moench

Gavroche's Death/Screams of Agony
  • Gavroche's Death/Screams of Agony
  • The many Grantaires
Play

I don’t know about the West End, but over here, our Grantaires take their relationship with Gavroche very seriously. So here is a compilation of some Grantaire’s screaming in agony when Gavroche is killed :D

  1. Joe Spieldenner, 4th National Tour (this is THE scream of agony. The official one)
  2. John Rapson, Broadway (This was early in his run, where he actually said “OH GOD NO”. Very memorable.)
  3. John Rapson, Broadway (Later in his run, where it’s just a scream)
  4. Adam Monley, Broadway understudy
  5. Dennis Moench, Broadway understudy 
  6. Eric Van Tielen, Tour understudy (dat whimper doe)
  7. Joe Spieldenner, North Shore Music Theatre (just… wait it out. The whole thing. It’s worth it)
2

Now my heart is blackened by sin and my soul devoured by evil. So, I walk where Tanya walked before me into the searing light which banishes all darkness.. surrendering my face and form to atoms of dust; seeking the true darkness of peace, the cool shadows of eternity and the unknown fate of nothingness.

Batman: Crimson Mist
↪ Written by Doug Moench
↪ Art by Kelley Jones; Malcolm Jones III

4
Here’s the second edition of the new LES MIZ Swing Series‬, courtesy of Weston Wells Olson! Learn what the life of a Broadway swing is all about. — So, what exactly is a split track? Split track: when a swing has to combine two or more tracks (a series of minor characters played by a single chorus member in successive scenes) into one. I’ve already had to do it a few times, once combining four tracks. It isn’t easy, but with a supportive cast, swings are always at their best. Recently, I went on for Dennis Moench! He has several great features like pimp, dead body, Claquesous and blind man.
6

Lego presents: a brief history of Riddler’s henchgirls (part 1).

The idea of the Riddler having female companions probably began with the Adam West show (where almost all the male villains had a gun moll sitting around and looking pretty), but the idea of him having henchgirls that actively participated in his crimes is somewhat newer. As a favor for Captain Sugar-Frosting, I’ve compiled what I believe are all the appearances of said henchgirls (in comics, anyways). Because I have no life, you see.

Fig. 1: The tradition of comics!Riddler having henchgirls can trace its lineage back to the great Neil Gaiman himself, with the 1989 story “When is a Door?” from Secret Origins Special #1. How well that story holds up as a Riddler story is a matter of debate, but it was undoubtedly a love letter to the Adam West show, and the henchgirls (here named “Query” and “Probe”) make their first “appearance” in the old, faded photograph that Riddler hands the reporters who came to interview him, courtesy of Gaiman and artist Bernie Mireault.

Fig. 2: 1995’s The Riddle Factory, a graphic novel released to coincide with the release of Batman Forever, featured writer Matt “Grendel” Wagner giving his all to create a follow-up to “When is a Door?”, only with a bit more plot and action thrown into the mix. Wagner established several continuity ties with “When is a Door?”, including introducing the henchgirls (now called Query and Quiz) as active members of Riddler’s gang. The art here was done by Dave Taylor, and is cited as one of the book’s most detracting factors.

Fig 3: Mid-to-late 1995 saw DC’s line-wide Year One event, where pretty much every book was ordered to set aside an annual to (re)tell the origins of some cast member (I suspect this was at least partially done to take advantage of the continuity-reset of the previous year’s Zero Hour event). Chuck Dixon, who I regard as quite possibly the finest Riddler writer to come down the pike, revamped and expanded the Riddler’s origin into Detective Comics Annual #8’s “Questions Multiply the Mystery”. In doing so, he created possibly the most lasting iteration of the henchgirls: Query and Echo, daredevils extraordinaire (drawn here by artist Kieron Dwyer).

Fig. 4: Dixon’s version, however, would take a while to catch on. In the meantime, writers continued using the Query and Quiz iteration. Seen here is “A Christmas Riddle” from the ‘95/’96 holiday season, courtesy of Batman and Robin Adventures #3 - by DCAU legends Paul Dini and Ty Templeton.

Fig. 5: From the winter of ‘96, The Batman Chronicles #3 put out one of the most underrated (in my opinion, anyways) Riddler tales of all time: “Riddle of the Jinxed Sphinx”. Writer Doug Moench, like Dini, uses the Query and Quiz iteration (here drawn by the oddball team-up of Brian Stelfreeze and Bill Sienkiewicz). The story is also significant in that it’s the only time the henchgirls actually straight-up betray their boss.

Fig. 6: We’re back with Chuck Dixon, and his longtime regular artist Graham Nolan, for a three-part arc that ran in Detective Comics #705-707 circa late ‘96 and early ‘97. Tons of action and the girls being their sexy daredevil selves, coupled with a scene where Eddie makes them dress up as giant ducks (no, really).