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| Image                   = Ironwolf.png| RealName                = | CurrentAlias            = Ironwolf| Distinguish1            = | Distinguish2            = | Aliases                 = | Identity                = Public| Alignment               = Good| Affiliation             = | Relatives               = Tyrone (brother), Erika Klein-Hernandez (distant relation), Template:DC Database:Gallery TemplatePatrick Obrian (ancestor), Burton Scott Keats (ancestor)| Universe                = Earth-One| BaseOfOperations        = Empire Galaktika | Gender                  = Male| Height                  = 6'0| Weight                  = 190 lbs.| Eyes                    = Blue| Hair                    = Black| UnusualFeatures         =  | Citizenship             = | MaritalStatus           = | Occupation              = Freedom Fighter, former Pirate, former Imperial Officer| Education               =  | Origin                  = | PlaceOfBirth            = | Creators                = Howard Chaykin| First                   = Weird Worlds #8 | Quotation               = Your bogus affection sickens me! You'd flirt with the Devil to further your own ends!| Speaker                 = Ironwolf| QuoteSource             = Weird Worlds Vol 1 #8 | HistoryText             = Lord Ironwolf was the finest officer from Earth-based interstellar Empire Galaktika in the 61st century. On his homeworld of Illium, he owned millions of trees with "anti-gravity wood" from which starships, such as his own, were constructed. He renounced his privileged position as Imperial Officer of the Court in opposition to Empress Erika Klein-Hernandez's policies and cruelties. Hernandez asked Ironwolf to allow her new alien allies to make use of the trees; fearing the aliens would then build their own fleet of starships to attack the empire, Ironwolf flatly refused and smacked her across the face. As a result of his act of treason, he became a hunted outlaw and proceeded to wage a one-ship campaign of intergalactic rebellion against the Empress and her cohorts. | Powers                  = | Abilities               = * Template:Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)* Template:Swordsmanship* Template:Firearms: He is highly skilled with the guns of his era, and sometimes uses antique 20th Century weapons like a 357-Magnum.* Template:Piracy| Strength                = | Weaknesses              =  | Equipment               = | Transportation          = The Starship Limerick Rake| Weapons                 = | Abilities               =  | Notes                   = | Trivia                  = | Recommended             = | Wikipedia               = | Links                   = }} 

Ironwolf: Fires of the RevolutionEdit

 After renouncing his royal heritage, the unlikely hero called Ironwolf fights against the decadent Empire Galaktika, battling a drug-fueled conspiracy led by aristocratic despots and a beautiful but deadly Empress. This colourful, galaxy-spanning tale mixes the high style of classic swashbuckling adventures with futuristic mayhem. Suggested for mature readers. It is the 61st century and the malevolent Empire Galaktika wields its unholy power over the entire planet. Disgusted by the aristocratic tyrants that have ravaged his world, a nobleman renounces his birthright and becomes the gallant hero known as Ironwolf. Fighting against a drug-tainted conspiracy and the tyranny that pervades his existence, the swashbuckling champion of freedom is crippled and left for dead. But demonstrating the true depths of his strength and spirit, Ironwolf rises from the ashes to lead the revolution against the Empress and her vicious Blood Legion 

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Weird Worlds and Howard Chaykin's Ironwolf Fires of the Revolution  fiasco

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Weird Worlds and Howard Chaykin's Ironwolf

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Chaykin shows you can have all the elements of Star Wars,Conan and Errol Flynne pirate movies,but if you no sense of story and thumb up your rear,you can write and draw pages of unrelentless crap.Weird World and Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution shows DC Comic will print anything,whether it's quality or not-in this case not. A while back I agreed to be a partner here at DC Bloodlines, a contributor looking at the wonderful world of the DCU. After a couple of posts however, I have become something of a slacker, a member in name only, the equivalent of a friend who sleeps on the couch, lives in the apartment, but doesn't help with the rent. A New year's resolution of mine is to start posting here more. And why not get a jump-start on the new year and my resolution? DC recently solicited a 6 issue mini-series title Weird Worlds, the first issue coming out the first week of January. The cover is posted above; here is the official description.

