In the pages of ‘Kingdom Come,’ Alex Ross filled the endless massive crowd shots with a number of easter eggs, notably the appearance of both the Monkees and the Beatles (or at least robots wearing Sergeant Pepper jackets) as part of the army of superhumans milling about.  For my part, The Monkeemen are among the best parts of the book, much as the appearance of Klaus Nomi and Iggy Pop as super-powered henchmen to David Bowie’s Sovereign (celebrity voice impersonated) in later seasons of the Venture Brothers.  Superhumans and musicians do have a lot in common, from their generally outre mode of dress to the wide range of genres and abilities that you’ll find in either career, which leads to an interesting (if admittedly 40% space-cadet) query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that an invulnerable Davy Jones would have been a given, but flying Mike Nesmith and time-traveling Peter Tork are also good, asking: If you could provide a favorite musician with super-powers, what would they be and why?

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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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11 Comments

  1. September 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    Kanye West with any Power because he already has his own theme music.

    • September 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm — Reply

      Does yelling count as a power? Cause he’d look good in the Angar The Screamer suit…

  2. September 28, 2013 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    Skrillex – or any dubstep/techno musician, really – which a green lantern ring. Can you imagine the visual constructs they’d make in time to their music?

  3. Kirby
    September 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm — Reply

    Okay in a Venture Bros.-verse I’d give Jimmy Buffet multi-colored Hawkman wings, and be called “Parrothead.” That or the dead-half of Lynyrd Skynyrd as “Franken-skynyrd.”

    Also Elvis Presely, with Bismollian powers.

  4. Frank
    September 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    Give Jimi Hendrix “Deadman’s” powers so he could inhabit another musician’s body and rock on.

  5. Zombi
    September 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm — Reply

    I’d give Prince the power of Time Travel so he could go back in time and stop the break up of The Revolution/the formation of The New Power Generation

  6. September 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm — Reply

    I’d probably give Jack Black some of the powers he has in Brütal Legend. That game was awesome up until it turned into an RTS. Should have dropped that and fleshed out the 3rd person combat with more spells / abilities.

  7. September 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm — Reply

    I would give Aya Matsuura and/or Alizée Jacotey something along the lines of Wolverine’s healing factor and slow aging so they can stay adorable forever.

  8. Lee Goldberg
    September 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm — Reply

    I’d give Weird AL energy construct powers, similar to green lantern. The possibilities for wackiness are endless :)

    • September 29, 2013 at 12:44 am — Reply

      I’ve always imagined him with some sort of magical powers instead, although with some used in a similar manner to the GL light constructs (as well as cartoon-like abilities, such as producing a HUGE sledgehammer out of something like a coat pocket).

  9. September 29, 2013 at 7:48 am — Reply

    Isn’t Keith Richards already the living embodiment of Vandal Savage? Both keep on tickin’ long after their expected expiration dates.

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