There are a lot of charges leveled at the comics of the 1990s that are 100% valid (excessive violence; derivative designs and characters; mistaking angst for gravitas) but hatred aimed at the late, lamented Jean-Paul Valley is not one of them.

Leaving aside the fact that he was intentionally designed to be a bad replacement for Batman (the writer has repeatedly, explicitly stated so), the character serves an important point in proving that not every person who is good at fighty-fighty can be Batman.  It’s an important lesson, though one DC seems to have forgotten in recent years (**coughJimGordoncough**) and one that leads us to an today’s successional query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is happy to hear that DC may be returning the concept of legacy to their heroes, but hopes to never again see Darknight, Red Beetle or Magog as long as I live, asking: Which legacy character is the least successful replacement character in your eyes?

The Author

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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4 Comments

  1. March 5, 2016 at 4:59 pm — Reply

    Like mentioned above, Magog was pretty bad. Or perhaps amazing, if writers goal was to create one of the least likable characters of all time.

  2. Loudmouth Takashi Miike
    March 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm — Reply

    Lady Punisher.

    Marvel was desperate to convince the Punisher fans / investors to continue buying every Punisher appearance. The assumption was having a blonde bombshell kill criminals would sell even better. I can’t clearly remember her story. Something like:

    “She falls in love with Frank, Frank is thought to be killed in an explosion, she goes on a killing spree.”

    Ugh.

    Everything about her character is just gimmicky. The name ‘Lynn’ has not had a perfect track record. At that time, the most famous Lynns were Ginger Lynn and Amber Lynn, who were popular poorly-filmed performers. The marketing was sexualized and aimed at the Punisher demo (12 years old boys + very thoughtful men). But even the Punisher demo knew that this was garbage.

    From my searching, Matt Fraction used Lady Punisher a few years ago. And outside of that the character does not seem to be actively involved in the Marvel universe. ‘Nuff said.

  3. Daniel Langsdale
    March 5, 2016 at 7:36 pm — Reply

    Ben Riley really left a “what was the point of that?” taste in my mouth.

  4. March 6, 2016 at 5:26 am — Reply

    Archie Legion:
    I know it went on for years and S.S. loved it, but it never clicked for me.
    I preferred the WKRP version & 5YG to this attempt to return them to their roots. Then throwing all the characters in just for them to be there completely sucked. The cartoon was better.

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