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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 242

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the powerful closing (well, more or less the closing) of Marvel’s fifth graphic novel, God Loves, Man Kills…

The one-shot, written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Brent Anderson, has the evil Reverand Stryker using the mind of Professor X to basically use a Cerebro-like device, only instead of FINDING mutants, it uses Xavier’s brain to KILL all mutants. However, Stryker’s assistant realizes that it affects her – she is, naturally, a bit unnerved by this turn of events…

Striking stuff.

“The” moment for me is always where Stryker points at Nightcrawler, but I suppose the human cop shooting Stryker might best be described as “the” moment of this particular sequence.

It’s strong work either way.

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Yeah, THIS is the stuff…

The cop shooting Stryker is DEFINITELY one of the best moments in comics, period. It’s not the heroes that stop Stryker. Just an ordinary man taking a stand for what’s right and decent.

…Now, about that Secret Wars moment I keep harping about… ;)

This graphic novel should be compulsory reading for anyone who is going to write the x-men. Amazing stuff.

I have always had a secret fear that someone one day will ret-con this so that the cop who shoots Stryker turns out to be Mystique. Something about the way Brent Eric Anderson draws his face, but I guess he’s just showing that killing someone isn’t something to take lightly – another nice thing about this GN – it shows the real impact of people’s actions better than a lot of comics, particularly at that time.

As an aside, I have the UK print of this, which is from about 1994, and is on black pages. It makes the colouring really stand out, but maybe a bit garishly looking at your scans. I may have to track down a proper US original copy….sigh….

The Crazed Spruce

August 31, 2009 at 4:24 am

I don’t live anywhere near a comic shop, and none of the newsstands here carried this graphic novel, so I’ve never actually read it. I’ver heard lots of great things about it, but I always thought I could live without actually reading it.

Now I see that I was sorely mistaken. I have got to get a copy of this book.

I actually liked Kitty’s description of Nightcrawler best. Sweet stuff..

Yeah, Kitty’s speech is another stand-out, especially given her initial reaction to Kurt in the regular series. God Loves, Man Kills remains a potent story, one of Claremont’s best.

Anyone else think it’s mildly ironic that Stryker was about to shoot at someone who is more or less immune to bullets when she’s ready for them? I guess it’s easy for the X-Men to just stand there and do nothing when they know the bullet will just go right through her, eh?

Also: I didn’t know lack of fashion was Kitty’s secondary mutant power.

Dave, it’s not ironic, it’s intentional. Yes, the X-Men know that she’d be fine. But they NEED to let Stryker do that to show how completely nuts he is to the entire world. I get the feeling that Kitty would have LET herself be shot if it meant stopping Stryker once and for all.

@Dave – Yeah, lack of fashion was an early gimmick in Kitty Pryde’s repertoire of powers. She always had the worst costumes. She also had a handful of stupid aliases.

i have always liked cyclops speech that mutants are as the same as humans though stryker aiming to shoot kitty is also a good moment for the story is a good pick lots of moments to look at

That is one horrendous outfit on Kitty Pryde. Looks like Dazzler and Mister Miracle’s offspring.

Excellent work by Claremont and Anderson. I never read this story as graphic novels were out of my price range when I was a kid, but I have to do so now. Everything that was great about the 80’s X-Men can be found here. Cyclops’ speech is spot on and just as relevant today as it was then.

Stryker should have been a one-off character and stayed dead like Anne. Bringing him back delutes the cop’s action at the end, which for me is “the moment.”

Off-topic, but anyone see the breaking news of Disney possibly acquiring Marvel Comics?

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/090831-disney-acquire-marvel.html

I’m a fan of True Blood, which has a lot of striking similarities to this graphic novel lately with its Fellowship of the Sun anti-Vampire church.

I have no problem with fundamentalist churches being used as bad guys in disrimination and civil rights allegories, as many real life civil rights atrocities in the past were committed by churches. I DO wish, however, that many of these sci-fi civil rights allegories would also use church congregations as characters that promote social justice and civil rights more as well, since there were real-life churches that actively fought slavery and discrimination and there are current real-life progressive churches that even promote gay rights.

It just gets kind of cliched to always have the sinister discriminatory church character in these books, although it’s excusable in this case because the stories very VERY good, and at the time it wasn’t that big a cliche yet.

It’s a shame that Rev. Stryker was too blind to realize the true meaning of ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ since it applies to mutants as well.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 31, 2009 at 7:02 am

“Off-topic, but anyone see the breaking news of Disney possibly acquiring Marvel Comics?”

