Daily Archives: February 13, 2008
This being Valentine’s Day, I (very briefly) considered reviewing a webcomic with a romantic theme? Perhaps Anders Loves Maria? However, that particular comic is in the middle of a heart-breaking plot to the point where the title banner now has a broken heart between Anders’ and Maria’s names. While this may be lauded by the cynical among you, I’m a more sentimental guy. I believe in the power of love, especially the kind that shoots out of your fingers to defeat evil villains like the type portrayed in final scene of Krull.
Also, I haven’t finished reading it.
No, today I’m going to explore a well-trod genre today: the superhero parody. For what was St. Valentine but a sort of superhero from the Medieval Ages. He was featured in the old-tyme best seller Legenda Aurea, where saints did superhuman things like slay dragons and stop fires with relics. St. Valentine didn’t exhibit much superhero prowess, but he did restore sight to a jailer’s daughter before being beheaded by Emperor Claudius and that’s pretty much the furthest I’m willing to stretch this admittedly thin premise.
(And St. Valentine was beheaded? What the crap?!?! I always figured his death had something to do with the heart. You know, like his heart was struck by an arrow or something. I mean … Valentine’s Day!)
Previously, I’ve reviewed two other formidable superhero parodies: Dean Trippe’s Butterfly and Brad Guigar’s Evil Inc. However, deep in the darkest depths of my soul, I knew something was missing. It wasn’t until I read today’s subject, Jim Ford’s Cow-Man, that I knew what it was: a man in a cow suit.