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July 03 2008

Captain Hammer comic now officially up. The Captain Hammer comic that was already online but then got pulled again is now officially out and back online at Darkhorse's MySpace site.

Loved it. I hope this is how Hammer sounds in the musical.

"Can you lurk in plain sight? Or is that just walking? Oh well, leave it to the cardiologists to puzzle that one out. What was I saying?"

Whedon-talent is in the blood. Why isn't that my last name!?!?!
Very energetic visuals... both celebrating and satirizing the comic hero icon.

Hey, is that rock formation behind Captain Hammer flipping us the bird?!!

hehe...
So great! I was going to quote the lurking-walking-cardiologists line too, CowboyCliche. Definitely my favorite. Really hilarious writing. And I love the artwork. But why doesn't Capt. Hammer look more like Nathan?
Maybe it's really: Why doesn't Nathan look more like Captain Hammer?
To be fair, Dr. Horrible ain't exactly the spitting image of NPH. I just think they went all out "comic book" on their artistic approach here, which I thought fit perfectly.
For some reason, it doesn't show for me at home. I can ogle the pretty at work, but when I go to my all access, no firewall/restricted sites comp, nada. *shrug* Well, at least I'm set thanks to a great one quote addicted person. ;)

*ponders* Let me try something *closes Opera and opens IE* Ahhh, now there's our simple-minded, hammer symbol wearing anti-geek hero.
@CowboyCliche
Yeah, that quote is brilliant!

@Mirage
Seems like you don't have the Adobe Flash plugin for Opera installed. Or maybe you disabled plugins via the F12-menu?
Cool, it's now officially ace. Yesterday it could've gone either way.
I can't believe they reworked the dialogue since yesterday.* Hooray for having a saved copy of the first version.

*This is a lie. I'm restless and twiddling my thumbs for the next two weeks till the first part comes online.

[ edited by Simon on 2008-07-02 23:12 ]
Salocin, you know those computer handy people? *points at self* I am only friend/related to some - though I have my moments, rare and far in between as they may be. Guess I'm safe from Capt. Hammer... although I am quite dark-ish in my ponderings. Death and angst are major themes. Hmmm, are dark "writers" in Hammer's bad list? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

My plug-ins are enabled... so, I'm guessing it's the first one. Tried to install it just now, but I bet I did something wrong. Oh, well, my brother is going to come over tomorrow, he can straighten my mess. ;) That way, I can make him read this comic and get him hooked *evil laugh*
I can't believe they reworked the dialogue since yesterday. Hooray for having a saved copy of the first version.

What did they change?
Also is Dr Horrible a supervillan in the mold of Lex Luthor or does he actually have powers as well?
While I was dead certain that Simon was lying, I nonetheless did just spend the last several minutes doing a painstaking line-by-line comparison.

Just because, you know, you never know.
That was very, very cool. I actually think I liked that a little more than SugarShock.

I don't think Dr. Horrible has any powers of any kind at all. Thus, the funny. Just a guess.

There will be Captain Hammer t-shirts available that benefit the Dr Horrible ConGlomCo, right? Because if so, they need to make some "Potential Super Villain" shirts as well. I'd buy two.

And speaking of Lex Luthor, I just read the "All-Star Superman" graphic novel yesterday, and it was tres keen. Very surprised, because I'm not a big Supes fan at all, but it was really good and sorta kinda Buffyesque in tone and dialog, if you tilted your head the right way.
Have a friend that excels in math and science? Report him!

This made my day!
Hee. "Pass me the science ingredient."
While I was dead certain that Simon was lying

Argh.
While I was dead certain that Simon was lying, I nonetheless did just spend the last several minutes doing a painstaking line-by-line comparison.

Did you spot it ? (hint: in Moscow, the water smells of lemons)

Re: Dr Horrible's power, only the power of Science, that's all ! That tiny enterprise that gave us the moon landings, atomic energy and the she-wee !

(i.e. only in the pre-Crisis Luthor mold)
Love the comic. I do think it's funny that Captain Hammer is someone Mal Reynolds would hate with every fibre of his brown coat and Mal is someone Captain Hammer would, er, hammer. And yet both captains played by Nathan Fillion ... So does the appelation "Captain Tightpants" now apply to *both* characters ...? I'm getting confused and may have to leave this question to the cardiologists ...
Aw man this is awesome! Page three, the "lurking/walking/Cardiologist" panels- they captured Nathan's "Did I leave the oven on?" look spot on.
Is it just me - or does Captain Hammer remind you of Ranger Danger from the Red Green Show?

Regardless - squee!
Am I the only one who wonders if Captain Hammer is secret love child of The Tick?
Hahahaha, RayHill!
Good point, bix (Can I call ya bix?). We could chicken-or-egg Nathan-Hammer vs. Comic-Hammer all day.
Hey Ray, answer your email!
So does the appelation "Captain Tightpants" now apply to *both* characters ...?

I've been calling the character Captain Hammerpants for ages.
"It's Hammer-pants time!"

Truly, much funnier in my head, 'cause my psyche can do voices and stuff. Honestly, it's a scream, if you're, well, me.

*resist urge to also do line-by-line dialogue check... though will prolly succumb eventually...*
Is it just me - or does Captain Hammer remind you of Ranger Danger from the Red Green Show?

Regardless - squee!
Zannadoo | July 02, 23:48 CET


I thought I was the only freak to love the Red Green Show! :) Well, maybe I'm just a freak who happens to love it also. I also feel the Tick jaw line as well.

