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Watch & Learn: DARKER THAN BLACK #3

Waaaaaaaaaiting for a star to fall...


 The alternate cover of "Born this Way."
 The alternate cover of "Born this Way."

Wait a second. I thought people with glasses were supposed to be smart? How stupid/delirious did the guy in the beginning have to be to take off the mask of his hazmat suit right in the middle of of an irradiated zone? Actually, once again, I’ll pick the “phone in a friend” life line and ask you Anime Vice lunatics if the man in the beginning is the same construction foreman (or whatever) who Hei works for in the present? Did his sperm get irradiated from exposure in the place? Was that how he gave birth to a mutant… der… I mean, contractor?

You can’t have superheroes without heat vision, and I’m glad to see this comparison extended farther in this episode. I’m also amused to see that contractors seem to get powers the same way angels get their wings. Leaves dropping off a house plant might not be as beautiful as bells ringing, but it’s certainly just as whimsical, no?

I’m struggling a little to understand what Hei’s deal is. Yeah yeah… I’m sure it’ll get revealed eventually like these things do, but still, let me get this straight...  

At night, he’s this badass assassin with dubious fashion sense who takes down superhumans. By day, he’s a working stiff who can’t even stand up to his boss? I guess it’s the old Clark Kent/Superman duality. Maybe he’s just laying low to get close to the new potential the guy’s daughter represents. As far as secret identities go, he's gotten off better than the black cat. Though, still, I thought mediums were supposed to be a different breed than contractors? If that’s the case, why is he exhibiting powers (that TV jolt, the snap-my-fingers-and-here-is-a-carnival trick) when he's supposed to be a negator or some such?

Watch this episode “A New Star Shines in the Dawn Sky… (Part 2)” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.  

  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

metalsnakezeroon March 5, 2011 at 5:34 a.m.
Contractors are like cancer where it just happens to people. They are never born to to it. 
It is very much the old Clark Kent/Superman duality for Hei and it has somewhat part of his past.
NakAttackon March 5, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
I don't know about you Tom, but this series (for me) was meh at best most episodes. Also, don't pay to much attention to details or this whole thing will fall apart.
CapeBarnes is online on March 5, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
So Tom, you like Boy Meets Girl (the band)?  
"  Waaaaaaaaaiting for a star to fall..." hee hee.
ZombiePieon March 6, 2011 at 6:09 p.m.
@CapeBarnes said:
" So Tom, you like Boy Meets Girl (the band)?  "  Waaaaaaaaaiting for a star to fall..." hee hee. "
Great so I'm not the only one who got that reference. Awesome. 
 
Also Boy Meets Girl is a abomination and if you are reading this Tom Pullups you should be ashamed of yourself. 
 
Mark my words Josh Pillpop...if you make an Ace of Base reference in the title for you next article...I will make you a marked man.
No_name_here staff is online on March 7, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
@zombiepie said:
" @CapeBarnes said:
" So Tom, you like Boy Meets Girl (the band)?  "  Waaaaaaaaaiting for a star to fall..." hee hee. "
Great so I'm not the only one who got that reference. Awesome.   Also Boy Meets Girl is a abomination and if you are reading this Tom Pullups you should be ashamed of yourself.   Mark my words Josh Pillpop...if you make an Ace of Base reference in the title for you next article...I will make you a marked man. "
You both should've seen the first 10 DEATH NOTE reviews I did. The sub-titles we're all Hall & Oates references.
No_name_here staff is online on March 7, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
@CapeBarnes: @zombiepie: Also...  
ZombiePieon March 7, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk:  Oh God...fuck make it, stop please stop, fuck the pain away:
  
CapeBarnes is online on March 7, 2011 at 8:08 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: Awesome, sir. Awesome

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After two strange areas-- Hell's Gate and Heaven's Gate --appeared, so did people known as "Contractors," people with no emotions and unique abilities which they pay for by a strange obsessive-compulsion that is unique to each Contractor.

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