Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Bob Haney Memorial Edition


I always find it interesting when my child asks me an incisive question, but it’s even more fun when she thinks to ask a question that I never did.  During a recent viewing of ‘Chōjin Sentai Jetman’, she seemed to be considering something for several minutes, tilting her head and squishing up her eyebrows in the way she does before she ruins something for Daddy has a pop-culture epiphany.  Her question, however, was a good one: “How come if they’re just a bunch of kids, all the Power Rangers know how to fight so good?”  It got me thinking about Peter Parker, about Terry McGinnis, about Wally West, Ben Tennyson and the myriad of people who clearly had NO fighting skills, but were suddenly transmogrified into Chuck Norris-styled fighting dynamos upon receiving a costume.  In some cases, they chalk it up to some sort of training (Robin’s acrobatic skills, or the original American Pink Ranger’s gymnastic competitions) or as a side-effect of the power, but even a spider-sense wouldn’t necessarily build the muscle memory behind the moves that Spider-Man showed in even his earliest outings…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was in a fight once, but doesn’t think picking a villain up and throwing him onto a car counts as a “style” precisely, asking: Does it affect your appreciation of a story when the heroes suddenly know how to expertly fight without explanation?