Here is a rather interesting look at some minor storytelling flourishes in Mark Millar’s Wanted.
If you look down at the comments, you’ll see me there, wondering just exactly what kind of flourishes they’re intended to be.
I don’t think it’s an odd thing to wonder about. After all, there is the comic, and here are my eyes. I don’t know Mark Millar, except through his work; I’ve never spoken with him, and to be honest I don’t think having spoken with him would do much to answer my question about how this flourish was intended. I’m just looking at the comic. I’m perfectly willing to take the character of Wesley’s boss in context with the surrounding story, too.
It’s just that suddenly I’m curious — really quite curious — about what that context is supposed to be. Am I supposed to understand from this that Wesley is a garden-variety racist (kust like everybody else), before his ascension to world-class supervillaindom, and if that’s true is that all it’s supposed to portend? Or is there some other commentary purposely inserted there? Alternatively, is it a subtextual reinforcement of the “villain’s world” concept that intends to tweak my nose devilishly? Or maybe it’s something slyer than either of those things. Or maybe it’s all of them at once. Or maybe it was a completely unconscious detail, or even an unpredictable accident of the editing process. Maybe, possibly, it was an attempted complexity, or even metatextuality, that got away from its maker; or again, it could’ve been a deliberate dumbing-down, and that could’ve been the point of it.
Having done nothing more than read the comic, now after also reading that post I’m left to wonder…
How shall I judge this flourish?
Full disclosure: I’m actually rather tempted to judge it harshly. But that’s only because whether it was intended to tweak my nose or not, I now find that — surprise! — it’s tweaked my nose in any case. So really the only question I can have about it at this point, is…
Mark Millar, just what were your intentions, with Wesley’s boss? You see, I’m perfectly willing to understand the thing as a joke. But if it was meant as a joke…
Then somebody, please explain it to me.
Your thoughts, Internet?
The last page of Wanted never has made me curious, and I daresay it never will make me curious. But this makes me curious. Doesn’t it make you curious, too?