Wanted (comic)
The day in day out rut of existence. The feeling of hopelessness and the fear of never breaking free. Wesley Gibson pounds keys rhythmically in his fluorescent blaring cubicle and every day taking it up the you know what from his over sized boss of a woman. Fortunately with most things in life, whether for good or bad, it doesn't always happen the way we expect it. Sometimes, even if we live as the scum of the earth, we as a people actually can become... wanted.

I picked this one obviously because of peaked interest in the movie coming out this week. I saw some viral snippets comparing the movie to the comic book and decided, "heck, I live a block away from the shop, I might as well".

Unfortunately, from what I can hypothesize, the comic is nothing like the movie. Maybe the Fight Club theme of breaking the chains of existence, but ultimately, I think the plot is barely even related.

The world of Wanted is a world where every superhero has been killed or brainwashed. The super villains are in control and much like the Matrix have pulled the wool over the human race and are controlling the world from behind the wizard's curtain.

Wesley's dad was the best assassin of the super villains. When he's brutally murdered he has one last request to be fulfilled; for his long lost son, Wesley Gibson, to have the choice of becoming the man he was born to be.

What results is Wesley finally tapping into his true gifting... the gift of murder.

This graphic novel is definitely not for the faint of heart. It pushes the limits on even what I'm willing to sit through. Seriously... it's dirty action. I think this is the story's weakest aspect. Dirty to be dirty is just distracting. Granted, we are talking about the SUPER villains of the world... but still there are certain lines that should just be left uncrossed.

The concept is definitely interesting. I loved all the history lessons. A world where heroes once ruled until finally the villains stopped squabbling selfishly amongst themselves, uniting together to overthrow the good of the world. Blinding the humans' eyes after the great battle felt a lot like the Matrix, but it works within the world of the story and still remains original in its essence.

The characters are interesting, original, and actually pretty funny. For example... Shithead is a villain composed of 666 of the most evil people's shit. Welcome to the world of Wanted.

As a result from reading this comic, I'm a little nervous now about the movie. I have a feeling that there will be but only a whisper of the source material splashing the silver screen. It seems in the movie they are all good guys. There are no references to super heroes or villains; no creatures or monster. In the book there is no "curving bullets" and only shooting flies not the wings off them. We will see though... obviously I am only comparing the novel to the trailer but still... I was looking forward to seeing how a true watered down R version of the story would carry out.

More to come...

Reviewed by: shea
11 Comment(s)
Nick said...
hmm... interesting. I'd heard people saying the movie didn't seem anything like the comic (though, I think it was just based on the trailer)... so you never know. There's been a few movies where almost nothing is shown in the trailers, so when you go into a movie expecting one thing, you get something completely different. This could be one of those cases.
Shea said...
Yeah... but if you go to IMDB none of the characters in the comic are in the movie except for Jolie's and James. Not even Freeman's character exists. And in the synopsis it is talking about enforcing justice and taking a life to save thousands.

Trust me... in this comic the "heroes" are raping and pillaging in every scene on every innocent person... its hardcore.

Nick said...
lol... wow.
Adam said...
Yeah, I haven't read this - but I was familiar with the premise, and as soon as I saw the trailer for the film, I realized it was going to be a pretty big departure.

I've already heard they want to do a Wanted trilogy... (everything must have a trilogy these days, as well) so, maybe they'd tie in to some of that other stuff, but who knows.
Nick said...
Jon Stewart apparently thinks the movie is effing awesome. In fact, his opening words before interviewing James McAvoy were "This movie should suck... but it doesn't! It's awesome." (or something close). Which I thought was hilarious.
Shea said...
Yeah... thats why I picked the comic up was because I saw a sweet virl piece comparing the comic to the movie...

We will see... we will see.
Adam said...
Anyone read "the Runaways" ? That's being made into a film as well and the premise sounds great - it's the kids of all these super villains who learn that they're parents are evil and whatnot
Shea said...
found this at Firstshowing.net


"angered to find that many fans aren't even giving the film a chance. Their reason: they're concerned that it's too much of a deviation from the source material and doesn't stick with the violent, villains-win storyline that Mark Millar and J.G. Jones so brilliantly put to paper in the comic. To prove to all of them that Wanted is the perfect adaptation of the comic, I exclusively went to Wanted's creator, Mark Millar himself, and asked him a few brief questions to settle any disputes. His answers were exactly what I thought he'd say - Millar has been involved from the start and made sure Wanted was the proper adaptation of the comic."
Nick said...
Hmm... interesting. So there is more to the movie than the trailers let on.
Adam said...
Saw this article - forgot to mention it
Andy said...
I don't see how that is possible after seeing the trailer and hearing what you've said about the comic. Maybe we will all be surprised.