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Comic Book / The Hood

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So. You've found a suit of clothes that give you superpowers. Will you use them for good? Will you become a Super Hero and fight evil, even if it means sacrificing your own life, health, and happiness in the process?

Hell no! You're no Peter Parker. Your name is Parker Robbins. Your mom is (nearly)brain-dead, your father is dead-dead, your girlfriend is pregnant, your only cousin is an alcoholic and a thief and you have to pay your favourite Russian prostitute. You need money, and you will do anything to get it. And this nice hood and shoes that give you superpowers, stolen from a strange demon, could come in pretty handy.

The Hood was a six-issue limited series (July-December, 2002), from Marvel Comics' MAX imprint, written by Brian K. Vaughan, the same man who created Runaways and Y: The Last Man.

Not to be confused with the similarly monikered Thunderbirds villain.

The Hood provides examples of:

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: He made one in order to get White Fang off of him.
  • Blessed with Suck: Parodied when Parker offers his cousin a chance to try his flying shoes.
    John: No fuckin' way! Who knows what makes that shit work, Parker. Those things'll probably steal your soul or? or give you nut cancer.
    • Since the artifacts allowed Dormammu to make The Hood his bitch, they did steal his soul. No word yet on the nut cancer.
  • Crusading Widow: White Fang was a former Stark Enterprises technician who became a vigilante after the Hood killed her husband.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In the first issue, a friend of the Villain Protagonist spots Electro in a bar and speculates on why Electro doesn't just take a job with the electric company and earn millions that way. He points out that his friend would never last an hour at a straight job. Practically any supervillain or any other character who is subject to No Conservation of Energy could take over the world by offering themselves as a free energy source, which everyone would inevitably end up depending on.
  • Don't Tell Mama: Parker Robbins keeps lying to his mother about him being a Supervillain. Helps that she has Alzheimer's and doesn't remember when he changes his story.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Parker loves his mother, and part of the reason he got into crime (aside from being able to support his wife and daughter) was to take care of her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Hood is a textbook example of this trope, using some of the proceeds from his criminal activities to pay for his mother's care while also supporting his pregnant girlfriend Sara. The main vilurin the Hood "fights" during his first mini also counts; he loves his family greatly and was trying to find a mutant to be part of his supervillain squad because his daughter was one and asked him to hire some more.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Before Parker Robbins become The Hood, he was a thief, liar and supervillain fan who seduced and knocked up a gorgeous girl, and was cheating on her with a Russian prostitute. His cousin, John King, is an alcoholic who never worked a single legal job in his life. But when an agent of terrorist organization HYDRA offered them a job, they told him about how much they hate terrorists, beat him and stole his shoes.
    • He would have stolen the suit too but John pissed on him.
  • I Have Your Wife: White Fang threatened him with the fact that she knows about his wife and daughter.
  • Power Perversion Potential: What's the first thing Parker does with his demonic powers? Turn invisible and sneak into the women's locker room at a local gym.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: White Fang feels this way about the hood.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Dennis Golembuski had no other choice in life but to take "The Golem" as either a superhero or supervillain name. He chose the latter.