Each month, you'll be treated to new 10-page chapters in three exciting serials. In this debut issue, Kevin Van Hook and Jerry Ordway bring you the continuing adventures of Lobo, everyone's favorite Czarnian (after all, he's the only one left, so he'd better be your favorite). Aaron Lopresti introduces you to his newest creation, the kind-hearted monster called Garbageman. And Kevin Maguire takes you to the farthest reaches of outer space with the introduction of a hero called Tanga! 

 

Now two of my favorite creators are working on this book. I love Aaron Lopresti's work and thought his Wonder Woman was about as close to perfect as you can get. And Kevin Maguire is simply fantastic.

 

But this isn't the first Weird Worlds that DC has published. And that's one of the things I like about DC, this sense of tradition. 

 

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In 1972, DC published the first Weird Worlds, a short lived science fiction title that lasted only 10 issues. The first 7 issues were comic versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs' characters such as John Carter, Warlord of Mars. But the last three issues were headlined by Ironwolf, a character created by Howard Chaykin. The Ironwolf stories in Weird World's 8, 9, and 10 read like a Who's Who of talent. Chaykin plotted and drew the stories. Denny O'Neil scripted Chaykin's plots. And Walt Simonson was the letterer! The stories are simply jammed with so many ideas that you get the sense that Chaykin had a complete universe in his mind. Wildly imaginative and understandably rough in some spots, the stories are like looking into the laboratory of Chaykin's mind, seeing some themes that run through many of his subsequent works.

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Now I am an old timer, but I wasn't buying comics in 1972. But I am a huge fan of Howard Chaykin. In the late 80s I discovered Chaykin's work - The ShadowAmerican Flagg, and Blackhawk. They were complex stories, with layers on layers. They were sexy, something my mid-adolescent self thought was unbelievably fantastic. And Flagg and Blackhawk were world-weary 'heroes' who felt betrayed by all sides despite being 'good men' at their core. The Flagg stuff was just about the best thing on Earth for me back then (and still is now) - filled with politics and actions, as well as stunning art and snappy dialogue. With three home runs in a row, I decided to hunt down as much of Chaykin's past work as possible - the Atlas Comics'' 'Scorpion, Marvel's Dominic Fortune, and DC'sWeird Worlds. And I have since collected Chaykin's subsequent stuff.

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Ironwolf is a lord from the planet Illium, a world with an incredible natural resource, anti-gravity trees that are used to build space ships. Illium is one planet within an Empire, ruled by the beautiful but wicked Empress Erika Klein-Hernandez.Obviously,Chaykin is a supporter of the Empress bitck character.He used this same character in Cody Starbuck-the bimbo,who runs the galaxy,with nothing more her tits and pussy.Maybe this might be true,but even it is,it shows Howie Chaykins attitude toward women.They are whores and bimbos.This might be Chaykins overreaction to feminism. Being a man of honor, Ironwolf doesn't want to share his world's anti gravity trees with the Empress' barbarian hordes who will simple invade and conquer.The barbarians are never given a name or motice,other they represent blacks,who fearful rape,pillage figures.Chaykin just substitutes ape creatures like Bob Howard,or Star Trek with new Klingon for blacks .

When the Empress commands Ironwolf to relinquish control of the forests, Ironwolf makes a snap decision.Nothing,is mentioned,as why Ironwulf and his homeworld Illium have the only anti gravity trees.Dune,stats the all important spice,important to space travel,can be created on Arrakis-the sandworms can only exist.Illium makes no reason why Illium  anti gravity trees can’t grow anywhere else.If there was some sort of special process,only known the Illiumians-maybe we might take it as important.If you write something,you can’t say ‘’it’s important-so there.’’-move on.You have give the reason why the maggufin is important,not just it is.

 Ironwolf rebels, slaughtering the ‘’barbarian’’ troops there, and escapes a bimbo fan,Robin Goodfreind-an obviously,attempt to create an Ian Flemming style female companion and do nothing it –other a piece of Solent Green style furnichure. A typical Chaykin female-looks and no substance.

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There is definitely a nice mix of both science fiction and fantasy throughout the series. Wooden space ships? Ironwolf's ship is the Limerick Rake (Chaykin always did have a nice sense of wordplay) and looks more like a pirate ship than a galactic cruiser. The 'sword' at the front of the ship is actually seen ramming other ships.But we never get to see this used.I guess,Howie Chaykin was far too busy playing himself,to show the Nautalus sword ram a ship-another missed opertunity. 

