Thursday, August 22, 2013


Mark Waid's Empire is a brilliant devised comic that shows the aftermath of a world, where the villains have "won." Golgoth, the book's main character who is the supreme architect that manufactured the fall of every country and hero on Earth, is now faced with the challenges of running what he has conquered. His villainous allies are his cabinet members, and so the citizens of world are blessed with people like a axe-wielding medieval executioner as the minister of interior affairs and the minister of information is wired up to watch and record everyone, "Big Brother"'s wet dream . My favorite character though is Lucullan, the minister of war, to deal with the small pockets of resistance that pop up time to time, and Golgoth's right hand man. Every time he talks, he uses big and fancy words to showcase his supreme intellect no doubt, its so great. Like this panel~

 1. To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
2. To change sides; apostatize.

What a word to use in my writing. The whole story really does explore what these bastards are, like the characters are not anti-heroes, they are villains with wants, desires, and bad habits (deadly would be a more apt description).  So of course, their conduct while running the Empire, is full of scheming, backstabbing, baseless accusations, and sucking up to power. It is Waid's deconstruction of the superhero genre at its finest. 

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