Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: “They’re Runnin’ Outta YOU!” Edition


Those who have been with Major Spoilers for a while may remember my repeated (and vocal) dislike of the use of Iron Man as the face of the pro-registration forces during the Civil War.  Not only did it go against his own previous characterization, the creators insisted on putting overwhelmingly fascist rhetoric into the stories, making one of their longest-serving heroes into a the villain of the piece.  Around the same time, DC resurrected and revamped one of their iconic heroes, Green Lantern, into a mouthy, anti-authoritarian,. loose-cannon, womanizing schmuck, again inverting some of the longest-standing parts of his character in the name of modernization.  Though different aspects of the characters were amplified, both men went from hero to jerkass without passing go, leading to my eventually dropping BOTH characters’ books due to a vehement dislike of the protagonist…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) should mention that I loved both Iron Man and Green Lantern growing up, especially when Hal was revealed to be fearless even without his ring, asking: Do you respond to the “Jerk Protagonist” archetype?