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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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[personal profile] lego_joker
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  )
[personal profile] lego_joker
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 )
[personal profile] lego_joker
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! )
[personal profile] lego_joker
I almost couldn't decide what to put for this one; there are tons of amazing superpowers in the realm of comics (One Piece alone has come up with enough to fill an entire 31-day series by itself), but few of them are much use outside of whaling on other superhumans or trying to take over the world. Since I'm too lazy to be violent and only occasionally harbor dreams of world domination, that's no good.

But thinking about dreams reminded me of their pale-skinned, eighties-haired king. And thinking of him made me think of one of his children. And that child, I remembered, had one very peculiar power...


Not you, moron! Get off the stage! (Also, am I the only one who hears animated!Cyborg when I see that panel?)

Behind the cut: one does not simply... ROCK into Hades. )
[personal profile] lego_joker
I've thought long and hard about what to put into this category. I originally wanted it to be Joker & Penguin, but then I realized that that friendship doesn't really exist anywhere except in my own head. Then I considered Harvey Dent & Bruce Wayne, but to this day, posting about anything Two-Face-related makes me feel like I'm stepping into thehefner's old underwear.

Then, it struck me.

I only began reading The Sandman last month, and already, I'm amazed by Neil Gaiman's skills as a storyteller. The longer story arcs are, by turns, confusing, rewarding, trippy, heartwarming and heartbreaking, but what I really respect is that Gaiman never lost his skill for the done-in-one. Almost every one of the longer story arcs is punctuated by a little one-shot issue that may or may not tangentially tie into the larger scope of things, and it's in these that I find the comic's most memorable bits.

Case in point: Hob Gadling, the man who might be called the anti-Ra's al-Ghul. A man of little inherent talent, who stumbled onto immortality almost totally by accident, held on to it through sheer optimism, and never rose toward any truly lofty ambitions. He's not a perfect man by any stretch of the imagination, but he never makes any particular pretensions to morality, either.

Oh, and he befriends a god in the process.

(Well, Gaiman insists that the Endless aren't gods, but it's the same principle - all-powerful, supernatural being that tiny mortals can't hope to ever fully comprehend.)

All because he woke up one day and went...

Dream used to wonder what friendship could be... )
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Out this week, and I'd forgotten about it, is the first issue of "Sandman: Overture", as Neil Gaiman returns to his most extraordinary creation.

From CBR's preview and interview

Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III? Welp, that's me sold!

And one of his creepiest creations makes an appearance )


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