The DC Universe is full of interesting, offbeat superheroes we'd certainly like to see more of -- but who may not necessarily warrant an entire ongoing or limited series. Enter National Comics, the new title from DC launching in July which will spotlight a different "obscure" character in each issue. Wired's Geek Dad blog reports that the first story scheduled for National Comics will be "Kid Eternity" by Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner, with issues focusing on Madame X, Rose and Thorn, and Looker to follow.
Kid Eternity first appeared in Hit Comics #25 in 1942, as a super-powered boy with the power to turn invisible/intangible as well as summon mythological and historical figures. Eternity was later retconned into the Shazam/Marvel Family in the 1970s, disappeared after Crisis on Infinite Earths, had a somewhat darker miniseries by Grant Morrison and Duncan Fegredo in 1991, and a different but also dark short-lived series by Ann Nocenti and Sean Phillips in 1993. He returned briefly in 1999's JSA #1 only to be killed in the same issue, and then appeared in later issues of JSA as well as Teen Titans. In short: titles like National Comics might be the best way for characters with such convoluted pasts to possibly find a new audience.
In Lemire's version, Eternity is police coroner Christopher Freeman (the same name he had when part of the Marvel Family), who gets a "second chance at life" with the newfound ability to resurrect the dead. On his blog, Lemire describes Kid Eternity as "one of my favourite old DC and Vertigo Characters."