WBEZ | Wesley Willis Wonder Woman DeRogatis http://www.wbez.org/tags/wesley-willis-wonder-woman-derogatis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Wesley Willis lives… as Wonder Woman’s half-brother, no less! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-02/wesley-willis-lives%E2%80%A6-wonder-woman%E2%80%99s-half-brother-no-less-105375 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1Wesley_Willis_0.jpg" style="height: 619px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>Whether you celebrated his head-butting antics, his exhortations of &ldquo;Rock over London! Rock on, Chicago!&rdquo; and his Casio- powered odes to the voices in his head, or found his embrace by some fans and sectors of the music industry <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-wesley-willis-fiasco/Content?oid=890513">verging on exploitation (as this critic did)</a>, you can&rsquo;t deny that Wesley Willis remains an indelible memory of the local rock scene in the &rsquo;90s.</p><p>The hulking <a href="http://speakeasy.jazzcorner.com/speakeasy/showthread.php?2258-Wesley-Willis-RIP">Willis died in August 2003</a> at the age of 40 after a battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia. But he lives on not only on Chicago scenesters&rsquo; mental hard drives, but in the unlikely home of DC Comics&rsquo; newest incarnation of the venerable <em>Wonder Woman</em> comic book.</p><p>In 2011, DC revamped its entire line of monthly superhero comics, a project dubbed &ldquo;the New 52.&rdquo; Our old pal Elia Einhorn of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir passed along <a href="http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/01/31/wonder-woman-comic-wesley-willis-azzarello-chiang/">this post from ComicsAlliance.com</a>, which details how issue 15 of the latest <em>Wonder Woman </em>introduces a character named Milan, &ldquo;a son of Zeus and, it would follow, Wonder Woman&rsquo;s half-brother.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1ww.jpg" style="height: 384px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><p>The tall and hefty African-American character head-butts opponents and friends alike; characterizes good experiences as &ldquo;joy rides&rdquo; and bad ones as &ldquo;hell rides&rdquo;; is tortured by demons in a way that recalls the suffering of many schizophrenics and shouts &ldquo;Rock on!&rdquo; in celebratory moments.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1ww2.jpg" style="height: 172px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1ww3.jpg" style="height: 159px; width: 620px;" title="" /></div></div><p>In other words, Milan <em>is</em> Wesley Willis. And that pretty much whups the llama&rsquo;s ass, as the musician no doubt would have said had he lived to see this.</p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-02/wesley-willis-lives%E2%80%A6-wonder-woman%E2%80%99s-half-brother-no-less-105375