Comicbook / Men in Black

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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.

The series was published by Aircel Comics, an imprint of Malibu Comics, which was eventually bought out by Marvel Comics, which went on to publish three of its own one-shot Men in Black comic books (they were based on the live-action films, rather than the original comics, however; the company did bring creator Lowell Cunningham back to write them and also reprinted the very first issue of MiB, though).

Tropes included:

  • 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".

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