Don’t worry, Verne isn’t going to really change. He can’t. It’s a comics rule that characters do not develop. They do not grow. They do not arc. See Peanuts. See Calvin & Hobbes. You want your losers to stay losers. You want your scoundrel to keep on scoundrel-ing. And you want your Hammy to keep on hugging.
Sorry Verne. Them’s the rules.