Cable for me. While his earliest appearances in X-Force and New Mutants were sub-par, his solo run really evolved the character into something much more interesting. He started using less guns, and more of his futuristic fighting techniques.
The writers did a really good job of humanizing him.
I love the podcast and the site, but I think the straight up hate you guys show towards the '90's era is a little unfair..
Now, as somebody who was reading comics in that era, I'm very familiar with the barrel-scraping lows that came out of the '90's. However, for all the bad things people like to remember about this era, it's responsible for, arguably, some of the greatest comics of all time: Kingdom Come, Marvels, Preacher, and Grant Morrison's JLA..
I'm sure there are some things I'm forgetting, but some of my personal favourite stuff from this era includes such titles as Ron Marz's Green Lantern run, Peter David's Hulk and Aquaman runs, John Byrne's She-Hulk, Grant Morrison's Invisibles, The Infinity Gauntlet, James Robinson's Starman and Golden Age runs, and Mark Waid's Flash run.I'm also going to include Neil Gaiman's Sandman, as the vast bulk of that was done in the '90's.
You could argue that every era had industry-influencing negatives, none more so, however, than the '50's, when comic books were literally being burnt in public.It's tough to compare to that.
I think one of the main things that hurt the reputation of the '90's was the sudden mass coverage that came from publications like Wizard magazine. That, and the early burgeoning of the internet, made it harder to cover up the industry's flaws at the time. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
The death of Captain Marvel was the first comic I read that made me cry. Jim Starlin was exceptional at making it both beautiful and sad in the same moment, as Mar-Vell's friends say their last goodbyes to their cancer-stricken friend.
This is a pretty loaded question, and as I don't read all industries' comics, I can't justifiably vote. Each company, determined by industry traits, has been guilty of portraying women in substandard ways, and will be quick to jump on to the next trend without a beat.