While it remains the most successful of DC’s weekly series offerings (especially ‘Countdown to Final Crisis’, which was the comic book equivalent of a root canal), there are still a few weaknesses in ’52,’ notably a lack of follow-through after the series was completed.  The biggest disappointment for me came in the form of Supernova, a cool, new heroic character who was set up to be something special.  He had a great design, got an action figure, and appeared to be the heir apparent to Superman for a minute or two before…

…nothin’.  Granted, the other brand-new shiny characters of 52 got seriously hosed in the years following (The Question was retconned away by Flashpoint, Batwoman got her engagement revoked by editorial, causing her creators to quit), so there’s no guarantee that he wouldn’t have gone the way of ghost-Elongated Man by 2015, but the fact that we didn’t even get a half-assed miniseries with art by Dan Jurgens out of the deal makes me sad, leading to today’s crestfallen query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a long line of disappointment, though, ranging from The Outsiders’ Halo to the Legion’s Gazelle and beyond, but one of the most galling was Triathlon in the pages of The Avengers, asking: Which awesome new character of the past has become the biggest disappointment of your present?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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!

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  1. Malone_hasco
    April 19, 2015 at 11:40 am — Reply

    Citizen/Captain Steel. He dropped giant god Gog with the punch to the ankle, after all of JSA had failed to do anything to him. Then in New 52 Earth-2 he goes into fire pit, gets his arm ripped off panel, presumably by Red Lantern and barely comes back without doing anything. Talk about downer.

  2. April 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    Kyle Rayner. New Guardians… the entire run, has just been incredibly disappointing. Haven’t had many great stories with Kyle I can remember since Hal Jordan came back, now that I think of it.

  3. Luis Dantas
    April 19, 2015 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Kyle Rayner was never a great character, but he sure turned out to be a disappointment. Continuously.

    But I take it he was meant to be?

  4. Ron
    April 21, 2015 at 12:12 am — Reply

    Wildfire. Literally, a flash in the pan. The character’s best moments were over 30 years ago.

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