Ever since the debut of the superhero, there have been armored guys.  (Seriously, Google ‘Bozo The Iron Man’ sometime.)  But in recent years, the primary armor options have transitioned from transistors and circuits to nanobots and living metal, making it seem like Iron Man is behind the curve.  Jaime Reyes has an alien scarab that provides his super-armored form, while many a hero ends up with a liquid metal shell, for which I blame the terminator.  Still, as with so many things, it comes down to a battle between the old school and the new breed, leading to today’s gilded query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) sees the benefits of both, but also the down sides, asking: Which armor options reign supreme: Living adaptive or technological cutting-edge?

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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!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. September 7, 2016 at 11:29 am — Reply

    Would you consider the Silver Surfer to be “living adaptive” armored?

    • September 7, 2016 at 8:13 pm — Reply

      The important question is, do YOU consider it so, and can you defend your thesis? :)

      • September 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm — Reply

        Well, in his current series, he can strip off (or absorb?) his silver at will. So he apparently isn’t solid silver!

  2. September 7, 2016 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    Living adaptive, I’d hate to have “Cutting Edge” armor that would be obsolete by next week like my freaking iPhone.

  3. September 8, 2016 at 1:34 am — Reply

    Living adaptive. Technology is always prone to failure so organic is superior in that regard. Unless its a hostile parasite space alien…

  4. September 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    I like both equally since they both lend themselves to so many kinds of stories (sometimes even with both armors in the same story). But I’m a fan of Japanese superheroes, and both kinds of armor are utilized in certain series or in a particular entry in a franchise. Sometimes you even see some great stories revolving around the very idea that living adaptive armor is better than high tech, yet you see someone using once cutting edge technological armor to defeat the “better” adaptive armor simply because they make the best use of what they have available.

    With that said, I’d personally want a living armor if I had the choice. The idea of being bonded to a techno-organic armor just seems really cool to me.

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