They were going to have a vehicle called the Ultramobile that could travel all-terrain and it was much more broad adventure, à lá the Challengers of the Unknown. As things started to form, there was more information about what the New Universe was going to be trickling down from [editor-in-chief Jim] Shooter. We found out Shooter was pushing this idea that the books would be ultra-realistic. Tom wanted to do very tongue-in-cheek, seat-of-your-pants adventures. The characters were going to be off-season football players, but he was seeing something much broader. When Tom saw that Shooter wanted things more grounded in realism, he tried to take the strip back. But Jim wanted a sports book. Tom tried to tell him it wasn’t a sports book, but Shooter told Tom, ‘Trust me, it’ll be great. I want it for New Universe.'
JACK "MR. MAGNIFICENT" MAGNICONTE
Created By: Tom DeFalco & Ron Frenz
First Appearance: Kickers, Inc. #1 (Nov. 1986)
Role: Goofy-Ass Hero
PL 8 (102)
STRENGTH 5 STAMINA 8 AGILITY 5
FIGHTING 8 DEXTERITY 4
INTELLIGENCE 2 AWARENESS 3 PRESENCE 3
Acrobatics 3 (+8)
Athletics 9 (+14)
Deception 3 (+6)
Expertise (Football Player- Quarterback) 6 (+10) -- Uses Dex
Insight 2 (+5)
Intimidation 2 (+5)
Perception 3 (+6)
Great Endurance, Move-By Action
"Supreme Physical Specimen"
Power-Lifting 1 (3,200 lbs.) 
Speed 3 (16 mph) 
Leaping 1 (15 feet) 
Unarmed +8 (+5 Damage, DC 20)
Dodge +8 (DC 18), Parry +8 (DC 18), Toughness +8, Fortitude +8, Will +5
Relationship (Darlene- Wife)
Total: Abilities: 76 / Skills: 28--14 / Advantages: 2 / Powers: 5 / Defenses: 5 (102)
-This book was supposed to be called Mr. Magnificent and the Team Supreme, a goofy-ass broad adventure series set in a Challengers of the Unknown vein. But when they discovered that this whole "New Universe" thing was going to be more realistic in tone, they rapidly changed everything around to fit... poorly. The book was riddled with even MORE creative difficulties than the rest of the line, as DeFalco was doing only half the writing within three issues (he says he was already bored with the project by then), and by the sixth issue both the creators (who'd go on to do Thor together) had left the book. It was cancelled after twelve issues, though the main character, Jack Magniconte, would appear in other NU books.
-Jack gained powers in the White Event, but quit the "New York Smashers" football team (WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR, SHOOTER!) because football no longer held any challenge for him. His brother, who'd thought HE'D given Jack superpowers, was killed by loan sharks for failing to pay his debts (his "Superpower Device" obviously didn't work- 'twas the White Event, not his machine, that empowered Jack). Jack decided to form Kickers, Inc. as a do-gooder organization, but a CIA agent began blackmailing him to shut it down. After Pittsburgh was destroyed, Jack joined the army and became The All-American.
-Jack's teammates were Thomas "Suicide" Smythe, Beauford "Brick Wall" Wohl, and Dallas "Dasher" Corbin- all former teammates of his. The Wall is naturally a VERY large black man (with a business & finance-based education). Suicide has some contacts in his past who are less than on the up-and-up, but ultimately rejects the Uzi they gave him for one mission. Dasher is the young & immature one, focusing on fashion & fame over boring stuff like "education". His businesswoman wife Darlene was the "team aide" character.
Technically, he's an animated corpse- whether or not he counts as a zombie is dependent on the continuity. There's no reason that his bits and pieces aren't working right- part of the deal with the experiment was whether or not the good Doctor could create LIFE, not raise the undead. In the original novel, Dr. Frankenstein kills the "Bride" because he fears he'll create a race of monsters- implying they can breed. And if the Monster can sleep or require food, then it's also probably a living creature.
The Monster also appeared in the original X-Men in the 1960's...
-Created by Mark Gruenwald & Paul Ryan, this was one of the more well-thought-of New Universe books, largely because Gru was famously way-into figuring out how superheroes would operate if it was real. So you had a lot of "little things" kicking around in his books- the Avengers had a full-time support staff (because OBVIOUSLY you need someone manning the controls, or a real pilot, or a guy to do day-to-day operations), villains actually have to think up their complicated plots, etc. With this book, he included "little things" like the team speedster needing to eat constantly to maintain his super-fast metabolism, for instance.
-The book was the only NU title to maintain a stable creative team in its first year. Gruenwald also made sure that the team seemed different from other superheroes, by creating a giant list of Superhero Types (jesus he and I are truly one and the same) and creating characters that differed from them in every category. However, fans criticized numerous aspects of it, such as the first year taking place over much less time than the other books (one month was supposed to equal one month in real time, even though this is ridiculous for a 22-page comic), or the way the book made multiple branching plotlines instead of having a central theme. At least fans enjoyed the characters- Gru worked hard at making them interesting, as did Ryan. D.P.7 was canceled with the rest of the New Universe after 19 issues.
-The titular seven are a band of escapees from a Generic Evil Lab, where they've all gained superpowers. They're called the "Displaced Paranormals" after they flee (upon discovering that their "caretakers" wish to turn them into an army). Eventually some are recaptured, and a fight breaks out. Later, the heads of the Clinic are gone, and the thing descends into warbands and anarchy. When the NU is concentrated further, most of the males join the army as part of the mandatory "Paranormals Join the Army" plan the government had. As the New Universe ends, most of the characters have moved on- some are living incognito in New York City.
I like the New Universe builds but think that the comparison to when Valiant launched with basically the same damn characters a few years later needs to be brought up.Granted it was all Shooter all over again and the guy really stopped having an original idea around that time.
Live fast. Love hard. Die with your mask on.
Jim Shooter started off as a comic book prodigy, writing scripts for the Legion of Super-Heroes title when he was still a teenager (DC didn't even realize Shooter was too young to be held to a contract); but after joining the ranks of Marvel's executives and becoming EiC, he basically stopped writing at any serious level for years. And when he finally took up that again for a major series (the original Secret Wars), it showed and showed HARD. He hadn't kept current at all in terms of writing techniques, his characters were just a handful of traits without any real complexity (which was a big step up for Silver Age DC characters, but it was now the 1980s/early 1990s), dialogue was hokey, and plot ideas that used to be daring had been superceded long ago (Mark Gruenwald was far better at "realistic" superheroes and villains than Shooter's New-U ever approached). Some talents can step away and come back strong-others struggle mightily after a long layoff from their crafts-Shooter fell into the latter group.
In fairness, his later efforts at Valiant (and even the couple of other minor companies he started afterward) were far superior-but when Valiant failed due to a few critical business/marketing mistakes, he never got another chance at any high level. And unfortunately his legacy is mostly going to be a fairly sour one with comics creators and fans owing to his final tenure with Marvel. Especially because better regarded voices in the community still actively badmouth him whenever they get the chance.
All my best.