Comic books are typically about heroes and villains. The best usually involves the former saving the world from some diabolical plot devised by the latter. That’s all well and good, and it works well for the most part. The problem arises that even the best plots are often formulaic. Are we really going to see the likes of Spiderman ended by The Green Goblin? Seems unlikely. However, life doesn’t always go the way of Hollywood blockbusters – in fact, outside the world of feel-good script writing, and happy endings, the nice guys often do finish last. It might not be the message that parents want their kids picking up, but hey, comic books aren’t just for kids, right?
With that in mind, we thought it would be great to turn the tables on the heroes. We’ve thrown the traditional perspective of comic books out the window to focus on supervillains. Whether fictional, or real-life threats to us all, we can imagine a skilled team could work wonders with these characters as they have done with so many games in past, some of which have been reviewed by Nodepositfriend. So, here’s our list of supervillains that most definitely deserve their own comic series.
Dark, brooding, mysterious and with a fantastic backstory, Darth Vader would make a great supervillain-themed comic book. Being such a fearsome force in the galaxy, perhaps a more humanistic look at the interstellar-scoundrel would be a good angle to take. Do we see Luke and Leia take the man who claims black and blue (but mostly black) to be their father on Jerry Springer for a paternity test? He might be able to command the full power of the force but has the dark lord finally met his match with family duties?
We imagine this would be a comic about hilariously mundane occurrences in Vader’s new life as full-time family man. Cancelling plans to maraud the galaxy with Palpatine because he’s forced to babysit the grandkids. A scene of the cloaked villain attempting to heat up milk for Kylo Ren (or perhaps Rey if that’s the way future instalments take the plot) with his lightsabre is just one of many amusing vignettes that spring to mind.
The art team for a Donald Trump comic book wouldn’t even need to be that creative to caricature-up the leader of the “free world”. They might need to order in a fair bit more orange ink, however. There’d need to be a strong comedic element, as almost everything Trump does, or speaks about has hilarious consequences. Well, it would, if it didn’t affect the whole planet in quite as fatalistic a way as it does.
We’d follow the blundering president as he attempts to juggle geo-political strife without it all “blowing up” (pun very much intended) right in his face. Every edition could culminate in some catastrophic balls-up that results in Donald slamming that big red button for increasingly trivial reasons. Part classic slapstick, part absolute gallows humour, we think it could be a big hit. That’s if nuclear Armageddon doesn’t strike before the first issue makes it to print.
Kim Jong Un
Another political leader that we think could get the full “Marvel-treatment” is Kim Jong Un. The Chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea is all over the news lately for his nuclear posturing but could there be a deeper reason to his itchy trigger-finger? With so many of his government’s activities remaining unknown in both the West and his own country, the writers could really take some artistic license and have some fun. The plot could be about how poor Kim Jnr is always trying to live up to a father who was “famously” super-human in many respects. Starting early the Kim Jong-Il had a supernatural birth in a tale that kind of borrows heavily from that of Jesus Christ. He also invented the hamburger, and never used a toilet. It’s understandable that Kim Jong Un would feel a little bit of an inferiority complex.
We could even flashback to the supreme leader’s school days in which he was reported to have attended a Western school under a pseudonym. Imagine how hilarious it would be for the “little rocket man” we know today to be attempting to explain to some school kids that his Dad definitely did shoot eighteen holes at an incredible 38 under par. We’re sure the inevitable bullying that would ensue could provide answers to why Kim feels such a need to make such an explosive impact on the world. In an issue that would be much less exciting than it sounds, we could even see the North Korean leader trying to steal back time itself from the Japanese. Spoiler: this happened in 2015, and he just rolled the clocks back thirty minutes…. That’ll show ‘em, Kim!
Another hugely misunderstood villain that’s thoroughly deserving of their own comic book series has got to be Eggman, or Dr Ivo Robotnik (as fans of the original Sonic franchise will stubbornly attest to). With Sonic Forces being released recently, it would be a great time to pen such a piece, and delve a little deeper into the bizarre realm that must be his mind.
Eggman is a bit of a strange character. He’s undoubtedly a genius. Look at the contraptions he’s created over the years. The steel sonic, and enormous “death egg” mech are engineering feats. It’s a wonder why he didn’t deploy them right at the beginning of Sonic The Hedgehog on the Sega Mega Drive and be done with his spiny blue foe right off the bat. That’s not his style though. He likes to spin the yarn, make Sonic jump through hoops, so to speak. Ultimately, as we all know, such a strategy is ill-conceived.
A comic that satirises the original content of the Sonic games could work excellently. Maybe he finally trades Grounder and Scratch in for a savvier assistant who tries to pressure him to just bust out the big guns and get rid of Sonic once and for all (or at least dramatically increase their odds at it). In walks Grimer, a character from an early Sonic The Comic edition. Being an evil genius, and pretty handy scientist himself, he’s no time for messing around with all the coy creations his new partner is so keen on trying. However, in a bizarre twist, it transpires that Eggman isn’t really about catching Sonic at all. He knows that he needs him. What else will he fill his time doing if it’s not tinkering with bits of old steel down at his tool shed? We could even have an issue where he decides to give Sonic a break and appears on a show like Scrap Heap Challenge. Of course, being an evil super-genius and not a team of off-duty firefighters from Stoke-on-Trent, he’d find the whole thing woefully easy, and it wouldn’t be long before he’s back in his shed welding together spikes, pendulums, and other such implements of destruction. He’d be back to tearing around the Emerald Hill Zone trying to thwart that pesky blue hedgehog in no time.