Hello interweb, Nate here. Just so you guys know, my computer broke and so I may have my posts come up later than usual as I will be borrowing my dad’s computer. Anyways, let’s face it, as awesome as superheroes are, they do have a few qualities that gets on our nerves. Here are the ten things that gets on my nerves. The rules are below, now lets begin.
- My personal opinion (comment if you have a different opinion)
- Must be something annoying
#10 – Multiple Earths
Ok, before I continue, I just want to say this. I understand why they do this, I just don’t like it. For those of you who don’t now, Marvel and DC (and probably other companies) has what are called “multiverses” meaning multiple universes. The purpose of this is to be able to have a number of different continuities for a single character so that you can create other stories with that character without ruining the main canon’s continuity. For example, remember when I did my Harley Quinn Character Bio and I gave you three different origins? Each origin was a different “Earth”: The DCAU (DC Animated Universe) Harley, the New Earth Harley, and the Prime Earth Harley. With these different versions of Harley Quinn, writers can chose a the right version of the character to create a story without ruining the history of the other Harleys (Harleyses? Harlies? The plural form of Harley…is there a plural form?).
The reason I find this annoying is because when you watch the cartoons or read a comic, you need to be aware of which Earth your on to make sense. (Spoilers to Young Justice) That’s why Wally West is the Flash in the Justice League Cartoons, yet Wally West dies as a kid in Young Justice. Young Justice is on Earth -16 and Justice League is on Earth -12. (Spoilers ends here)
#9 – DC Vs Marvel Argument
Again, I understand this, I just don’t like it. A lot of times people will tell you that “Marvel is better than DC” or that “DC is better than Marvel”. This argument usually comes from the fact that people has their favorite characters and they’ll side with the company that owns those characters. Fans of the Avengers will say that Marvel is better than DC. Fans of Batman, Superman, or the Justice League are going to say that DC is better than Marvel. Honestly, I really wish people didn’t argue about this because your alienating yourself from a whole universe full of amazing characters.
I talked about this earlier in my DC Vs Marvel review. Honestly, if someone asked me which I liked better I couldn’t tell them. Because if I say I like Marvel, that keeps me away from the likes f Batman (one of, if not the favorite superhero of mine), Superman, and the Flash. If I say DC, that means no X-Men and I’m a huge X-Men fan.
#8 – Orphans
Every superhero needs an origin story. They usually don’t wake up one day and say “You know what, I want to be a superhero!” You need to come up with something believable and a good motive for them deciding not to be an everyday citizen. The number one origin story that has been used to no end is the orphan story. Don’t believe me? Batman lost both his parents, Spider-man lost both his parents and his uncle, and Superman lost his parents, his step dad, and his planet! Even Wolverine killed his dad and his mom committed suicide, which is a lot darker than most orphan stories, but it still counts. Eventually, you have to come up with a new and creative origin and motivation.
#7 – Copycats
What happens when a company makes a successful character and the other company wants t make a quick buck of that character’s success? Copycats. There are so many of them: Black Cat=Catwoman, Deathstroke=Deadpool, etc. Sometimes the same company will copy their own character to get even more popularity. And these can get weird. Did anyone really like a girl Deadpool? Just, please make things more original.
#6 – Reboots
Again, this is the third “I get why this is I just don’t like it” thing on this post, and hopefully the last. When a company is having trouble with their ratings and need something big to get the ball rolling again, they reboot the comics. The latest big one was DC’s Flashpoint that caused the New 52 (I might go over that in a future post) were they completely rebooted the whole company by cancelling every single comic and creating 52 new series (hence New 52). Marvel recently did this with Marvel Now! but to a lesser extent. The reason they do these is to get new comer to comics. With years of history, it might be hard and overwhelming to get into comics. Reboots allows new comers to be able to start reading comics. The only problem with these is that sometimes you mess with characters and people get upset about. Red Beast Boy? Seriously? Where’s Lois Lane? These are recent things that the New 52 did that fans are not happy about.
#5 – Love Interests
Ok, I am fine with making a few characters have a romantic interest in each other. But with how old comics is, there’s so many strange romances within the comic world. Rouge and Magneto? No one took that seriously. Mystique and Iceman? That’s just weird. Honestly, with all the love interests in comics, its hard for us to take these seriously. And when they stop a love interest that has been going on for years. Louis Lane, Superman’s love interest, is not even around in the New 52. And Gwen Stacey died in the comics decades ago.
#4 – Sexuality
Ok, this is a pretty touchy and controversial subject so I’ll make this brief. I have no problems with artists making characters look attractive. In every source of media, weather it’s video games, or manga, or novels, sex sells. And I understand that, but there’s need to be a line between too much and enough. But how is it helpful to fight crime with less clothing on? You don’t see Superman going around fighting crime with his shirt off. I think you understand what I’m trying to say here so I’m going to move on.
#3 – Multiple People, One Identity
Did you now that there has been four Flashes? Jay Derrik, Barry Allen, Wally West, and Bart Allen. And then there are four Robins: Dick Grayson, Jason Todd,Tim Drake, and Stephanie Brown. There are other characters who suffer from this, but why? Why do characters have to share the same superhero name? Why couldn’t one Flash be Flash, one be Impulse, one be Sonic Boom?, and another be Speed Demon or something like that. Now when we talk about these characters, we have to specify who we’re talking about. If I say Flash, who am I talking about? Wally West? Barry Allen?
#2 – Unoriginal Names (Sidekicks)
Once upon a time, comics where almost always for kids but the superheroes where grown ups. So how do we make these comics more relatable for kids? Why don’t we allow a superhero to have a kid as a sidekick! Yes, this is how Robin, the firs sidekick, was born. But Robin was an interesting name as his mentor is Batman and they didn’t just call him Batboy. Well now we have a sidekick for many superheroes, but their names are just so uncreative. How do we name the sidekick to Auaman? I know! Aqua-lad. How about Flash, not a lot of wordplay there, how about Kid Flash? Genius! Sometimes they’re not even trying. Guess the sidekick to Green Arrow’s called? Green Arrow. And the sidekick to Hawkeye? Hawkeye.
#1 – Death and Resurrection
OK, first let me tell you the point to a main character dying. You have spent this long journey with this character, you have grown to like him/her/it and you enjoy reading about this character. Than, he/she/it dies, it causes some drama and emotion to the story. How about resurrection? So your favorite character dies and you feel sad and upset, but don’t worry! He/she/it is alive! Now your happy that your favorite character is back and you can read more about him/her/it. All of this causes drama and emotion to the story and keeps you interested in what the writers are giving you.
The problem is, comic books are infamous for their deaths and resurrections. If your reading a comic and your favorite character dies, wait a few issues and he’s bound to return. They did this to Gwen Stacey, to Harry Osborne, to Batman, to Wolverine, even Superman died and was resurrected. When you do it this much, than there’s no suspense as you know that he’s bound to return. Jason Todd, the second and least popular robin, was killed off because fans hated him. He disobeyed Batman, killed so many villains, and was just straight up angry all the time. Fans where happy to get rid of him, and they brought him back!
What is the most annoying thing about superheroes in your opinion?
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