- Posted by Johanna on April 23, 2006 at 2:58 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Warren Ellis, pencils by Stuart Immonen, inks by Wade von Grawbadger
- PUBLISHER: Marvel; $2.99 US
I’m impressed at how much I’m still enjoying this superhero satire.
This issue, a police officer has been taken over by a sort of virus that’s turning him into metal. This kind of over-the-top, near-unstoppable monster is the perfect rationale for ever-more-outrageous battles.
Ellie Bloodstone’s shooting explosive flares to set bad guys on fire, and the robot aspect allows for the former Machine Man’s apt involvement. The way the team members pick on and jibe at each other reminds me of the Giffen/deMatteis Justice League, only without the undercurrent of “we’re all really good guys underneath”. The mean-spiritedness makes it funnier. Plus, we’re shown the origin of the Captain, a brutal parody of a Green Lantern origin that’s a bit more aware of the base nature of most random humans.
This mindless, deranged fun is a better use of superheroes than most of what’s on the racks now. They get to do unbelievable things and survive what most people wouldn’t, which allows for over-the-top humorous exaggeration. I haven’t even mentioned the Transformers parody!