On the surface the world of Wanted feels like our own. The protagonist, Wesley, is an office wage slave. He's a pacifist who's berated by his boss, has a girlfriend that's cheating on him with his best friend, and is harassed daily. However, after an encounter with the beautiful and enigmatic Fox, he finds that the world is more than it seems. In 1986, the supervillains of the world banded together, took over the world, and erased themselves and the heroes from the consciousness of humanity. The formed a secret society, the Fraternity, and they rule the world from the shadows, doing as they please. Wesley's father was the world's greatest assassin, the Killer, and has been killed. Now Wesley finds himself recruited into the Fraternity to get revenge and inherit his father's vast fortune. The story is interesting. Some of the villains want to continue to rule in secret, indulging in vices and occasionally raiding other universes, while some want to go full on open world domination.
Let me start by saying, overall I did enjoy this series. JG Jones did some amazing art. Millar's concept is fantastic. This comic takes classic comic book tropes and twists them, but it did so before it was cool. I feel the comic shares a lot in common with Ennis and The Boys (which came out a year or two later), but I think it does it better.
A majority of the characters are analogs of characters from the Big Two. For example, Fox is definitely Catwoman. There is mention of a dynamic duo at one point. Instead of Clayface, the series has Shit-Head, who has all of Clayface's abilities, but is made of the poo of the most evil men in history. You also have Fuckwit, who's described as clone of the world's greatest hero, but with Down's Syndrome. He's definitely Bizarro and is pretty pitiable. While twenty-something year old Justin would have found this awesome, it kind of seems edgey for edgey's sake. There's also random violence and (off-screen) rape that's mentioned casually. This didn't really sit well with me. While I liked Dollmaker, because he maintained a normal home life and was super polite, most of the characters were just apprehensible. The final panel really goes total edge lord and just made me roll my eyes.
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