Quote: Maybe it was because I was already familiar with Gilgamesh from The Eternals,and that great great run up to Thor#300 that makes me like the charater.Knowing the epic of Gilgamesh and its ties to Hercules labors make him interesting.Was it Walt Simonson that turned him into the monster killer?I think most saw him as one dimensional where that was actually one aspect of his personality from the old tales.It didnt bother me since it fit with the mythology and we knew he would eventually find another part of his personality.Still think of him as The Forgotten One.
I always got the vibe that Gil was a guy who had a lot of layers. Byrne tried to make him boastful and arrogant and I didn't like that approach at all. Simonson's version just seemed a bit removed from the world but for whatever reason has decided to be a part of the world again. There was a sadness there and I think him joining the Avengers was him attempting a new experience...for ages he only relied on himself and now he had to let other people in.
He had layers but we never got to see them
Gilgamesh was a character who never achieved a fraction of his true potential.
True but give the right team a chance to tell the epic of Gilgamesh using the marvel version could be great.Youre right there is much potential in the charater.Hmm-I would want it to include his journeys after the epic.You are spot on about how he relied on himself-The Forgotten One-and he definetely should have many layers of personality.I think the original stories were actually a string of unrelated hero tales that were passed on in the oral tradition until Gilgamesh became the central charater.This explains some of his different behavior patterns in the epic but marvel could easily use it as a plot point.