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With a righteous fury, Ironwolf starts to attack the Empress' troops any time he can. He and his crew are skilled warriors and seem to be racking up victory after victory.Ofcourse,they are.It’s lambrains understanding of real life piracy.Actually,pirate or privateers work one government secretly,under Articles of  against an enemy powers shipping lanes.

 Finally Empress Erika calls in her secret weapons - The Blood Legion and their leader Omikel. The Blood Legion are a troop of vampire soldiers, loyal to the empire and incredibly strong-a cruel trip of evolution.Ofcourse,this is just a rip from ‘’I AM LEGEND’’.Chaykin fails to make work.No explaination.We just go ‘’their vampires-evil,blood sucking bad guys’’. So science fiction, a pirate theme, and now vampires. Quite a nice concoction that Chaykin is creating here. Moreover, as with most of Chaykin's work, there are plenty of beautiful strong women throughout the books. 

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Heading back to his home planet, Ironwolf discovers that his squeamish and foppish brother has lied down with the Empire and has ceded the anti-gravity forests to the Empress. Rather than allowing the trees to get in the hands of fascists, Ironwolf actually destroys his legacy, his birthright. He burns down his world's forests! Nice panel work here, Ironwolf small, confined to the prison of the panel, back to us, shoulders slumped. But it also shows what a man of conviction he is. This unwillingness to cross personal ethical lines and the ability to sacrifice things to accomplish bigger goals are common characteristics of the best Chaykin characters.It also show Ironwolf  is also an asshole,who can figure maybe another way,might be keeping the trees and having his build a fleet of ships,fighting the evil Empress.The trees to get in the hands of fascists would hard to take,if a fleet of ships surround the planet. Chaykin characters often do stupid shit to advance plotlines better suited to different directions,that mister jerk you office in the caferria can think of. And the Scottish togs add to the feel of the book. There is a medieval sort of feel to the politics here ... lords and ladies, landed gentry, etc. Ironwolf seems more the rogue and outlaw dressed like this.Ironwolf findhimself among the Sargasso Sea of Space-ships adrift in a void.One of the derrilick ships,has overgrown plants,sort of we decades upon the Proteus,in the Lost in Space movie-a neat idea.We can assume,this here,is some sort of easy oxygen recycling system.I’m Chaykin didn’t think of that.It just medievila.

Anyway,Ironwolf fight a few more so called ‘’barbarians’’.15 foot tall.Some nice swordplay,but never  reused because little Howie Chaykin gets all confused and put other shit up,instead of building upon the world he is building.

 At the end of this first issue he has officially joined the rebel forces,a rebel government-like George Lucas later uses in the Star Wars Saga working with comely rebel Captain Shebaba O'Neal, and determined to bring down the Empire.

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The second issue's story involves Ironwolf trying to assassinate the Empress by impersonating an actor and playing Hamlet for her in a private showing. So what Ironwolf do,once explodes like a supernova outside the window,dispatching the one eyed patch wearing Crayford of Doctor Who and a Mister T imitator,attacking his ship,he goes and shows as the actor,believing the Empress Erika Klein Bitchcunt would not kill him on sight. Again, Chaykin sort of floods the stories with small flourishes that add to the complexity of the world.If you think,floushes that complexity,is flooding the book with unfinished garbage. Here we learn of Urchin's Blood, a drug that drives men insane with courage. Iron wolf fights brief sword bout with Lord Omikel.The only good here is the wooden robot droid set attack him and Omikel employing a neat effect with a force field glove.Other this,the books is nothing more that Howard Chaykin trying impress us,that he’s read more than just comics-the pop culture of the Elizabethan era-known as Shakespear.The comics of their day. The plot fails and one of Ironwolf's comrades gets killed in the process.

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The last issue has Ironwolf on the run, fleeing to a rebel world to repair the Limerick Rake.Suddenly,the wooden ship’s dock catches fire.You’d think,the people of Illium,would treat the wood some fire proof substance-but no,not in the  Chaykin Universe.Everyone does dumshit,to advance the plot. This world is the home world of Janus Vanmeer, a noted rebel leader. These rebels turn out to be just as bad as the empire.Gee,ofcourse it is. in the  Chaykin Universe,everyone but the hero and band of rebels are total dicks. The planet's ruling family is peddling Mikah, an addictive drug which turns men into mindless giants. Are you a good guy if you are working with drug dealers? Are you rebelling if the underlying reason is to secure a bigger drug market for profit? Ironwolf wants no part of it. The issue ends with the discovery that rebel leader Janus has been using Mikah and is now a grotesquely muscled brute. Ironwolf barely survives a skirmish with Janus, killing him in the process. Aboard the Limerack Rack,Lord Ironwolf and Shebaba  O'Neal bable about some crap,about the lot,while our suishes a floating ball.

