Male Objectification Monday- Gene Starwind (Anime Week Special)

On the tail of Anime Boston, I’m going to be cramming as much anime and manga as possible. From bonus reviews to anime themed specials for the weekly posts. 

As some of you may know, I was fully enthralled with Tuxedo Mask as a tween. But if they lept out of the screen to become humans, I would certainly have a thing for Gene Starwind. 

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Yeah kind of like that. 

Outlaw Star is the story of a man who has a fear of outerspace after an attack that killed his father and crash landed him of Sentinel III. Through a series of ill advised odd jobs he winds up on an intergalactic treasure hunt. He faces hitmen (and hitwomen, and teams up with some of them) and faces the MacDougall brothers who killed his father. He’s kind of maladjusted- Gene is brash and perverted, his best friend and business partner is 12, he’s a braggart and he’ll do anything for a dollar… or oldschool ammo.

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But he can be sweet (when he’s not trying to impress anyone) usually to Melfina, sometimes to Twilight Suzuka. Mostly he has a live fast, die hard philosophy. I mean, he uses magic bullets that deplete his life force to take on Tao Priests. 

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He’s a bad ass. And look at that red hair! Gauged ears, punk cliche tattoos? 

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Just one of those flawed retro-future heroes, he’s often compared to Trigun’s scarred up, flashily coifed, troubled protagonist, Vash the Stampede. But Gene is without an angel arm or any “powers” of his own, a regular guy with a soul sucking sidearm who will casually share a meal with an alien assassin. 

Gene proves he’s more than a perv when he promises that he will help the almost human android Melfina find out who she really is all while hunting for the galactic leyline and battling the MacDougalls, he thwarts legendary assassin Twilight Suzuka and then asks her to join his crew after she deems herself a failure for not killing him, he also takes pity on the outcast Ktarl Ktarl and puts up with her pompous showboating. All while mourning legendary space pirate “Hot Ice” Hilda. Clearly not fearful of strong women. Always a plus.

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy #12

Or: Trial of Jean Grey part 4 of 6

Honestly, this issue didn’t really get anywhere plot wise. Somehow Brian Michael Bendis makes that work.

In the last issue of All-New X-Men, Kitty Pryde and her team met up with Guardians of the Galaxy and they blasted off. She’s crushing on Quill, too, which is very cute. In their travels, they were attacked by a Shi’ar ship and then saved… my Starjammer leader …Christopher Summers. Scott hasn’t seen his father since his mother saved him from certain death my tossing him out of a plane. His father figured that both Scott and his brother died, by the time he got back to Earth, Scott was old and lived around it. For Young Scott, back from the past and in a spaceship with a talking tree and raccoon after his girlfriend got kidnapped by aliens for crimes she will commit in the future… It’s all too much.

Quill’s father, the King of Spartax, finds out that the Guardians have inserted themselves into the Jean Grey situation. Oracle tells the Shi’ar that they may as well have declared war on the X-Men. They kidnapped a founding member, the mutant population of Earth isn’t going to take this lying down. 

Just outside of the Shi’ar empire, Young Scott summers starts losing it. Everyone watches as he falls apart. he’s comforted by X-23. X-23 who is confused by hugging checks on him and lets him cry on her shoulder. I like them together. If they go ‘friends forever’, I’ll still like that too. But I’m thinking of all the interesting timeline disruptions that could happen if a less cocky version of Cyclops and Wolverine’s genetic clone fell in love.

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Look! a picture I took with my phone in my den with bad lighting! But I wanted you to see this part that made me have so many feelings.

 

And no one is there for Jean Grey, Oracle will be her council. But Jeannie can’t control her temper, The tribunal begins, and Jean Grey sees the final broadcast from a battle cruiser and she finally sees what she will do/has done. And she’s horrified. Will she sacrifice herself for the fate of the universe? Even if she could, would it do anything? She can’t go home but the timeline is intact.

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Pichelli’s art is magnificent. The facial expressions are just perfect, raw angst, concern, sadness, the body language just multiplies the emotion involved. It’s beautiful. 

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