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STARDUST CRUSADERS #17 -- Watch & Learn. Macho weirdness!

It might sound like a tenuous reach, but watching this episode made me think of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Definitely not in the way you’d think, though…

See, when I was first getting into comics, I read a ton of reprint back issues collecting Jim Starlin’s legendary WARLOCK SAGA. That run was one of many important threads that was woven into the movie’s tapestry (Starlin created Thanos, Gamora, Drax and the Infinity Gems), but the key difference was that it was far weirder than what ended up on screen. If you think a machinegun-packing raccoon is strange, try to wrap your head around a grim, new age-y and extremely philosophical space opera about a failed clone messiah who battles his evil future self and ultimately defeats him by entering an abstract crossroads and literally wiping out all the possibilities of his life.

I totally understand why the studio went for a much simpler and more fanciful approach in the movie (that’s how you open to $95 million). However, I couldn’t help but wonder if there could be a successful middle ground, and I think JOJO’s really embodies that at a lot of points.

No, it's not a space opera but, especially in this episode, where most of the action hinges on Kakyoin and Polnareff’s (far more interesting looking) Stands, there are definitely some parallels of strangeness. Jojo #2 holding a television séance to watch these demon creatures rote a shape-shifting, seemingly-omniscient crab out of his brain is certainly as much of a ‘literal abstraction’ as Warlock’s crossroads. However, there’s definitely a similar tongue-in-cheek feel to it, and it does its own ongoing homage to pop music, too (much like GotG’s ‘Awesome Mix’).

I guess I’m just always trying to get a sense of how much weirdness and headiness certain audiences are able to handle. And I get a charge out of how JOJO’s is able to not only get away with all that, but also have so much fun with it.

Watch "Lovers Part 2" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 6, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

Yep. Reaching.

Marshal Victoryon Aug. 6, 2014 at 2:49 p.m.

Yeah reached the wrong way. Think Honey I shrunk the Kids or Inner Space for this episode at least.

Also If you were looking at Jim Starlin and thinking GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY might I suggest / recomend ...

Plus Jojo #2 should he not be called Grandpa Jojo?

zaldaron Aug. 6, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

AHHHH Inner Space that was the one I was looking for before in my last post! GAHHHH how could I forget. For the 80's especially that was a truly odd movie. And people who watch have a REALLY REALLY REALLY high weirdness tolerance. I man can you really get much odder than say eva, ghost in the shell, Madoka Magica? I mean....jojo is pretty normal for shonen really. And I am sure there is stranger more abstract anime out there others will mention...galaxy express 999 comes to mind...and one people always bring up where a girl is watching an egg (whose title I forger) but is really one I want to see sometimes.

Oh and where can I find a collection of that comic or even better a good novel version? I mean really THAT sounds incredible and right up the ally of strange thought provoking sci/fi fantasy I like and soooo much better than the simple comics I am used to. Has shades of Dune actually....quite a few (now THERE is something just calling out for an odd anime reinterpretation)

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 7, 2014 at 7:49 p.m.

I never watched Guardians of the Galaxy yet. Is it a good film?

The Lovers arc ended on a good note. Bad guys get what's coming to them. Jotaro and Noriaki never lost their cool. All that gar and being cool is what makes this show awesome.

Favorite Quotes

Jotaro: "I'm so excited for the moment when I get to pay you back."
— Jotaro never losing his cool in front of Steely Dan
Noriaki: "To know yourself is an important lesson... but you clearly don't know your enemies well enough. "
— Noriaki's cool moment

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