Now here’s a Marvel Comics announcement that has me scratching my head. Marvel’s Joseph Taraborrelli issued a press release today regarding a new Foolkiller series, written by Max Bemis with Dalibor Talajic doing the art. According to the press release, the series will feature Greg Salinger, a man who adopted the name, reputation, and (most importantly) arsenal of Foolkiller after getting out of prison. Never mind that he stole the persona and weapons from a dead guy.
Now, Foolkiller is back in the antihero business, but this time he’s bringing some serious cred with him. “Cred” as in credentials, that is – apparently, he’s now legally licensed as a psychologist in addition to being a gun-toting, fool-killing antihero.
As a student of psychology myself, premises like this always make me cringe a bit. There are plenty of people who misunderstand and vilify psychology as it is. Introducing dubious “role models” into pop culture often makes it worse, or at the very least just makes people think the whole field is a joke.
But, then again, I’m not a stick in the mud. I can definitely see this series being a bit of antihero fun if written properly.
Bemis, of X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever fame, certainly seems enthusiastic about the whole idea. His take on Worst X-Man Ever (which, full disclosure, I haven’t read) seems legitimately interesting, and the fact that he tackled serious issues like teenage angst and self-exploration makes me want to check out the book and get a feel for Bemis’s style.
According to Bemis, Foolkiller is himself an outsider and a lunatic, which gives him unique qualifications to bring his newfound psychological expertise to some of the MU’s worst villains. And he has an excellent “100% satisfaction” guarantee – if he isn’t satisfied that a villain has 100% reformed, he guarantees to kill the fool!
As for the art, Talajic did all the interior art for the Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe miniseries back in 2012. He’s also worked on a slew of issues from Deadpool, Wolverine, PunisherMAX, Ghost Rider, and more. So what I’m saying is, this dude knows his gritty, off-beat violent comics.
So if you’ve ever wanted a comic series with a homicidal antihero psychologist as the main character… Firstly, that’s oddly specific, you should talk to someone about that. Secondly, you’re in luck, there’s someone you can talk to about that! Make an appointment with Foolkiller in fall 2016!
Are you looking forward to the new Foolkiller series? Give me your diagnosis in the comments!