It’s an unspoken truth of ensemble casts and superhero stories in particular: Some characters just can’t go solo.  Geo-Force of The Outsiders is a perfect example, a strong, capable hero with a unique back story who is nonetheless somehow boring as hell on his own.  Fortunately for his noteworthy ego, Prince Brion isn’t alone in this, as many prominent and admirable characters have the same problem: The Black Knight, 80% of the X-Men and Legion, Jayne from ‘Firefly…’  All wonderful characters in their element, supported by their teams, all less interesting when they’re by themselves, leading to today’s completely subjective query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds part of the joy of reading team books like Legion Of Super-Heroes is in seeing those characters shine in group settings anyway, asking: Which pop culture character do you love while completely admitting that they can’t go solo?


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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. Mick Rory on Legends of Tomorrow. My favorite character on the show, but there’s no way he could carry his own series.

    • Malone_hasco on

      That’s a good one. Another is several X-Men. I love Colossus but really doubt he would work on his own for any length of time. Maybe one miniseries here and there.

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