RE: evil scientists. Yes you must watch out for us. Atomic bombs, anthrax, the future small pox scare... we are dangerous even if we're not mighty.

What's sad is I think this is how normal people view "us" (or me). Stupid tightpants.
Speaking of evil nerds, are there any books out there that would be a fun read for the science nerd types?

I've soaked up the magics & dragons & fantasty part, but I was looking for something more realistic yet fantasy at the same time. Any pointers?
Schwoo! Brilliant.
Mirage,

Thanks for the tip about IE. Took a while to load the first page and then everything was fine. All I got in Aol was black in the middle of the comic.
Oh wait, the aol link just filled in after doing a ctrl f5 key and waiting a very long time.

korkster,

Have you ever read the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust?
I think the evil mastermind outcast nerds (the goth ones, not the sciencey ones) are a shoutout to Spike and Dru, especially his black and red. Or maybe it's Sid and Nancy?
EvilFirePixie8 | July 02, 23:47 CET

Page three, the "lurking/walking/Cardiologist" panels- they captured Nathan's "Did I leave the oven on?" look spot on.


Yes!
I keep thinking of that scene in Men in Black where Will Smith shoots the cardboard cut out of the 8 year old girl holding a quantum physics book.
I love how Captain Hammer doesn't look like Nathan, but looks like Nathan could play him.

The way that Doc Horrible is drawn is driving me crazy - it reminds me of something else... that is just on the tip of my brain.

(I understand that this may happen with increasingly frequency. Eeeesh.)
WilliamTheB, I thought that I was the only one to see Spike and Drusilla in the death-geeks. I attributed it to my Spike-on-the-brains incurable condition.
Liked the drawings, the dialogue - now can't wait for the musical!
I too saw Spike and Dru in the death nerds.
QuoterGal said:
I love how Captain Hammer doesn't look like Nathan, but looks like Nathan could play him.

The way that Doc Horrible is drawn is driving me crazy - it reminds me of something else... that is just on the tip of my brain.

Perhaps he reminds you of Doctor Emmett Brown?

I feel certain that the "running towards the reader" pose of Captain Hammer on the final page is a loving homage to Rob liefield, and by loving I mean viciously satirical.

[ edited by The Londinium Sun on 2008-07-03 13:22 ]
bix: I've been calling the character Captain Hammerpants for ages.

That's just wrong.

korkster: Speaking of evil nerds, are there any books out there that would be a fun read for the science nerd types?

To help them become evil...? Or a books of celebration of the nerd? Because there are these.
Thanks, NYPinTA, but neither of those, really. More of a fiction selection... like the alter-egos of nerds who are actually considered "cool" and save lives and such outside the realm of "normal people". Hm, I know that sounds like society today, but I was looking for a fun book to read like that. You know, your hero is a super-nerd kind of thing. Parallel lives like Harry Potter sort, instead of magic and flying broomsticks, it's chemistry and defying the laws of physics.

You can congratulate me now. I just converted another to the Dr. Horrible side of things! Yay for dropping Nathan Fillion's name on a Browncoat! :)

? Maybe I am evil...

*goes to work on laugh*
I loved the comic sooooo much. It was absolutely fantastic. Really really loved it. I'm looking forward to much much more from Zach Whedon.
@ The Londinium Sun - No, but thanks for trying... it's actually a drawing or a cartoon that it's kicking up - for some reason, I know that much.

MAD magazine? It's from something odd like that... I think.

*tries not to think about it...*

I'll go crazy if I do. I'll think about it... tomorrow.

After all, tomorrow is another day.*
You know, your hero is a super-nerd kind of thing. Parallel lives like Harry Potter sort, instead of magic and flying broomsticks, it's chemistry and defying the laws of physics.
Can't think of anything, but that sounds like a fun read.
Thanks. That's why I want one. :(

Maybe this is what Dr. Horrible will become. :)
Love the satire in the comic - very pleased that the tone was quite a bit darker than I expected. The globe with just the USA on it was a nice touch. Really didn't expect to come away thinking about authoritarianism, 1984, George Bush and his "War on Terror". But maybe that's just me ;).

Come on Dr Horrible!!!!!
korkster and NYPinTA,

Still saying Vlad Taltos series by New York Times Best-selling author Steven Brust. Have you read his Firefly fan fiction novel: http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html Whoo-hoo!
OMG... I could be Captain Hammer's next arch-nemesis! I excel at math & science, and I have, at times, been a death nerd!

Now I have to come up with a supervillainess name...
The way that Doc Horrible is drawn is driving me crazy - it reminds me of something else... that is just on the tip of my brain.


QuoterGal, to me he looks like Dib on Invader Zim...
On the rocks on the front page. This is what I think happened. Captain Hammer hired a comic book artist to make this comic book so people could "Be Like Me". Then Captain Hammer kept badgering the artist to make his muscles more real like he thinks they are. And the artist kept having to redraw and redraw and then the artist started getting angry and decided on the perfect first page. Captain Hammer approved of the page and never noticed anything.

I also think the artist put jester bells on Captain Hammer's boots.
Thanks, Anonymous1, for the tip. You had given it to me before and I added it to my list of books to get. :) I was just answering NYP's question.

Thanks for the firefly fanfic link. I'll check it out.

I think Captain Hammer looks like a dork. Can't wait to see how NF plays him. :)

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