There are a lot of charges leveled at the comics of the 1990s that are 100% valid (excessive violence; derivative designs and characters; mistaking angst for gravitas) but hatred aimed at the late, lamented Jean-Paul Valley is not one of them.  Leaving aside the fact that he was intentionally designed to be a bad replacement for Batman (the writer has repeatedly, explicitly stated so), the character serves an important point in proving that not every person who is good at fighty-fighty can be Batman.  It’s an important lesson, though one DC seems to have once again forgotten, that leads us to an today’s successional query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is happy that DC may be returning the concept of legacy to their heroes, but hopes to never again see Darknight, Red Beetle or Magog as long as I live, asking: Which legacy character is the least successful replacement character in your eyes?

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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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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Magog was pretty bad, but at least I don’t have to see that guy in like every third book DC publishes, unlike Damian. A sad excuse to replace any previous Robin and shoved down our throats with such a force I’m still gagging.

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