Incredibles #4 - In stores now!

It's that time again. A new issue of The Incredibles, written by Mark Waid and myself and with art by Marcio Takara, is in stores now. I think. Honestly, I'm hearing some mixed reports. Let's assume it is in stores. And therefore you must acquire it.

This issue introduces a new villain to: Mezmerella. Originally, she was known as "Hypnotica", but this needed to be changed at the last minute due to the name being trademarked as part of some goth toy thing. And when I say "last minute" I mean it. Aaron Sparrow (editor, overlord, keeper of the three satchels of unspeakable evils) contacted me while I was in Disneyworld on my Honeymoon for input on a name change. My wife actually rattled off the name, and I threw it in with the rest. Mark and Aaron outvoted me and "Hypnotica" was no more. Sad.

I had a very specific look in mind for the character. So I had Eric (Jones) cobble together a quick sketch for Marcio.

And here's Marcio's version:

I'm really happy with the results on this one. Both Eric's original design, the interpretation by Marcio and the final colors... all came out great. But poor Mezmerella/Hypnotica. I wrote her background story on my iPhone while sitting in the lobby of Country Bear Jamboree at DisneyWorld. And her history... it is not a happy one.


  1. For the record, although I may be evil, love can still penetrate my dark heart. And I love this story arc by Mark and Landry! Sure, she may not be in the issue THAT long, but Mezmerella/Hynotica is a villain I think we'd all like to see more of!

    Incidentally, her color scheme is a combo of my love for Space Ghost, and my deeper love of redheads.

  2. Space Ghost! Freaking hell! How did I not see that?! All the better!

    And redheads... well... yeah. I think we're all on the same page there. Particularly evil redheads.


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