Fighting crime with Manhunter
If you disregard Gotham City, most cities in the DC universe have one, maybe two superheroes each. Superman has Metropolis. Green Arrow has Star City. Flash has Keystone City. Hawkman and Hawkgirl have St. Roch. You get the idea. But you know where superheroes aren’t showing their faces? Real cities. Like Los Angeles. About time they get their own vigilante.
The Manhunter superhero title goes back to the 1940s. A half dozen men donned the uniform and an entire species of Manhunter robots run amok in space. Luckily, in 2004, Kate Spencer — the best federal prosecuter in Los Angeles, of course — took a shot at the mantle. I’m so glad she did. Marc Andreyko, the writer for the Manhunter series, made Spencer into someone both flawed and beloved. She’s wildly insecure, yet horribly overconfident. Spencer smokes and can barely muster being sub-par mother to her six year-old, though…
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