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Okay, let’s give this a shot.

I will pick songs from a notable Broadway Musical and compare songs from them to comics that were released this week, including YouTube clips to the songs in question.

Sound good? We’ll begin with Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” Enjoy!

Beware of spoilers!!

“Prologue Part 1″

The opening of the musical, where a number of characters express their wishes for their lives, reminds me of Peter Tomasi’ Black Adam mini-series, which is built upon the wishes of Black Adam, to both regain his power, but most importantly, regain his lost love, Isis, no matter the consequences. In a lot of ways, he reminds me of the characters from Into the Woods, who are willing to venture into the woods, trusting that there solution lies within the woods – just like Adam is willing to trust, of all people, Felix Faust.

“Prologue Part 2″

Come on, what other book this week can be compared to the Witch’s rant:

But I’m tellling you the same
I tell kings and queens:
Don’t ever never ever
Mess around with my greens!

Than World War: Hulk #5?

Nothing fits not wanting to mess with the green than World War Hulk.

“Hello Little Girl”

This piece, about the temptation of sexuality and loss of innocence, fits well with Simon Oliver’s first issue of Gen13, where the teens move to New York City and split up to explore the city individually.

Roxy, in particular, seems to be the Little Red Riding Hood of this story.

“I Know Things Now”

Little Red Riding Hood’s ruminations about her lost innocence fit FAIRLY well with Bryan Glass and Mike Oeming’s The Mice Templar, which does not have the same sexual element of Red Riding Hood’s awakening, but still manages to maintain a lot of the sense of unease with learning new things about the ways of the world, which is definitely the case for the hero of The Mice Templar, the young mouse Karic, who has begun his training to become a Templar to save his subjugated people.

“Giants in the Sky”

This song, which is Jack singing about the daunting, yet exciting nature of moving out on your own, is basically the theme song of Scott Pilgrim, particularly this latest volume, which is aptly titled, “Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together,” as Scott does just that – while all the while being just as mystified and excited as Jack was in the kingdom of the Giants.

“Stay With Me”

This song, which involves a “mother” attempting to protect her daughter from the very dangerous world that the “daughter” longs to be a part of, reminds me a bit about J. Torres’ Wonder Girl for DC, where I am sure Wonder Girl’s mother wishes that Cassie would stay with her, and not become caught up in the violence of superhero work – something that is even more evident in this issue, where it might be Cassie’s MOTHER who will need the taking care of.

“Agony” (Reprise)

This song, where the two Princes explain the “agony” of their charmed loves (I like this reprise better than the original, as it is even more bizarre, as the initial song is about how agonizing it is for them to fall in love with their wives – this one is about how tough it is to be cheating on their wives), reminds me a bit of Titans East Special #1, in its false “agony” over the deaths of the minor characters, for the sake of launching the new Titans series.

In both cases, the “Agony” is fairly facetious. “Oh no! They killed off Power Boy! NOOOOOOOO!!!”

“No More”

This tale of sons having to deal with the sins of the father struck me as quite interesting upon reading this week’s Booster Gold, which deals with precisely that issue – with Booster’s father becoming the new (evil) Supernova.

“No One Is Alone”

The latest JLA Classified arc concludes this week with basically that exact message – even J’onn J’onnz, the last survivor of Mars, is not alone – not so long as he has his Justice League teammates and, like they sing in Into the Woods, so long as he has the memories of his family in his heart.

“Children Will Listen”

This closing track from the musical, which explains how children are more attentive than we think, so we must be careful what we say around them, because they pick up it all – the good AND the bad, reminds me a bit of this week’s Iron Man and Power Pack #1, where writer Marc Sumerak shows us that the children of Power Pack DO listen to the adults of their lives, and can be informed by their attitudes, just like they could be informed by Iron Man’s take on the world, although they amusingly take Iron Man to task in the issue.

17 Comments

Merey is behind this, isn’t she?

Brian,

You’re weird.

Best,
Adam

Sidney Assbasket

November 16, 2007 at 6:30 am

This is, without a doubt, THE strangest piece of comics related journalism I have EVER seen. I’m torn between hating it because it because it’s completely stupid and useless and loving it because it’s so fucking mental.

Booster Gold came out this week and I missed it? Damn.
Oh, and yeah, you’re insane.

Heh. I worked on that show in high school. Agony is a hoot.

As someone who loves comics AND musicals, this was fun.

And the strangest piece of comics related journalism I’ve ever seen, too.

That was awesome.

Do Fiddler on the Roof next.

I agree, this is so weird. And, like the thugs from Starman, I also love Stephen Sondheim, so I love that you went there, Brian. But: No match for “Your Fault”? That’s the best song in the show! (Though “Agony” rules too, and “Giants in the Sky” and “I Know Things Now” are also fun.)

Note to musical-haters: Sondheim’s a genius. If you can’t appreciate his twisted take on fairy tales, well … [shrug] Maybe you’ll like the soon-to-be-released, blood-soaked musical thriller “Sweeney Todd,” which hopefully Tim Burton and Johnny Depp will knock out of the park. (I admit, the performative style for these “Into the Woods” clips might seem a bit over the top for non-theater-goers, but keep in mind: This was a filming of a live performance with the Broadway cast, which means the cast is playing to a HUGE house, which is very different from acting for a bunch of cameras that zoom in so closely.)

How could you write this article and not fit in this weeks FABLES?????????????????????????????????????????

Other than that, I have a whole new level of respect for you. Love the musical. “The Steps of the Palace” is my favorite scene.

“Merey is behind this, isn’t she?”

I swear, I’m not! Well…not directly, anyway.

How could you write this article and not fit in this weeks FABLES?????????????????????????????????????????

I wanted to!

But it really didn’t fit any songs.

I also couldn’t really fit in All Star Superman.

I didn’t read Fables yet this week (holding out for Black Friday sales at my LCS), so I won’t push the issue :).

I really thought there’d be something to use; “Last Midnight” “Cinderella at the Grave”, “I Guess This is Goodbye” “Maybe They’re Magic”… It’s a good thing I’m very comfortable with my manliness.

Do “Wicked” next! Because I haven’t actually seen or heard it, but I’ve heard it’s good.

Extremely weird, Brian.

But not unenjoyable.

I remember performing “Agony (Reprise)” in class back in college. When presenting it, my scene partner and I disagreed on the pronunciation of “reprise,” and corrected each other. Only afterward did we realize we’d duplicated the dwarves/dwarfs exchange exactly.

Man, I really wanted to have “Into the Woods” as my high school play. It’s my second-favorite musical in the world. ^_^ And what, no comparison with “Ever After?” Well, I suppose a story would actually have to END to relate to a song about happy endings…

Wow, Brian, That was an excellent piece of cross-geeking!

Man, I really wanted to have “Into the Woods” as my high school play. It’s my second-favorite musical in the world.

Trust me, there’s no more sure-fire way to have a play ruined for the rest of your life. Be glad you didn’t.

Brilliant! Make this a regular feature.

My Power Boy grief is sincere though.

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