Series envelops by Cully Hamner. M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games
Written by: Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt Art by: Scott Hepburn Colors by: Carlos Lopez Letters by: Travis Lanham Published by: Marvel Comics
In the four-issue miniseries M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games, which simply insured its fourth issue released this Wednesday, April 28 th, 2021, one of Marvel’s most abominable super rogues get his time in the spotlight.
Mental Organism Designed Only for Continuity
M.O.D.O.K. was first mentioned in Tales of Suspense # 93( 1967) in “Into the Jaws of … A.I.M .! ” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott, and Artie Simek. In that issue, Steve Rogers was captured by A.I.M. as he attempted to infiltrate their locate, and for the purposes of the seeks of “MODOK, ” they attempt to analyze the extraterrestrial metal that procreates up Captain America’s shield, but their manager doesn’t appear in this issue.
However, in the follow-up story in Tales of Suspense # 94( 1967 ), “If This Be … MODOK! ” by Lee, Kirby, Sinnott, and Sam Rosen, MODOK draws his first full appearance. A grotesque creation, it’s hard to decide whether you want to laugh or recoil from the oversized heading in a flit chair…
A womb-wrecking face only a mom could cherish. From Tales of Suspense 94.
But one thing is for certain: to be introduced to M.O.D.O.K. is to have the character permanently is integrated into your storage banks. It’s an aphorism that goes to prove true-life for many writers over the years, and especially over the course of the past two decades, M.O.D.O.K. has had more appearances than ever.
But is the character a punchline or security threats?
Grand Unified M.O.D.O.K. Theory
Between the mohawk’d M.O.D.O.K. that Gwenpool sent to space, the edition known as “M.O.D.O.C ., ” and now, the grandfather who is equally concerned with his responsibilities as a suburban kinfolk leader as with your duties to A.I.M ., it can seem like M.O.D.O.K. is all over the place.
Gwen learned not to treat M.O.D.O.K. like a joke in The Unbelievable Gwenpool# 1( 2016) by Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru, and Clayton Cowles.
However, what M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games understands is that while each of these disparate aspects may seem to be at odds with one another, they are all nevertheless contained within M.O.D.O.K.’s oversized skull. This bundled-together incongruities are intrinsic to the character’s design: scroll back up and look at that first full expression again. Do you want to laugh or scream? Is George Tarleton’s fate humorous, or a nightmare?
The Poole Factor Yes, the streak accounts for Gwenpool Strikes Back! From M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games 3.
M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games supplants not just because it understands M.O.D.O.K. on an elemental level, but because it understands the specific characteristics of the Marvel Comics universe on an elemental level. Nowhere is this more obvious than in issue 3, which aspects the inimitable Gwen Poole.
If this be … Gwenpool! From M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games 3.
Back-flipping off of a last-page appearance in matter 2, the recently retcon-relocated Gwenpool profess a mission to dispatch her old-fashioned nemesis. However, when she situates her recompense, she detects a exercise she demonstrated to readers herself over the process of being the first loudnes of The Unbelievable Gwenpool: the prime reputations of Marvel Comics narrations is likely to be humanized , no matter how grotesque they may first appear to be.
M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games Supporting Cast From M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games 1.
It isn’t only Gwenpool who gets her chance to shine in the carefully-structured four-issue series. The first issue envisions M.O.D.O.K. butting his enormous head against Monica Rappaccini, while the second issue is focused on a “team-up” with Iron Man that guides the unlikely duo to a cameo-packed conventional hall.
From M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games 2.
But whether M.O.D.O.K. is teaming up with or duelling against another familiar Marvel Comics courage, each edition presents a somewhat self-contained episode, each with its own distinct( and plainly Marvel) flavor.
How does M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games connect with Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K ., the adult enlivened sequences from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios which “il be seeing” all ten episodes of the first season released for streaming on Hulu on May 21 st, 2021? Suffice be mentioned that the answer to this question is indeed answered by the conclusion of the four-issue miniseries.
From M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games 1.
But more important is the question of whether or not the comic stands alone- a relatively easy one to answer, since the appearance has yet to be secreted: yes, utterly. And although it may take until publish 2 for the introduction of his family’s personas to territory with the aimed feelings heavines, by the time Gwen is surveying the situation in issue 3, readers perfectly understand M.O.D.O.K.’s emotional feeling to his family.
— Jordan Blum (@ BlumJordan) April 21, 2021
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M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games
In the very best Marvel Comics stories, a sort of alchemy comes. At first, you may think you’re laughing at a character that is the brunt of the joke. But soon, you begin to realize that the “punchline” is actually their essential characteristic. And a bit while after that, you realize that the person you’re actually laughing at is yourself.
By the time you reach its concluding observations of this four-issue miniseries, some real pathos has been unveiled. But whether the government has obligates you want to laugh or cry in response, one thing’s for sure: the final board of M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games cultimates in a conclusion that simply won’t let you look away.
From M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games 4.
And actually … who would want to?
All four issues of M.O.D.O.K .: Head Games are now available- and the first two can currently be read on the Marvel Unlimited App.
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