In order for a comic book character to become popular, he must be charismatic, approachable and entertaining. It’s a lot harder than you might think, especially after a character has been dealt with by countless writers over the years.
Spider-Man is supposed to be a cheeky prankster but, depending on how he handles his dialogue, he might come across as a mopey teenager. Batman is a dark and brooding vigilante, but there are times he comes across as callous and insane (especially if Frank Miller is headlining the story).
While every comic book character has been poorly written at some point, there are a few superheroes and villains that have NEVER been done well. And we’re not talking about the villains or Z-List heroes you’ve never heard of; we’re talking about traditional characters who have appeared in some of the most influential stories of all time – and yet writers still don’t know what to do with them.
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Even though these characters are known and respected, the creative teams behind them just can’t do them justice.
Instead of making Warren’s character a little darker, the creative team went to the other extreme and turned him into the Horseman of Apocalypse, Death. Although he freed himself from the influence of Apocalypse, Warren, who now calls himself Archangel, found himself with a demonic gaze. Since his new appearance was a constant reminder of what the Apocalypse had done to him, he developed a relentless obsession with the malicious demagogue.
Annoyingly, this change made the Archangel MORE boring because all he talks about is how he’s going to destroy the evil mutant. And what did Warren do when Apocalypse was finally killed? He was still obsessed with Apocalypse.
This does Angel a disservice as there are a lot of interesting aspects to the character. He’s one of the richest mutants in the world, led his own team of superheroes, dated Psylocke, joined a secret ops team, and once believed he was a true angel. He shouldn’t be identified just by his relationship with his nemesis.