A new feature, where I comment on good comments! To be featured whenever I feel like it, or am bored, or really whatever justification I invent and you will wholeheartedly accept.
Required Name Here, from yesterday’s Hillary post:
also, dude, youre kinda leaving out the part before and after these paragraphs, where she points out that women and blacks are the backbone of the party, and you cant disenfranchise that.
Except that “disenfranchising” involves the invalidation of votes, which, bleating to the contrary, hasn’t happened. Sometimes, your candidate loses. That’s not “disenfranchisement.” Before I go any further on this, I also want to reference Dan Solomon, also from the same post:
For this election to turn out well, the party needs to unify. You don’t get that by saying unify now, assholes to Clinton supporters. They have to feel welcome in the Obama campaign, and they have to stop seeing Obama supporters as their enemy. We have to let this shit go.
This is an entirely fair comment, but honestly: the problem isn’t Obama supporters at this point, and it’s silly to pretend otherwise. You know how I know this? Because every political blog of note has asked the same question already to Hillary supporters. That question is, “well, what do you want Obama, as the presumptive nominee, to do for you?” And the answer from Hillary supporters is always the same: they want her to be the nominee and presumably the President. Fine and dandy that they do, but they can’t get that, and everybody knows it.
Seriously, it is time for Hillary supporters to explain what they want beyond Hillary as president, in hard policy terms. Of course, the problem is that most of what they want in policy terms, Obama already provides, and so this election has always been about demographics and personality appeal.
Now, then… the top 50 characters list from earlier today what I did:
Brandawg: Maybe you could indulge me by explaining Scrooge McDuck.
Scrooge McDuck is probably one of the greatest pulp-adventurer comic heroes of all time. Once you get past the “talking duck” part, you’ve got a brilliantly realized adventurer; famously miserly, of course, but an adventurer, explorer, taskmaster, family man (only having rediscovered the joys of family late in life), notorious braggart, civic-minded individual and closet sentimentalist.
Seriously: Carl Barks’ Scrooge comics are simply some of the best work ever done in the medium. They’re accessible to all ages without being simplistic or patronizing to kids. If you haven’t read them, you should.
John Seavey: Darkseid…I think you misspelled “Thanos” there. Darkseid is poetic, but very one-note. He’s evil for evil’s sake, just grinding endless darkness and the defeat of the human soul.
I disagree. You’re going with the simplistic analysis of Darkseid, which is understandable because a lot of writers write shitty Darkseid (see: Loeb, Jeph). But I go with Marc Singer on this:
Thanos lays bare its psychosexual death drive, and brilliantly, but Darkseid is a more mature, more psychologically stable, and therefore far more threatening figure: imagine a Hitler who’s both physically intimidating and not the slightest bit insane. Darkseid is what Hitler wanted to be, the visions he sold to himself in his sleep made real. A walking dream, or nightmare, of total control.
Thanos is more approachable as a character, precisely because he questions himself – a very human trait. But Darkseid is comfortable with his own evil, down to the bone. And that’s why Darkseid is scarier and more interesting; because he’s more alien.
itbox: I don’t agree with V’s inclusion on the list.
It was a tough call between Evey and V, but ultimately I went with V precisely because V’s motivations are more enigmatic; he’s not a cipher, as you say, but rather a riddle nobody’s cracked yet.
CandidGamera: Deadpool, again, and no Ambush Bug.\
Just because Ambush Bug broke the fourth wall before Wade doesn’t make him a better character. Ambush Bug is a walking punchline; Deadpool is fully realized.
Multiple people, but WillF: No Judge Dredd?
Wanted to find room for him, along with Captain Marvel, Lucifer, Thorn, Usagi Yojimbo, Luke Cage, Hunter Rose and half the cast of Maison Ikkoku, but I just couldn’t find the space. (I understand why Wizard combined Maggie and Hopey from Love and Rockets into one entry on their list, albeit probably for different reasons than they did.) Let’s just say they’d all make top 60, probably, but not top 50. I wouldn’t include Julian Hundred yet, and I wouldn’t include Nexus at all (always found it wildly overrated).
Finally, Dan Brown wanted to know about Dr. Octopus being the best Spidey villain. Doc Ock is the best Spidey villain because he’s Peter Parker’s opposite number: a scientist who suffered an accident which gave him great power, which he decided to use entirely for his own gain. I wouldn’t include him on a top characters list per se, but he’s better than the fucking Green Gobshite.