I have always been frustrated and baffled by the thought process that one version of any given character, especially those with many different iterations, is the “One True [FILL-IN-THE-BLANK].”  Not only is it unnecessarily reductive, it sets you up for disappointment when things inevitably change.  I don’t agree that all the elder heroes of the Marvel Universe should be the absolute best, I don’t believe that Barry Allen should always be the fastest even among Flashes, and I don’t particularly like the theory that Cyclops has to be a big ol’ boring stick in the mud.  Indeed, many of the problems that comic creators are having to write around in their stories these days aren’t problems with the text, but the meta-textual expectations of the fanbase, who now believe that their voice should not only be heard but responded to in all aspects of our shared hobby, which leads us to today’s opinionated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) likes Johnny Blaze better than any of the other Ghost Riders, but isn’t going to be fighting with the Danny Ketch or Carter Slade fans, as there is no wrong answer to the question “Who do you like best?”, asking: : Which popular belief of fandom or the general public do you most vehemently disagree with?

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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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