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10 Superheroes Screwed Over By Reboots

DC Rebirth and Heroes in Crisis sure did Wally West's Flash dirty, huh?

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If you're a fan of the big two comic publishers then you have long since made peace with the concept of reboots. They've long since become associated with the marketing ploys thinly disguised as narrative shakeups meant to spike up the numbers by completely overhauling every single book in either DC or Marvel's universes. Marvel's done it about once on that scale by now, while DC has done it quite a bit more.

However, a reboot can mean any amount of change to the status quo of a character's universe. The only criteria is that it has to be a reset to zero, whatever form that takes. As such, there have been reboots for characters both big and small. And because there are so many of them, there have been - of course - some MASSIVE stinkers.

Whether because the idea of the reboot was sound but badly executed, a terrible idea from the get go, or the character was doing just fine and didn't NEED a reboot, these superheroes have never been the same ever since editorial decided that the backstory and development their writers had been painstakingly building up was for dumb nerds.

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John Tibbetts is a novelist in theory, a Whatculture contributor in practice, and a nerd all around who loves talking about movies, TV, anime, and video games more than he loves breathing. Which might be a problem in the long term, but eh, who can think that far ahead?