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This Week in Comics — 2013/01/23

The Avengers” #4

I know that the Avengers TV series occasionally had episodes with mind control themes, but the comic, on the other hand, is really going overboard with them.

In the first three issues, the continued story line had a group of senior British ministers and ranking military officers all believing they were the survivors of a nuclear war and Britain was now under the control of the Hellfire Club. What gave the plot away was the fact that they all remembered having the same breakfast, a result of a hurried brainwashing effort during the set up of the plot. That wasn’t the only brainwashing that occurred: the whole purpose of the effort was to further brainwash the officials and return them to Britain. Thanks to the efforts of Steed and Mrs. Peel, they were thwarted, although not before we get to see Mrs. Peel in her leather and spiked collar from the television episode. Plus a demonstration of how Steed and Mrs. Peel arranged their own system of breaking mind control with each other.

But apparently that wasn’t all the brainwashing the Hellfire Club was up to. In issue #4, the plot continues, this time at a very fancy masque ball with the theme of black and white. One guest arrives wearing black, accompanied by two figures dressed in painted in white. Said figures were performers of an art form called butoh-fu, a Japanese form of dance epitomized by a Zen-like formless and gracefulness. The dancers were said to place themselves in a hypnotic state for their performance, a dead giveaway that hypnotic hijinks are upcoming.

Investigating a murder separates Steed and Mrs. Peel from the rest of the guests at a most propitious time. When they return to the dance floor, its almost empty except the man in black and the orchestra. It turns out that the dancers in white have the guests in a trance, blankly dancing away into the night, following the dancers like mute Pied Pipers, only to be rescued by Steed.

How perceptive. Their every move, every position, was an acted spatial engram directly affecting the neural pathways of anyone who witnessed it.”

In other words, mind control through sight and movement. As for the man in black, he’s conducing the orchestra, themselves entranced by the music they’re playing.

Its a downward spiral. Every note they play further ensures they must play the notes that follow. Aural hypnosis.”

Mrs. Peel, however, has some musical talents of her own, breaking their trance with a well-blown tuba blast. Then she confronts the conductor, whom she discovers was the person who performed the brainwashing in the previous issues, and he is still wielding some hypnotic tricks up his sleeve (or under his shirt, in this case, a set of speakers, not to mention spirals on the backs of his white gloves.)

The high sound is your nervous system. The low sound your circulation. I’ve learned to manipulate that high sound, and thus the nervous system and thus the brain.”

Fortunately Mrs. Peel is able to resist long enough to put a bullet through the speakers and through him, as well.

In the end, the question remains of what was the overall goal of the kidnapping attempt and therefore the question of whether or not it was successful is still unanswered. But the last scene shows a satellite overlooking Britain bearing the arms of the Hellfire Club. More mind control via satellite? Maybe next month will say.

Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?”

Mondaijitachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?” is a new animé series based on a series of light novels about three teenagers (two girls and one guy) with extraordinary abilities who are summoned to a world to compete in a series of games. In reality, they were summoned to aid a struggling organization that was almost wiped out by a much stronger enemy through those games. Because of the hopeless situation and the opportunity it affords for the three to compete and to make friends, they all agree to join the beleaguered organization.

Of particular interest is one of the teenagers, Asuka Kudō, who is seen in the first episode (of two at the moment) ordering a subordinate around. There was a distinct special effect at that moment which led me to expect she possessed some form of verbal control, not explicitly limited to people, as she also appears to order birds as well. That was why I was interested in seeing the second episode. There, she blatantly orders an opponent not only to sit down and shut up, but then to reveal the truth of how his organization was able to defeat numerous other organizations (through hostages) and that he killed the hostages as soon as they were taken. For that, she and the other girl challenged him: that is probably the story of the next episode.

By the way, the other girl not only talks to animals but duplicates their abilities and the guy is not only incredibly strong but there may be something even more mysterious about him and his abilities. Add a whimsical character in the form of the Black Rabbit, the explanatory character and mysterious allies and enemies and this may quickly become one of my favorites. We’ll see.

Universo — “The Legion of Super-Heroes” Part 2

After his defeat at the hands of the Legion, Universo was (apparently) imprisoned but he (also apparently escaped) and commenced one of his campaigns to control the Earth. Being the master plotter that he is, he waited for or manufactured reasons for the Legion to be away from the Earth before beginning his plan for world domination. When the Legionnaires returned, they found that they were not only disbanded, they were hunted and outlawed!

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Universo — “The Legion of Super-Heroes” Part 1

The foes of the legendary Legion of Super-Heroes are themselves indeed legion and legendary: beings like the enigmatic Time Trapper and the monstrous master computer Computo, the dark magician Mordru and even the infamous Darkseid; groups like the Fatal Five, the Dark Circle and the Legion of Super-Villains; whole races like the Dominators, the Khunds and the Controllers. Most have had their fleeting victories, their rare moments of triumph before the Legion defeated them.

Yet there is one opponent who can claim to have achieved his goal of world domination against the opposition of the Legion, not simply once but twice, and both times for extended periods, to the point the Legion was forced to battle him as underdogs, something no other opponent of the Legion throughout its long history and many revisions has achieved.

That opponent is the malevolent hypnotist (or telepath) Universo.

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Mayhem of the Music Meister!’ — “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”

And so for me, it’s destiny to be the maestro of villainy!
Yes I’m the Music Meister, and I’m here to settle the score!”

In the most unusual of all of the episodes of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”, an all-singing, all-dancing episode, where heroes and villains alike fall under power of the hypnotic melodies of the Music Meister!

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