Comics

Comic Quotes

This is, indeed, another Geekgasm post. I’d like to share with you some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite comics. Enjoy!

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The Sandman had gone to his grave without one grain of faith in the future. And the saddest part was… he was far from alone. With each passing day, hope for tomorrow has become more precious a commodity among every day folk. Still, I tried to keep the faith… and hew to the scriptures. According to the word of God, the meek would someday inherit the earth. Someday. But God never accounted for the mighty.

I love this comic, and I love all of the narration. There’s a lot to it. This one is pretty representative. And, I mean, come on. God never accounted for the mighty. What.

Red Son

I offered them Utopia, but they fought for the right to live in Hell.

This is utter perfection. And you know what? It just gets better.

Batman: a force of chaos in my world of perfect order. The dark side of the Soviet dream. Rumored to be a thousand murdered dissidents, they said he was a ghost. A walking dead man. A symbol of rebellion that would never fade as long as the system survived.

Anarchy in black.

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I will not apologize for the size of this picture.

Go read this comic. Please.

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Not really much to quote here. Have a picture!

This is basically the comic.

This is basically the comic.

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I’ve quoted The Crow before, and I’m going to keep quoting The Crow.

Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children.

Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is.

Sergeant Albrecht: Move and you’re dead.
Eric: I’m dead, and I move.

The last one just sort of makes me laugh. I put some of the deeper ones in that other blog I’ve linked above.

So those are my quotes for the day. You’ll notice there is no Batman. Why? Because all his quotes get their own blog. Good day.

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Thor

A belated day 7 to the 30 Day Geekgasm. I am not a fan of Thor in the comics or the cartoons. So, Naturally, I assumed I’d hate the movie. I was wrong.

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I was really surprised my how thoroughly I enjoyed this movie. It was funny, it had the right kind of action in all the right places. I actually liked the character Thor in this movie. He wasn’t static. Sure, he started off arrogant and annoying, but he actually grew as a person during the course of the movie. Even Loki was awesome. I also hated Loki in the comics. He was over dramatic and annoying and I wanted to kick him. But, again, I loved Loki here. I loved Thor and I loved Loki and i continued to love them both in the Avengers. I am extremely excited for Thor: The Dark World. I found myself shamelessly geeking out about it. Here, have a trailer:

The Joker

I’m combining days 3 and 4 for the 30 Day Geekgasm, as my favorite villain and my favorite explosion kind of go hand in hand. I considered Darth Vader and the explosion of the Death Star, but *spoiler alert* Darth Vader doesn’t actually stay a villain. Thus, The Joker.

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The Killing Joke

Ah, The Joker. There’s not much I can really say about the guy that you don’t already know. He’s crazy, and he does it for the lulz. I don’t like that word but it’s very appropriate so I will not delete it. You see all these villains who do it because they really believe in it or because they’re out for vengeance. The Joker? He just really thoroughly enjoys it. And he’s not crazy in the way where he’s just kind of harmless and he hurts people but they always get him right back into Arkham. He wins frequently. He hatches this ridiculous plans and they work until Batman finally manages to stop him. And Batman is part of the reason he enjoys it so much. Fitting that the best villain belongs to the best hero, don’t ya think?

I am a fan of Heath Ledger’s Joker. You’ve gotta love Mark Hamill and Jack Nicholson, but Ledger is my main man. So this is a very neat little tie in with my favorite explosion.

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Yup.

I’m sure we all remember this part of the movie, The Dark Knight. I have never so thoroughly enjoyed an explosion in my life. First of all, we have the Joker dressed like a nurse leaving the hospital. Then he pushes the button and is prepared to keep walking like a badass, but then the explosion delays. And he turns around and just keeps pushing the button. Then, BOOM! The first explosion happens and he just sort of jumps and hops into his ride like ‘meant to do that’. I just about died. Let me tell you, in the theater, I was not alone in that. It kills me every time.

I love this guy so much I can’t even explain it. Ah! Okay. That’s my favorite. What’s yours?

Favorite Comic: The Crow

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Where the teeth of madness jump, jump dance and sing…

I just – I can’t even. The Crow by J. O’Barr is just amazing in how much I absolutely love it. Here, have a synopsis:

Eric Draven and his girlfriend Shelley meet their brutal demise at the hands of the inner city’s most notorious characters. Exactly a year later, Eric is brought back to life and granted the powers of superhuman strength and vision in order that he may seek vengeance on those who killed him – all under the watchful eye of a mysterious crow. One by one, Eric seeks out the gang, who are out for another evening of mayhem and violence, unaware of the fate that awaits them…

It’s pure emotional allegory. There is anger and pain twisted into every word on every page. It’s hard to quote it without ending up quoting the whole dang thing. The art is beautiful. The words are gorgeous. The whole thing just comes together and lives. If that makes any sense at all. Because it’s apparent from the opening lines that all he wants is pain and hate. And fear is for the enemy. Fear and bullets. That was paraphrased.

It’s really difficult to describe to you how much I actually love this book. If I was talking to you face to face I would be throwing my arms around making strange noises in a futile attempt to communicate. Because just – I can’t – I can’t even –

“So the crow spirals down through a collapsed dream and the only sound it makes is like a concave scream.”

“When sorrow comes, they come not single spies, but in battalions. I’ve allies in heaven, Jack, I’ve comrades in hell…say hello for me…”

“Around, around the sun we go, the moon goes ’round the earth, we do not die of death – we die of vertigo.”

Um, yeah. This is the book where our protagonist cuts off a guy’s feet and sits down and has a conversation with him. This is a comic well the last frame of violence is all you need to know – a broken man, a hammer, and the man who broke him. From the first to the last line, it’s fucking poetry, man.

