I think IDW could do a lot with Stalker if they wanted to delve into his background a little.
He starts out being head honcho of a Detroit street gang - the kind of person you would expect to end up as a Dreadnok or something. Just think of what kind of person gets to that position - we're talking about a ruthless, intimidating thug, almost certainly a murderer - a real bad guy.
But he somehow becomes one of the most likeable and respected Joes. He never loses his cool, he's really self disciplined. Of all the Joes, he's the one being represented as a happily married family man.
How does this kind of change happen? What makes him leave the street and join the Army? Is his close bond with SE
tied in part to relating to SE
's dark side (does he see his friendship with SE
and kind of trying to rescue SE
from himself)? And he almost seems a little too perfect for his own good - what are his flaws and weaknesses? What about his old gangbanger friends - a few of them are surely still alive, and they're the kind of people that might be drawn to a community of rules and violence - like Cobra.
I think there's a dark, complex, and ultimately inspiring to be told here.
As for Outback, I don't think he's ever been portrayed as convincingly as during the Borovia story. He's a tough, resourceful survivor, a natural improvisor. He clearly a team player, but seems to work best on his own. He has always gotten his fair share of face time, but I don't think they've really done anything with his personality since the Borovia story.
The first Borovia story arc is in my top three, along with the original Cobra Island Civil War, and the Special Missions trip to China and the E&E afterwards.
Another great story was the Special Missions issue wth Dusty, Mangler, Lightfoot, and Outback. It didn't seem rushed, but was such a great story, I would have loved that to have been spread out over several issues.