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5. The Vulture
Just think of the ballsiness of this guy.
He’s an old man, and he flies around in a flying suit stealing stuff.
That’s just nuts.
But you know what?
It beats the hell out of being a world famous hunter who can’t catch a damned thing worth anything.
I, for one, love Elektro’s awful, awful costume.
Sadly, though, here was a character who could have done bigger things, but has basically been reduced to “guy we would never trust an actual comic plot to.”
But he’s still better than an old guy with wings and a hunter who can’t do anything right.
Mysterio has a cool power set, and I liked how they addressed the seeming stupidity of a guy deciding to become a criminal with these abilities instead of just staying in Hollywood.
Also, unlike everyone but Doc Ock, he actually had real plans to stop Spidey. He wasn’t all “run up and throw a net on him” or something, like some stupid hunter (even if the end of Mysterio’s life echoed that weird hunter).
As you all know, Sandman is the Top Sandman in comics, so he better rank high on this list!
In any event, Sandman has probably the coolest powers of the people on this list, and he has the added bonus of turning good eventually (in some good Tom DeFalco issues of Marvel Two-In-One).
Also, what I like about him is that he is one of the few super-villains who you can’t pull the ol’ “Why don’t you use your powers to do ____ instead of robbing banks, you moron!” This is because he was an escaped convict. There really wasn’t anything FOR him to do other than be a bad guy!
1. Doctor Octopus
One of the most annoying things in Spider-Man comic history is the lame-ification of Doctor Octopus.
He’s now been reduced to such a pathetic figure that even when writers try to shock us by making him super evil, it just doesn’t register, because he basically became Stilt Man during the late 80s to early 00s, and that’s just not something you can recover from.
However, for about twenty years, he was Spider-Man’s top villain, and that’s even counting the dude who killed Spider-Man’s freakin’ girlfriend!!!
Octopus used to be a FORCE.
And, like most cool comic characters of the past, we all just looked past the silly parts of him (like the fact that he was a short pudgy guy) and just loved him for the cool character that he was.
Well, that’s my list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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