6 Popular Superheroes That Do Nothing For Me
If I ever become a professional comic book writer, my dream project would be Robin, the Boy Wonder. Not Batman, not Teen Titans, but simply Robin. I am probably the biggest Robin fan you’re ever likely to meet, which might seem weird to some, considering Robin is one of the most maligned and disliked comic book characters of all time! But that’s simply the way I role. When it comes to comic book characters, I tend to like the more obscure, secondary characters. You can even check out my list of my 6 favorite comic book characters and see what I mean.
But I got to thinking and realized that there aren’t many comic book characters that I actively hate. Not even Damian Wayne. However, there are a lot of comic book characters, especially some classic, all-time greats, who I simply don’t care about. Weird, right? I love obscure, secondary characters, but don’t care for hugely popular iconic characters. I can’t tell if that makes me more or less of a total geek. But I look at some of these amazing characters and the most I can muster is a shrug and a “meh”. No thanks, not for me. Here are 6 popular comic book characters that I just don’t care about, one way or another.
Wolverine is the most popular character in Marvel Comics, but I couldn’t care less. This gruff, tough rebel with giant metal swords popping out of his wrists is the idol of millions, and it’s no surprise. People love the bad boy with the heart of gold. But Wolverine just doesn’t interest me, especially not since he’s been turned into the overexposed axis on which the entire Marvel Universe revolves. Wolverine appears on half a dozen X-Men teams, at least two Avengers squads, and more solo comics or mini-series than even Spider-Man; Wolverine has lost all of his mystery and excitement. Plus I always identified more with the meek, glasses-wearing Cyclops, while the popular Wolverine was always trying to steal his girl!
Blind lawyer whose power is that his other senses are super-awesome? No thanks! I’ve simply never been interested in Daredevil. Matt Murdock has had some great stories over the years, with a lot of great writers, but I couldn’t care less about the character himself. There’s nothing exciting about his costume or his powers, and a hero overcoming blindness has simply never interested me. I also prefer stories where the hero wins, and Daredevil has always been tragedy’s whipping boy. It probably also counts against him that there wasn’t a Daredevil cartoon series during my formative years in the 90s – not that it helped Wolverine any.
4. Fantastic Four
The first family of comics? Yawn. The family dynamic and the characters of the Fantastic Four have simply never appealed to me. I know that each character is cool in their own way, and that the team dynamic is pretty unique, but I just haven’t cared about any of them. Johnny can be funny, and Ben is always good for heroism, but meh. I guess I’ve just never been big on family, or big on matching blue jumpsuits. I get that the concept of a family of superheroes is cool, but the Fantastic Four have simply never spoken to me in any way that matters. Though I am partial to Galactus stories.
3. The Avengers
So despite all the excitement building towards The Avengers movie, I don’t actually really care about any of the individual heroes or the team as a whole. With the possible exception of Hulk. But I like my Hulk a certain way. And while the movies have gotten it right (with a focus on Banner), Hulk hasn’t been the same in the comics in a long time. And then Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye and all the rest, I just don’t care. Even when they forced Spider-Man onto the Avengers, I still don’t care, even though I like Spidey. Luke Cage, Dr. Strange and all of the New Avengers, I still don’t care. It’s become this private club of superheroes, yet has the biggest revolving door of any superhero team. I was always an X-Men fan, and still am.
I absolutely don’t care about the Joker, or his be all/end all position as the ultimate Batman villain. I get that he is the chaos to Batman’s order, and he can be entertaining at times (see Heath Ledger), but I just don’t like him. I especially don’t like the idea that Batman wouldn’t exist without the Joker, that they balance each other out. Nuh uh, no way. Joker may be psychotically attached to Batman, but to Batman, Joker is just another in a long line of crazy villains. If Joker died tomorrow, Batman would go right on being Batman. I don’t like Joker’s arrogance most of all. The idea that the world should tremble at the mere mention of his name. I prefer my villains to have a healthy dose of humility and humanity, and that ain’t the Joker.
Big Blue himself, Superman, and I just don’t care for him. I like the concept of Superman, I like what he represents in terms of a stalwart and unselfish hero who uses his powers for good. And I like some of the deeper themes, like an alien helping the human race, or the responsibility of power; but I just don’t care about the character. Is there anyone more boring than Clark Kent? Or sillier than Jimmy Olsen? Heck, I myself am a newspaper reporter, but the Daily Planet has always been too highfalutin for my tastes. Superman has a boring rogues gallery, a silly supporting cast and is often portrayed as just too powerful for his own good. Sorry big guy, you do nothing for him. Though the fact that I didn’t see the Christopher Reeves movies until only a few years ago may have helped feed my indifference. Not that I particularly liked them anyway.
What about you guys? Are there any comic book characters for whom you have nothing but apathy? Am I missing something key about these characters that makes them so awesome? Let me know in the comments!