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The Knife’s Edge Of Western Colonialism: Sergio Toppi’s ‘The Collector’ [Review]

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One of the lesser explored stanchions of the Western genre is the fairly consistent notion of the dominant invading culture moving into indigenous lands and, over time, brutally removing said peoples from that land. Usually our focus is so narrow within the genre that we rarely realize that this is exactly what is happening. The dreaded “Indian raids” of many a John Ford classic are lensed so thoroughly through the perspective of the white-faced hero or anti-hero that an audience can’t help but miss the absurdity of maligning sovereign nations responding to mass invasions by another sovereign nation. Go try and start a mass migration into Putin’s Russia and see how that goes for you.

I bring this up because Sergio Toppi’s The Collector is acutely focused on this precise issue. The collection of stories which make up this stunning tome from Archaia all occur on the knife’s edge of colonialism and western expansion -- and almost without fail, Toppi’s Collector sides with the invaded side rather than with colonizers the way his forebears -- and, really, antecedents -- might.

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‘Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H.’ Week 3: ‘The Collector’ [Interview]

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The latest episode of Marvel's Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. has a lot going on. It features the first (but not last) appearance of guest star Spider-Man, as well as a cameo by the Thing, as Spidey and the Hulk square off against The Collector, who in this instance is the same god-like being he is in the comics but with the added twist of being the personification of every obnoxious fan ever: The Collector kidnaps every hero in the Marvel universe to add to his collection, but leaves Spider-Man and Hulk out, which is about as insulting as you can imagine.

This week, we spoke to supervising producer Cort Lane about Hulk's various relationships with other heroes in the Marvel universe, how often certain villains and heroes will show up, how guest stars are chosen, and the brief (but glorious) appearance of Howard The Duck.

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