By that point any hype had died down - the comic was and is a steady presence in the schedules, Starkings unrolling his future world with patience and care. He was known as a letterer and designer before he was a writer, and it shows. The stories look great too: the subject matter massive human-animal hybrids clearly tempting to anyone who likes to draw bulk and muscle and physical action. The story, of course, is a lot more reflective than it looks - being essentially a comic not so much about violence as about its effects: what happens to child soldiers once they hit their 30s and 40s, especially when they can never hide their pasts?
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File:Elephantmen promo01 large Set in the 23rd century, the series revolves around a group of genetic super soldiers created by a Mad Scientist named Kazushi Nikken. Nikken kidnapped over one hundred women and fertilized their eggs using animal DNA. Through brainwashing, he raised a private army of strong, resilient, and intelligent super soldiers, which he then unleashed upon Northern Africa.
The surviving Elephantmen -- over 15, of them -- were sent to various parts of the world and given jobs, education, and even citizenship. When we catch up to them in , the Elephantmen have all the same rights as humans They are not allowed to run for any position of authority.
They are not allowed to have children though this is a moot point, since they were all neutered by Nikken. They are definitely not allowed to assemble, unless authorized by the government. They are denied the right to bear arms. After all, when you have over tonnes of muscle walking around, you wanna be careful.
Currently there are three collected volumes of Elephantmen, one volume of the prequel series Elephantmen: War Toys, and three volumes of Hip Flask, starring the hippo hybrid who started it all. As of , a film adaptation of Elephantmen is in the works. Adaptation Expansion : Started with the Hip Flask advertisements. Art Shift : Due to the number of artists contributing to the series.
Ladronn is the regular Hip Flask artist, and Moritat was the regular Elephantmen artist until issue Now there are several different artists rotating on the book. God made you weaker than man! MAPPO made you strong! Basically, Nikken kidnapped them, implanted them with hybrid embryos, placed them -- naked -- in nightmarish robotic contraptions, waited until their bellies were practically bursting from the sheer size of the baby, then cut them open and tossed their bodies in a mass grave.
Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain : The Los Angeles of is much more polluted than it is today, and it rains much more frequently as a result.
British-born creator Richard Starkings says that the main reason for all the rain is that Englishmen in LA always miss the rain. Designer Babies : How the Elephantmen are created.
Doorstopper : Some of the collected volumes are quite hefty. Eyepatch of Power : Trench, a police officer and a Zebra. Fantastic Racism : Many humans hate the Elephantmen, and call them a variety of slurs , the most common being "munt" and "monkey. Flash Back : Used quite a bit. Some stories are set entirely in the past. Subverted, because the gunships are shot down by the Elephantmen, crash into the cathedral roof, and kill everyone except Yvette who miraculously survives.
Innocent Fanservice Girl : Miki. In issue 18, she removes her work shirt - which has a transparent window down the front - and dons a t-shirt fresh out of the freezer. All in front of Tiny, one of the mechanics at the Skycab company.
Apparently Ebony Hide is the first to use one. He keeps it and uses it to fight three crocodiles in a later story. Kavorka Man : The Elephantmen. Miki says she "likes muscles, and you boys are loaded with them.
Medical Rape and Impregnate Ms. Fanservice : Sahara. No Celebrities Were Harmed : Minor characters are sometimes derived from real people. Paparazzi : Both the photographer and the photo-pusher. Both die in terror. Reptiles Are Abhorrent : Elijah Delaney, the crocodile-hybrid thug who may have a taste for human flesh. Scenery Porn : Ladronn and Moritat can draw some jaw dropping scenery. Starkings really likes this trope. They were created from human and animal DNA as "war toys," but they are as intelligent as any human and capable of very human reasoning, emotions and desires.
Many of the munt-haters consider them subhuman, animals, and hate them for it.
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The process involves implanting embryos into the wombs of kidnapped local women who are disposed of after giving birth. These Elephantmen are trained from birth to be soldiers and killers and are indoctrinated with an Orwellian mindset to think of themselves as property of the MAPPO Corporation and to deny any concept of free thought. Ultimately, the U. The Elephantmen are rehabilitated and released to establish their own lives in the outside world where they are generally treated with distrust and horror from humans.
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