In the fall of 90′ I came a across a miniseries for a minor Marvel character known as the
Foolkiller. There had been two previous Foolkillers unrelated to Kurt Gerhardt the man who
would become the third Foolkiller. It started with Gerhardt’s father being beat to death by a
bunch of skinheads for six dollars. They show the false teeth being kicked out of the old man
head. Everything begins to spiral down from there. The company he works for downsizes and
he gets laid off. After months and months of looking for a job he is past the breaking point and
is severely depressed . His marriage is over and the only thing he wants out of it is the computer
and his clothes. He moves into a rundown apartment building and is hired at a pseudo
McDonald’s slinging burgers. During a robbery Gerhardt loses it and attacks one of the robbers
while screaming “six dollars!” and has his ass handed to him for this.
While watching a Morton Downey jr. knock off talking to the second Foolkiller from a mental
institution and becomes intrigued. They use a computer bulletin board to have conversations.
As they are kindred spirits the second Foolkiller tells Gerhardt to get in contact with a
associate of his by the name of Merle Singer who the second Foolkiller “help” after her
boyfriend threw acid in her face. She gives him a extra costume and the purification gun.
As he leaves he is confronted by skin heads who try to rob him. The Purification Gun
turns them into ashes and they become his first victims. He over comes the sickness he
feels at watching the skin heads die and dons the costume and proceeds to turn a number of
filth and criminals to freeze dried shit until he runs into a hardcore criminal known as
Backhand and gets his ass kicked and barely escapes with his life.
After this confrontation he realizes he needs to toughen himself for the job he is about to
do. After working out and doing various things to harden his body and mind he dons a costume
made by himself and proceeds to “purify” a gang of youths attacking women in Central Park. I
will not tell you anymore about this miniseries because I would love for you to go out a buy or
order one of the best written stories in comics ever. I am sure you could buy the entire series
for five bucks or less. There are a number of reasons why this book never became popular.
There were no superheroes in this comic, the adults themes may have put younger viewers off,
Marvel did a shit job promoting this book, and last but not least the artwork was not very good.
Being a writer the story is always more important than the art work but you need that to draw
people in. This miniseries is as good a story as Watchman or the Dark Knight Returns with a
more realistic story line. This could be such a awesome movie. That and Blood and Shadows by
Joe R Lansdale.