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Nitz the Bloody

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Evil G:DR

Subj: Your idolatry against Our Savior Deadpool baffles me
Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 08:43:55 pm CST (Viewed 119 times)
Reply Subj: Today's sermon at the Church of Rulk is: Shooting a bomination.
Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 07:23:23 pm CST (Viewed 13 times)

    This title is a regular fix of Lobe writing something crazy-insane-awesome, without any of the gore or shockingly distasteful things that got into his Ultimate books, and sometimes it's even good in the normal sense of the word. I genuinely liked the last issue, and Fall of the Hulks: Gamma as proper good comics, not just crazy ones.

I'll give you that. Rulk is silly, but it's silly fisticuffs between extremely muscular men, which is one of the most jugular appeals of superhero comics. It's not the takes-itself-way-too-seriously gorn of Ultimates 3 and Ultimatum, which quickly moved from So Bad It's Good to So Bad It's Horrible. So I can understand why it would be worth following.

My problem with Rulk is that his stories are the kind that could be done better with a character who had actual depth. Deadpool is just as crazy-insane-awesome as Rulk, except he's just as often portrayed as an irritating loon as he is as a unstoppable killing machine, and from time to time he gets moments of genuinely serious characterization. Joe Fixit had a similar " Jerk Who Beats Up/Demoralizes Heroes " appeal, but had an interesting amorality instead of a drawn out mysterious agenda. NextWave, at least while it lasted, was more honest about just being crazy-insane-awesome. And the Punisher in recent years ( at least outside the MAX stories ) has been intentionally unleaded ridiculousness, with issues like the Stilt Man's Funeral coming to mind.

I'm not opposed to Rulk being crazy-insane-awesome, I just know there are better sources. ( Especially if you cross the Pacific Ocean, at least from where I'm standing; the anime Teppen Toppa Gurren Lagann is of a CIA level that nothing anywhere ever can match ).

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