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icon_uk ([personal profile] icon_uk) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-07-30 22:03

One Perfect Moment - Detective "Sal" Arsala of the Washington SCU


"Who?" I hear you ask?

Detective Arsala was a recurring character in Karl and Barbara Kesel's exemplary Hawk and Dove series in the late 80's early 90's. A member of the Washington Special Crimes Unit (If Metropolis can have a Task Force devoted to metahuman crimes, it only makes sense that Washington DC have one too, no?)

He was a fun character, an excellent police officer if a little eccentric, notably in his taste for Hawaiian shirts so garish, they'd make your eyes bleed!

Here, from Hawk and Dove #13, he's on his first date with Dove (He even wearing a suit for about the first time ever), it's not exactly standard first date small talk... He can't as her about her day, as she has a secret identity, and he spent the day examining corpses in the morgue... so they end up talking shop...

I love this little moment



Gotta love the logic there, no?

Sadly, and as happened so often to my favourite characters, he met a nasty and pointless end. Specifically in his case, in the clusterf&ck that was the revamped end of "Armageddon 2001", when Monarch blasted his face off just to show how much of a ballbreaker he was.. Grrrr. :(
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[personal profile] tsunamiwombat 2010-07-30 21:18 (UTC)(link)
Cute convo, but when his phone rings...

He's reaching for his fly. Does he have a penis phone?
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[personal profile] tsunamiwombat 2010-07-30 21:24 (UTC)(link)
"Honey i'm busy, can you answer the phone?"

"Really goddamn funny Frank. I'm moving back in with my mother."

"WORTH IT"

[personal profile] keeva 2010-07-30 22:02 (UTC)(link)
he doesn't have a phone. he has a pager, on his belt.
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[identity profile] anothermoviegeek.blogspot.com 2010-07-30 21:41 (UTC)(link)
The power of that mullet is compelling.
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[identity profile] anothermoviegeek.blogspot.com 2010-07-30 22:00 (UTC)(link)
Who said I was talking about the cop? :)

I didn't know mullets had to have a specific length outside of 'business up front-party in the back.'
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[identity profile] anothermoviegeek.blogspot.com 2010-07-30 22:19 (UTC)(link)
I am still gonna have to call mullet on this one. The sides may not be cropped short like a stereotypical mullet, but I feel this falls into the general mullet category quite well.

If we are to trust wikipedia, this is a very similar mullet:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mullet.jpg

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2010-07-30 22:52 (UTC)(link)
Ya know, I hear that ;Why name yourself after a power' all the time, and on the surface, it makes sense. You're giving away your ability for no reason.

But only on the surface.

After all, no one's going to be confused when Quakemaster unleashes his powers. Johnny Storm wouldn't have fooled anyone by calling himself Iceman and some characters names only vaguely describe their abilities (like Hawk and Dove).

Besides that, these are people who are planning a career in the costumed profession. When and if they make a name for themselves, it doesn't matter what they call themselves, people are going to know of them and know their powers. So why not choose something clever, if possible?

Yes, I've overthought this, but still ;)

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2010-07-31 00:04 (UTC)(link)
The problem there is that no lower level villain 'announces' their crimes before they do it. You're thinking of Batman villains ;)

Guys like Rhino, Girder, Copperhead, they just attack straight out and demonstrate their powers in doing so. Sure, some people have powers that can confuse their exact nature (mass control can mimic super strength, for instance), but not many.

And guys like Magneto, Gravition, it doesn't matter if they give away their powers in their name because they are so overwhelming it doesn't matter

Commit one public crime, and no matter what you call yourself, law enforcement will figure out your abilities in short order. It's a virtually non-existant advantage that disappears three seconds into a fight, IMO.
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[personal profile] khaosworks 2010-07-31 01:58 (UTC)(link)
But then there're guys like Hourman, who basically tell you in their name how long you have to wait before you can beat the crap out of him.

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2010-07-31 02:13 (UTC)(link)
True, but he's really the exception, not the rule.

Human Torch, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Mirror Master, Captain Cold, Flash, Rhino, Iceman, Spider-Man, Storm and Giant-Man aren't going to fool anyone with different names. By the time the first punch is thrown, anyone who hasn't figured out their powers has an IQ well below room temperature.

[personal profile] psychopathicus_rex 2010-07-31 05:45 (UTC)(link)
True, but most fights don't last an hour. The vast majority of the fights Hourman gets into only take a few minutes - an hour-long fight is a LONG fight, unless it's one of those building-crumbling megabrawls, in which case, it's out of Hourman's league, anyway. In any case, crooks have no way of knowing just WHEN his Hour of Power is going to wear off - it might be in an hour, it might be in a few minutes; they don't know.
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[personal profile] protogarrett 2010-07-31 01:01 (UTC)(link)
I read the last panel as "My pubic calls" as he reached for his crotch. Thanks, SD!