Saturday, September 17, 2005
Character Donation #104
No man escapes the tedium of the Manhunters.
Winick tried to make them interesting by making them less threatening;
Johns is trying by making them more threatening.
It doesn't really matter how threatening they are;
they aren't interesting, regardless.
They're red robots that kill people. My guess is the Manhunters were cobbled together from ...
Silver-Age Nazi robots,
abandoned projects of Mr. Morden,
and ore-crushers named "Roger"
after they locked Jack Kirby in the DCU garage-vault.
Their devastating power (snicker) has some basis in the Green Lantern energy, but if you ask me their planet-shattering color scheme would be sufficient.
They have zero individual identity (whoa, they really were the predecessors to the Lantern Corps). The most famous Manhunter of all time is Lana Lang (and if you don't understand that statement, then consider yourself lucky and move on).
Compared to the OMACs (who stole their only fun schtick, the human sleeper agent routine), they might as well have big keys sticking out of their backs.
As far as I know, they have no connection whatever with Jack Kirby. Yet they reek of Kirby's chromium pseudo-Aztec designs.
Kirby-esque, square-mouthed, bucket-headed interchangeable drones, bent on destroying all mutants, oops, I mean life?
Off to Marvel with them; perhaps the Sentinels can use them for spare parts.