Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Don't Make Me Angry!, Part 16: 2001: A Space Odyssey #7


 Eh...not so much.

 We open up with yet another astronaut dying, and being changed by a Monolith into a space-baby, or, as Jack Kirby calls them, a "New Seed". This time we actually follow the New Seed as it gleefully goes off on its own to explore the universe, landing on a planet that may or may not be Earth.

 The New Seed finds a ravaged, post-apocalyptic society ruled by savage marauders, and witnesses a brutal struggle between the gang and a lone hero, ending with the deaths of all involved, including the hero and the girl he was attempting to save.

 The New Seed watches all of this unfold, unable to interfere (Perhaps the big secret is that The New Seeds will eventually grow in Marvel's famed Watchers, a similarly big bald headed race of aliens...?) until after everyone is already dead. (Gee, thanks a lot.) What the New Seed does then is actually quite beautiful and touching. Once again I have to give credit to the Marvel Comics of four decades ago for publishing such a challenging book, which was clearly ahead of its time.

 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY #7 earns a touching seven out of ten New Seeds: