Sunday, February 20, 2011

2009 Black Lantern Maxwell Lord design by Joe Prado

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I've sincerely forgotten, so could someone please remind me of the rationale for putting a noose around the neck of a guy who was killed by having his head twisted 180° by an Amazon? Further, could someone explain how I'm supposed to take Max Lord seriously as a Wonder Woman adversary when she killed him in their first confrontation? No, see, Max was one of J'Onn J'Onzz's closest friends and confidants for years. Max's life and especially his sway with the Justice League unraveled when J'Onn was taken out of the equation. According to current revisionist continuity, Lord was evil the entire time, marking his treachery as one of the greatest J'Onzz has ever experienced in his traumatic life. Max Lord wields telepathy like a truncheon, a huge no-no for the Manhunter from Mars (exempting John Ostrander scripts.) Plus, Lord has been privy to so many of the Martian Manhunter's vulnerabilities, including the easily exploitable weakness against fire, that Lord could easily be the new Mr. V.

But Lord is busy trying to kill Wonder Woman back and give Booster Gold a hard month.



Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

talk about a character you love to hate. i outta do a posting on my Suicide Squad blog about what a piece of arrogant sh_t he is. although i have to admit i was digging it when he told Wonder Woman looked good on knees. of course that wasn't too long before she made him do an imitation of an owl. and i ain't talking about him making hooting sounds either.

Diabolu Frank said...

I liked Max as a "good against his nature" supporting character, but he's fine with me as a villain, as well. Just not a Wonder Woman one.

LissBirds said...

And why is there a noose around his neck if the Lasso of Truth is unbreakable? Oy.

I liked Max as shifty and underhanded, not outright one-note evil. I like a little nuance in my comics every now and then.

Diabolu Frank said...

That's true. I do prefer Max clean shaven, so leave the mustache twirling to Snidely Whiplash.