Who is the most inconsistent comic book character?

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  1. TheWarPathGuy

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    Due to characters having a long history spanning for years, writers tend to interpret or forget details of a characters. This is most noticable when the characters appears in multiple comics in one month.

    One major example of this is Deadpool as his reading order is a bit all over the place, and there's no proper segway into the stories he appears in. Apparently in Marvel's earth-616 continuity Deadpool been around since the 70's and 80's era (but, heroes forgot he existed until now.) Was the first person to wear the symbiote suit (which some writers disowned. Personally I think it would be better if he had his own unique symbiote.)
    For example if you want to read Deadpool in order...
    (Not counting flashbacks.)
    1. Wolverine (1988) #88
    2. Deadpool (1997) #1
    3. Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars (2015) #1-4
    4. Deadpool: Back in Black (2016) #1-5
    5. New Mutants (1983) #98
    6. Deadpool: Circle Chase (1993) #1-4
    This mainly happens due to him being the comedic relief of the Marvel universe, and due to his popular status he is able to appear in any story without context, hero or villain. In April 2010 in Earth-616 alone he had 4 ongoing series with no relation to one another.
    But, hey. I love Deadpool. He has a charm to him! Even if trying to read in order hurts my brain.

    Wolverine is another example, even if his reading order is less confusing than Deadpool's.
    Wolverine as of March, 18th 2020, has appeared in 3,111 comics taking place in earth 616 (Probably seconds only to Spider-Man!) In January 2009, he appeared in 24 comics in one month! This is just earth-616 btw.
    Due to his popularity he's on every team, to the point he mentioned multitasking is one of his mutant abilities. Even if Disney tried to devalue the X-Men brand and killed him off for a good... 4 years, he's back! With a new solo series that launched last month!
    Wolverine's reading order goes as follows...
    1. Origin (2001) #1-6
    2. Origin 2 (2014) #1-5
    3. Marvel Comics Presents: Weapon X (1991) #72-84
    4. The Incredible Hulk (1968) #180
    5. Giant Sized X-Men (1975)
    Anyone else?
     
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    probably wonder girl she is constintly retconned
     
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    Hawkman, whose history got so convoluted that DC forbid any writer from using him during 1995-2001.
     
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    My vote goes to Venom
     
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    Wonder Girl and Hawkman were good picks. DC continuity is really screwy and they’re prime examples of how bad it can be. You can also pick almost any member of the JSA or Legion as they’re dropped in and out of continuity with each reboot.

    Superman is actually a good pick as silver age Superman is kinda an ass. And his powerset is all over the place, even if you just limit yourself to the last 30 years post Crisis.

    On the Marvel side there’s a lot of good candidates. You mentioned Deadpool, but I’m reading early F4 stuff and it is WILD. Like crazy stuff. And Iron Man is probably the most inconsistent character in terms of quality of story.
     
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    Power girl
     
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    Captain Marvel (Carol) seems to get retconned every other relaunch now.
    BTW her book is getting canceled again. (New Relaunch coming?)
    Okay I'm just joking around.....though it is getting bad.
     
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    Ok Carol is a really good pick here. I'm mostly an Avengers fan and much of the time when she appears she could have just as easily been a brand new character.

    Part of that is that Shooter really screwed her character over with Avengers 200. But for all the love that Busiek's run gets, he doesn't exactly help by giving her an alcoholism arc. That whole thing feels more like character development for Iron Man more than for Carol. And Bendis does Carol no favors between his run on Avengers and Civil War II.