Recent news of the return of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents put a smile on my face, but the announcement of Jerry Ordway’s involvement left me giddy as a schoolgirl for most of an afternoon, a good mood that wasn’t fully squashed until I got sniped on another online auction.  (Bygones.)  In any case, I’m unclear if this latest iteration of the Agents is a continuation of the recent DC series or a different revival of the originals, but either way, I’m on board, despite the fact that I’ve now read at LEAST six different attempts to bring the heroes back, ranging from the sublime to the just plain awful to a one-issue mess from Solson that might as well have been labeled “Dark Knight Agents.”  If I were to try to assess all those stories as belonging to a single continuity, I’d lose my mind (Hero Histories notwithstanding), but I’m actually kind of fine with there being multiple versions of the truth around my favorite super-hero super-spies, something that seems alien to my usual “Where Can This Have Happened?” thought processes.  There’s just something about Tower Comics’ signature science heroes that makes me want to forgive the creators for all manner of sins…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) suspects that we might be hearing about the prequel trilogy and Sybok’s hijacking of the Enterprise today, asking: What characters or fictional worlds are you willing to follow anywhere, even if the stories aren’t quite up to snuff?

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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!

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  1. Praion
    April 8, 2013 at 11:29 am — Reply

    The Fables
    The Doctor
    Richard Castle
    Harry Dresden
    The Iron Druid

  2. SmarkingOut Adam
    April 8, 2013 at 11:36 am — Reply

    The X-Men, specifically Kitty Pryde and Gambit
    Critical Hit

    • April 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm — Reply


      • SmarkingOut Adam
        April 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm — Reply

        Critical Hit hasn’t gone off the wagon at all yet. My point was, I find it so entertaining that I’d listen to it even if it went that way. It wasn’t meant as a shot.

        • SmarkingOut Adam
          April 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm — Reply

          I must have skimmed too fast, because the question I was answering was basically, “What characters do you enjoy so much that you’d follow them even if the story got bad?”

  3. JoeM
    April 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    My pull list at my local comic book store includes “Anything with a Legionnaire or the Crime Syndicate of America on the cover.”

  4. April 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    Kyle Rayner. I don’t like a lot of New Guardians, but I will read ANYTHING with Rayner in it.

  5. April 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    Star Trek Mirror Universe stories. I even enjoyed the “Enterprise” two parter set in the Mirror Universe and I didn’t much care for “Enterprise” as a Trek series. I didn’t much care for the multiple conflicting versions of the Mirror Universe in the old TNG novels (published before DS9 officially returned to the Mirror Universe), but I still read them because I like the setting.

    Also TMNT, although I may break that streak with Bay’s TMNT movie. But since they won’t be mutant turtles, it isn’t really TMNT is it?

  6. B.V.K.
    April 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm — Reply

    Star Wars and Firefly

    • April 9, 2013 at 4:24 am — Reply

      The only reason I didn’t list Star Wars is due to having a few specific novels and comics in the EU that I simply refuse to read or that were so bad I avoid them. But I do follow Star Wars more than any other setting otherwise.

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