As a long-time fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes, my preference for a huge roster of team members is well-established.  There’s something really impressive about creators balancing a lot of characters, like the nine primary members of the cast of ‘Firefly’, making for wonderful new interactions and combinations of characters.  Then again, sometimes you can have TOO many characters, as we saw in ‘Avengers: The Initiative’, where Hardball starred for thirty-five issues and had maybe twenty pages of total “screen” time, leading to today’s repertory query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) appreciates the days of ‘Cap’s Kooky Quartet’, but finds more to love in the 19-member Hickman Avengers team, asking: Do you prefer a small ensemble cast or a huge roster?

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  1. Huge roster, preferably one where different characters get into the spotlight each time. The only problem is that I tend to get hooked on the characters that appear less and then I get frustrated because I don’t learn more about them.

  2. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Small roster. That whole Avengers Go Big thing was a debacle.

    That said, I like to see characters come and go.

    LSH is the exception to the rule. Mostly because I care less about character and more about plot with those.

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