10 Unpopular Comic Book Character Reboots (That Were Actually Perfect)

Just because it was terrible doesn't mean that One New Day didn't save Spidey.

Marvel Comics

As one of the most common and longest-running serialized mediums, comics are often presented with a unique problem.

Many of the most iconic and lucrative characters have been around for so long that their personas have become stale and clash with modern worldviews, but putting them through growth or change violates their legacy and pop cultural importance. And it pisses off fans.

The solution to this problem is the same universal comic glue that fixes any number of other issues in the medium: reboots. Multiple universes need to be condensed into one? Reboot it. The timeline is too convoluted to be understood? Reboot it. A character has been written into a corner and there's no logical way to get them out? Reboot it.

But by now, comic readers have caught on to the game and reboots these days are rarely given the benefit of the doubt. Usually, they are instantly hated for daring to violate or change beloved comic lore.

However, they are sometimes not only necessary to save certain characters, but once in a while they can even improve upon an original character. And sometimes, the hate that a reboot receives overshadows the legitimate narrative potential they provide.


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