This isn’t a review column.  Rather, it’s a survey of some of my favorite lines from recent comics.  It’s also a reminder of why I love comics in the first place.


“Keep getting the feeling that I’m forgetting something.  Like there’s somewhere else I’m supposed to be.  Teaching school?  Really?  Can that be right?  Guess I’m better off having knives thrown at my face.” 

-Kitty Pryde after the faculty of the X-Men’s new school have been abducted and brainwashed into working in a circus from Wolverine and the X-Men #21


“Why should I be afraid?  I am Daric of Dacia, nephew of Alaric, the Sacker of Rome.  Let them face me.” 

            -Daric of Dacia, aka X-O Manowar, from X-O Manowar #7


“Can you recall a time in your training when the masters did not take your words and actions seriously?”

-Master Tave, ironically failing to take seriously the concerns of the Jedi-in-training, in Dawn of the Jedi: Prisoner of Bogan #1


“Note to self, then.  For the next life: screw everybody.  Oh, who am I fooling?”

-Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, after throwing himself out of a window in Hawkeye #5


“Humans and dinosaurs actually coexisting?  Why, this is the most inane production I have ever had the misfortune to—“ “Ahh, go be smart somewhere else, willya?  Some of us wanna enjoy the pitcha!” 

-A couple arguing about a B-movie right before an escaped dinosaur crashes through the theatre wall, from Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #4


“You won’t be the first to try, and you won’t be the first to fail.”

-The Yellow Lantern Arkillo taunting Kyle Rayner regarding the futility of his quest to wield the power of all seven colors, from Green Lantern: New Guardians #14


“If the X-Men thing isn’t working out, I could put in a word for you with the Avengers.”

            -Daredevil to Domino after their team-up in X-Men #39


“Alyssa, evil is not a toy.  Don’t poke that.” 

-Alessandro Paradojo Del Verdad, otherwise known as Dox, from Shadowman #2


“He lured me through one of his portals—locked some sort of electronic collar around my neck—and used it to separate my head from my body.  And that’s when I knew I’d won.”

-A supremely confident Daredevil, preparing to take down Coyote despite his own captivity, in Daredevil #20 


“Forgiveness is better than hate.  It might not have the same rush—but it doesn’t ruin lives, either.”

            -Kyle Jinadu-Beaubier to his husband Jean-Paul from Astonishing X-Men #56


“Aren’t you tired of all these small steps we’ve been taking?  We’re supposed to be together, Mary Jane.  I know it and you know it.  So let’s do something about it.”

-Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, asking Mary Jane to run away with him in Amazing Spider-Man #698


“If the law is unjust… then justice must be an outlaw”

            -Kato, persuading the Green Hornet to rescue Zorro, in Masks #1 


“Goodbye, fair hovertank!”  “I offer you compliments on your battling!  Let us together turn our dead to smoke and drink of the tranquility urn.  For now there can be peace!  Perhaps not?  When you are ready.” 

-The chivalrous Jedi Knight Cho’Na Bene, playfully bantering with his foes on the battlefield, including a very frustrated Darth Vader, from Star Wars Purge: The Tyrant’s Fist #1


“I may be my own woman, independent.  But do you want to hear something funny?  I miss existing for someone else.”  “It’s not so strange.  We’re all on the lookout for that missing jigsaw piece.”

-The succubus and the vampire pontificating on the nature of love in Spike: A Dark Place #4


“I am the unrepentant Lord of Monsters, after all.”  “Yes, I picked up on that.”

-A brief exchange between the Big Bad Wolf and the Turtle with the world on his back in a teacup from Fables #123


“I don’t care what they’re sayin’ about mutants… there aren’t enough heroes in the world.”

-A stranger thanking the mutant Havok for recovery work after a tragedy, from Uncanny Avengers #2



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Comment by Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) on December 17, 2012 at 3:39pm

I enjoyed this one, Chris. Not that I have much to add myself. I would like to see it return though.

Comment by Chris Fluit on December 17, 2012 at 4:57pm

Thanks, Travis.  I was inspired by the one-liners I read in a comic.  I wanted to mention them.  But I didn't feel like writing an entire review, with good and bad.  So I came up with this instead as kind of a celebration of the good things in comics.  I'm glad you enjoyed it. 


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