mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

The Incredibles and Kurt Busiek's Astro City

Spoilers here, so don't read further if you don't want to be spoiled for either the movie or the Astro City storyline called "The Tarnished Angel."

gnomi and I went to see "The Incredibles" on Sunday afternoon, and enjoyed it immensely. But as the plot played out, I realized that it struck a chord of familiarity with me.

The villain of the movie "The Incredibles" is a super named Syndrome. He devises a plot to build a bunch of robots to invade the world. He doesn't want to take over the world, however; what he plans to do is show up in the nick of time and save the world from the very robots he built, so that the world will laud him as a great hero.

Four years ago, in the comic book Astro City, Kurt Busiek wrote a story called "The Tarnished Angel," available in a compiled trade paperback. The villain of the piece is actually a former superhero named El Hombre, who made a fateful decision when his popularity was on the wane. He hired a villain called the Assemblyman to build a robot top attack the city, and El Hombre planned to show up in the nick of time and save the city, so he would be lauded as a great hero. That plan fell apart, but as the comic book unfolds, El Hombre is trying a similar plan...

Am I the only person to make this connection? I'm not saying that Brad Bird ripped off Kurt Busiek at all, I'm just noting the similarity of the two stories.

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