Off My Mind: The Return M.O.D.O.K.—What Can You Expect?

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Posted by G-Man (37015 posts) - - Show Bio
M.O.D.O.K. Lives...but his hair didn't. 
It can be hard to take a character like M.O.D.O.K. seriously. Originally he was called M.O.D.O.C. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing) but that was soon changed to M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing). How much difference did the K make? He was still a guy with a big head and tiny body. But he was cool.

Somewhere in his career, M.O.D.O.K. became comedy relief. He wasn't taken seriously anymore (was he ever really in the first place?). Finally we saw the return of a menacing big-headed villain. As part of the Intelligencia, he was partly responsible for the creation of Red Hulk. In World War Hulks, we saw how creepy and evil he could be. Then one of Intelligencia's weapons, the Cathexis ray, was used against him and he was reverted back to a simple human being. Simple as in he became a docile man seemingly with no recollection of his time as M.O.D.O.K. How the big-headed fall. 

The good news for M.O.D.O.K. fans is his brain was cloned several times and used as an organic computer. Even though Red Hulk managed to destroy them, there was still one brain left intact and uploaded with M.O.D.O.K.'s memories. It was his declaration that he would put the KILLING back into M.O.D.O.K.

What will this new M.O.D.O.K. have up his tiny sleeves?  
== TEASER == 

 "Uh, what's going on?" indeed 
It was Jeph Loeb's intentions to turn M.O.D.O.K. back into a creepy menace. He succeeded in that but I'm not quite clear on why the original had to be reverted and a clone made to replace him. Why have this deadly version of M.O.D.O.K. only to have him so easily reverted back to a docile human? Is it possible that George Tarleton, now free from having a monstrous head, doesn't recall who he used to be? 
 
During the birth of this new M.O.D.O.K. in Hulk #29, we hear mention that Tarleton simply wasn't a killer in his original form. It's almost insinuated that while as M.O.D.O.K. Tarleton foresaw the possibility of returning to his human form. While he had several brains cloned from himself, he allowed the one to be kept separate in order for it to develop.  
 
All of this tells us that we can expect an even deadlier M.O.D.O.K. Hulk writer Jeff Parker said, "This one will get out and interact in a way the previous model didn't. And he's a bit of a charmer." What does that mean? Is the charming comment a bit of sarcasm?  
 
The designs by Gabriel Hardman are meant to give a creepy appearance. Instead of the rocket thruster, M.O.D.O.K. will now have spider-like legs to move around. Will this addition add to his mobility to hinder his movement? What happens when Hulk (either red or green) grabs one of those legs and snaps it off? Will doing away with the rocket make him more environmentally friendly? The bald head was at Parker's request. The reason in the comic is a result when the cloned brained was inserted into the body and the top of the head was stapled together. I always thought his head of hair was one of his appealing traits. I'm not sure if the baldness necessarily makes him look more menacing. 
 
I am happy that M.O.D.O.K. is getting attention and will hopefully get even more time in the spotlight. I don't like how easily he was taken out and reverted back to a normal human. Part of me hopes that the original M.O.D.O.K. actually created another clone that was used as a decoy and was the one we saw turned back into George Tarleton. That could be why Tarleton appears to be a little dim-witted. If Doctor Doom can create Doombots to stand in his place and if M.O.D.O.K. could create clones, it's completely possible that he could have been controlling a copy to take the risks in Incredible Hulk #610
 
I will give this new M.O.D.O.K. a chance. I am curious to see what evil schemes he'll come up with. I have to admit I'm not too crazy about the spider legs and bald head but then again, the creation of a new M.O.D.O.K. could have resulted with the return of the Elvis-M.O.D.O.K.s.  
#1 Posted by Chane (539 posts) - - Show Bio

I remember being freaked out by MODOK in one of the early comics I read. It was Incredible Hulk and it was when Doc Samson was trying to capture him and Hulk was hallucinating.   
  
It was only a cameo, but it was well freaky.

#2 Edited by FLStyle (368 posts) - - Show Bio

 M.O.D.O.K. Davis approves!
I'll give it a go, see what he can do.
#3 Posted by perry_411 (428 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait till he's made into a vampire.

#4 Posted by Billy Batson (58209 posts) - - Show Bio

he has fans?

