Hello all you beautiful people out there and welcome to the first edition of Quotes of the Week brought to you by, yours truly, JsArrow! In these weekly segments I will be picking and choosing quotes from various comics books that have come out that week. Of course I will only be choosing quotes from comics that I personally read and enjoy in my free time. These books may or may not be featured on the Comics Refueled site in other ways. The series of books I read is always expanding so if a new series comes out and I like it, I’ll be reading it for myself but to also give all of you out there a wide variety of content from different sources to enjoy. As far as the requirements for the content I’ll be looking for, it won’t just be any random or common saying but instead things that are said by characters that I believe were strategically placed to emphasize a message or theme within that particular issue. I read in between the lines as much as I can and offer fruit for thought to all of you out there. Now, without further adieu, here is the first installment of Quotes of the Week!
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT*
Punisher Vs. Thunderbolts: Part Two
Writer: Ben Acker and Ben Blacker
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Colorist: Israel Silva
“I’m just a guy. I don’t have super-powers or super-soldier serum or…super anything, really. Just looks, charm and archery. I could get killed, basically all the time. So I stay frosty. I have to. Or I could die.” – Hawkeye
This quote from Hawkeye is the first thing the reader is exposed to when opening this issue of “Thunderbolts” up to read. Hawkeye, despite not being a member of the Thunderbolts, is a very pivotal figure in this issue and that must have been a conscious decision made by Acker and Blacker when writing this issue. Hawkeye is man without any powers, as he stated above, but is still just as strong and courageous as an any other hero that he surrounds himself with. He is able to step up to monsters and maniacs and be just as formidable as any other Avenger. That, I believe, is truly meant to resonate with Punisher’s character in this story arc. Punisher, also having no powers, is willing and able to stand up to anyone who does evil because it is the right thing to do. This quote is placed at this moment not for the reader to be mindful of Hawkeye but instead to ignite thoughts on the Punisher and who he is and what he is capable of. By the end of the issue we are able to see just what kind of man he is and what he can do against people with powers and even someone as powerful as Red Hulk.
Writer: Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz
Artist: Mateus Santolouco, Mark Torres, Cory Smith
Colorist: Ronda Pattison
“Once upon a time…RATS! They fought the dogs and killed the cats. And bit the babies in the cradles. And ate the cheeses out of the vats. And licked the soup from the cooks’ own ladles. Split open the kegs of salted sprats. Made nests inside men’s sunday hats. And even spoiled the women’s chats. With shrieking and squeaking…In fifty different sharps and flats.”
It is not directly clear who stated this quote that appears on the first page of the book but it is possible it is meant to have been said by the Rat King who appears later in the issue. The images that accompany this quote are reminiscent of what would be the state of things during the Bubonic/Black Plague. That plague was full of terror and chaos and the Rat King personifies that same effect. He has the strange ability to invade the minds of others and make them see or believe anything he wants. In addition, the quote is also meant to symbolize the chaos ensuing around the Turtles as Shredder grows in strength and they try to devise a plan to stop him. Eastman and the rest of the crew introduce Rat King with this quote as a seed to be planted that is sure to grow into something very significant in the future.