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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Re: Doppelganger or Copycat ?
Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 08:13:58 am EST (Viewed 346 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Doppelganger or Copycat ?
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 03:34:50 pm EST (Viewed 323 times)

> > I like a lot Morrison's work (I love his Doom Patrol run).
> > So, it is hard for me to criticize him.
> Well, it's good that you can at least recognize that. The trick is not to make it personal. I have no vested interest in either praising or criticizing Morrison; in fact, I really don't pay very much attention to individual writers or artists... I try to read and judge each story on its own merits. (I haven't bought anything by Willingham since he wrote his post-War Games "screw you" letter to the fans, but that's something different.)
> Anyway, I have enjoyed some of Morrison's work in the past as well, and indeed I enjoyed most of RIP while it was ongoing. I just think the ending was hugely unsatisfying.
> I'm not sure what you're getting at with the doppelganger/copycat idea. Can you elaborate?

In the last issue, Doctor Hurt has been described as a "double" by both the Joker and Batman.
During Morrison's Batman run, the "Third Batman ghost" tells him that his replacements are circling him like vultures because Batman's luck is about to run out and soon he'll be gone.
Meeting a doppelganger is both an harbinger of bad luck and an omen of death ...
He makes others believe that he is some person who is actually dead : Thomas Wayne, Mangrove Pierce, the "true" Simon Hurt (perhaps, missing since 1977 according to the black casebook).

About the copycat idea :
Doctor Hurt doesn't have his own "trademark modus operandi", he is totally pragmatical and only uses the modus operandi of other villains :

On John Mayhew's island,
he killed the Legionary using Charlie Caligula's Roman emperor theme,
he asked John Mayhew to use the deathtraps of El Sombrero and the robot scorpions of Scorpiana,
he asked Wingman to fake his own death by using the electrical rifle of King Kraken.

During Morrison's Batman run, he used the modus operandi of

- classic mad scientists
(Hugo Strange, Professor Milo, Doctor Moon, Doctor Death, ...)
= the "doctor Hurt" himself

- femmes fatales (Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Talia, Nocturna, ...)
= Jezebel Jet, Scorpiona

- criminal cults (Ras Al Ghul, the Monk, Black Mask ...)
= the Black Glove

- strong opponents (Bane, Killer Croc, Monster Men ...)
= Branca

- martial artists (League of Assassins ...)
= the "Nine eyes Man", Pierrot Lunaire

- reverse Batmen (Prometheus, Owlman, Hush ...)
= Muller/Branca/Lane, Wingman, Doctor Hurt himself

- mind manipulation (Scarecrow ...)
= Doctor Hurt himself

- gamers (Riddler, Cluemaster ...)
= the Black Glove game

- characters from litterature (Mad Hatter ...)
= Le Bossu

- deathtraps (well, most everyone in the rogues fallery)
= the plot of Batman RIP and of John Mayhew's island

- and others ...

Thus, "Doctor Hurt" is only a copycat doppelganger, "mirroring the evil of others". He would be this aspect of the devil ...

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