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Marvel and Hulu’s MODOK Gets a First Look

Revealed via EW during New York Comic-Con’s Metaverse, the upcoming stop motion MODOK series has delivered a first look. The series is one of the surviving Hulu Marvel shows, the other being the upcoming Helstrom. MODOK stars Patton Oswalt who stars as the Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing and follows him during his off-hours.

The cast includes MODOK’s equally-giant-headed daughter, Melissa (voiced by Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Melissa Fumero), son Lou (Parks & Recreation‘s Ben Schwartz), and wife Jodie (Lucifer‘s Aimee Garcia). And what’s a show without a rival? That’d be Austin Van Der Sleet (Beck Bennett of SNL).

The show was created by Oswalt and Jordan Blum and animated by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the folks behind Robot Chicken.

MODOK was to be part of a series of four animated shows on Hulu. The others were Howard the Duck, Hit-Monkey, and Tigra, and Dazzler. They’d eventually come together into a group called The Offenders. Much of Marvel’s Hulu plans have been scrapped with MODOK being one of the few shows left standing.

Review: M.O.D.O.K. Assassin #1

modokIf there is one overall generic complain about the big two comic publishers and their superhero franchises, it is that they rarely think outside of the box.  They take what is a fairly common formula and repeat it time and again forcing the readers into a repetition of stories.  While entertaining it also causes that very few individual issues stand apart in terms of their concepts.  There are certainly exceptions to the rule, as for instance Gotham Academy from DC has been very different and also very popular, but mostly with the relaunch or introduction of new characters the same happens time and again.  It is thus interesting to see Marvel take on a project such as M.O.D.O.K. in the midst of Secret Wars and Battleworld.  Although extremely deadly the character is often regarded as somewhat of a joke among come readers due to his weird name and bizarre appearance.

This issue introduces the character and makes it very clear that he is one to be taken seriously.  Set within the Killville section of Battleworld, M.O.D.O.K. proves himself more than willing to act as the guardian for his realm, one that is defined by the presence of assassins.  Elsewhere on Battleworld, the plot line has either mostly ignored the fact that denizens of each zone are required to stay within their areas or else face punishment, but here the story revels in it.  M.O.D.O.K. not only has to deal with unexpected assailants into this land, but chooses to deal with them directly as a source of fun, if M.O.D.O.K. can indeed experience fun (though he is evidently capable of experiencing something to be funny.)

This story is exactly the type of gamble that Marvel or DC should be taking.  While there are still lots of fun and engaging stories to be told with superheroes, this one takes a completely different approach to the genre, and laughs in its face while doing so.  It might not be the most exciting comic to ever grace the stands, but it is one of the best so far of the Secret Wars tie-ins, and one of the few that is really trying something very different.  M.O.D.O.K. shouldn’t be, but comes off almost as a hero in this title, and it is a testament to the ability of the creative team to pull something so novel out of the company wide crossover.

Story: Christopher Yost Art: Amilcar Pinna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Friday Five: Worst Marvel Comics Characters

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Any company that has been around as long as Marvel is sure to have some misfires. Whether it’s the constant strain of monthly deadlines or getting into a rut or whatever, bad characters make it into print. For the most part, they disappear, but some of them pop up over and over again and a few make it to heights well above what their character deserves. Here are, in my opinion, the worst of the worst of those mistakes from Marvel. These are characters that are either bad conceptually, poorly executed or both.

Honorable mentions: Frankencastle, Squirrel Girl and any of the Great Lakes Avengers, Cosmo, Rocket Raccoon, Hellcow, Doctor Bong, any of the 1970s one-note characters (Paste-Pot Pete, Rocket Racer, Egghead, Kangaroo, Frog-man, Stilt-Man, Big Wheel, The Walrus, Hypno-Hustler), dumb rip-offs (Thor Girl), and the majority of characters that have appeared in Deadpool Team-up.

5. Beak: Beak is an ugly, mostly powerless mutant bird-guy thingy. He’s mostly a liability up until the point when he is depowered and he might actually look even stupider. His name is Barnell Bohusk. Seriously. He recently got a makeover into Blackwing and it’s a major improvement.

4. Gambit: I’ll probably catch the most flak for this one, but I’ve always thought Gambit was a bad character. He has a horrible stereotypical accent, he throws playing cards as his weapon and he’s had some of the most cliched and dull stories written about him over the years. He’s been written into a corner, such that later writers have little chance but continue him down the same dull path. X-Men comics always get worse when Gambit is around.

3. Slapstick: Do I really have to explain this one? Look at the picture. He’s a cartoonish clown who has the powers of a Looney Toons character. Really.

2. Nanny: Nanny is a giant egg-shaped “woman” who steals adults and makes them her children. Literally. Plus she’s a giant egg.

1. M.O.D.O.K.: M.O.D.O.K. is a giant head with useless little arms and legs. His name is an acronym for “Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.” That name alone is enough to get him on the list, but he makes it to the top of the list because he’s a giant head with useless little arms and legs.