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Wonder Woman's Half-Brother Has Defeated Both Batman and Spiderman

Along with Orion (created by Jack Kirby), a character has appeared in recent issues of Wonder Woman who may be familiar to people from Chicago.

Wesley Willis (1963-2003) was a performer and visual artist involved in the independent music scene of late-'90s Chicago. A character named Milan, with very similar appearance and mannerisms to Willis', is featured in recent issues of Wonder Woman under DC's "New 52" marque.

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posted by TheWhiteSkull (23 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Five bucks says he'll last right up until the next Crisis, at which point he is replaced by a forgotten Silver Age hero based on Daniel Johnston.
posted by griphus at 12:09 PM on February 1, 2013 [11 favorites]


I'm kind of sort of waiting for someone who has better insight into mental health concerns to say this an OK thing to like.
posted by Doleful Creature at 12:15 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


When is Jandek debuting?
posted by Falconetti at 12:17 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hrm. Let's vote on this idea ... whips the llama's ass, or Hellride?
posted by adipocere at 12:18 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rock over London, rock over Themyscira
Wheaties, breakfast of champions
posted by lumensimus at 12:19 PM on February 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


I'm kind of sort of waiting for someone who has better insight into mental health concerns to say this an OK thing to like.

Life is complicated.
posted by jsturgill at 12:22 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm kind of sort of waiting for someone who has better insight into mental health concerns to say this an OK thing to like.

People who have no physical or psychological problems sit around and make excuses as they whine their way into obscurity while Mr. Willis just made things happen. He earned being a legend -- what more can you ask?

This comic is a nice nod to him, thanks for the post.
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 12:30 PM on February 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


I immediately knew what this was and the last time I heard "I wupped Batman's ass" was probably 1999. He and Atom & His Package were the high school music scene.
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:33 PM on February 1, 2013


Those who say that WWs is famous for being mentally ill and his fans were making fun of him may be correct for some of those fans, but I just loved his music for being wild, surprising, and genuinely affecting. He would have fucking LOVED being in a superhero comic book, so nice one DC.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:36 PM on February 1, 2013 [9 favorites]


To be sure, this is my very first encounter with Willis, do I didn't know. I'm a huge fan of Daniel Johnston, for example, but I never liked the ogling at his illness that some fans seemed to get into. I just think he's written some pretty amazing music.

From what some of you are saying about Willis, sounds like it's a similar deal. So that's cool!
posted by Doleful Creature at 12:39 PM on February 1, 2013


I think maybe people might have been like "LULZ SCHIZO" but when they listened to the music, saw his art, and especially if they were able to catch a show, they would know that this was a man who was honest, who worked hard, who did everything he could in his own unique way.

The man is the epitome of punk and deserved every ounce of respect he could get. And being in a Superhero comic, I think as Potomac Avenue says, Wesley would have fucking LOVED it.
posted by symbioid at 12:46 PM on February 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Rock over London, rock on Chicago.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:51 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


That I once shied away from a Wesley Willis headbutt is a burden of shame I must carry forever.
posted by idiopath at 1:14 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I met Wesley Willis. I thought he was gonna cave my friend's skull in from extraordinarily friendly head-butts.

He was visibly crazy for sure, but the question of how that relates to his ability to make 100% sincere music is purely academic. I feel the same way about Daniel Johnston.
posted by cmoj at 1:23 PM on February 1, 2013


Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking reading DC New 52 issues...
posted by mikelieman at 2:10 PM on February 1, 2013


He would have fucking LOVED being in a superhero comic book, so nice one DC.

Well, he's made to be really gross. He eats a sandwich covered in flies that he picks from a garbage, he lives in an abandoned subway, and he shoots bugs out of his eyes. Willis was schizophrenic and homeless, but was he so filthy that his filthiness should be his superpower? It's not an entirely positive characterization. The character is supposed to represent an archetypal, mythological figure, and I'm not entirely comfortable with the link drawn between having mental illness and being revolting.

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking reading DC New 52 issues...

He's been around for the last three months or so.
posted by painquale at 2:15 PM on February 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Willis was schizophrenic and homeless, but was he so filthy that his filthiness should be his superpower?

Take a few minutes to listen to Suck a Caribou's Ass, and then ask that question again.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 2:20 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


My friend somehow brought Wesely Willis back from a show and offered him the couch. Wesely took him up on it. It went pretty well, but then they found Mr. Willis had pretty poor aim in the bathroom, luckily it was only pee. My friends said the clean up was worth it for the story.
posted by psycho-alchemy at 3:08 PM on February 1, 2013


Wonder Woman's Half-Brother

Her what?

Milan, a son of Zeus and, it would follow, Wonder Woman's half-brother.

Oh. Because nowadays they've decided Wonder Woman is actually one of Zeus's bastards. Ah, the NU 52. Always crappier than you thought it was.
posted by straight at 3:33 PM on February 1, 2013


He's been around for the last three months or so.

Yes, that's about when I started falling behind and not caring. Round about the 000/013 timeframe was it then?
posted by mikelieman at 3:52 PM on February 1, 2013


Oh. Because nowadays they've decided Wonder Woman is actually one of Zeus's bastards. Ah, the NU 52. Always crappier than you thought it was.

WW being made out of clay was one of the neater things about her, and going back on that seemed like a big mistake... but the story is going in really interesting directions, and the mythology that Azzarello is spinning out is really fresh. It's the only good Nu52 book (except maybe for Snyder's Batman), largely because it's ignoring everything else about the DC Universe. It feels like a book that Image might put out that just happens to star Wonder Woman.
posted by painquale at 4:35 PM on February 1, 2013


Wait.

Wonder Woman.
Wesley Willis.

W. W.

Clearly somebody was smoking a phat ass joint and noticed that correlation when they came up with this idea.
posted by symbioid at 5:37 PM on February 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


I immediately knew what this was and the last time I heard "I wupped Batman's ass" was probably 1999. He and Atom & His Package were the high school music scene.

I had the same experience. I feel a bit uncomfortable with this, but on the other hand I love Wesley Willis and hope that this is also done with love. Maybe he'll join the underground subway pirates from 7 Soldiers of Victory.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 2:29 PM on February 6, 2013


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