Doop and Nightcrawler each get a solo series from Marvel Comics launching Wednesday.
One looks like a lumpy green potato, the other resembles a blue-skinned demon, and Doop and Nightcrawler both see solo comic books launch Wednesday.
Marvel Comics' All-New Doop, with the little emerald guy from X-Statix, and Nightcrawler, reintroducing the swashbuckling, longtime member of the X-Men, star fan-favorite characters in the X-Universe.
They couldn't look any more different from each other, but there are some similarities between the two. Here are fun facts shared among these quirky mutant heroes.
Iconic writers. The guys who were responsible for some of each character's best stories are back with the new series. Writer Peter Milligan created Doop with artistMike Allred, and now teams with David Lafuente for series that take an intriguing look at the expressive green spud. And Chris Claremont, who's penned some of the greatest X-Men stories ever told, returns to mutant life with Todd Nauck as the resurrected Nightcrawler finds his way among old friends.
Smooth moves. Saying that Doop is a marginal character isn't a diss — he actually travels through the margins of story and reality to witness events as they happen. Nightcrawler is master of teleportation with a ubiquitous "BAMF!" that accompanies his trips near and far.
Men of faith. Nightcrawler is a devout Catholic who's struggled with his religion and his own devilish appearance since his first appearance in 1975. Doop, believe it or not, was once a priest.
Tools of the trade. Doop wielded a video camera back when he was with X-Statix, but his viewfinder in the new series is filled with the epic events of the recent time-traveling "Battle of the Atom" story line. Nightcrawler brandishes a pair of sticks that, when combined with his nifty teleportation technique, are deadly weapons — though he'll need all his skills when the mysterious Trimega shows up.
Romantic dudes. Doop shows up with a letter for Kitty Pryde, and it looks like he might be fostering a little bit of a crush for one of the X-Men's leaders. And it's a former love that returns for Nightcrawler when he seeks out former girlfriend — and powerful witch — Amanda Sefton, but finds out that they need to keep it a little professional when it looks like she's being targeted by a mysterious antagonist.