I'm finally finishing Heroic Comics #19. And yes, I've even worked my way past Rainbow Boy.
I give you.... The Music Master! And his unfortunately-dressed sidekick, Downbeat!
Yeah, this is going to go about as well as you think it will, so buckle up.
A guy named John Wallace finds some magical pipes or something and things get really surreal. You see, whenever music is played, he can physically manipulate the notes. Yes, I realize that notes are just written representations of the sounds, but apparently when you have magical pipes, you can literally grab them out of the air.
And then make things like ladders:
Because if you can pull symbols for musical notes out of the air, I guess it's no big thing to turn 'em into a ladder.
And you can also do this:
I, for one, would just grab all the notes and start throwing 'em if they're really that effective, but then again... I'm not the Music Master.
And it seems he can also give those notes to other people, which is perfectly feasible if you've made it this far without throwing this comic in the nearest trash can:
It gets even better. He can apparently command music instruments themselves:
It doesn't appear that he can bring them to life or anything like Zatara could. Because that would be silly.
Alas, the Music Master suffered from the available technology of his era. There really weren't any portable devices back in the day by which he could produce the music he needed for butt-kickin' and name-takin' purposes, like the Music Master of the 1980s:
Then again, why couldn't Downbeat just toot a French Horn or something when the occasion called for it? It's not like he was doing much else.
It's Man O'Metal, whose skin turns to metal when he's burned:
Hmmmmmm... does this guy look like Colossus from the X-Men to you? And he melts things that get too close like the Molten Man. And his origin is almost identical to that of Luke Cage that came about thirty years later. I'm starting to think this character may be awesome. Time will tell, of course.
See you tomorrow!