Patton Oswalt is writing a one-shot “Firefly” comic that tells the story of some of Wash’s friends – but not the principle characters from the show – reminiscing in the wake of his death. Awesome.
JC Hutchins asked yesterday which people preferred, Cobra Commander’s silver mask or his hood. I replied that the hooded look was far superior and then he decided to drag mothers and ethnicity in to it so I’m going to get up in his grill about it.
(Note: I may be making some of that up, but am leaving it there for dramatic effect. This is what’s needed when debating a novelist.)
(2nd Note: For the purposes of this piece I’m using the Marvel Comics’ series as a reference point since it’s much more well-rounded than the cartoon and features more frequent appearances of the hood.)
(3rd Note: Psyche!!)
When Cobra Commander was portrayed with his hood on as opposed to his silver mask it meant, basically, that shit was about to get real. The silver mask indicated he was about to run into battle against the G.I. Joe team alongside Major Bludd and probably get captured again so that Zartan could once again infiltrate The Pit but somehow still not know where it is clearly enough to bring the Cobra thunder in full in order to rescue him.
But the hood being broken out meant Cobra Commander was getting serious. It was more regal, more majestic, more befitting of his world domination plans. It meant he was planning something big in his Springfield headquarters.
Let’s put it this way – wearing the mask into a meeting with potential HISS tank parts vendors is more likely to result in muffled laughter and people asking to check to see if they had anything in their teeth before Destro came in with his real decision making powers. Wear the hood and the cushions on the seats around the table will need to be changed because of the loss of bladder control.
Indeed the silver mask is actually the add-on look for Cobra Commander since before he built Cobra and was simply engaging in rally-building activities across the country and stirring up dissent against the status quo. So really the mask is an add-on that serves one purpose (battle) and even that had to be replaced in favor of the more fully-featured battle armor.
I hear where defenders of the silver mask may be coming from, especially since it’s almost uniformly used in the cartoon series and is the hallmark look of the toy line. But the fact is that the hood is much more in line with someone who’s looking to be called “Commander” and strikes a much more imposing note with allies and enemies alike.
I haven’t been reading the Captain America comics series, but from all accounts the recent run over the last few years has been fantastic, including the death of the original Cap, Steve Rogers.
It’s not surprising, of course, that Marvel has decided, two years post-assasination, to bring Rogers back, even as his once-thought-dead protege Bucky Barnes has assumed the shield and flag for the last year or so.
I was kind of thinking they’d wait at least one more year, though. Two years seems safe, three years seems ballsy.
Graeme McMillan has a list of 20 Marvel Comics characters who could get their own big-screen adventure and what kind of film they’d be a good fit for. Great lists.
I’m a little disappointed that Hawkeye only makes tw of the 10 most memorable Avengers line-ups as listed by the Marvel editorial staff, and that one his appearance on “Cap’s Kooky Quartet,” the team that immediately followed the original Avengers. Then again, for as often as he’s actually been on The Avengers, when he’s not on the roster he’s operating around the edges of the team, either with the West Coast branch or mentoring the Thunderbolts back from their life of crime. So maybe he’s been around, but not actually on-call.
Still waiting for my West Coast Avengers Essential editions or the DVD-Rom with all the WCA/AWC/Forceworks issues on it. Come on, Marvel. Let’s make this happen.