Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Losers We Love Edition
I try not to let the things said on the internet get to me, but I’ve always had a grave distaste for those who refer to lesser-known characters as “C-list” or similar dismissive terms, with the underlying arrogant implication that popularity is the only measure that matters. With the Guardians of the Galaxy headed to the big screen, it’s an even more prevalent argument, with some complaining that they don’t know who any of the characters are, as if something being unknown is intrinsically a bad thing. I am a repeated champion of the lesser-known characters, even those who don’t have a whole lot going for them, such as one Ulysses Solomon Archer, known to about 15 guys as “U.S. 1″. Sure, he’s a dangerous melange of Bo Duke with the ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ zeitgeist and his only recent appearance was an issue of Deadpool Team-Up, a series whose continuity is in great doubt, but there is nonetheless a seed of greatness under that red denim jacket, just waiting for the right writer to turn his CB skull into a metaphor for…
…I dunno, for communication in the modern era, or something.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows that there are some fans of The Spectacular Spider-Kid or Joe Public out there just waiting to chime in, asking: What characters considered “lame” do you most love anyway?