“It’s not even a spectrum”; Pushing the boundaries in Sex Criminals (NSFW)

Sex Criminals opens with two disclaimers. One is inter-narrative, about events currently occurring in the series, the other is extra-narrative, about the tone of the book to come. The former accompanies our lead characters, Suzie and Jon, having public sex in a bathroom, with Suzie telling the audience “I know how this looks. Don’t judge … Continue reading “It’s not even a spectrum”; Pushing the boundaries in Sex Criminals (NSFW)

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Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Armageddon (5 of 5)

"He's supposed to be angry" For the Hulk, nothing is permanent. This is true on a biological level, given how the Hulk is usually a temporary manifestation of Bruce Banner’s repressed anger. Primarily he should only manifest for limited amounts of time, becoming dormant again once these intense emotions have subsided. Even more than biologically, … Continue reading Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Armageddon (5 of 5)

Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Allegiance (4 of 5)

"Our time is past" Kids love the Hulk. It is a strange contradiction how adults fear the Hulk while he is beloved by children. This is partly due to a mixture of understanding and aspiration, as they see part of themselves in the Hulk, while wishing for other parts. The Hulk’s childish persona and understanding … Continue reading Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Allegiance (4 of 5)

Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Anarchy (3 of 5)

"Monsters? That's all I see." Had his shuttle reached its original destination, the Hulk would’ve died. It is something largely uncommented on within Planet Hulk, but while the Marvel heroes were concerned with saving the Earth from the Hulk, they wanted to save Banner from him too. Stress, violence and anger are what trigger the … Continue reading Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Anarchy (3 of 5)

Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Exile (2 of 5)

"Always somebody yelling." The Hulk as a character can become easily reductive. Of all the roles Hulk has been consigned to in an effort to streamline his contradictory nature – a brainless Frankenstein’s Monster, wild and rabid animal, genetic experiment, heroic protector, lonely defender – Gladiator seems the most pure and singular category. The brutal … Continue reading Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Exile (2 of 5)

Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Prologue (1 of 5)

What does the Hulk want? A common adage in character design is that their motivation is core to their construction. A clear, believable motivation not only adds justification to their actions, but allows audience engagement and empathy by the clarity of their understanding. To know why someone does something, and what they want to do, … Continue reading Planet Hulk: Finding Home – Prologue (1 of 5)