As a longtime fan of Marvel’s Ghost Rider, I was naturally intrigued some years ago when they announced a film adaptation of his adventures.  The resulting movie cast an actor far too old for the role (in the name of marquee value) and had some strange issues with plot & pacing, but was overall kind of mundane, the last thing one would expect from a film about a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle.  That said, I still might enjoy a weekly series with Johnny Blaze riding the highway and having adventures ala ‘Supernatural’, which leads to today’s incendiary query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is looking forward to the Constantine series, but doesn’t want to give up the terrifying original comics, asking: If you could only choose one medium (Television, Movie or Comics) to enjoy your favorite characters FOREVER MORE, which would you choose and why?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Definitely comics. Films and TV shows come and go, they get stuck in production limbo, get messed up by studio execs, moody star actors, writers and such.
    At least I can be pretty sure comics come out every wednesday and if Im not too fond of current take on my favorite characters, maybe they get better in few months. With film and tv I’d have to wait for years or even decades to get new iteration.

  2. Star Wars novels, specifically those set in the “old” Expanded Universe (now called “Legends”). Although I absolutely love the original trilogy above pretty much any other movies and really enjoyed the two different Clone Wars animated series, the novels allowed me to get even further into a setting I really enjoy. Compared to other licensed franchise novels, they actually built a pretty cohesive universe where what happened in one novel almost always had an effect on later novels (compared to other licensed franchise novels such as older “Star Trek” novels that, while enjoyable, held almost NO connection to each other aside from being set in the Trek setting, such of having I don’t know how many various versions of THE “Mirror Universe” in several novels that constantly contradicted not only each other but also the original episodes), and we got to see a lot more of the setting than what we saw in the movies. Sure, there were a few inconsistencies every so often, but the same thing happens in comic book shared universes all the time when you have so many creators working on different projects, and I think they did a pretty decent job keeping as much of it as cohesive as they did.

    And there were enough varied types of stories in the novels that you could pretty much change genres without leaving the setting. There were horror stories, military stories, murder mysteries, comedies and even a few romance stories, just to name a few.

    And I much prefer reading over watching movies and television anyway.

  3. Doctor Dinosaur on

    Since vidja games can contain plain sound, plain text, plain imagery and any combination thereof with a minimal amount of gameplay and still be called videogames I think I may have found a loophole.

    Which as we all know is why we ask these kinds of questions. You know like how saying: “INFINITE WHISHES will be my first wish”. Is super endearing to the people around you ;)

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