Hindsight is a tricky thing, and that is no more true than in the comic industry. Some things may look cool to the eyes of a twelve year old, but as those eyes age, they can see how awful the idea really was. Other times, a concept may seem shitty at the time, but when looked back upon, it actually was pretty interesting. What comic concepts fall into either category for you?
Cool before/sucks now:
Onslaught: Yeah, I’ll say it. As a kid, I thought Onslaught looked kinda cool. He was like a giant Magneto with Professor X’s powers and was pwning everybody! How could that go wrong! Looking back on it, I now see Onslaught pushed comics back 5 years.
Carnage: Again, HE LOOKED SO COOL! And he was a CRAZIER version of Venom! And his game had a RED CARTRIDGE! But really, Carnage wasn’t much of an interesting character. He only really worked as a foil to Venom at best, and that was debatable. I’m glad Sentry launched him into space.
Azrael-Batman: Ninjas are cool. Technology is cool. Batman is cool. A Batman with a high-tech suit and crazy ninja skills should be awesome. It wasn’t.
Thought sucked before but like now:
Iron Spidey: Yeah, that’s right. Iron-Spidey was cool. Anybody who was here two years ago knows I was a huge hater at the time it was announced, but once Civil War was over and done, and the costume put away for good, I realized that it was actually rather cool looking. I’m glad it was reused for the Scarlet Spiders, and I hope Pete gets to put it on again someday. Seeing it in this week’s Amazing just reminded me how awesome it was.