Punisher Monster Mash

A third blog entry in as many days?  You betcha.  This time, I promise not to be too negative or preachy.  This is going to a be a fun one.  I’ll try to keep it brief too.  Want to get a little more editing done before bedtime.

So The Punisher is now a Frankenstein-style monster in the mainstream Marvel Comics.  It’s pretty weird, but considering it’s one of the few mainstream Marvel Comics I’m enjoying, I can live with it.  It helps that I am a big monster fan, and that anything with Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night, and The Living Mummy is A-OK in my universe.  The first story arc was a bit bloodier than I would’ve liked, but that’s a ridiculous complaint when we’re talking about a vigilante who is defined by his merciless talent for killing people.

The only downside is that in a few months, The Punisher will be confronting Wolverine Jr., the guy who sliced him to pieces.  I just don’t like Wolvie Jr.  He’s a dumb idea.  And one of his claws comes directly out of his wrists.  Wouldn’t that be awkward as hell?  Of course, he’s also got tribal tattoos, which make him look way too 90′s.  And wouldn’t Wolverine Jr.’s healing ability make tattoos impossible?

I’m not a fan of spinoff characters that are basically identical to the original.  Never liked War Machine for this reason.  Or Venom.  Or Wolverine Jr.  Or Girl Wolverine.  After a while, it just succeeds in making the original character seem less special.  But Wolverine Jr. is especially dumb because he’s the “dark” version.  Isn’t Original Flavor Wolverine supposed to be the dark version of superheroes to begin with?  Or have we become so jaded now that the brutal berserker with the power to stab people isn’t dark enough?  Don’t answer that.  Either answer would just make me sad.

Oh, right.  This was supposed to be a pithier, more positive post.  Sorry about that.

Beta Ray Bill is a spinoff character I can get behind.  For those not in the know, Beta Ray Bill is an alien horseman with the power of Thor.  He’s pretty much Thor, but in space.  Not only does he get his own cool magic hammer, but he also gets a spaceship.  So, yeah, he’s awesome.

Bought a new book today.  Last Call by Daniel Okrent.  It’s about Prohibition.  Haven’t read much yet, but what I’ve read, I’ve liked.

Okay, well, guess it’s time to get back to work.  Catch you later, gang.

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,

Lee

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4 Comments

  1. Jesse
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I too hate Wolverine Jr. He’s Wolverine with less morals! I thought Wolverine already had low morals? The problem is Guggenheim’s two runs on Wolverine were the best runs in about a decade and instead of saying “Hey please write more.” they gave the book to Wolverine who now has 3 ongoing series. Sigh.

    The 2 or 3 girl Wolverine mini-series were actually pretty good. The first one was more about her “mother” though which is kind of a cheat I suppose.

    On the other hand I love War Machine. Not as a character but from an art stand point; mini-guns = awesome. Even in places where they are almost entirely implausible.

  2. Charmscale
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Personally, I think Venom rocks.

    • A. Lee Martinez
      Posted May 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      Venom is just . . . bland, really. If you think about it, he is just evil Spider-Man with no real motivation other than to attack Spider-Man. And that’s pretty dumb.

      I personally despise villains whose sole goal in life is to attack the hero. It makes them seem so 2 dimensional, so uninteresting. Add to this a character who doesn’t even have his own unique set of powers and you end up with a pretty hollow villain.

      • Charmscale
        Posted May 25, 2010 at 12:37 am | Permalink

        Venom’s motivation is alot more conplex than that. The Venom sybiote is attacking Spiderman because it wants Spidy to take it back, while its host honestly wants Spiderman dead most of the time. Makes for an interesting character dynamic.
        Other goals of the sybiote include continuing the symbiote species and killing its own offspring. Yes, these two do kind of contradict eachother. Occasionally, while persuing these two goals, Venom joins forces with Spiderman. In addition, while it is attached to Spiderman, the symbiote’s main goal is to protect Spiderman and stay attached to him. Also, technically speaking, the Venom symbiote does have a power Spiderman doesn’t: the ability to attach to and, to a certain extent, control a host. He is alot more than just evil Spiderman.

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