In May of 2004, when I first logged into City of Heroes, I picked the server at the top of the list: Guardian.

It was my characters’ primary home for the time the game was online, and I still have many friends who I keep in contact from that server, and others from the game’s other servers.

Monday night on Supergirl, a new hero burst on the scene, based on a hero from DC’s Golden Age: The Guardian.


Created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, at roughly the same time as Captain America, Jim Harper is a police officer in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum who became a vigilante to catch crooks that the law could not prosecute, describing himself as guarding society from criminals.

The character appeared on and off over the years, with other characters taking on the mantle of Guardian, including the Golden Guardian (Jim Harper’s clone) and Manhattan Guardian (Jake Jordan).

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It was a thrill to see James Olsen don the newly created armor of Guardian. ┬áIt’s a thrill to see any comic book character in live action form, but this one is special, because it’s like the personification of my home server in CoH, come to life.

I just wish City of Heroes was still around so I could recreate this look in-game.