The second THANOS AND DARKSEID: CARPOOL BUDDIES OF DOOM. Guest starring: Doctor Doom!
Written by Justin Jordan (who has a new issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians coming out this Wednesday and has a new series, Dead Body Road, coming out in December) and drawn by Rafer Roberts (who is currently making Plastic Farm and Nightmare the Rat comics).
You can read the first Thanos and Darkseid here.
god i love this so much, because it works on so many levels. it’s really the ultimate success of quentin tarantino dialogue like the superman speech in kill bill volume 2 or the king kong sequence in inglorious basterds. doom’s speech about breaking bad here is actually both. like what bill says about superman, doom’s reading of breaking bad is the “wrong” one and it’s funny because of course doom would read something so ludicrous into the series (more on that in a bit), but there’s a second level working at the same time. the king kong sequence in inglorious basterds is basically a call out of the racism behind king kong with the punch line that it’s a nazi immediately coming to the conclusion that americans have spent decades ignoring and/or missing. it’s a reminder in a movie about americans killing nazis that they aren’t the white knights that most films of the period portray them to be. which is pretty close to what’s happening here, implying people who read walter as being ultimately heroic are assholes based on who it is making the case for it.
the sheer genius of doom gushing about breaking bad is that he is walter white. an underaching scientist who blames all his mistakes and missed opportunities on a former partner and his wife, then builds an “empire” as a means of compensating. it breaks down the big words and heroic posturing into the tiny, petty man that doom really is pretty handily. doom needs that myth of rugged individuality and the self made man for validation.
darkseid, of course, is expounding on the “correct” reading of the wire, in the bleakest way possible because that’s what darkseid does. he’s the guy who always appears right for a second, until you remember that bubbles’ sister opens the basement door.
doom gets that dig in, and then we’re back to the surface level of this being the most absurd version of the breaking bad vs the wire debate ever seen. thanos doesn’t actually like two and a half men, he just said that to diffuse the situation. obviously his favorite show is pushing daisies. he runs a livejournal community for it.
(Jesus+Fucking+Christ)*Again, Rafer, you murdered this (Justin, too).
I know I had this same conversation in the past, tho, and maybe with Justin (PROBABLY NOT), tho, so maybe I’m DOOOM.
I like that, because I sometimes want to put a mask on and destroy cities.
PS - THANOS IS AN ASSHOLE
EDIT: Scratch that, I’m Darkseid in this conversation #wireforlife
Short version: I got a gun license and drew a comic about it. Read it over at the Brookline TAB right now:
Long version: So with the off-again, on-again debate about guns that we have in America, it feels like we’re stuck in a simple, unwinnable argument — whether we should have the right to bear arms, or not.
The problem with *that* fight is we forget what the right to bear arms actually looks like: How is it regulated, who can have a gun and for what purposes?
Gun laws are complicated. So I focused in on the issue that basically is what the Second Amendment is all about — the ability to carry a concealed handgun in public. Short version: It’s complicated, involves lots of forms and — as a traditional news story — would be about 30 inches of grey text.
So, comics. I told this story as a comic to exploit the medium’s visual flexibility in telling a story. It’s based on my own experiences, but also relies heavily on research and public records (more about those sources here) to report on the scope and nature of the nation’s really complicated license to carry laws. Anyway, read it here.
Scott Brown might run for president! And our little state keeps messing with your shit, America! You’re welcome!
This comic appeared as the first in my series “Who Needs Art?” for Medium.com.
I’ve been bad about posting new material recently, but I’ve been basically head-down (aside from a trip to MassMOCA & maybe a few runs of Mario Kart) for the past few weeks trying to get a project finished. I’m looking forward to getting this out there, but I hate talking up something before it’s finished, so I’m cutting this short.
In an admittedly small gesture, Mother Jones is…tweaking our house style guide, joining Slate and a group of other publications, from The New Republicto Washington City Paper. From here on out, we will refer to the team online and in print as “Washington” or “Washington’s pro football team” or, if we get sassy, “the Washington [Redacted].”