Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
For the record, I enjoy both the Marvel Adventures line and Simpsons comics, when I pick them up. I also enjoy Elephantmen. No reason you needed to know that last bit, I just felt like sharing.
What? It has a rhino in a business suit! Who can resist that?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Still one of the best damn death scenes in comics. A good villain gets to go out the hero, at the very end. This is redemption done right. A split-second choice that changes everything.
No one is laughing now, Skurge.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Nothing. That's what. It's the story Gene Colan was born to draw and Dan Abnett was born to write. You know you want it.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This is how Wolverine: Origins should have played out. I would have paid money for this, if only because it makes Wolverine semi-interesting. Also, we need more radioactive animals in comics. Ferrets, Wombats, Platypi, I don't care what they are, as long as they are radioactive and unpleasant.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
WORLD OF HURT, written and drawn by fellow South Carolinian Jay Potts, bills itself as "the internet's #1 blaxploitation webcomic", and I have, as yet, seen little to contradict that statement.
In Mr. Potts' own words it's "a comic strip love letter to the Black action films of the 1970s. I’m not talking about the flicks with signifyin’ Technicolor pimps performing slow-motion karate or anything featuring Ray Milland’s head surgically attached to Rosie Grier’s body. If you want to know where I’m coming from with WORLD OF HURT, check out flicks like Shaft, Superfly, The Mack, Trouble Man, Foxy Brown, or Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. "
See, that's just something that I can get behind when it's done well. And, frankly, Mr. Potts is good at what he does. The first storyline, "The Thrill-Seekers" is well underway, and I find myself eagerly popping around hoping for a new strip just about every day.
So, I recommend you head over there post-haste, starting with the beginning of the storyline,pop in some Booker T. and the M.G.s for mood music, and get to enjoying WORLD OF HURT
Monday, November 9, 2009
Unlike a lot of the other villains I write about, Hyde actually gets used quite a bit. He pops up fairly regularly, and gets used in pretty much the same fashion every time. Either he's playing 'tank' for another villain (the Cobra, Baron Zemo, the Hood, etc.) or he's selling drugs (because he's a chemist, see?).
Now, the latter is interesting, because it really illustrates just how unpleasant Hyde is, in either persona.
Let's take it by the numbers. Calvin Zabo, mild-mannered sociopath and polymath, creates a chemical solution which will, ala Robert Louis Stevenson, unleash his inner psychopath, so that he can indulge his warped fantasies to the fullest. Zabo gets the capital to create this wonder-drug via theft and murder, so right there we know that this isn't just a spin on the Hulk or even the literary origins of Hyde's moniker. Zabo is bad, but Hyde is worse. Where Zabo is calculating, amoral and quite intelligent-sort of like a low rent Henry Pym-Hyde is impulsive, sadistic and violent-basically, an evil version of the Gray Hulk. So, essentially, what we have here is two villains in one, and most writers to-date seem to get that...Hyde wrecks things and Zabo acts creepy, strung-out and unpleasant.
But that's it. That's as far as they go. And that's short-sighted.
Yeah. Not my usual line at all, but frankly, this works well. See, Hyde, like his namesake, is supposed to be the basest desires of an already terribly unpleasant example of a human being given form. He is the twisted fun-house mirror of humanity, and no perversion, calumny or crime should be under his radar. Hyde is pure, capital 'E' evil. He's nightmare fuel. For other villains, you have to twist them and their backstory a bit to make them 'scary' (Dr. Light as a rapist, for instance). With Hyde...well, the nastiness, the adult situations, it's built right in.
Think about this...Hyde isn't a brute in the traditional sense. He's not dumb but his goals should be relatively fluid and chaotic. He's not a bank robber or a world-beater. He's a destroyer and a corrupter. The ultimate anarchistic sybarite, one who wants to light the world on fire and watch it burn and feel the flames on his own skin. He wants to break down society intimately, obviously and eternally and indulge every vice that has so long been denied him. And he wants you to join him.
But Zabo isn't like that. Despite his desire for what Hyde offers, his addiction to it, he's not that kind of monster. Zabo wants hedonism without the heresy. Zabo is the bank-robber, the drug-dealer, the planner, the thinker. He's petty and materialistic and slightly afraid of the thing he's created.
What if, all this time, the Hyde we've been seeing, the one who partnered with the Cobra, who joined the Masters of Evil, who does super-villain-y things...what if that was Zabo indulging himself, even as Henry Jekyll did when he first turned into Hyde? And what if, slowly, bit by bit, Hyde was (even as he did in the book) becoming his own seperate identity? Getting stronger and stronger, even as Zabo becomes weaker and weaker. What if, one day, Zabo found out that he couldn't control Hyde anymore?
What would happen then?
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
4thletter! tends to have some insightful posts. This recent one here is of particular interest to me, because it concerns what can be quite the polarizing concept in regards to super-heroic storytelling, i.e. is it okay for heroes to kill?
My two cents? Sometimes.
But that's not what I'd like to talk about, because frankly they say it better than I could. What I'd like to make mention of is this part here:
More bank robbers. More drug runners. More art smugglers. More mad scientists with misunderstood but rampaging creations. More nuisance criminals like the early Riddler. More money launderers. More bizarre (and non-sexual) kidnappers.
More Batman doing detective work. Less Batman beating up snitches for information. More Wonder Woman dealing with mythological fantasies and modern-day mindsets. Less Wonder Woman snapping necks to save the world.The comic book world doesn’t need heroes that are darker, it needs villains that are lighter.
Yes. A thousand times yes. Amen. Preach it.
Frankly, I feel that it devalues a character like the Joker (a character that should be pure nightmare fuel in a can) when every other villain in Batman's rogues gallery is just as psychopathic and just as dangerous. From a writer's perspective, when every villain is of an equal level of unpleasantness, there is no more fun to be had from them.
Casual death and destruction is not a motivation-it's the absence of motivation. And while the 'monster-on-a-rampage' story is great fun once in a while, having a variation on it every flippin' issue is quite boring.
Less super-terrorists. More super-art-thieves.
Or, more simply, come back, Rainbow Raider! We promise we won't let Geoff Johns kill you again!