THE SUICIDE SQUAD - A FILM OF THE DC UNIVERSE RELEASED about a group of bandits on guard of the law. The image of antiheroes has generally gone into circulation - as recently as this winter, Marvel's Deadpool came out with great success. The halo of gloom that surrounds such characters makes them seem justifiably attractive, if in the end they work for "ours" or are guided by at least some kind of moral code. We remember the coolest antiheroes from comics and advise what to read about them.
The Suicide Squad is a special squad for combating supernatural threats, assembled from desperate criminals, each of whom has outstanding abilities. They do this not for thanks, but to mitigate their punishment. In the comics, the Squad settled in the 80s: after appearing in the crossover, the series of the same name began to appear, which continues to be published to this day. In the form in which the Squad appears in the blockbuster of the same name, it did not appear on paper immediately. In the DC universe, over the years, many small villains have passed through him, trying to cut off their time - only a few, like Deadshot or the Bronze Tiger, remained constant participants.
This was in part to explain why the villains of the DC Universe end up at large all the time. All of them work for the government against their will: nanobombs are implanted in their necks, which in case of disobedience will be detonated. These antiheroes are an example to all antiheroes: no matter what socially useful deeds they do, they do it solely for their own benefit. Marvel, by the way, has its own version of the same guys - the Thunderbolts.
TO READ: Suicide Squad (vol. 1-4)
The Punisher has recently appeared on screen - he appeared in the second season of "Daredevil" and will soon become the hero of his own series on Netflix. The character, especially played by John Bernthal, more than deserves it due to its conflicting notions of morality, good and evil. In a sense, he is on the same level with those who do this evil. War veteran, the Punisher, aka Frank Castle, believes that violence should only be fought with violence.
The character's cruelty comes from a personal tragedy: his family died, accidentally finding themselves in the middle of a mafia shootout. So the Punisher became obsessed with revenge, making a firm decision to cleanse the world of evil - by his own methods. Comics about the Punisher rose on the wave of popularity of antiheroes in the 80s - since then there have been many in which the character deals mainly with various kinds of mafia. The revival of the hero under the direction of screenwriter Garth Ennis deserves special attention - in "The Punisher" of the 2000s.
TO READ: The Punisher (vol. 3-5)
We also recently recalled Jesse Custer in connection with the film adaptation: in accordance with the latest fashion, a preacher from the South of the States was also dedicated to his own series. The Preacher was invented by the same people who relaunched The Punisher - Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Ennis is generally a great specialist on antiheroes and during his career he managed to write great stories about several guys from this list. The comic strip about Jesse Caster and a team of his girlfriend and an alcoholic vampire is famous for its special swagger: in the world of "The Preacher", the question of noble and moral heroes is not even worth it, especially when the mysterious creature Genesis possesses you. And when you have such a serious matter as the return of God to his rightful post, and chaos is going on around you, your hands are untied, even if you are a priest.
TO READ: "Preacher"
Deadpool is the living embodiment of the comic 90s in which he appeared.This antihero remains a favorite teenage character due to his postmodern trait: Deadpool knows he's in the comics and regularly breaks the "fourth wall" by addressing the reader directly. Like Wolverine, he is a former subject of Project X, which is why he has remarkable strength and powerful regeneration abilities. From the program, however, he was kicked out, after which he became a victim of cruel experiments. Because of all this, Deadpool went a little crazy - hence the constant mockery of what is happening, antics and a caustic sense of humor. The latter make Deadpool completely different from typical gloomy antiheroes: this one loves not just to talk, but to chat incessantly, even during a bloody massacre - all this in atypically yellow bubbles.
To read: Deadpool: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Another graphic novel by Alan Moore, no longer about one antihero, but a whole gang. The Guardians once stood guard over the law and in the service of the state: in the world of comics, real superheroes appeared at the beginning of the century, fought, and since then have been released. Rorschach, Comedian, Doctor Manhattan - all of them hardly match poster superheroes. The Guardians have become a cult for a reason: never before has a superhero narrative been explored with such depth and intelligence. Moore's antiheroes are not just bad guys on guard of the law, but living, complex, imperfect people - or ideal, but therefore even more problematic superbeings - whose complex inner worlds grow at the center of the story.
To read: "Keepers"
"V for Vendetta" is Alan Moore's dystopia about an alternate reality Britain. A destructive nuclear war took place in it in the middle of the 20th century, after which almost no one was left alive. England, meanwhile, fell under the regime of a fascist dictatorship, which decided that the best course of action was to exterminate all the "objectionable", that is, leftists, gays, Jews, and so on. V in the mask of Guy Fawkes - seemingly as a revolutionary leader and passionate anarchist. Thanks to his actions, a gradual undermining of the current power begins. His methods are not very noble, because for him what is happening is a war, and in war it is like in war. Even to his ward Ivy, he is not too gentle - it is not for nothing that in the film adaptation of Natalie Portman they shaved their heads in one take. The only trouble is that, unlike the movie, the comic V hardly succeeds in its struggle, although in a sense, anarchy triumphs.
To read: "V is for vendetta"
Most remember John Constantine from his role as Keanu Reeves - in the original comic, he, of course, is a much less pleasant character, invented by the ubiquitous Alan Moore - another lover of a non-standard approach to the main characters. Konstantin is from London, and his fate is not easy. John Constantine is an extraordinary magician and occult detective who drives demons back to the underworld. Despite the anti-hero's passion for smoking, cynical jokes and caustic comments, it is not difficult for Konstantin to sympathize with him for his endless willingness to help others. John Constantine knows firsthand what awaits him on the other side of life, manages to get cancer, recover and quarrel with all the important persons of hell. For DC Vertigo, Hellblazer was the most successful comic of them all.
To read: "Hellblazer"
What's the list without Frank Miller's neo-noir Sin City? Do not ignore his main character - the gloomy Marv, played by Mickey Rourke in the film version. A dangerous and, frankly, unstable person, constantly suffering from hallucinations, then his own conscience. Everyone in the city knows about Marve - he has amassed a powerful reputation as an insensitive thug who is best at the terrible thing - to kill. At the same time, Marv is not devoid of nobility: although he grew up in the cruel Basin City, he adheres to his code and goes on a personal vendetta only when the worst happens to him - his beloved woman is killed.
To read: "Sin City"
Judge Dredd is one of the few characters not owned by either of the two giants DC and Marvel. Dredd is originally from the UK and was invented by the video game company Rebellion, which began publishing comics in the 2000s. You can see him in the British comic magazine 2000 AD, published since the mid-70s. The universe of Judge Dredd was born as a satire on the modern political and police systems of that time. In the dystopian city of the future Mega-City One somewhere in America, there is a whole team of judges - not just those who sit in the courtroom wearing a wig, but who patrol the streets of the city and have enormous powers: they can catch people, pass judgment on them. and even kill. Judge Dredd is the coolest of them all, with all that it implies. Since the time in the comics about Dredd coincides with the real one, it seems that his career is just coming to an end.
To read: 2000 AD
Catwoman, just like most DC characters, also had bad luck with the film adaptation. This is a pity, because there are not many superhero women, and even more so antiheroes. Catvuman, and at first just a Cat, is one of the oldest characters who has survived a wave of changes since the forties. Invented as another villain in a cohort of Batman haters, the charming thief has since grown into an independent complex character, whose main characteristic no longer remains a simple antagonism or, on the contrary, an affair with Batman. Today, Catwoman is more of an antihero: she literally has a special passion for everything that lies badly, especially if it glitters, and will easily give odds to most men. So, Selina, this is her real name, even fights evil in her native Gotham.
To read: Catwoman: When in Rome