Gothic Council Debates Best Comic Book Character

Gothtopia has been tapped to be the eyes and ears of the Houston Press at Comicpalooza. Considering that the first thing that gets put up whenever we move to a new apartment is a limited-edition poster advertising Sandman: Brief Lives - which by the way hangs over a small bookshelf dedicated entirely to Neil Gaiman - we feel pretty comfortable in the assignment.

In addition, the world of the superhero is really stepping up its game cinematically. Thor rocked, Captain America looks stellar, and Christopher Nolan is knee-deep in Batman 3. All in all, it's a good time to be a geek.

Sadly, our own favorite comic book character, Green Arrow and Batman villain Onomatopoeia, will never make it onto the big screen. It's all well and good to have a guy whose only form of communication is bullets and making action sounds out loud in a comic book, but do that in a film and everyone is just going to think he's speshul.

Musing on Onomatopeia made us wonder what other comic book characters resonate with the gothic community? The only way to find out was to lick the binding of the first Gloomcookie trade and summon the Gothic Council.

Joining the Council this week is fashion designer Batty, Carol Daeumer of the Vaniteux Salon et Nano Spa, blogger and hearse enthusiast Desiree Stark, Punky Moms founder Sarah Fanning, and spooky dessertier Lynda Rouner.

Gothtopia: Who is the best comic book character?

Batty: Batman because he has bat in his name and that just appeals to my vanity. Otherwise I never really got into comic books much. I could be obvious and go with someone from the Sandman comic books, like Death, but all that ever did was inspire bad eye doodles and a bunch of stupid girls saying they inspired her, when we all know Houston was the home of the real inspiration for that character.

Carol Daeumer: Tank Girl, she always had the coolest hair and biggest weapons. Do I get extra nerd points for being into Tank Girl pre-movie? Excellent soundtrack, though.

Desiree Stark: I agree with Carol that Tank Girl is an awesome choice, and I'd also throw out Enid from the Ghost World graphic novel as another good candidate. But I am going Rogue.

Rogue is the best dressed X-Men with an awesome two-tone hair style most scenesters don't even realize they're stealing, and the most intensely distressed. Her vampire-like powers of energy/memory/power absorption render it difficult for her to bone the hot guy she's usually dating, Gambit, or fully connect with anyone.

She also has to be sexy without showing a lot of skin, because whomever she makes contact with will be drained. So, the thing that makes her unique and powerful also makes her isolated, tragic, and creative with her wardrobe: what is more goth than that?

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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