Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Personality Implants Edition


It’s a sad truth of the Silver Age of Comics that most of the heroes were interchangeable ciphers.  As the Bronze Age dawned, comic book heroes gained rudimentary defining characteristics: Green Arrow became a loudmouth, Hawkman a hot-head, and Green Lantern a loner/jerk.  In the modern age, characters can change their personalities entirely with each new writer (witness Hawkeye, whose no-killing credo was a defining point in the 80s, stumping for the murder of Norman Osborn during the Bendis run on Avengers) but it seems that most of them are unlikable modern anti-hero jerks.  Even Captain America has had a hard time of it these days, but primary Green Lantern Hal Jordan has it worst of all, in my eyes, given that his new characterization expands on his Silver Age fearlessness to make him utterly without tact or forethought, instead getting by on sheer bull-headedness.  It’s really a shame, given all the cool stories that established Hal as a stalwart hero and decent man back in the day, which leads us to today’s jerkwad query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is most frustrated at the fact that Hal’s bravado has no basis in action, instead coming across as adolescent posturing, asking: What character’s modern personality traits do you find yourself disliking the most?