#5 Posted by Om1kron (1170 posts) - - Show Bio

LOLOLOLOLOLOL @ MODOK RYAN DAVIS

#6 Posted by weapon154 (339 posts) - - Show Bio

REALLY????????? I LIKE him better in Superheroes WHAT THE-

#7 Posted by Angelique_LeCount (9 posts) - - Show Bio

...Design=original no laughs or relief in my mind. We have a character here who creates copies of himself to merely kill himself to harvest body parts for...himself. He kidnaps Betty Ross which takes balls harvested or not and turns her into The Harpy that of which defeats Savage Hulk then he turns her later into the Red She Hulk. Not to mention all of the other countless things he has accomplished with biochemistry, DNA and parts he obtains through harvest or death. To speak of his intelligence he was remade to make improvements to the Comsmic Cube and for mention of durability he is able to withstand a  nuclear explosion so taking him down is not as easy as it seemingly should be. He is one of the smartest villains in the Marvel Universe and i am aware of this mainly do to the use of head sizes in Marvel to show intellect and he has obtained a mass army of soldiers and scientists to do as he wishes and if they do not he can use mind control to force their hand within a certain radius so to touch or not to touch that is his answer in any altercation with him. I believe this to be yet another character that most dont really know of but have been deemed  low class and nothing more than "comic relief" thanks to cartoon representations such as Saturday mornings and the ever present douche bags over at WB which have done this to countless DC characters...need i mention the Gov. of California wielding a freeze gun?

#8 Edited by Joe Venom (1275 posts) - - Show Bio

just when you thought the guy couldn't get any uglier, its bad enough the SHSS version of him set his character back a decade but now he looks even more like Dr.Chang Tzu

#9 Posted by Icemizer (181 posts) - - Show Bio

I find him having hair to be creepier.
#10 Posted by sandwich_adjustment (1 posts) - - Show Bio

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA MODOK RYAN DAVIS GREAT

#11 Posted by NXH (1031 posts) - - Show Bio

He looks a bit like an Ultron from Ninja Turtles in his new look.

#12 Posted by Doctor!!!!! (2055 posts) - - Show Bio

He had horrible bowl cut hair.

#13 Posted by karrob (4281 posts) - - Show Bio
@perry_411 said:
" I can't wait till he's made into a vampire. "
Lol
#14 Posted by PrinceIMC (5422 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it was the Iron Man cartoon in the 90's that ruined MODOK.
#15 Posted by Deadknight (645 posts) - - Show Bio

He kinda looks like Egg Fu now... 

 
#16 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio
@Deadknight:

lol youre totally right. DC is always one step ahead. 
Im sure they werent thinking about that when they made modok's new design.
#17 Posted by Mumbles (846 posts) - - Show Bio

modok is lame

#18 Posted by Thunderscream (1813 posts) - - Show Bio

#19 Posted by Band Lone (1789 posts) - - Show Bio

Meh hes lame

#20 Edited by Caligula (12417 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually like the new design. and it's good to see MODOK return to "evil" status.

#21 Posted by MTHarman (725 posts) - - Show Bio

A character like MODOK isn't lame, it's the stupid ass writers who displays the oversized monsterous freak as a cartoonish joke for us to laugh at. 
 
It's a shame how it was mentioned if MODOK was taken seriously from the start of his career in Tales of Suspense #93, which of course he was.  
Believe it or not, the abnormal villain was a major threat against the likes of Iron Man and mostly Captain America. Yes, MODOK would served as a villain who had a personal sense of jealousy against the good Cap because of how he was perfect, and MODOK wasn't. But the guy was a serious slave driver for AIM and alot more than an annoying ass that many fans currently see him as. 
I like MODOK because of how he surpasses beyond human intelligence and preys on those who didn't meet the same fate as he did when being forced by AIM to act as a guina pig for their mutated experiments on creating a being that could study and improve their newest design, the Cosmic Cube. 
Yes that hideous face of disgust and rage that MODOK has for those who are not like him did gain the attention of many readers like myself back then because of how he first served as a curiousity and a major threat to where his own organization had to hire the Serpent Society to kill off the maniacal freak. 
  
Great villain that sadly fell victim into the hands of people who has a sense of creativity compared to a garden slug.

#22 Posted by leokearon (1841 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah Modok, in the comics they want him to be a big threat and then ruin whatever rep in had in all other media. It is the biggest reason I can never take MODOK seriously as a villian
#23 Posted by brc2000 (1679 posts) - - Show Bio

I grew up with the not so great 90s Iron Man cartoon, where MODOK was pretty serious (or at least he seemed serious in it when I was 10; haven;t watched it since), so I'd never really seen him as a joke. He looked like a classic comic book villain, so I never had a problem with him in the comics.

#24 Posted by jloneblackheart (5541 posts) - - Show Bio

I think MODOK rules

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#25 Edited by ArtisticNeedham (2284 posts) - - Show Bio

His spider legs are too similar to the 52 character, but I miss his grotesque Kirby head.  His monstrous over sized face, all gnarled up and stuff.  And I think having blank eyes is creepier than having pupils.  I also think it might be that his head was disproportionate too, wider than it should have been.  The new design is nice an all, I am just missing the old design.

I mean him just being a giant head is somehow creepy to me, imagine coming face to face with this, where your body is the size of his face.  I will give the new design a chance though.
 
