Obscurity of DC Presents: Ultra-bscure Book Club, Week 14 (February 19-February 25) --- CREATURE COMMANDOS PT 2

Welcome, @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community! Welcome to Obscurity of DC’s fourteenth Ultr-Obscure Book Club! This week, we’ll be concluding a 2-week focus on…


Number of Books: 1 — Please only read pages 147-281 (Unless you haven’t read 1-146, then you should read those first!)

VERY brief description from dc.com: In one of DC’s strangest comics ever, a werewolf, a vampire, a gorgon, and Frankenstein’s monster fight against the German forces during World War II.

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. The Creature Commandos were created in 1980. Why do you think J.M. DeMatteis (the writer of the series) created the Creature Commandos to fight in World War II, which started almost 50 years prior?
  2. How does the Creature Commandos series deal with issues of morality and ethics, particularly with respect to the more monstrous members of the team?
  3. The Creature Commandos are often described as a “B-movie” style team. How does the series lean into that aesthetic, and what kind of storytelling possibilities does it open up?
  4. How do the Creature Commandos challenge traditional ideas about heroism, particularly with respect to the more monstrous or non-human members of the team?
  5. How does the Creature Commandos series explore the idea of humanity, both in terms of what it means to be human and the way humans interact with non-human entities?

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  1. Perhaps he appreciated that so called monsters were more human than the human monsters Nazi’s they were fighting.
  2. It uses them to show that you should be treated for who you are and not how you look, appearance so to speak is skin deep, but morals and ethics shine through whatever your appearance.
  3. Well it allows them to be portrayed negatively as heroes, and makes for straight forward characterization.
  4. That you don’t have to look like a hero to be a hero, it’s your actions that count.
    5.it shows that children judge folks by how they act, adults by their looks, and that most normals just judge by appearance. Th commandos on the other hand show that regardless of your appearance or deformities, you can still be a good person and treat others as you want to be treated. Eventuallly they learned that although the grass looks greener, it really isn’t , you have to play the cards you are dealt and being a good person is a matter of choice every day.

This was all beautifully phrased. Your answer to my first question was extraordinary.