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.