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Subj: Re: The Gargoyle
Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 at 01:56:52 pm EST (Viewed 106 times)
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    Isaac Christians : The Gargoyle, former Defender and latterly servant of Daimon Hellstrom. Does anyone here like him? Where did he last appear to?

    Does anybody else besides me think J.M. DeMatteis was inspired by Jack Kirby's Demon when he created the Gargoyle? I've always thought there were similarities between them.

Was he ever important again after Defenders volume 1? He seems like one of those characters who only works in the series he's introduced in and never takes center stage again once that series ends. You know like one of those characters who only pops up again decades later in a cameo so the writer can be applauded for remembering so and so exists.

That's a valid point. I did like the character back in the day as he was a clever subversion of expectations - a hideous evil looking Gargoyle who is actually hiding an old dear sweet gentleman beneath his surface. Other characters, like Nightcrawler and the Hulk, played off the same ideas, but The Gargoyle/Isaac Christian was that bit more memorable as he really did look like a monster, and you and I would indeed run for our lives the moment we spotted him!!

Outside of The Defenders, which was his home, it really is hard to find a place for him, so it's no surprise he rarely appears. In fact I think I'm correct in recalling him being one of the many long absent faces who turned out to have been spirited away to The Stranger's lab-world back in Mark Gruenwald's Quasar? The substance of the character is the fact he hides dear Isaac Christian beneath that horrific exterior, to get any value out of The Gargoyle therefore would need a book wherein that dichotomy could be showcased again and reintroduced to the modern audience. And frankly I can well understand why no writer feels the need to revisit the character as he was an idea belonging to a whole other era and who's novelty has already been well mined and spent.

Not dissimilar to Darkoth.

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