No Who’s Who this week, because my home PC with Photoshop does not have net access yet. Instead, a few points about some of the more contentious characters on the list (man, it seems like this entire week has been about one lousy article in Wizard):
Molly O’Reilly over Molly Hayes. Runaways Molly is cute and a great character concept who’s been executed well, but she hasn’t really gone through enough for me to give her a spot on the list yet. (That one issue where she dreamed her parents were still alive and everything was all right, though – that was heartbreaking. I think she’d make top 100 easy.) Molly O’Reilly is awesome, a supporting character in a series about somebody else entirely who ended up being more interesting, brave and intelligent than the supposed lead. After she loses prominence, the comic really starts to blow.
Kaneda. Everybody seems to be talking about the movie in referencing whether they like him or not, which is besides the point; the enormous Akira manga is better on so many levels than the movie. (And the movie was pretty great.) Kaneda is a character who, upon learning that the girl he loves is about to sacrifice herself to defeat a horrific evil in a battle of unspeakable psychic power, goes and grabs a laser and a motorbike to go pick a fight with God. How that does not make the list is beyond me.
Akane Tendo as chosen Ranma 1/2 representative. Ranma is so highly regarded in manga both for being really goddamned funny and for having really deep characterization beneath the slapstick, and really, you could pick any one of Ranma, Ryoga, Akane, Nabiki, or even maybe Genma (when he is a panda) and all would be worthy picks. But Akane gets my vote for having the deepest character; Ranma’s a bit of a cliche, Nabiki too much of a stereotype, and Ryoga’s close and presents the most interesting choice. (Plus he turns into a pig.) But Akane has to be the adult in the entire series more often than not, considering most of the adults in the comic are twits or cowards or both, and watching her balance that with being a teenager, watching her balance being feminine with being a martial arts tomboy at heart – Ranma might get the obvious dichotomies but she gets the subtle ones.
ALL RIGHT NO MORE TALKING ABOUT THE LIST.
(next week: “MGK Versus Some List From “Cracked”)