By Alex Ness
June 28, 2017
I have heard some people say that Parody and Satire are the same, which is possible, but not always, and each are distinct. Parody is an homage or spoof of an independent source, possibly in biting criticism or meant in humor. Satire is a work that mocks, ridicules, or makes visible critiques of some society or individual with hyperbole. So, parody can be satirical in its aims. Satire might spoof, but it would have a specific goal of making a statement about a subject. Some of the most fun comics are written with spoofs and comedy, but they become important and even more interesting when there is a layer of satire.
However, for Parody to work, it must understand and make good use of the source material. Which means, the deeper the understanding the more rewarding the story. The surface level only understanding results in cheap rip offs.
I am not going to describe each of the displayed works, they have qualities of their own to recommend them. I enjoyed all of them and you should consider them if they stoke your interest. I will say just this, the best of the bunch overall I think is Marshal Law because it is insanely fun. The title is an obvious pun/double entendre, the character is cleaning up the world of violent heroes and villains, at the same time using even more violence. It is perfectly over the top for anyone intelligent enough to see the themes exposed.