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August 18, 2008

Why Lex Luthor is the greatest antagonist of all time

Mightygodking.com -- On Luthor.

Chris Bird nails it again.

Why is Luthor so complicated when compared to other supervillains? I’m not kidding when I say you can sum up Dr. Doom’s innermost character motivation in one sentence (more importantly, in one sentence and accurately). Lex is a book where most supervillains are a sentence. Why is that?

The answer’s pretty obvious and wears a big red cape. Lex is going to be more complex because his enemy, the battle he fights, is more mythic by far than any other. If you look at the ranks of great comic villains - and I’m talking the true greats here - they’re generally either on some level either the equal of the hero(es) they loathe (the Joker, the Green Goblin, Dr. Doom, Sinestro) or their superior (Galactus, Dormammu, Magneto on the high end of the power scale, the Anti-Monitor).

But Luthor is unique - definitively the only great villain who is, by any reasonable standard, weaker than his archenemy. Remember, Superman isn’t just powerful - he’s also smart, and wise, and personable, and generally possessed of a huge number of admirable quality traits, and he has a ton of friends who are also for the most part more powerful than Luthor is (and who all hate Luthor too), and he has alien technology nobody else does, and a secret fortress, and a super-cousin, and a super-dog. Luthor doesn’t have any of that. Luthor has brains, determination and cojones, and that’s it. Sometimes he has a corporation, sometimes a secret science fortress, but that’s all ephemeral stuff.

Other villains fight men. Luthor is, when you get down to brass tacks, a man trying to fight God.

Bear Creek by Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley

bear creek apartments temp

A sweet and complete webcomic.

Walt Disney's Sin City

NotAFishingLure.com - The Art of Curt Rapala - Walt Disney's Sin City...

I find the fetishization of Disney characters pretty creepy. This, doubly so. Click through to see more Disney heroines reinterpreted as whores, ninjas and Snow White as a dominatrix.

August 17, 2008

XKCD presents a great metaphor for voting machines

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

August 15, 2008

FreakAngels 0024

fa0024.JPGFREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield.

August 14, 2008

Beaucoup Kevin invites fanboy comics retailers to STFU

Again, thanks Dirk, for the heavy lifting. BeaucoupKevin(dot)com | Comics Retailers In “Unable To Stop Being Fanboys” Shocker!
So, somehow I got the mailing list of a retailer who’s based in the same general area as myself. ...Here’s the review of this week’s Astonishing X-Men:
I just don’t believe Ellis has a handle on these characters.... Throughout the issue, everyone seems to feel the need to explain how their powers are going to work, as if this were a brand new team book. ... Also, we had to be told three times that Wolverine is heavy. Why all this extra explanatory dialogue? Let’s move on to the art. Bianchi’s line work is really good. The ink washes are very stylish and the coloring reflects that. The problem is, the art isn’t serving to tell a story. ... This new version of Astonishing doesn’t measure up to the preceding team. Not buy.
Not buy. A retailer, in his newsletter to customers, is telling people to not buy a comic book before it hits stands. He’s telling them in advance that he doesn’t think they should spend their money at his shop, on this comic. This is the stupidest goddamn thing I’ve seen lately from an industry plagued with stupid goddamn things. I don’t want my bartender telling me that I’m drinking the wrong damn thing; I don’t want the clerk at the record store giving me shit because I’m buying some motherfucking Yanni; and I don’t want the guy who’s selling me my weekly comics fix to tell me to not buy a fucking X-Men comic. Also negatively reviewed: Trinity. You know, the weekly comic series that pretty much means $150 per customer over the course of a year to a shop who sells it?