There have been a lot of questionable decisions in comic books since the 1990s, from the replacement of Bruce Wayne with an angry twelve-year-old to Wonder Woman giving up her flag-inspired maillot for bondage gear and hooker boots, but one of the most hated was the transformation of Superman into an aquamarine energy being with lightning powers.  While it was a goofy premise, it wasn’t the goofiest of the decade, and certain characters got worse treatment in the Dork Age of comics, and the most tragic part of it all was revealed during the awful ‘Superman Red/Superman Blue’ event: The costume actually looked really good in red hues!  Had they gone with the Crimson Lightning Variant from the beginning, I think that Thunderstorm Superman would be remembered as something benignly goofy rather than completely wrong-headed (though it would still admittedly go against the character’s internal logic.)

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also kind of preferred it when the Hulk wore khaki trousers, asking: What other maligned properties might be improved with a simple color-palette swap?  Would Marrow have worked if she weren’t mauve?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. December 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    I actually kinda liked Marrow, but I have a thing for strange skin-colored fantasy ladies (check my Dark Elf/Drow, Twi’lek and Orion pic folders on my PC sometime). I also wished some other character would use the Electric Superman Red/Blue costumes at some point. I know they had someone in the blue (I think she was called Strange Visitor or something) but I’d love to see a new character with the red costume (perhaps updated a tad).

    Not a real answer to the question, but I couldn’t really think of any relevant answers personally.

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