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"I'd read the two BROTHER POWER THE GEEK comics as a small boy, and thought they were seriously weird. Rereading them as an adult they were still seriously weird, and funny, and touched with a sad, strange nostalgia. I'd been reading some Ken Kesey, and somehow the idea of Brother Power as a final remnant of flower power began to possess me. 'At least you didn't bring back Prez,' said my friends, relieved. Little did they know."
--Neil Gaiman, Midnight Days

Mild gore on one page.

'Like where did the beeeautiful people go?' )
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To commemorate the recent defeat of an extremist, intolerant French politician, here's a story featuring an earlier such figure. Warning for gore.

'The myths are dead [...] There is only the state, and the people.' )
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One of the big names when it comes to Batman villains, the Riddler has worn a number of different variations over the years. From egotistical violent criminal to relic of a more innocent period of supervillainy to Batman's Smartest Foe, Eddie Nygma is curious as he's often subject to far more internal analysis than you'd expect for a man who wears clothes covered in punctuation.

Read more... )
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"[In] the summer of 1993 [...] I was still new to the U.S. and I was struck by how powerfully my friends reacted to Bill Clinton, who had become president about eight months earlier. They had been so happy when Clinton was elected, as if he was going to fix everything. And when some time had passed and he hadn't yet done the things they'd expected, they were genuinely heartbroken, as if something deeply religious had gone wrong. It seemed clear to me that they were yearning for a savior, someone to sort it all out for them. So I thought I'd do a story, in the form of synoptic gospel, in which I'd give my friends the kind of president they wanted."

-- Neil Gaiman in Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion, 182


'I want to make a difference' )
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"In old comics, like old sitcoms, it didn’t matter what happened — at the beginning of the next episode you’re back in the status quo. Alan was the first person to go, “You can’t actually do that.” If Superman existed, he would change the world. Miracleman, with almost infinite power, creates a utopia as best he can and sets himself up as a god."

- Neil Gaiman


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So. The Riddler. As far as Gotham villains go, his parents were typically not Parent of the Year material - the most "popular" origin for him these days is that his dad beat him when he was little for getting good grades, because Mr. Nygma couldn't stand the idea that his son was smarter than he was, and forced li'l Eddie to "admit" to cheating. The adult Riddler's obsession with twisting the truth via riddles is supposed to be an extension of that... or something.

But as I have no desire to discuss such ugly things today, let's look at the times when Mr. Nygma was (implied to be) a semi-decent father.

Riddle me this: when is  )
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Damn, a lot of my posts in this series wound up owing themselves to The Sandman. Never would've expected that.

Anyways - Nada. She's one of the many, many unfortunate mortals throughout The Sandman who get tangled up in the games of the Endless and various other immortals, and I would say that she's the one who wound up the worst off. Granted, I've only read about half of the series, so if you disagree, please don't drown me in spoilers.

But by the end of her saga, she delivers what might be the most badass mortal moment in the series so far.

A Queen without need for a King, behind the cut )
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Shocking as this may sound, you couldn't pay me to visit most locations in my favorite comic books, even if I had a guaranteed way back. I'm pretty sure most people here would give a loud "NO" to comics!Gotham, and even Metropolis would be a lot less fun when the inevitable supervillain attack crops up. The world of One Piece makes both those places look like freaking Six Flags. Scrooge McDuck's money bin would easily slaughter anyone who took one toe out of line (to say nothing of the man... er, duck himself breathing down any strangers' necks). Conan Edogawa's Beika City... yeah, given how often murder cases happen with random bystanders, crossing paths with Conan is pretty much playing Russian Roulette.

And so on, and so forth...

Point is, I'm not a terribly active person, and since most locations in comics are hubs of action and adventure and violence, that's kind of a problem. I was all set to just say "the malt shop from Scooby-Doo, where the most I'll have to deal with is Scooby stealing my food"...

But then I remembered one place in comics that's relatively danger-free. By which I mean that where my interests were concerned, the cost-benefit analysis was actually positive. Barely.

And so, this winds up being yet another post made possible by The Sandman.

For God's sake, Neil, let other people have a chance! )

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