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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Curse You, Richards!
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Curse You, Richards!

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Amy Dallen, Matt Key, and Taliesin Jaffe were joined by the hosts of Ask Your Black Geek Friend, B. Dave Walters and Damion Poitier, to discuss the dastardly denizens of comics: the supervillains.

“It’s more fun to play the villain,” said Taliesin, “and not just because of the indulgences it allows you to take… but because there’s a certainty that comes with it. There’s such uncertainty with heroes, and with villains, I’ve never found a villain who wasn’t sure in themselves against all evidence.”

“Heroes operate under this guise of ‘I’m trying to do the right thing, I’m trying to find myself,'” agreed Damion. “The villain is like, this is what needs doing, I’m going to do it. I don’t care who you are, you get in my way, I’m taking you down.”

“Every good villain believes they’re the hero,” added Dave.

While the discussion focused more on characters like Doctor Doom and Magneto rather than specific books, some memorable titles featuring those villains came up as recommendations—including one from Chief for the very first time.

Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers

You know Thor’s side of the story–now get ready to hear Loki’s. “It ties much closer to actual Norse mythology,” said Dave. “And actual things that happened to them. The premise of the story is that Loki has won. He’s beat Thor, finally… He’s kind of looking back over his life and the things he’s done, and it’s really interesting.”

(Marvel Comics, Rob Rodi and Esad Ribic)

New Year’s Evil: Prometheus #1

“Grant Morrison created a character named Prometheus, who was basically the anti-Batman,” Taliesin said. His parents were criminals who died in a confrontation with the police. As a result, said Taliesin, “He dedicated his life to destroying justice.”

This one-shot issue introduces Prometheus, who would later go on to challenge the Justice League—and actually defeat Batman.

(DC Comics, Grant Morrison and Arnie Jorgenson)

Triumph and Torment

Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment

Zach “Chief” Wilson is the Geek & Sundry Tech Director who’s always ready with a perfectly relevant image or the notes that pop up during The Wednesday Club. He’s also a huge Doctor Doom fan, and recommended Triumph and Torment to really get a feel for the character.

The collection gathers several issues focused on the unlikely team-up of Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom. The two mystical practitioners must join forces to journey into the depths of hell to save a soul.

“It’s my personal favorite Doom book,” said Chief.

(Marvel Comics, various writers and artists)

Watchmen

Considered by many to be one of the best comic book stories of all time, Watchmen takes place in an alternate universe where masked heroes are plentiful, but there’s only one with superpowers: Doctor Manhattan. When someone begins killing the costumed vigilantes, old teammates reunite to solve the mystery.

Watchmen is celebrated for not painting characters as simply “hero” or “villain.” While the discussion on The Wednesday Club dove deep into spoiler territory, the hosts’ passion about the characters and story clearly showed.

(Vertigo Comics, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)

The Invisibles

Another book by Grant Morrison, The Invisibles seems to begin simply with good vs. evil. “It’s interesting because The Invisibles are criminals,” said Taliesin. “They’re deviants. They’re murderers… [Morrison] then puts them against this notion of authority.”

As they fight against shadowy figures who are kidnapping kids and hunting people for sport, the story begins to shift and the question of who are the real villains is raised. “You just don’t know who you’re okay with,” Taliesin said.

(Vertigo Comics, Grant Morrison and Jill Thompson)

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