This being National Irish American Awareness Day AKA St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite Irish characters from the comics pages. By no means exhaustive or even in any particular order. However, as someone is fascinated with her own slice of Irish heritage, Irish characters tend to catch my eye.
Hitman/Tommy Monaghan – Among my many complaints about the current DC comic universe, one of them is that Hitman is nowhere to be found. One of my favorite characters during the height of my comic collecting days (the 90s), created by one my one of my favorite comic writers (Garth Ennis), Tommy was everything a good Ennis character is – snarky, funny, and edgy while still sympathetic enough to make you want to root for him. My favorite Hitman story is still the Hitman/Lobo crossover, although his brief appearance in Grant Morrison’s JLA run was priceless.
Cassidy – Speaking of Ennis, I continue to cross my fingers that we get to see Preacher in a live action form, but only if it does justice to the original comic. It will be interesting to see how they handle Cassidy, the Irish vampire that is at turns Jesse’s friend and his antagonist. When I think of great vampire characters, Cassidy is always near the top of my list (in fact, I have a player in my vamp game right now, that often reminds me of him in his play style), but he was also one of the first characters I thought of while doing this list.
Kath/Raven/Angie – One of the best new comics out right now is The Kitchen, a comic that feels like the story board for the best girl power movie about Irish mobsters in the 70s that Tarantino just hasn’t made yet. The general premise is that the wives of 3 Irish mobsters who are sent to jail take it upon themselves to run their husband’s operations in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s gritty fun that at the same time has some interesting things to say about gender and class. The ladies are all bad-asses in their own right and so far the writing has been very impressive.
Daredevil – Speaking of Hell’s Kitchen, how great does the new Daredevil TV show look? I’m not a huge Marvel fan, but Daredevil is the type of conflicted superhero overcoming the odds that I find really interesting. Also, how many Irish Catholic superheroes do you see? Not many. That’s for sure.
Wondercon is a little over two weeks away and we will be there in our official MIB capacity for Steve Jackson Games, ready to introduce you to a variety of tabletop games. If you are going, come by, say hi, and maybe play a round of Munchkin with us!