One of the many disappointments of Paul Levitz’ post-Final Crisis relaunch of the Legion of Super-Heroes was its lack of Matter-Eater Lad.  Not just because he is one of the unique and iconic LSH members, though he is, and not just because the Volume 4 Legion put so much work into rehabilitating him into a someone who could work in a modern context, though it did.  His “most missed” status comes because the gloom-and-doom idiocy of that volume really NEEDED a little bit of levity, just as J.J. Abrams Trek needed less digital monkey and a big ol’ helping of Lieutenant Arex.  No matter the revamp/relaunch/reboot, there’s one guy that gets left out, whether it be Eric Matthews as a regular in ‘Girl Meets World’ or the criminal lack of Liberty Belle in post-Flashpoint Earth-2, leading to today’s absentee query.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) mentions this since I suddenly realized we’re two movies deep in the revived ‘Star Wars’ without so much as an offhand reference to Lando Calrissian, asking: What character do you find is most missed in later installments of your favorite stories?

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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.

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    • The absence of ole’ Billy Dee wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t draw so much attention via the apparent lack of any effort on behalf of the studio to include Lando when they brought back so many other characters, including more minor ones such as Admiral Ackbar.

      I mean, yes, Lando is in Solo, but I want to know what happened to him after Return of the Jedi same as I do the characters we DID see.

  1. There was a character in movie 2 of the MCU that has not surfaced again in any of the next 17 movies, Betty Ross. I would love to see her come back.

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