Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Chromatic Superiority Edition


Over the years, I’ve had quite a few conversations about matters involving comic books and the denizens thereof, but none have caused the kind of consternation that discussions of coloring have.  For instance, when Batman went to an all-black costume in the 90s, there were those who were angry that he had given up his traditional midnight-blue-and-grey color scheme.  Part of it is a matter of identity (as Scott McCloud famously pointed out, the occasionally questionable printing quality of old-school comics made the color schemes an essential way to identify the heroes), while part of it is a matter of preference.  Leaders tend to be colored red, while the wielders of blue lightsabers almost always lose their battles in all the Star Wars movies, and if you hadn’t noticed how many of Lee & Kirby’s early Marvel villains wore purple and green, I have to question how observant you truly are.  Color, it seems, is much more important than most people realize, which leads us to today’s color-coded query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is always partial to red and black, but wouldn’t complain about a nice royal purple, asking: What color would your superhero costume be?