There are a lot of things that you can say are wrong with modern comics: An over-reliance on shock value.  A tendency to equate darkness with maturity.  A lack of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  But chief among them is the existence of a DC character called Darknight.  Originally an identity taken by a young Bruce Wayne during his secret ninja training in the mountains of Blah Blah Blah Fishcakes, he returned to join the already overburdened Justice Society right before the Flashpoint retcon.  As a tepid Batman archetype, he added nothing to the team and every moment where he was featured made me wonder (sometimes out loud): “WHY DO YOU EXIST?”  It’s a hard question to ask and one that leads us to today’s needless query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that he arrived with a woman called Red Beetle, whom I might have wanted to know more about but, y’know…  Universal Reset Button, asking: Which fictional character MOST makes you want to shake them and ask “Why do you exist?”

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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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