Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Mr. Moth Week 1: The Menacing Begins!

Oh, I've been trying to fight it. But its allure is ineluctable. It beckons to me like a beacon; but like a siren it only calls me to my doom.  Finally, I can fight no more and I am giving in to the irresistible attraction of...

MR. MOTH.

For too long has he been shrouded in mystery, his name spoken only in the darkest alleys of the internet. It's time to shed some light on MR MOTH, one of the Martian Manhunter's few thematic foes.


I REALLY miss intro-exposition panels like this. Every one is worth ten "Batman cold opens".


Already you know you're in for quite a ride. The Martian Manhunter will have to use HIS GREATEST POWERS to end the menace of Mr. Moth.  And since J'onn has every power imaginable, makes up new ones on the spot for one-time use, and always uses them in bizarre and indirect ways, what constitutes 'his greatest powers' boggles the mind.  We're talking about a being that can create ice creams cones from nothingness, gather gold from seawater with is mind, cause  his laundry to do itself, and spin like nobody's business.  Yet even he will be stymied by....  



Mr. Moth-- a name even less suited to invoking terror than "B'rett". 

Mr. Moth had better be danged impressive.  Because, with that name and his penchant for glitter, I'm already picturing him as Killer Moth's sassy gay friend.  
"Give yourself up, Moth!" a policewoman shouts.  
"That is MISTER Moth to YOU, little lady cop!' he sasses back.  

At least he starts out pretty well on the splash page: he defeats still-not-yet-able-to-fly J'onn Jonzz with a thematically tricked out CH-53 Sea Stallion, painted bright yellow...


Yep. Nothing you can do, J'onn. Because you're nearly powerless, right?

9 comments:

Joshua Roots said...
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Joshua Roots said...

J'onn's GREATEST power?

Just leave a wool suit in your closet and wait.

Bryan L said...

Hmm. What's the thought process here?

"Law-abiding citizens are a well-dressed and cowardly lot, sporting their natural fibers. I shall strike fear into their hearts ... I will become ... MR. MOTH!"

J'onn's greatest power is probably polyester.

John said...

B'Rett Moth has a nice ring to it. I hope they'll be quite happy together. But, oh, will Jim P. Lawrence, the used-Sikorsky dealer, be able to make it to the wedding with his busy schedule!? And wherever shall they put the statue of Atlas with its godlike...armpit-abs, are they? Anatomy isn't my thing. And will they have enough money for the wedding of their dreams after the statue swings over on the hook and people are crushed by the globe?

And I wonder if Mr. Moth's first name is "Human," like the Martian Manhunter's other "major" villains.

Wait. The statue isn't glittery. Is Mr. Moth's diabolical plan to coat it in glitter? I'm not judging him for it if he is, mind you, just curious...

SallyP said...

Wait, if he is attracted to shiny things, shouldn't he be Mister Magpie or something?

Can't J'onn get some god from seawater and lure him in?

God I love comics!

Cameron Vale said...

He's going to have to be impressive to compete with Killer Moth, who I believe to be Batman's most under-rated villain based on that earlier article of yours you linked.

Scipio said...

"The statue isn't glittery. Is Mr. Moth's diabolical plan to coat it in glitter? "

WAIT FOR IT......!

John said...

Clearly I need to snag a copy of the Showcase book. Why I own the Jonah Hex version and not Martian Manhunter is beyond me...

Hoosier X said...

The Martian Manhunter isn't the greatest obstacle to Mr. Moth's success.

It's Rowan County, Ky., official Kim Davis!

How will Mr. Moth foil her scheme to deprive him of a marriage license?