There are a number of bits of conventional wisdom in modern comics that bug me: Mocking Cyclops as boring. Mocking Aquaman as uncool.  And don’t even get me STARTED on people who think that Arm-Fall-Off Boy was somehow ever  meant to be a serious character.  There’s a group-think aspect of it all that bugs me, as if modern audiences are so locked into their thought processes that they even influence the creators’ decisions.  For the record, it should be noted that Justice League Detroit was a gutsy move for DC, ‘Astonishing X-Men’ proves that Cyclops can be every bit as impressive as any other X-Man, and Cap’s Kooky Quartet were just as much Avengers as Thor, Iron Man and Ant-Man, leading us to today’s disrespected query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is at least hopeful for the Jason Momoa ‘Aquaman’ movie doing the character’s rep some good, asking: Which character or characters are the most disrespected in all of pop culture?


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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. Spider-Man, and not in the typical sense because for a long time he was the face (mask?) Of Marvel Comics. I drop him into the running because of the sheer amount of gimmicks and tropes he’s been subjected to since his creation. The clone saga, the multiple idebtities, being merged with side shave superboy, never being respected for his genius intellect (high school teacher, seriously guys?), everyone he loves ends up in the metaphorical refrigerator (where is doc strange during the one more day storyline). I like the idea of Spider Inc. in the current ANAD storyline actually but giving up MJ to Tony Stark? Everyone takes a baseball bat to spidey during their work on him. And even though he’s been established since people were still dancing the Watusi, they won’t give the man a break.

  2. Not sure that I would call them the most disrespected, but I see a TON of hate for one version of Doctor Who over another. Not so much the different incarnations (everyone that enjoys the franchise has one they like the least and one they like the most), but the utter hatred of Classic or New series Doctors simply by virtue of being Classic or New Doctors. Even my oldest brother is like that, taking every opportunity to bash the new series Doctors despite the face he has seen maybe three episodes total.

    I can understand not liking the old series if you’re used to the production values of the new. I can understand not liking aspects of the old or new series. But simply bashing a Doctor for no other reason than which era they come from? That just doesn’t make sense to me. It would be like voting for a presidential candidate by who has the best taste in clothes or who drives the most eco-friendly car or some other ridiculous reason.

  3. Cyclops for sure. He fell to a victim of Wolverine fanboys. Considering his status and importance, Superman gets plenty of baseless accusations of being boring and somehow not possible to write well.

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