As a big ol’ nerd of long-standing, I consider myself to be a huge fan of dozens of things: Star Trek (Original series, TNG and DS9); The Twilight Zone (I’ve seen all 156 episodes, but still watch the bi-annual marathon and DVR each week); 70’s Atlas comics and dozens more. Still, when others describe my nerdery, most often I hear that I’m “a Legion fan.” That’s neither bad, nor untrue, but it’s interesting that my fandom love of Dana Scully or Han Solo is seemingly eclipsed by my appreciation of Ultra Boy, Blok and the teens of the future, which leads to today’s encyclopedic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would have a long and difficult series of decisions before eventually setting on the Legion of Super-Heroes anyway, asking: If you were forced to choose ONLY ONE of your pop-culture loves, what fandom would you belong to?


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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. This is a tough call. My top three would be Star Wars, Green Lantern and Transformers.

    But if I can only choose one, I’ll have to go with Star Wars. Between the films, TV series, various comics and novels, the plethora of games and so on, there is just an amazingly rich universe to love in various ways. Plus, Star Wars makes up the majority of my collections (mostly action figures, but also various other things from bed sheets to coffee mugs and so on), so I would be losing far less if I had to physically give up anything related to other things I enjoy.

  2. I want to cheat and say the X-Men.. because lord knows, I’d never lack for stories ever..
    But I’d have to stick with Spider-Man, if I had to forsake everything else. JMS’s run on Spider-Man, and Bendis’ on Ultimate Spider-Man.. ahh, they meant the world to me. DeFalco’s Spider-Girl, if I could include that. They were the ones I got to read in that odd little period of time when India was selling monthly American comics at really cheap prices, and they brought me into comics and.. The Spiders were everything I wanted in a character. Those stories had them grow and struggle and fight against things that should have crushed them but they never stopped hoping and fighting and pushing on and trying to make things better and refusing to let things darken their hearts. Plus, I love the way they fought. Ultra agility, wit, cunning, tricksterness, and heh, them webs.

  3. That’s tough, my top two would probably be Star Trek (DS9 specifically) or the Dresden Files. Because the former has so much lore (well two-three episodes) that there is always something new top pick up.

    The Dresden Files, while not having as much canon, does have the benefit of being written by one person, and can really watch a writer grow in his craft. Also like Star Trek there is a lot of groundwork to build my own stories in that universe (RPG books for example.)

  4. Malone_hasco on

    I cant say, its because my priorities go in cycles. There’s Star Wars, several comics, samurai film, manga and animation, too many video games franchises to count and role playing games. I switch my focus from time to time to keep things fresh, they are all still there, but what I focus the most is depending of my mood.

  5. Deadpool. He’d never forgive me if I picked one of the other schmucks over him. And after reading Cullen Bunn’s Deadpool Kills * series, I’m not entirely convinced he wouldn’t come after me.

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