Ask Chris #34: Beyond Jack Kirby’s Fourth World and the Secrets of the Batcave



In this week’s installment of my weekly Q&A column, I get asked about Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Walter Simonson, and Batman, and amazingly I managed to finish that column before I hit 40,000 words.

I’m a little wordy when it comes to certain subjects is what I’m saying here.

One thing I didn’t get around to including in the article is that Orion is frequently very funny, and has one of my favorite sight gags in comics. During the “Joker’s Last Laugh” tie-in — possibly the only good thing to come out of that particular crossover — there’s a scene where Slig of the Deep Six hits Orion three times while he’s got the advantage, then Orion counters and swears to repay Slig threefold for what he’s endured!

So you turn the page, and then it’s just nine panels of Orion punching Slig in the face. The same two panels, repeated nine times. It is hilarious. So I made a .gif of it:



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5 thoughts on “Ask Chris #34: Beyond Jack Kirby’s Fourth World and the Secrets of the Batcave

  1. Wow. This should be added to the internet’s gif dictionary under the heading “You shout your mouth.”

  2. Nevermind the Giant Joker, what’s the story on the giant, gun-wielding penguin? A Mr. Freeze plot, I assume?

  3. I’ve never been a big New Gods fan but suddenly I want to check out Orion. Nice one, Chris.

    And it’s great to hear the specifics of those Batman trophy stories, and get extracts. Cheers!