Angela Gunn

Linux! Evil! MWAH HA HA HA HA!!!

By Angela Gunn
April 11, 2008 2:35 AM EDT

Ironman pageI'll admit that I'm not a Marvel Comics fan (color me Vertigo), but this one's got me genuinely stumped: Iron Man is fighting the dark forces of Linux. That's direct from the writer's mouth, in fact -- Matt Fraction (how's that for a great comic-book name?), the fellow scripting the new Invincible Iron Man series debuting next month, had this to say concerning arch-villain Zeke Stane to an interviewer at Comic Book Resources:

Zeke is a post-national business man and kind of an open source ideological terrorist... He has absolutely no loyalty to any sort of law, creed, or credo. He doesnÂ’t want to beat Tony Stark, he wants to make him obsolete. Windows wants to be on every computer desktop in the world, but Linux and Stane want to destroy the desktop.

Go ahead, make that make sense. (Heck, make that make for a decent comic book.) Stane's a security threat because he's running Linux? Stane's agenda is developed by a worldwide group of evildoers? Stane is remarkably virus-resistant but takes forever to whomp up a driver? Stane names his evil schemes things like "Garrulous Giraffe?" What the heck is Fraction trying to tell us here?! (HT to io9.)

PS. -- Image courtesy of Comic Book Resources. Note center panel, in which Iron Man is involved in a crash of some sort.