"Chase" (DC Comics, 1998): Created by Dan Curtis Johnson and J.H. Williams III
For 10 issues -- including a #1,000,000 issue, of all things -- DC fans were treated to a Bond-eque, street-level view of the DC Universe though the eyes of DEO Agent Cameron Chase. Debuting in "Batman" #550, Chase was a plain clothes agent charged with investigating superhuman crimes in the world filled with aliens, monsters, gods, wizards and vigilantes. "Chase" was a book that was ahead of its time, its pacing and themes pre-dating similar titles like "Powers" and "Alias." The title character's backstory was a gripping and tragic one, a past where her father, the costumed hero known as the Acro-Bat, was viciously killed by the villainous Dr. Trapp -- sending Chase on a path where she profoundly hated the world of heroes and villains and considered herself the first line of defense against these gods and monsters. In one very memorable arc ("Chase" #7-8), the DEO agent took it upon herself to discover the identity of Batman. Her presence made the DCU somehow richer and more fantastic, and the character could have become DC's answer to Nick Fury or even something better, a semi-broken woman who was charged to take down gods using simple detective work and guts. A regular supporting character in the similarly canceled-too-soon "Manhunter," Chase has resurfaced in the New 52 in a semi-adversarial role in the pages of "Batwoman," which was, not coincidentally, co-written by her co-creator J.H. Williams III. It's a darn shame "Chase" was not given the time to become an even greater part of the DC Universe, but at the time, fans didn't gravitate towards the title's elegant simplicity of a normal woman who found herself in extraordinary circumstances.