A relatively obscure comic book series that I loved anyway, Wildcats 3.0, written by Joe Casey. He took a generic, forgettable team of X-Men ripoffs from the early '90s, wrote out or killed off the dead weight characters, and set the remaining ones (and a handful of his own creations) in an excellent post-superhero epic that dealt with alternative ways to save the world. One character, formerly the stoic android field leader, gave up his costume for a reflective silver business suit and became a corporate CEO, selling batteries powered by an otherworldly energy source that was clean, safe, and limitless, and the batteries would never run out. Needless to say, he started making enemies throughout the corporate world and the upper echelons of the U.S. government. In his quest to make the world a better place using corporate power instead of super powers, he hired the team’s former hotheaded gunslinging mercenary to be his “fixer,” and started planting his own agents in various government agencies to monitor their activities pertaining to the corporation.
It might sound boring, but I was riveted. Like I said, there were no more costumes, minimal super powers, hardly any more code names, and very little fighting. But it was a smart, slick thriller, full of espionage and intrigue and quiet, subtle heroism disguised as capitalism. So of course it got canceled, and Casey was forced to abruptly end the series on #24 with a literal deus ex machina ending, rushed resolutions to the main plot, and countless dangling plot threads that would have been fascinating if he could have had even six more issues to conclude his run. Ah, what could have been.
Of course, DC Comics decided to relaunch Wildcats as an action spectacular with most of the '90s characters back in their costumes, sweeping most of Casey’s story elements under the rug. The original artist, superstar Jim Lee, was back, along with A-list writer Grant Morrison, both of whom can sell comics on name alone. They came out with one issue about a year ago, and nothing since.