I am filled with this rush of excitement every time I remove it from it’s own hidden shelf and it’s special wrapper. I want to laugh when I hold it in my hands. Because it’s mine. It was written before I was born, before I was a thought. I’ve never met the author and I never will. But it’s mine and it always will be. I’m you you know what that feels like.

‘Remember when you said “Mine?” and I said “Forever.” You said “Only forever?”

It’s forever, now.’

What is the Best Superpower?

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This is a common debate within the wonderful world of nerds. Between all of the comic books and geeky movies, there are hundreds (thousands?) of variations of all the different kinds of powers and abilities one person can have. There are mental powers, physical powers, and flat out weird powers. Sometimes you have useful powers, other times you have Aquaman.

If a consensus must be reached, then we must first examine some of the different types of superpowers.

Strength, Speed, & Flight: These are some of the most common powers as well as some of the more popular. There are many different heroes in the Justice League alone who display these abilities. Five of the seven current core members display one or more of these abilities. That should be some testament to their usefulness. While these powers appear frequently in all of geekdom in dozens of characters, they are more commonly associated with the good guys. These are what I call the righteous powers. Common, useful, and not much of a downside. Perfect for the average hero.

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Gambit!

Energy Beams of Some Sort: This is the category for things like Darkseid’s omega beam, Starfire’s star bursts, Gambit’s energy the thing, the works. This is my second favorite grouping of powers. These powers can cause heat and explosions and and all sorts of chaos. Because of the potential for chaos, these sorts of powers are about equally common with the good guys and the bad guys. That is both a strength and a weakness. Shoot energy at your villain and they can shoot it right back at you. But these sort of powers allow for precise ranged attacks we don’t really see with the righteous powers. The energy doesn’t usually create a strong physical prowess, so these powers are usually paired with one of the ones above (also considering flight is basically useless on it’s own). Again, good powers to have. Not exactly staple gifts, but definitely notable.

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Professor X

Mind Powers: If I could have any power, it would be a mind power. I would enjoy a collection similar to Charles Xavier. Getting into people’s heads, making them see things or do thing, causing seizures. The good life. While Such mental powers have huge potential for ass kicking, they are more commonly seen with the bad guys nowadays. Mind powers are tough becasue they tend to fall into the morally gray area. You know, invasion of privacy, taking will power, potentially leaving someone brain dead. For all of the advantages of these sorts of gifts, there are some major kick backs. Other than the moral grayness, you’ve got the potential for headaches and nosebleeds and, in some cases, you may touch so many minds you begin to forget who you are. These sorts of powers are also most commonly associated with alienation and mistrust, as well as psychological disorders. But they’re just so darn cool.

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The Dark Knight himself

No Powers: One could argue that the greatest power of all is not to have any powers. To just work up your knowledge and your body to tap into the potential of the human body. Like Batman.  And he’s the biggest bad ass of all time. Your argument is invalid. Because he’s Batman. There is a lot of evidence that would suggest the most popular power is to have no powers. Batman is currently the best selling comics between DC and Marvel and still is the biggest comic book movies franchise of all time. Don’t even get me started on toy sales. So many people love Batman because he wasn’t given power, he worked for it and he earned it. There are some weaknesses when going against people who do have powers, particularly the righteous powers, but that just makes this hero’s journey that much more interesting to see. And now just with Batman. There are several heroes and villains out there who don’t have any powers or don’t have any physical powers and compensate by being a ninja.

I realize there are so many more I could go into. Shape-shifting and primal abilities, healing factors and immortality, walking through walls and invisibility (the ghost powers), but I’d like to get into a couple of lesser known powers that really tickle my fancy.

Molecular Manipulation: This fun little tool is the ability to control matter at the molecular level and can be limited to simply biological molecules, plant matter, metals (etc.). It’s something that we get to see a bit of with the angels in Supernatural. You don’t want to help me? Have some cancer. Many argue that this sort of thing makes someone too powerful, but I disagree. Someone with this power could be physically useless, or using this power plagues them with headaches and nose bleeds or they have to focus to keep all of the molecules where they want them. It would be maddening. I love it so much that in my many writings I created a character with this sort of ability with plant matter. Useful, with the potential for many set backs. Not really a gift someone might want, what with everything that could possible go wrong, but a nice power to use in a story.

Gary from that actually-pretty-cool show Alphas

Gary from that actually-pretty-cool show Alphas

Transducer: A transducer is like a human antenna. They can intercept communications and encrypted messages with their minds. They can see electromagnetic wavelengths and have been known to hear frequencies that only exists in the code. This is really a cool and solid power. I usually just call it Gary Vision. Because Gary. This power allows one to hack into cell phone signals, TV broadcasts and the like with just their mind. This sort of thing makes the user weak to microwave signals and DoS attacks. . And, if you’re Gary, you might not be able to read Nokia and you might be just a little bit autistic. With this power, you could be a highly valued member of any team by hacking into, say, traffic cameras or decoding enemy encryption. You could also be immune to compulsion or photo stimulation. This power is so cool and it’s probably my favorite power of all time. I don’t think I’d want it as it would probably be a major pain in the ass, but still. I’d never really seen anything like it before and it remains new and useful and cool. And I like it a lot.

Yet, we have still not uncovered the best superpower of all time. You could make a case for almost anything. I don’t think we can really judge a power by what is best, but by how it works in different situations and for different individuals. That is not to say we cannot judge what is the worst. Because wow there are some bad ones out there.

So what is your favorite superpower? Which one would you love to have? Which one do you think is the best?