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''Slingers'' is a comic series published by Creator/MarvelComics in [[TheNineties the late '90s]]. It all began when Norman Osborn and the Trapster framed ComicBook/SpiderMan for the murder of "Joey Z", a small-time thug, who suffocated to death when his lungs were filled with web fluid identical to Spider-Man's. Unable to use his Spider-Man identity now that the cops considered him a murderer,[[note]]Despite public opinion considering Spider-Man a murderer since the death of George Stacy in 1970.[[/note]] Spider-Man created four new identities so he could continue to fight crime while clearing Spidey's name.

Two of the identities he created -- The Hornet, created using his friend Hobie Brown's jet pack, and Prodigy, an [[TheCape old-fashioned "good guy"]] -- were heroes, while the other two -- Ricochet, a fast-talking criminal for hire, and Dusk, using a costume he'd obtained in the Negative Zone -- were villains, getting him [[TheInfiltration closer to the criminal underworld than ever before]]. Eventually, he was able to clear his name and, having no further use for them, discarded the four identities.

Then, in December of 1998, Marvel decided to capitalize on these discarded identities by [[TheRealRemingtonSteele assigning them to four new characters]]. The costumes were picked up by a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero named The Black Marvel, who gave them to four teenagers to train them to be superheroes. These kids were;

* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ritchie]] Gilmore, aka '''Prodigy''', the group's leader, a cold, stubborn loner who attends Empire State University as a wrestler. His costume is mystically infused with power, giving him superstrength and the ability to fly.[[note]]He's actually just jumping, but the jumps are so powerful that he looks like he's flying.[[/note]]
* Eddie [=McDonough=], aka '''Hornet''', is also an ESU student whose right arm is withered due to cerebral palsy. However, when using the Hornet suit, he has the power of flight and blasters with a sedative, and [[DisabilitySuperpower his strength is increased to superhuman levels, allowing him to use his crippled arm]].
* Johnny Gallo, aka '''Ricochet''', is a [[{{Mutants}} mutant]] whose mother was killed when he was a child, and who has an estranged relationship with his father. His powers are similar to Spider-Man's, including superhuman leaping and agility, and even a [[SpiderSense Spider-Sense-like ability]]
* And Cassie St. Commons, aka '''Dusk''', is the {{Goth}} daughter of a pair of rich socialites from Connecticut with many unexplained (at least within the series) superpowers, including teleportation and shadow manipulation. [[SacrificialLamb She dies before the first issue]]. She gets better.

The series only lasted twelve issues due to lack of interest, and is generally regarded as a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot poorly executed good idea]]. The characters remain as C-listers in the Marvel Universe, with Dusk appearing as a prisoner of the Puppet Master in a ''Ms. Marvel'' comic, Hornet getting killed by a brainwashed Wolverine, Ricochet joining a "teenage superhero recovery group", and Prodigy actually having an impact on the events of [[ComicBook/CivilWar Marvel's Civil War]]. The team will reappear in the pages of ''Ben Reilly, the ComicBook/ScarletSpider'' as they deal with the mystery of a brand-new Hornet. Compare ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''.

!!''Slingers'' provides examples of:

* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The second issue takes place largely inside one.
* BashBrothers: Ricochet and Hornet, remaining good friends and even becoming a Dynamic Duo in later years.
* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: The series was published right up against the end of this.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Eddie, whose right arm is crippled due to cerebral palsy.
* FlyingBrick: Prodigy, almost. He can jump such long distances that it looks like he's flying.
* GeniusCripple: Eddie, one of the smartest kids in school, has cerebral palsy.
* JerkAss: Prodigy often comes off as this, not so much as flinching at Cassie's death and telling his teammates to get over it.
** JerkJock: Prodigy is also a wrestler for ESU.
* MissingMom: Ricochet's mother died when he was little, killed by [[TheDarkAgeOfSuperNames the Orphan-Maker]].
* {{Mutants}}: Ricochet's powers are attributed to a mutant gene; oddly enough, he never had much of a relationship with the Marvel U's resident mutants, [[ComicBook/XMen the X-Men]].
* PluckyComicRelief: Ricochet, at his best.
* TheRealRemingtonSteele: Times four--a superteam formed out of four of Spider-Man's discarded alternate identities.
* SacrificialLamb: On their first outing together, Dusk falls to her death.
* SwarmOfRats: The residents of the sewer in the second issue.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Hornet and Ricochet work as this.
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