How do you spell MARVEL? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!!!! ;-)

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

One story I wish Marvel would publish is the day someone actually makes a good case laying out all the reasons why mutants actually deserve discrimination. Because when you think about it, they really do.

Kidnapping Magneto from his world trial, hiding him out in Westchester under an assumed name, putting him in charge of the school, basically thumbing their noses at the world’s governments. Harboring Sabretooth in the 90s without telling the world at large, believing him to now be harmless. Sabretooth breaks out and proceeds to go on murderous rampages. Harboring Xorn without doing any background check on him or putting him through proper immigration channels presumably, he later turns NY into an antihuman concentration camp and kills and tortures loads of them. Marrow leads an anti-human extremist Morlock faction called Gene Nation. Gene Nation does acts of terrorism like killing a nightclub full of humans just for being human. Rather than turn her over to the authorities or punish her. the X-Men make her into a full-fledged member. Mystique, mutant terrorist, routinely gets taken in under their fold each time she reforms. Never mind that she regularly tried to kill Robert Kelly and others in cold blood, both before and after the X-Men hid and harbored her. Xavier was responsible for Onslaught, another event that locked down all of New York City like a concentration camp. This also resulted in the greatest heroes being banished to another dimension and the Masters of Evil in charge of protecting earth. I could go on and on.

Whenever some person gets reamed out in a comic for being narrow-minded and hate-filled for treating mutants as dangerous, I wish someone, ANYone, would bring up a fraction of the messed up crap mutants have done.

@T: Those aren’t valid reasons to discriminate against mutants.

Those are valid reasons to treat Professor X/some of the X-men/Mystique/Magneto as negligent or criminals or both. But the average mutant on the street had nothing to do with those incidents. (Or did, until “No more mutants” removed the concept of average mutant on the street; you can’t really discriminate against 198 people, although ex-mutants did still get some unfair prejudice.)

Just because 10% of a population is involved in criminal acts doesn’t mean you should condemn the other 90%.

“Off-topic, but anyone see the breaking news of Disney possibly acquiring Marvel Comics?”

I just heard that on the BBC. Does this mean we can look forward to Dark Uncle Scrooge?

Awesome stuff. One of the best stories. If you want to ‘get’ the X-men, this is it.

I always got a real “Peter Graves” vibe from Anderson’s Stryker.

Another critical scene that should be mentioned was a senator viewing the convention and as the scanner was generated, it was revealed that he too was a mutant….I think you should make a new column call great Graphic Novel moments…this rates.

I already dread Disney’s involvement with Marvel… Ever since they accquired it, they’ve routinely treated Power Rangers like a red-headed stepchild. Now the show’s getting cancelled after 17 years on the air, mostly because Disney kept slashing it’s budget and cutting back it’s timeslots all the way down to two a week… timeslots routinely taken over for sporting events.

Glad you choose this instead of Kitty Pryde calling somebody a nigger. That was amazingly stupid.

“Glad you choose this instead of Kitty Pryde calling somebody a nigger. That was amazingly stupid.”

Especially since that didn’t actually happen. Reading comprehension is a useful skill.

God Loves, Man Kills is right up there with Watchmen as the most disappointingly overrated stories I’ve ever read.

Yeah, I said it….

Especially since that didn’t actually happen. Reading comprehension is a useful skill.

Come on, now. You know what he meant. She basically did. Claremont was trying to make an admirable point, but it was a stupid moment.

That said, it deserves points for trying to push the envelope at least.

I would’ve split this sequence into two daily moments: Nightcrawler and the cop shooting.

“Claremont was trying to make an admirable point, but it was a stupid moment.”

No way. It was an extremely powerful moment. That whole two-issue arc (191-192 was it?) rocked. Loved how Xavier gets taken out by a simple brick. The Magneto-Rachel back-and-forth was awesome too. Kitty had balls.

As to GLMK – I gotta say the one thing I never understood is how not a single cop tries to arrest Stryker after he pushes that woman to her death.

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Kitty didn’t call anyone nigger, she was just arguing with Stevie Hunter. Stevie thought Kitty was overreacting to someone calling Kitty a mutie. Kitty’s reply was, would it have been ok had someone called Stevie nigger or something like that?

The police officer shooting the reverend is the moment.

For me, “the” moment is the cop’s face after shooting Stryker. It even managed to convince Claremont to shut up.

If only it produced the same reaction from you.

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