind each other” and “If I can’t see them they can’t see me.” Deadpool has said that Bob is better at running away than anyone he has seen. Bob also has an ingrained terror of many superheroes who frequently come into conflict with Hydra, such as Captain America and Wolverine.
The Batman television series from the 60’s, starring Adam West and Burt Ward was camp fun that brought BAtman to a whole new audience. Were it not for the series, then it’s questionable if Batman would be the force he is today. And what is it we remember most from the television show? Holy expressions, Batman!
Howard The Duck may have been the title character in his latest five issue series, but toward the end of the run, he admitted he felt more like Tara‘s sidekick. This entry is little more than a shameless plug for an excellent series, that I’ve enjoyed thoroughly (you can find my review of the fifth issue here).
Okay, I get it. He is absolutely not a sidekick to anybody, but he did spin out of some Wolverine centered X-Men stories, so that has to count, right? In all honesty, Maverick is here because I love his character, and will take any chance I can to talk about him, not because he’s a sidekick to Wolverine (they have an extensive past together, though).
There we have it – a mere handful of underrated sidekicks. There are so many more sidekick-type characters out there, and because I’ll probably need another list for another Underrated at some point, there’s bound to be another part to this list.
In the mean time, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.
Until next time!