Recently, Hal Jordan gave up his Green Lantern Ring for a gauntlet, trench coat and mullet combination look.  Aside from echoing the 1990s in all the wrong ways, it highlighted how precarious the idea of a man floating through the air with magic jewelry could be and highlighted that accessories can be important.  Jordan with his power ring is cool; Jordan with his power glove?  Not so much, at least to me.  Of course, there’s a lot of folks in a similar boat: Would The Doctor be as cool spinning through time and space in a Prius?  Would Knight Rider have worked if, instead of a Trans-Am, KITT were a graphing calculator?  Would Batman lose cachet if, instead of his utility belt, he had a backpack?  These are important questions, leading us to today’s ancillary query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still loves the idea of a man surfing through space, but wonders if it would still work with a moped, asking: Which beloved fictional character becomes ridiculous with a single change of accessories?


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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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