Maybe You Just Had to Be There

October 22nd, 2009 by | Tags: , , , , , ,

Thunderbolts #137 came out this week, written by Rick Remender and drawn by Mahmud A. Asrar. It’s a decent issue, though it really reads more as Luke Cage and Iron Fist Featuring the Thunderbolts. I’m one of those who doesn’t have a problem with that idea, so bring it on.

I bring this scene to your attention. Under the leadership of Ghost (who I like to think of as Earth-3 Rorschach), the team has successfully captured and brainwashed Iron Fist. Now they discuss matters over lunch.

The lack of tray in front of Ghost is some good continuity.

Anyway, the Irredeemable Ant-Man is thinly referencing the TV show Jon and Kate Plus Eight, starring Jon and Kate Gosselin. I’ve never seen the show for myself outside of the clips shown on The Soup, so I at least get the gist. Ant-Man’s description, while random to the situation, is still on point. Before the two announced their divorce, the show was about Kate being a total ice bitch 24/7 while Jon seems a step away from suicide. Apparently, people really like this.

I bring this up because while I don’t partake in the show, I have a loose connection to Kate Gosselin. About nine months ago, she did a book signing at the Barnes & Noble I work at. It was a really big deal and had a huge turnout. Thankfully, I was on vacation so I didn’t have to deal with it.

My co-workers, on the other hand, had many problems. From every single account, Kate Gosselin was a complete nightmare to deal with. She had them change the signing to a day later at the last minute, which caused us headaches and screwed with the customers who couldn’t be in the loop. She didn’t greet a single customer or employee throughout the night. She had no reaction towards the flowers we got for her. She refused any and all photos and would only sign either copies of her book or the first season of her show. She refused to make eye-contact with any of her fans, including a sick, little girl who was at the front of the line. She wanted to leave an hour early, even though she obviously wasn’t done. Like I said, a total nightmare to deal with.

The general consensus at the store was that Kate Gosselin is a bitch, but others would go far enough to straight-up refer to her as a cunt. Now, in the workplace, it’s hard to throw that word around safely, so we came up with a way to make it easier. From then on, we would retire the C-word and replace it with “Kate”.

“Then she got kicked right in the Kate.”

“That one customer who demanded to do a return without a receipt was acting like such a Kate.”

“Jeff Goldblum’s first line in any movie is Deathwish, where he says, ‘Goddamn rich Kates! I KILL RICH KATES!'”

You’d… You’d be surprised how much that last one comes up…

Now, then. Let’s go back to Thunderbolts as Mr. X gets in Ant-Man’s face. Makes sense for Mr. X to be angry, considering Remender nearly ruins him completely in one issue.

Haha! See? Art is imitating life. I love it.

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12 comments to “Maybe You Just Had to Be There”

  1. Danny Rand is part of The Thunderbolts?

  2. lmao yeah Mr. X is a total Karen, I hate that guy so much, he’s Cassandra Cain Batgirl but so full of himself, yet always loses in the end, freaking kate

  3. @lurkerwithout: Just for that issue. They kidnapped him and brainwashed him so he’d kill his Avenger buddies.

  4. The thing that bothers me with this Thunderbolts is that sometimes it’s Ghost doublecrossing Orborn, other times is Antman doublecrossing the rest of the team, other times it’s everyone but Antman, Scourge and Mr X doublecrossing Osborn; it’s getting kind of hard to keep track of the allegiance of this team. Still, Diggle made some interesting stories and I’m eager to see Parker next issue. Also, we need more Power Man/Iron Fist team ups

  5. “it really reads more as Luke Cage and Iron Fist Featuring the Thunderbolts. I’m one of those who doesn’t have a problem with that idea”

    I have a problem with the ‘Thunderbolts’ part of the equation – and I READ Thunderbolts. With their higher profiles of late, I think it’s time for a PM/IF one-shot at the very least.

  6. Mr. X is Captain Commando!?

  7. that is some spectacularly bad coloring over some terrible art.

    and that one word balloon is bordering on Charles Crumb proportions.

  8. @Jordan: Shit, I wish!

  9. Funny, I’d thought there be commentary on what Mr. X had to say about NERDS.

  10. When did X go from being a (for once) fairly interesting new Wolverine villain to Osborn stooge? If he hadn’t been identified, I really don’t think I would have been able to place him as the calm, totally in control serial killer I enjoyed in two Wolverine stories.

  11. @Lou: Mr. X had the Thunderbolts fake his death so he could join their ranks. He’s there for the challenge, though if things don’t remain interesting, he’ll just kill them.

  12. I see, thanks. Well at least the motivation for being there sounds in-character. The griping about Ant-man babbling and nerd pop culture references (swipe at the habits of other writers or people in general?) still seems strange coming out of his mouth.