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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 ani­me 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!

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

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.

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

‘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!

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

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