I’ve always been a fan of team books and ensemble casts, probably due to the fact that ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’ was one of the first comics I read on a regular monthly basis.  Whatever the reason behind it, the bigger the team, the happier I am reading about it.  That said, there are some characters who I feel only work in team settings:  X-Man Nightcrawler is one, Legionnaire Wildfire another.  Cable, Beast Boy, Drax The Destroyer…  Even the almighty Pheonx:  All are characters that I feel are better served as part of a group cast, able to play off and/or incite others while doing their thing, leading to today’s multiplex query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has since 2008 or so only been able to stomach Green Lantern Hal Jordan in ensemble settings, asking: Which team character that you love would you find least compelling in their own solo series?


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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. As much as I hate to say it, my favorite Transformer Grimlock. He could carry a few solo stories or a limited series, but I think he really stands out when he’s with other Autobots, challenging their expectations of his limited intelligence or providing unintentional comical moments in otherwise serious situations, all while being a mighty warrior who is more complex than most of his peers give him credit for. He’s my favorite Transformers character, but he just works best when he’s got someone to play with or against. It would be like making a movie featuring just one of the Three Stooges all on their own, it wouldn’t be using the character to his full potential.

  2. Pretty much every famous leader character: Cyclops, Optimus Prime, Megatron, Cobra Commander etc. They need someone to lead, otherwise their personalities won’t carry far because leading something is made so essential part of them.

  3. Matter Eater Lad needs someone of a number of people to play off of. His power is so absurd that he is wonderful when surrounded by powerful beings and able to get the job done or inspire the rest of the team.

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