Comicbook: Men In Black

A six-issue 1990 comic book series. The comics follow the Men In Black, a secret organization that polices supernatural and extraterrestrial beings on Earth. The story centers on new agent Jay, whose partner Kay indoctrinates into the Agency and slowly works on getting him into the proper mindset. Other characters include Zed (who is never seen, and may or may not be a computer), and Ecks, who goes rogue.

This comic book was eventually adapted into the Men In Black film series and cartoon.

Tropes included:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Unbeknownst to most fans of the films, the MIB in the comics are more ruthless and sinister than their film and cartoon counterparts, so much so that we later learn that they only deal with all this paranormal stuff as a plot to Take Over the World. A big theme in the story is that what the MIB are doing (torturing and killing innocent beings, brainwashing people) is wrong.
    • Most notably J and K. Especially K, who is way more nasty than he is in the movies and cartoon. This leads to:
  • Adaptational Villainy: The aliens, demons and other paranormal creatures were a lot more sympathetic in the comics. In this comic, Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Unlike its film and animated adaptations, the Men in Black also monitors mutants, demons, and other paranormal creatures.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Agent X
  • Jerkass: K, which might surprise people who are only familiar with the films.
  • Knight Templar
  • Short Runners: The original run was three issues. When The Movie came out, three more MIB comics were made - one a straight retelling of the film, one taking place between movies 1 and 2, and only one a continuation of Lowell Cunningham's original miniseries.
  • The Men in Black: Duh.
  • Villain Protagonist: K all over. He neuralizes an entire street with abandon, leaves J to deal with a grieving mother and, in a later issue, brainwashes a neuralized hick into climbing a clock tower with a rifle, then committing suicide, on his 16th birthday. Why? "For insurance." All for the greater good, of course.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: K. He genuinely believes that keeping the paranormal secret is for the "greater good".