In the world of superheroes, branding is everything. A good
name and a memorable costume are what make heroes like Batman and Spider-Man so
great; they create an iconic identity that keeps the character recognisable, no
matter what changes they may go through.
Some identities just weren’t built to last though. Whether
it’s due to a character outgrowing their original moniker, an old code name not
fitting to modern sensibilities, or just a good old fashioned case of a comic’s
company wanting to shake things up, sometimes a hero will ditch their old threads
and re-invent themselves as someone new.
Admittedly, this has the potential to go
horribly wrong (Like Captain America’s shirtless mid-life crisis of a new
identity Nomad) and even done right, it can be a hard sell to fans who treat
any change like it’s a giant lump of kryptonite. However, the characters on
this list managed to beat the odds and build a brand-new legacy for themselves
out of the shadow of their old identity.
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