Moving on, "Wanted" is pretty much like the
movie. Wesley is an average dude who is
recruited by a fraternity of hit men controlled
by a secret organization after his father--also
a part of the frat--is assassinated by someone.
Oh and they're also costumed super villains
going by named like Sucker and The Fox, too. But
they left that out in the movie. Good thing or
bad thing? You decide.
Millar loves violent, gritty, and disturbing
comic series, and "Wanted" is pretty much like
everything else he's done. There's nothing too
subtle about the gorgeous "The Fox" going in to
a restaurant and shooting people up just to show
that she is untouchable thanks to her membership
in the fraternity.
There's nothing subtle about using "Fuck" in
every other word of a sentence. Fuck.
also spoofs Superman, too! And Batman. And
Spider-Man. And pretty much everyone else this
side of the comic universe! Lovely!
fact Millar takes such great pains to feature
the other side of the ball park where villains
have outlasted the heroes, and an initiation
ceremony involves the burning of a Marvel comic.
And "Wanted" is... well pretty fucking good.
It's the story you've seen in "Fight Club" where
an emasculated young insignificant man is stuck
in a rut and has no idea how to get out. A
meeting with fate suddenly makes him realize he
has a lot of bad in him, and he's about to
change the world and have a coming of age
experience involving blood, violence, and broken
there's disharmony in the super villain
fraternity as--a la "The Godfather"--the five
warring families of the villain verse are
struggling over world domination, or quiet cabal
dictatorship in the shadows as affairs in the
world begin getting monotonous. Does Wesley have
the balls to stand in the way of Doctor Rictus?
And who actually killed his father?
What the movie
may get wrong is the meaning of the title. The
moniker "Wanted" isn't about criminals being
wanted by the law, it's Wesley Gibson's wants
and needs finally coming to fruition and he has
to decide if it's his wants that he actually
desires, or wants being forced on him. Gibson is
still confused even after realizing the
mutilation and raping of average citizens just
isn't for him.
Millar does leave the classic formula for us.
Villains need heroes to balance out the natural
order of things. Without heroes to provide them
with difficulty, villains are just over powered
psychos looking for a good time, and Millar
presents us with villains who have what they
want and suddenly realize that... yes, it's NOT
what they want!
Hence, the title.
"Wanted" can be too tongue in cheek with
references to Batman, and Superman and
Spider-Man so cumbersome it tends to get really
annoying after the first two issues. Millar also
doesn't seem to have a knack for dialogue and
just goes around with "Fuck" and trying to break
every taboo possible, failing on many occasions.
Not to mention the big reveal as to who killed
Wesley's dad becomes pretty obvious in the
middle of the series, and the finale is pretty
much nothing but over explanation for us; this
is where the big villain plot suddenly becomes
not perfect but it does the trick, and it has
something to say to the reader about
materialism, consumerism, and learning to take
life by the balls while you're still alive to
see what balls are. Millar's message is loud and
clear, if clunky. I'm still trying to figure out
why Millar was basically laughing at us for
buying and reading his comic, in the last issue.
"You're stalling your misery by reading this
comic, sucker! Fuck you! But... thanks for your
money! And thanks for reading!" Right. Okay. Not
exactly the same existentialism "Fight Club"
excelled at, Millar.
"Wanted" is that classic comic tale with a twist
of a coming of age epic that really succeeds in
being exciting, entertaining, and flat out fun.
Millar is very good in creating this world.
Hopefully the movie will be as good.
Curve a bullet? That's so stupid.