I read "The Spirit: Femme Fatales" and some of Darwyn Cooke's The Spirit (they only had the second volume) at books a million, and LOVED IT. Everyone's all "Will Eisner is a genius!" and I'm all "Well, I'll have to check it out" and I did, and he IS.
The stories are just fun. And not the cotton candy type of fun of Superman and Batman stories, but fun like a toffee chocolate bar, light and tasty, yet with crunchy delicious nougats of substance.
Anyway, I was saying. I totally loved the trade and bought it. The first thing I noticed about the stories were the art- since I am constantly aspiring to be a half way decent artist- it's so expressive. You can't help but love Denny, because he's always got these wonderful goofy expressions on his face so you can see he's not taking himself seriously at ALL.
Also, the female characters- it was written in the 1940's, so there's some stereotypes and questionable stuff (the scariest one was when Comissioner Dolan was positively gleeful his old battleax of an aunt was in the hands of a convicted wife beater. DudeNotFunny. Though the same story had said aunt drugging innocent men and forcing them into marriage...so ickiness on both sides there) but Will's "femme fatales" are competent, both physically and mentally often the Spirit's equals. You know how in the old stories Catwoman always got completely owned and tricked by Batman (and even in some today?) Well, that never happens to Silk Satin. She's one step ahead of him, and every inch his equal. She doesn't throw herself at him either, like most of the other girls (well, at least not after the first story) Also, her first appearance? She walked in with a bullet in her arm, saying she got in a bit of a scuffle and knifed a guy, and then fishes the bullet out of her arm using a clean razor and some iodine. "There's the little beggar!" If that's not badass, I don't know what is. Satin rocks.
Obviously, Satin is my favorite female character, but I also like Silken Floss. She's a physicist and a surgeon! Also, a complete badass!
Of course, all the women Spirit meets throw themselves at him in one way or another, but I can't really blame them, I kind of got a crush on him just reading the book. I love a man with a sense of humor. Also one who is perpetually confused.
Of course, Ebony was an awful stereotype and stuff, everyone knows that. He totally rocks in Darwyn Cooke's series though, in fact pretty much everything does. Hee, the Flobert Factor!
I did massive updating on the Steph wiki this weekend, internally linking stuff and updating profiles like crazy. I'm still not done. It's like a sickness.
But apparently someone's putting some my stuff to good use. Check out this Youtube channel! It is a freaking Spoiler explosion!
I thought I was the most Spoiler obsessed person on the planet, but this person is totally a contender! Check out Spoiler vs. Suburban Ninja in which the person MADE A SPOILER COSTUME, wore it, and pretended to fight a ninja! From the suburbs! The costume is spectacularly good, the fight staging...not so much.
Also, they link to my wiki. Yay!
In fact, one of their favorites is a video about Steph that someone else made that appears to uses pictures from the wiki. They're cropped just like mine, anyway. But I don't care. Because it's a music video! About Steph! Eeee!
(boywonderiii directed me to this person, who friended him)
Also, this is the best thing ever:
Drink it in. Drink in the awesome.