Finished watching the first half of the current TV series of The Tick. It is pleasantly nuanced, especially for a superhero satire, and delivers more in the way of cliffhangers and thrilling fight sequences than the television versions of Superman or Batman ever did.
While The Tick has always had a little more depth (or at least inner turmoil) than most superheroes and Arthur is memorably human, frail and worried, the humanity and depth of the characters in this version may well be traceable to character creator (and main writer) Ben Edlund having written for Joss Whedon's* series Firefly, Angel and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on the time between the last two incarnatioins of The Tick and this one. I see another another writer from Whedon's Firefly stable in the credits, too: Jose Molina. It shows.
The first half of the season ends with a biggest cliffhanger so far. I'm looking forward to the next group of episodes.
* I'm not a big fan of his politics but he's an extraordinarily talented storyteller.
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