Friday, 1 May 2015


Copied here because of its comics references:

Poul Anderson, The Boat Of A Million Years (London, 1991).

"'Since the Goetz case, the liberals have been out for blood.'" (p. 435)

This morning, I read this reference to Goetz in Boat. Last night, I reread Tom Veitch's and Bryan Talbot's graphic series, The Nazz, which is about super powers, super-heroism and vigilantism and refers to Goetz, although I now cannot find the reference flicking back through it.

I also heard Goetz mentioned in a discussion of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns which presents the Batman as a violent vigilante wanted by the police for crimes including child endangerment - he is said to be sheltering behind a masked child in a red and yellow costume - and, when the Joker's dead body is found, murder.

I feel that Hanno's "'...the liberals have been out for blood...'" is a rather inflammatory way of discussing urban violence! - but I know that opinions are divided and polarized on such issues. Hanno and his fellow immortals are just passing through the twentieth century and very soon will have left such conflicts far behind them.

(Four posts before 10.30 this morning: a good start to May. A Bank Holiday weekend with good weather stretches invitingly ahead of us.)

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