Thursday, December 08, 2005

Comic Shop Conversations - Earth X and Madelyne Pryor

Please note that you folks asked for this one.

So I'm at the comic shop awhile back (the Earth/Universe/Paradise X books were still coming out, so whenever that was), browsing about, when this gentlemen enters.

So he, too, is browsing around the store, and he comes across one of the X books (Paradise, I this wasn't THAT long ago), and he is flipping through it.

He then asks, "Is this Madelyne Pryor married to Wolverine?" And I, being the agreeable sort that I am, say, "Yeah."

His response, "What the fuck!?!? He can't be married to Madelyne Pryor! She's fucking evil!!"

And I respond, "She apparently has reformed."

His retort? "That is BULLSHIT! He can't trust her! She's going to fuck him over! You cannot trust the Goblin Queen!!!"

To this, I offered no reply, figuring it better to let him continue to fume about his anger at that bitch, Madelyne Pryor, quietly.

Note that his second response (the "This is BULLSHIT!" one) was notable, to me, more for HOW it was delivered than what he said. If you ever watched There's Something About Mary, there is a scene there where Harlan Williams plays a hitchhiker who is proposing a series of exercise videos called "Seven Minute Abs" to best the "Eight Minute Abs" videos. When Ben Stiller's character suggests what would happen if someone did "SIX Minute Abs," Harlan Williams' character freaks out, as if he cannot comprehend the question, "No! No! Not six, SEVEN!" THAT is what the guy sounded like, as if he could not comprehend that Wolverine would be so foolish as to trust Madelyne Pryor.

Pretty darn creepy, no?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's creepier was that in that series Wolverine thought he was married to Jean the whole time. Maddy let him believe it and only told him who she really was near the end of the series.

So, the creepy guy in the store was somewhat right, sadly.

12/08/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

I didn't really get the point of that subplot, to be honest. It was funny to see Fat Bald Wolverine, I guess, but not THAT funny. "Hey, not much of a bad-ass when you're fat and bald, are ya! Ba-ZING!"

12/08/2005 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I actually picked up an issue of one of the Earth-X minis when I was starting to get back in to comics. It was the last issue of one of them. You can imagine how coherent that was. I seem to remember it involving Captain Marvel killing Death. There were a bunch of superhero ghosts. And the Fantastic Four were old.

12/08/2005 08:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike Loughlin said...

I thought the exchange between the characters was funny, and it's about the only thing I remember about Earth X besides the art and being bored out of my skull.

You know you're a hardcore super-hero comic book fan when you fly into a rage over an alternate universe version of a fictional character marries an evil clone.

12/09/2005 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is funny. I reread the whole Earth/Universe/Paradise X thing a month or two ago. It really goes out of it's way to be inaccessible: there's plot points based on old issues of Marvel Two-in-One and Captain America, for one thing. So, yeah, it's for the hardcore, who could get kind of invested in it. Still, it is interesting if you ever get a chance.

12/09/2005 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Mo Soar said...

I was at the "backup" LCS day before yesterday (hey, it's only 5 miles from my house, as compared to the "real" LCS, which is 25 miles), chatting to the owner about various things. Behind us was an impatient young gentleman who clearly wanted to join in our conversation (which was about characterization and what is required for depth). I moved aside, thinking I was blocking his access to a rack, but he just moved closer, listening to the conversation.

Finally he couldn't stand being left out of the conversation and pointed to a Powergirl cover and said "Hell, yeah! This chick's character? I mean, she's sexy and all, but she could kick the crap out me! Who'd want that in a chick?"

I think I blinked a couple of times.

I'd delight in your story if I had ANY idea who Madelyne Prior WAS.

12/10/2005 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"I'd delight in your story if I had ANY idea who Madelyne Prior WAS."

But that, to me, is what makes the reaction so great, Mo.

Madelyne Pryor is a very obscure X-Men character. She died in the comics over fifteen years ago, and was only around for about six years.

Granted, in those six years, she married Scott Summers, gave birth to his son (who became Cable), was dumped by Summers when Jean Grey returned, turned evil (using the name the Goblin Queen), was revealed to be a clone of Jean Grey, and then died.

So that IS fairly notable.

But basically, she's a nobody, so to see this gentleman be so clearly obsessed with her - it made the reaction that much funnier to me.

12/10/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

Hoping that I don't sound like the fella in Mo's LCS by interjecting something that's only peripherally related to the discussion at hand, I saw Harlan Williams' stand-up act a couple of years ago. He was funny. He started his act by thanking everybody for coming out and kept saying, "What a treat." I guess you had to be there, though.

12/11/2005 01:52:00 PM  

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