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August 15, 2003

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Jacob T. Levy

Oh, I entirely agree. KBAC, Unbreakable, and the Moore oeuvre-- these are the gold standard, and for just the reasons you articulate. (Though I actually think that it's a little toughter to express just what Busiek and Moore have in common. Busiek himself has distinguished KBAC-- "what if real people lived in a world with super-heroes?", or words to that effect-- from "what if superheroes lived in the real world" stories, of which I think Watchmen is one.) As you noticed, my defense of Daredevil was against the background of low expectations set by moviemakers who had no idea what the genre's capable of.

Mitch

I actually thought Mystery Men did a pretty fair (and darn funny) job of portraying superheroes in the "real world," although in a very different way from Unbreakable, of course.

Brian W

If you want to toss TV into the discussion, I think the final word would be "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Or, actually, the final four words. "parody and satire of a silly, brainless genre. And yet, somewhere along the line, he falls utterly in love with what he mocks, and he drags the reader into love after him" describes Joss Whedon & his creation perfectly. Imagine a Moore/Whedon project... my heart goes boom!

Jesse Baggs

I actually hated "Unbreakable," but has anyone else noticed that Shyamalan is a Moore fan? In "Signs," Mel Gibson's wife is in a car crash that practically severs her body in two but she miraculously survives long enough to have a meaningful conversation, a la Moore's "Top Ten" #8. And then "Unbreakable" has the whole "we're the same, only opposites" thing from "The Killing Joke." I think there's another Moore-inspired Shyamalan moment that I can't remember right now. If I can think of it I'll let you know.

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