Monday, May 22, 2006

50 Greatest Rankings

So I was making my 50 Greatest list for the Great Curve's survey today, and I made the mistake of discussing it with Chris Sims. Well, as you well know, Mr Sims can turn a funny phrase but when it comes to actual taste in comics he leaves much to be desired. If he didn't also have the sense to hate Judd Winick, I'd swear there was no hope.

Anyway, he's laboring under the delusion that Darkseid is a better character than Kyle Rayner. That's right, on the Invincible Super-Blog, this guy is better than this guy. This guy gets a higher ranking on a Best Character List than this guy. This guy.

This Guy.

Chris, I'd advise you to quit the hard stuff, it's not good for your liver and it makes you write the strangest things.

14 comments:

  1. Huh, that's weird.

    This big ol' bag of crack cocaine got delivered to ISB headquarters, but according to the label, it was supposed to go here.

    I'll leave it at the crazyhouse for you to pick up.

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  2. Incredible, but true: some people do actually seem to think that the nigh-omnipotent god of evil, symbol of everything that oppresses and corrupts, is a more compelling character than the dude who got the magic ring by accident while he was puking in an alley at a rave.

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  3. I feel a strange tingling in my regions after seeing that series of panels. That yellow suit, ripped just so...

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  4. You mean this guy?

    I mean, come on, Kyle's intentionally doofy.

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  5. It's a close call, but I'm going to have to side with Jack Kirby.

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  6. Well, as you can see

    http://myfuckingsound.blogspot.com/2006/05/top-50-dc-characters.html

    Darkseid is on my list, Kyle is NOT. and thathas nothing to do with yellow jumpsuits.

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  7. I believe I've stated my preference for lovable doofuses with nice asses over stock villains with well-kicked asses in the past.

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  8. It's not Darkseid's fault he sometimes gets written by nincompoops.

    I'm still angry that Darkseid was ever included in the main DC universe. It's just eroded his power as they bring him in for more and more heroes to beat on, and thus show how powerful they are.

    In the original comics, some of his Midlevel minions are strong enough to beat Superman. The Infinity Man handles them easily. Darkseid has a handful of minions on the Infinity Man's level, and he has Omega Bullets.

    So... Superman < Infinity Man < Darkseid.

    Does Superman need to wear a goofy yellow jumpsuit to fight Green Lantern?

    So Darkseid shouldn't either, and I don't accept it. In fact, I've proven it mathematically impossible.

    Case closed.

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  9. Darkseid so totally IS!

    Despite the horrible Howard Potter art, he has the best entrance scene of any supervillain that ever lived in JLA: Rock of Ages.

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  10. When I'm entering the last one of these ballots into the broken-down Excel spreadsheet, and my eyes refuse to blink from staring at the screen for five days, I'll remember this debate, and know that it will all have been worthwhile.

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  11. Darkseid was totally "pwn3d" by the Atom, of all people.

    On the other hand, Kyle is a doofus.

    I'm going to have to declare it a draw.

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  12. Darkseid was, ahem, "pwned," by the Atom and Conner Hawke/Green Arrow. And Conner lived to brag about it! (For about five seconds, true. But still...)

    Kyle caught an exploding sun in his hands... and freaked out about it the entire time!

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  13. "Incredible, but true: some people do actually seem to think that the nigh-omnipotent god of evil, symbol of everything that oppresses and corrupts, is a more compelling character than the dude who got the magic ring by accident while he was puking in an alley at a rave."

    I, too, find that incredible given that the former is clearly a one-note, one-dimensional bogeyman character with insufficient motivation and no possibility for character development whereas the latter is a complex human capable of greatness and folly whose capacities for both are suddenly writ large by his possession of a magic ring as metaphor for increasing need to act wisely as technology advances.

    Yes, it IS incredible there are people who think Darkseid is a better character. Or even a good one.

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