Before Ben 10, there was Robby Reed, the boy who could change into 1,000 superheroes (even though we only saw something like 50 of them in action.)  Some of his abilities (like those of Giant-Boy, The Cometeer or Hornet-Man) were very useful, others (like Pendulum, The Whoozit or Balloon Boy) not so much, but it should be noted that young Robby made great use of even the most bizarre superhero identities and abilities.  A strong case can be made that the likes of Mighty Moppet and The Mole are no less heroic than Superman or Spider-Man, which leads to today’s amorphous (and also arbitrary) query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Robby Reed vs. Benjamin Tennyson would be a great Poll Of The Week, asking: What four superheroes would you put on YOUR H-Dial in order that their superpower could be called upon for one hour at a time?


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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. Forget an hour at a time, I’d be happy with an Omnitrix of four aliens for 10 minutes at a time, as long as it isn’t Alien X. My ideal Omnitrix aliens would be the species of:

    – Way Big (the semi Ultraman like alien)
    – Rath (tiger-like being with attitude issues and super strength, agility and claws)
    – Brainstorm (a super-intelligent crab-like being that also has some electrical powers)
    – Heatblast (living fire being that can also fly)

    If I had the HERO dial, and assuming I can go outside the borders of the DCU, I’d go with:

    – Big One (Super Sentai)
    – Kamen Rider Kiva (Kamen Rider)
    – Space Sheriff Gavan (Metal Heroes)
    – Japanese Spider-Man (Spider-Man, but with a giant robot)

  2. 1 Does Green Lantern count? I guess I could pick Jade. Her powers are internalized.
    2 The Cheerleader from Heroes
    3 Flash
    4 Rogue

    • Alternately, you could go with the 90’s version of Alan Scott as his powers were also utilized without using the actual ring during that time (when he took the name Sentinel rather than staying Green Lantern, though he still had roughly the same powers and costume design minus the ring).

  3. 1. Ambush Bug (unless the crazy comes with it.)
    2. Captain Atom
    3. Jaime Reyes’ bug suit count?
    4. Brainiac 5

  4. 1. Silk(I’d go with Spider-Man, but his webbing’s not organic, and what’s the point of being Spider-Man if you can’t websling?)
    2. The Flash(I mean, the greatest speedster of them all. Who WOULDN’T want that?)
    3. Martian Manhunter(just to.. experience like, the best of everything with flying, and supersenses, and reading minds seems handy)
    4. Firestorm(It would be hell learning his powers, but once I did.. I imagine in the name of progress, there’s a LOT that could be done)

  5. How’s this:
    1. Forge (X-Men)
    2. Madison Jeffries
    3. Douglock
    4. Sunspot

    I could design anything, build it telekinectically, interface with just about anything, and power myself via sunlight….

  6. Jeffrey Corbello on

    1. Aquaman (with a beard and two hands) – to protect the seas
    2. Storm – for flight and weather control
    3. Firestorm – for damage
    4. The Things – as my tank

    I have the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water. There would be nothing I couldn’t handle.

  7. – Super Skrull (all the powers of the Fantastic Four, wrapped up in one…hell yeah!)
    – Martian Manhunter (shape shifting, telepathy, telekinesis, phasing, flight, super strength, all sorts of crazy vision powers)
    – Nightcrawler (because who doesn’t want to just BAMF wherever they want to go, am I right? Not to mention super agility, swordsmanship, and the ability to disappear into shadows)
    – Kilowog (arguably the smartest and most experienced of the Lantern Corps. All of the power, plus the knowledge to back it up)

    • I had almost made another list including comic book characters, and Kilowog would have been on that list. Even without the power ring, he’s pretty formidable.

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