(via burbanked) By Stanley Chow Illustration
Overlord rating: ★★☆☆☆
(2 out of 5 stars)
While being accused of being a petty thief, the Groob’ claims to be exceptional in that he not only planned a detailed 6 Million dollar bond heist, but to cover his tracks he was going to fake his death by blowing up the entire Japanese owned Nakamoto tower. A lesson in power.
Next is his uber cruelty: fear, intimidation and emotional torment are is his specialty. Also clever & creative ways to torture your adversary: “schieß dem Fenster” (“Karl, shoot the window.”) Never say to him “Hans, *booby* I’m your white knight.”
Upfront this evil villain has some major sinister credibility: He’s an ex member of the West German movement called the Volksfrei. Emphasis on “ex” - overlords who are splintered and/or factioned from other splinters or factions (See Patriot Games & The Baader Meinhof Complex) are like concentrated terrorists. Almost.worthy.of.a.WHOLE.star.
Readers of this blog all know that being well dressed is an important benchmark of the overlord, and as a ruthless genius with henchmen, Hansie is is no exception; he’s a well groomed (and gooned) stylista. Did I mention that he is German? Really German. Not in a lederhosen and beer sense, but in a European socialist bureaucratic sense.
While he is indeed the kind of guy who could “talk about industrialization and men’s fashion all day”, his demise is in that he likes to pretend to be a realist and he has bought into the error of his classical education: The notion that he has left nothing to chance. (*Cough* John McClane)
His other weaknesses are poor memory when it comes to classic American films like “High Noon”, getting really mad when plans unravel, guns taped to John McClane’s back, and falling from the 30th floor of a building. All very un-Overlordy. But then there is his brüder…Simon.