Saturday, August 31, 2013

Red Tornados

"Red Tornados" from Red Tornado vol.2 #4 (2010) by Kevin VanHook, Jose Luis and J.P. Mayer
He only got himself two mini-series, but I thought since he was a Justice Leaguer, I'd give him a break and include art from one of them. Not the first mini, of course, which while a super-early effort by one Kurt Busiek, had art from the waning days of Carmine Infantino's career. The second introduced a Tornado family, hoping to breathe new life into the character post-Final Crisis, but listen, "Reddy" was always going to be a sad, pathetic 'bot no matter what, and he gets blown up in the very next crossover event, Blackest Night.

Needless to say, the best portrayal of the Red Tornado I've ever experienced was by Mark Doiron, one of my DC Heroes RPG players, who just nailed the pathetic emo-ness of the character and made him, much like Mark himself, endearing. He became the robot everyone wants to hug. Or better yet, whom no one ever did.

1 comment:

  1. Those names under the picture? Kevin VanHook, Jose Luis and J.P. Mayer? Slap, slap, slap. All need to be slapped. For their own good, and for the greater good.