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The last page of Weird Worlds #10, the last issue of the title, sums up Ironwolf's character - and most of Chaykin's best protagonists: Cody Starbuck, and Reuben Flagg, and the Midnight Men, and Harry Kraft of American Century. Ironwolf feels like he is battling a corrupt world from all sides. He is a dreamer ... a dreamer of peace and decency ... but he is a dreamer who can fight. That is the quintessential Chaykin hero.

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Here are the covers to the other two issues of Weird Worlds that starred Ironwolf. Weird Worlds #10 sports a very nice Mike Kaluta cover. These books are sort of cherished by Chaykin fans, the petri dish of his later stuff. They can often be found at conventions cheap, sometimes in the 50cent boxes.

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Chaykin came back to the Ironwolf character in 1992, co-writing Ironwolf: Fires of the Revolution with frequent collaborator John Francis Moore.The weakest,point,showing both are clueless,as was the editor,to what makes a good story. This one shot graphic novel again sports incredible talent. Mike Mignola penciled the book and P.Craig Russell inked it.The strongest point Some of the events of these Weird World stories are recapitulated here but it also brings the story to something of a close. » After renouncing his royal heritage, the unlikely hero called Ironwolf fights against the decadent Empire Galaktika, battling a drug-fueled conspiracy led by aristocratic despots and a beautiful but deadly Empress.Mignolas ship design is less believable,that the one Chaykin originally used-not that that was great to begin with,but it far exceeds Mike Mignolas version.One of the best characters,in the old

 This colourful, galaxy-spanning tale mixes the high style of classic swashbuckling adventures with futuristic mayhem. Suggested for mature readers. It is the 61st century and the malevolent Empire Galaktika wields its unholy power over the entire planet. Disgusted by the aristocratic tyrants that have ravaged his world, a nobleman renounces his birthright and becomes the gallant hero known as Ironwolf. Fighting against a drug-tainted conspiracy and the tyranny that pervades his existence, the swashbuckling champion of freedom is crippled and left for dead. But demonstrating the true depths of his strength and spirit, Ironwolf rises from the ashes to lead the revolution against the Empress and her vicious Blood Legion  This work melds nicely with the Chaykin/Garcia-Lopez mini-series Twilight, re-imagining the other silver age space heroes like Tommy Tomorrow and Space Ranger, another very good mini that can be found cheap. If you are a Chaykin fan of any level, I would definitely look for theWeird World issues. In the late 1980s, DC collected the three issues and reprinted them in one book. That is simply titled Ironwolf and is probably just as hard to find as the original issues. Chaykin's later works all seem like echoes of the ground-breaking stuff on the late 80s and early 90s.  But there is usually some glimmer in them that keep me coming back. So I have read Bite Club, his Challengers of the UnknownCity of Tomorrow, and the more recent Dominic Fortune. Still, of all those recent stuff, I am still more apt to reread Ironwolf or Flagg or The Shadow orTwilight.

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Labels: Howard Chaykin, Ironwolf, Weird Worlds

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Diabolu Frank said...

Anj, this is more like that buddy's apartment where you can crash whenever you like. The rent's already paid, friend!

Anyhow, I love Howard Chaykin's art, and I want to enjoy his writing, but I almost never do. Aims at sophistication too often fall short, into the land of smug and sordid. You mentionTwilight, a series I hated in spite of having little-to-no investment in the characters prior to their revisions. I covered that book a while back elsewhere, and might ought to represent it here closer to the Christmas lull.

It's weird seeing Chaykin at this formative stage, strongly resembling contemporaries like Kaluta and Simonson. In a few years, nobody could ever confuse any of these guys with one another! I can see a lot of Ironwulf in Mike Grell's Starslayer and Jim Starlin's Dreadstar, both series I have no small amount of affection for. DC really ought to collect all this material into one definitive edition, if not for Chaykin, at least for Mignola!


 

 

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