Tick Issues 7-12
7: The Moon Menace (or Spoon!)
introduces various villains including Chairface
Chippendale, who tries to write his name on the moon. The
Chairface Chippendale cartoon episode is somewhat faithful to
the comic (though Arthur and
American Maid don't play
a role in the comic). Seeing The
Tick try to be low key and spy on people is funny; seeing
The Tick dressed as a waiter serving cocktails to villains is
hilarous, and seeing The Tick battle The
Man Eating Cow is enough to make you lose consciousness. A
8: A Matter of Cosmic Import...and other stories...
mainly deals with Arthur and
his feeling toward being a sidekick. Arthur reveals that the main
reason he hangs out with The
Tick is to stave off boredom. In the end The Tick convinces
Arthur to move to New York to fight serious crime and to get away
from his friends in The City who are holding him back. There are
also some good scenes with Dot and Arthur at dinner where Tick
keeps getting shot in the head by a sniper across the street.
The snipers decide that Tick's costume must be armored and then
shoot him in the teeth, giving The Tick a lisp for a few panels
and making him mad.
is also perhaps the source of some of the best one liners in entire
series. Arthur's professor friend spews a 9 line insult about
how idiotic The Tick is and then says "No offense intended"
to which Tick replies "None Comprehended" with a big
grin. Awesome! Later the triggermen are eaten by the Man
Eating Cow just as they are preparing to fire a weapon of
mass destruction at Tick; who grins and spouts "All Right!
This is one
of my favorites.
is entirely comprised of adventures Tick
and Arthur have trying to
find their way to New York City. The best adventure, of course,
is encountering The
Chainsaw Vigilante! The Chainsaw Vigilante is a villain who
goes around finding weak and stupid superheroes and attacking
them to "shock them back into reality" Of course, The
Chainsaw Vigilante attacks Tick and Arthur and can't hurt the
Tick, which really messes him up mentally.
All in all,
though, not one of the best issues (unless you like Arthur complaining
10: Some Obstacles and a Partial Resolution
continues The Tick and
Arthur's quest for New
York City. The first half is much like issue 9, with a lot of
complaining from Arthur, but then the duo run into a society of
people in a small town who have been mentally enhanced by a great
black monolith (sort of a combination of 2001: A Space Odyssey
and The Tommyknockers)
townsfolk try to experiment on Tick, Arthur touches the monolith
and becomes enlightened. Of course, Tick ends up breaking the
monolith in the end (accidentally) and inadvertantly saving Arthur
and the rest of the world from certain peril.
11: Two Strange Warm Men and the City of their Dreams
is the basis for the popular cartoon The Tick vs. The Tick. Tick
and Arthur make it to
New York where another superhero, Agrippa, Roman God of the Aquaduct,
shows them to the local superhero hangout. Unfortunately (?) there
is another superhero who uses the name Tick already and a great
battle ensues. Tick eventually defeats The
Tick (Barry) and earns the right to keep his name. This is
one of the only issues/episodes where the cartoon might be better
than the comic; I find it hard not to laugh every time I see or
hear the Evil Midnight Bomber who is only in the cartoon.
on some Evil Midnight Bomber dialogue:
12: One Man's Treasure is also Another Man's Treasure
doesn't have too much action. It centers on The
Tick inheriting all of Barry's
stuff including his secret cave and vehicles. Of course, Tick
proceeds to break most of it driving Barry crazy. The main purpose
of this issue seems to be to introduce new characters, including
a female in a suit like Arthur's
(Carmalita?), the Terror, Multiple Santa, The Fuzzy Person, Mr.
Tragedy, and Tuun-La (Not of this World!). Unfortunately, I haven't
been able to get more comics yet, so this is it for now.