Recently, I ran into yet another listicle that ended with mocking Cypher, leading me to think once again about Chris Claremont’s work on ‘The New Mutants,’ a book which deserves less scorn for its weaknesses and more appreciation for helping to redefine the teen hero genre.  While I love me some New Mutants, if I were to devote my energies to resurrecting an old property, it would be the original New Warriors, including Night Thrasher’s ridiculous skateboard powers and Richie Rider in red as “Kid Nova.”  Sure, I don’t know who’d *read* such a tale, but some part of me longs to write it anyway, leading us to today’s Great American query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also consider a massive fifty-hero All-Star Squadron crossover explosion featuring The Spirit, Max Mercury, Commander Steel and Amazing Man in prominent roles, asking: If you were offered the chance to write the story you were BORN to write, what characters would you choose and why?


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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.


  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Cypher was my favorite character in my favorite book. So I would have Warlock (not Douglock) bring him along for my Fallen Angels mini-series reboot. Skids, Chance, and Boom Boom to be sure. Maybe Richtor. Rusty maaaaaybe. Moon-Boy for sure. OOh… add in Manikin from Alpha Flight.

    Backup story is a WCA adventure with Hank Pym, Thing, Moonie, and Firebird.

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