|Issue 45, "The Beard Hunter"|
Writer: Grant Morrison
This is another 'filler' issue, and a hilarious one at that. It's the story of one Ernest Franklin, lunatic-at-large. Ernest is consumed by a hatred of facial hair, and spends his time killing bearded people who annoy him, saving their beards as trophies. He is hired by an equally weird group, "The Bearded Gentlemen's Club of Metropolis", to kill Niles Caulder (the Chief). They hate Caulder because he refused to sell them his beard. Ernest consents to do their bidding because he's got nothing better to do.
He tracks the Chief to a supermarket, and spends most of the issue trying to kill him. He fails; the Chief electrocutes him with tinfoil on the floor and a bit of live wire.
This is a particularly funny issue; Morrison's portrait of the demented, self-righteous Franklin is reminiscent of Dave Sim's "Roach" character(s) in "Cerebus" (high praise indeed, from this source).
The title is a pun on "The Deer Hunter".
p. 1: Is "The Handman" a nod to Gaiman's "Sandman"? Probably.
p. 7: Mom means Meryl Streep, the actress, known for her skill at weepy, melodramatic scenes.
p. 9: Between Santa Claus and Abe Lincoln is a picture of Alan Moore. "Cerebus" readers will recognize him as "the little fellow with the hair".
p. 19: Jean-Claude Van Damme is a popular action-flick actor with lots of martial arts moves.
p. 24: "Snap, crackle, pop" is the advertising motto for Kellogg's Rice Krispies.
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