Sometimes, it’s tough to be a fan. In the early part of this century, Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Thingamabobber held a tournament to wrap up the loose ends of their purchase of rival WCW and its intellectual property. To the delight of fan-boys everywhere, young up-and-comer Chris Jericho won the title over more-established top-card performers like Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock. To their (and my) utter dismay, Jericho was immediately booked into a terrible feud with Stephanie McMahon that led to her real-life husband easily defeating him for the Undisputed Title. (And, yes, I am aware these things are pre-scripted. Didn’t make it suck any less.) While I understand that different characters fill different roles and that not everyone can be The Incredible Hulk, I would have preferred to see Chris as a strong force in the story, taking on the Spider-Man role of wise-cracking agile guy. Of course, our ever-Spectacular Spider-Man himself has had quite a few moments that have been less-than-flattering as well, such as the fact that he has struck his wife exactly as many times as Hank Pym, as well as living through the car-crash that was The Clone Saga.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also go back and make sure that Paul Levitz doesn’t get to unceremoniously torpedo all the character development of Matter-Eater Lad, asking: What character is most deserving of a little bit more respect?