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Parasha: Sandman, December 17th reading


Well, no time lost in Dee's making use of his little trinket, is there? Although I'm wondering how that especially helped him to escape, or if even it was just a matter of him deciding that that was a good time for it.

"I'm going to rule the world. Or destroy it." Nothing like keeping your options open, eh? And the whole little abnormal normalcy going on there is... creepy.

If the escape from Arkham doesn't set the tone for this particular segment, then Dee's ride does. Man... just... *shiver* Hrm, does it count as Stockholm Syndrome if the "hostage situation" is basically a carjacking/murder?

Gotta love how Dream appears to J'onn. I bet THAT would be a lot harder to disguise on the London subway. Also like the mention that "it's kind of hokey" when we're talking about a collection of trophies that a) a league of superheroes has taken and b) contains the powerful dream ruby that Dream is there for in the first place.

"I have a secret stash of oreos of which you are welcome to partake." I just love that for whatever reason. :)

The moving-across-the-city in dreams is rather nice, I thought, and fits in well with the particular chapter name of course. And I would love to hear the stories behind some of those trophies.

Notes:

The man that Dr. Dee is talking to during his escape is Dr. Johnathon Crane, aka The Scarecrow, one of Batman's villains.

The "Scott Free" fellow that Dream wakes and talks to is apparently Mister Miracle, although I don't know any more than Wiki Pete tells me about him!

J'onn J'onzz, the "last Martian" that they go to see, is also known as the Martian Manhunter.

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stormfeather
Dec. 18th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
1) That seems awfully convenient, "safe from anything," and just because he's safe doesn't necessarily mean he'll be able to escape from a jail cell, but I guess it does give him a pretty big edge if he doesn't have to worry about being shot or something! You'd think though that there'd at least be enough of a scuffle for there to be divers alarums or something. Man, Arkham sucks, no wonder all the villains are in and out!

2) Yes, this. I mean, I know that there is psychological stuff going on with hostages and captors and shit, but there is a limit! And it's not even like he sounds reasonably sane for the whole trip or anything, to give off a "well maybe he was locked away unreasonably" vibe!

3) Man, suddenly I'm getting a fun story idea - the JLA forgets to pay up on their storage fees, so the contents get sold off (as happens) to people in real life, various supervillainly knick-knacks (some of them powerful/dangerous) end up in the hands of regular people all over the city, chaos ensues!

4) Agreed. He's definitely disgusting, not so much scary. Well, by look alone, anyhow. Although having said that, I would possibly think differently if he walked into my diner during the early AM!

I am apparently all for the use of exclamation points today!
khedron
Dec. 19th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
4) I have to say, I really do not care for Dee's character design. The zombie look is gross, to be sure, but it's over-the-top to the point of making him *less* scary than he'd be if he looked a bit more human. Pete tells me that his original comic-book appearance was basically Skeletor, so that may be what inspired this zombie look, but still: not so effective IMO.

That's what confused me the most about the whole car ride -- I mean, not only did he escape from Arkham Asylum, but he's not even hiding his monstrosity. I don't think this is like Dream's appearing different to us than he does to other people, he really seems to look like a zombie. So, as you said, WTF? I felt a kind of sympathy for the woman, but I don't get it.
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khedron
Dec. 19th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
The Martian Manhunter link you gave also explains a side-comment about the JLA/JLI thing:
"In early 1987 DC revamped its struggling Justice League of America series by relaunching the title as Justice League International. This new series, written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with art by Kevin Maguire (and later Adam Hughes), added quirky humor to the team's stories. J'onn is present from the first issue and within the stories is used as a straight man for other characters in comical situations."


I have to say, I think the name "J'onn J'onzz" is absolutely terrible. (But somehow they didn't ask my opinion, back in 1955.)

More Wikipedia reading... oh, that "Apokalips" thing was also canon DC? Weird. I'm kind of looking forward to getting away from all that.

Hrm, does it count as Stockholm Syndrome if the "hostage situation" is basically a carjacking/murder?

Totally. Poor clueless chick.

Edited at 2010-12-19 04:38 am (UTC)
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