I also don't think the cartoon made him seem as scary as he is meant to be, the Iron Man cartoon where he was sort of Mandarin's lackey and made fart noises and stuff. 
Super Hero Squad
#26 Posted by FireFlare153 (107 posts) - - Show Bio

I always did see M.O.D.O.K. as rather creepy... He was pretty funny in the super hero squad show though!
#27 Posted by Lvenger (20864 posts) - - Show Bio

BWAHAHAHAA! Elvis MODOK? That has made my day

#28 Posted by TenEyedMen (216 posts) - - Show Bio
@brc2000 said:
" I grew up with the not so great 90s Iron Man cartoon, where MODOK was pretty serious (or at least he seemed serious in it when I was 10; haven;t watched it since), so I'd never really seen him as a joke. He looked like a classic comic book villain, so I never had a problem with him in the comics. "
He seemed serious. Outside of one episode, he was depicted as a lackey for Mandarin.
 
Probably the only good versions of MODOK out there are in Armored Adventures and Avengers, where MODOK is still a big threat.
#29 Posted by InfinityOmelette (131 posts) - - Show Bio

NEXTWAVE!!!

#30 Posted by KZR (487 posts) - - Show Bio
@Thunderscream: that is such a creepy picture. 
#31 Posted by TypingKira (3509 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd like to see George Tarleton involved in stopping this new Modok. Like, he gets back his memories and helps ____ stop him. 

#32 Posted by Duncan (11447 posts) - - Show Bio

The new Modok reminds me of a cancer patient.

#33 Posted by MTHarman (725 posts) - - Show Bio
@Caligula said:
"I actually like the new design. and it's good to see MODOK return to "evil" status. "

Even though I find it slightly clitched, evil badguy incapacitated in a spider chair 
I still can go for it, nice add-on for MODOK
#34 Posted by jamdown (294 posts) - - Show Bio

i can not take MODOK seriously, he is just to ADORABLE!!!!!
#35 Posted by hitechlolife (194 posts) - - Show Bio

It looks as though they took some notes from the Doc Ock redesign: 

Bowl harcut shaved bald
Gets around on mechanical appengages
Atrophied legs dangling uselessly

#36 Posted by Meteorite (3351 posts) - - Show Bio

MODOK has potential but it's hard to bring out.

#37 Posted by Cats (666 posts) - - Show Bio

Ugh Modok is such a terrible character, never should've returned.

#38 Posted by sweatboy (816 posts) - - Show Bio

guy kinda looks creepy, needs a body or some sort of humanoid armour where we can place him in a transparent stomach

#39 Posted by dragorith (18 posts) - - Show Bio

  I always thought his head of hair was one of his appealing traits.


 
I wasn't aware MODOK had appealing traits. Then again, I've always hated big-headed characters.

#40 Posted by The Sadhu (853 posts) - - Show Bio

Imagine if you meet M.O.D.O.K. in real life... now that would be freaky!
#41 Posted by theicon (1797 posts) - - Show Bio

perfect M.O.D.O.K.   lol   clent howard  LMAO!!!
#42 Posted by Xenozoic Shaman (410 posts) - - Show Bio

M.O.D.O.K. Elvis I can handle.  In fact, he's a pretty decent guy.  It's M.O.D.O.K. Mother-in-Law that I have problems with. :-P

#43 Edited by The Impersonator (5564 posts) - - Show Bio

G-Man, I don't know if you noticed it. But the title of the article says The Return M.O.D.O.K. There is no of.

#44 Posted by Eyz (3095 posts) - - Show Bio

"M.O.D.O.K. Lives...but his hair didn't. "
Best quote ever? XD

#45 Posted by MorlockMartyr (66 posts) - - Show Bio

Let zombies feast on MODOK! nom nom nom for days.
#46 Posted by mrmisanthrope (103 posts) - - Show Bio

He's just not going to be creepy with those tiny little arms and legs sticking out. I never thought you were supposed to find MODOK creepy though, I thought you were supposed to feel sorry for him. That's when I think he's written best, when he hates the way he looks, and he wants to be normal, but he's at the command of another villain. This modification doesn't really do anything for his design though, to be honest.
 
I'm surprised no one's considering that Tarleton could be acting. Suppose he found a way to restore his powers while maintaining a normal human body? It would only make sense to then play dead and lull his enemies into thinking he was no longer a thread, and create a diversionary version of him (the bald head and spider-legs even add to the last-minute low-budget, didn't really take the time to complete thing.)

#47 Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon (2271 posts) - - Show Bio
@Billy Batson said:
" he has fans? "
yeah.  after world war hulk i thought he was really cool and i think he would be a good villain in the Avengers movie.
#48 Posted by Evpraksiya (260 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Sadhu said:
" Imagine if you meet M.O.D.O.K. in real life... now that would be freaky! "
i was thinkin the same...modok stay in your comics!
#49 Posted by Kid_Zombie (824 posts) - - Show Bio

 i liked his interpretation in the ms.marvel comics, what happened to his son Modok II? he looked pretty bad ass.

#50 Posted by blaakmawf (187 posts) - - Show Bio

Now I know why I am called MODOK

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