The violent therapist reunites with his former boss in session!

This is a transcript of recorded session notes as provided by QualTran, the very best in therapy notes transcription.

Greg Salinger, MHC, recording session notes for intake of one Wilson, Wade and subsequent counseling session.

I disclose that the client and I shared a prior working relationship. While I have been instructed by S.H.I.E.L.D. to keep the details of this relationship undisclosed, I have been granted permission to refer to it as “freelance problem solving.”

Given our possible multiple roles relationship, I consulted with another therapist on the matter, one Timothy Stevens. He insisted I could not see Dea—err—the client, Mr. Wilson. That there was no ethical justification. S.H.I.E.L.D. however reassured me that I have special status and need not worry about the ethical code most therapists are bound by.

I also should say Wilson has no idea of who I am. I am just his new therapist as far as he is aware.

In session, the client goes on and on and on. So self-involved. He didn’t even acknowledge the dissolution of the business enterprise he shared with myself and several others. He’s moved on to freelance with others and acts as though there was no such freelance problem solving prior.

The client does genuinely seem to have moment he wants to do good. Deadp—Wilson, however, does things—things that have nothing to do with the voices in his head—that make doing good almost impossible. I can relate. But I’m better now.

Can he better though? I don’t know. He’s pretty messed up. And selfish. He never treated my colleagues and I really well. And I can’t do the same kind of therapy I’ve done with other clients because S.H.I.E.L.D. says he can’t know who I am. Oh and Timothy Stevens says he’s beyond help without an intensive in-patient program and an array of psychiatric meds.

But, then again, what the hell does Stevens know? He keeps telling me not to call him and, I think, is pretty disrespectful towards me despite us being colleagues. If he does that with his clients, I bet he never helps anyone.

So maybe I can help Wilson. Maybe he just needed a therapist like me. After all, I helped myself.

Yeah…yeah…I bet it’ll be easy!

Apparently S.H.I.E.L.D. recommends I talk to Doctors Max Bemis and Dalibor Talajic abut the client. See that conversation in file FOOLKILLER #4, to be transcribed by February 8.

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Artist Dalibor Talajic discusses drawing Greg Salinger’s offbeat adventures!

Balancing the personality of Greg Salinger with the reality of his Queens neighborhood in the pages of FOOLKILLER can be no easy task. Veracity collides with a warped view on the world in every page.

Difficult or not though, artist Dalibor Talajic finds himself equal to and excited about the task. We discussed the inherent conflicts of FOOLKILLER and the artist’s enthusiasm about his newest gig. Given how versatile the character and concept of Foolkiller can be from a tone standpoint, how did you approach the title? What kind of tone were you aiming for with your art?

Dalibor Talajic: Well, the first thing you need to know is I’ve never heard of the character before. At first I thought it was a brand new character, but after I read the script for #1 I’ve learned he has quite a history.

This puts me in a rough spot because there is always a very devoted fan base for these kinds of characters. They may be less known, but they are respected.

The script itself is a lot of fun and quite humorous. This is something that can be a slippery terrain. It may lead to parody. That would not be a good call, because there is just one character that can withstand this without being considered ridiculous: Deadpool.

I didn’t want to do a “Deadpool light” type of story. It would be just a gimmick and make it a one-month wonder. So I approached it from an angle of “ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances” point of view. Make Greg someone who is a troubled soul and just wants life to be what he wishes life was, but he just can’t stand the pressure and…well…you’ll need to read the rest.

In short, I decided to play with the light, almost comedic tones of the story and then just crush this illusion down with the grim aspect of Greg’s own personality. How would you describe the world you have drawn around Foolkiller? Where have you looked for inspiration to create it?

Dalibor Talajic: The world around Foolkiller is very well described in the script itself; maybe not fully described but strongly suggested.

It’s a bright hopeful world, but it’s clearly fake. It’s make-believe. So in the end I guess it’s a sad place.

And this is something you can’t really draw. So I try to convince you in other ways. My weapon of choice for that is Greg himself. He lives in a clean hopeful and bright world, but his face is quite melancholic.

We’ll see if I’ve succeeded. Any particular challenges or delights you have encountered in drawing the title so far?

Dalibor Talajic: I believe I’ve accidentally answered this already.

The greatest challenge for me is always is creating a convincing world. Everything else comes from that quite naturally. Luckily [writer] Max [Bemis] wrote a fluid, joyful script and at the moments I feel that I can lay back and ride along.

It was quite easy for me to “see” the story. The rest is just work. How is the collaboration with Max? How does his writing fit with your approach to the art?

Dalibor Talajic: As I’ve said, Max’s script is very fluid and very artist friendly. He doesn’t describe much but he uses just the right words to hit the right buttons with me. He leaves a lot of room for me to choose from this pool of information he suggests.

It’s a very comfortable position for an artist to be in.

And the rest of the gang are the people I know well and they know me well: Jose Marzan Jr. on inks and Miroslav Mrva on [colors].

So I hope we’ll all provide something you guys will enjoy for a long time.

Explore the depths of FOOLKILLER from Max Bemis and Dalibor Talajic this week with issue #2, and #3 coming January 11!

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Marvel's newest mental health professional attempts to consult with a colleague!

The therapist is familiar with the client, Greg Salinger, through his costumed identity, Foolkiller. As this vigilante, Salinger worked alongside several other for hire individuals known collectively as the “Mercs for the Money.” They briefly attended group counseling with this writer but all indication are that the group has disbanded and, with it, each individual’s commitment to therapy.

When the client initially arrived, he seemed to indicate he was interested in seeking supervision with this writer. However, given that I had already seen him as a client, even though it was for a limited amount of sessions, such an arrangement would constitute “multiple relationships” and would therefore be unethical by both New York State and APA standards.

Further discussing the client’s needs with him revealed that, perhaps, therapy would be the more appropriate choice for him at this juncture anyway. This writer has consulted with counsel on the matter and it has been concluded that this is an appropriate route and, provided boundaries are held firm, a completely legal and ethical approach.

As such, while the client could not directly describe a recent case with me in terms of what he and the client discussed, Salinger was able to relate to me how the client brought up flashbacks of his own traumatic childhood, especially in regards to a difficult and abusive relationship with his father. We explored the trajectory of that relationship with dad and began preparations to use EMDR to help the client process the traumas he experienced.

Additionally, the client disclosed to this writer about his own bloodlust and inability to leave the costumed life behind despite the excellent situation he now finds himself in. He admits that while he never intended to give up being Foolkiller entirely despite his agreement with S.H.I.E.L.D., he also never expected to feel compelled to return to costume this quickly. He briefly argued that had he not found himself confronted by violence, he might not have “relapsed” so quickly, but also confessed that he had been carrying around his costume in a duffle bag for quite some time at that point.

Currently, this writer and the client are focused on exploring what the pros and cons of his costumed identity are and how it has, in the past, controlled him more than he has controlled it. As we continue to explore both his alter ego and his trauma, it is the writer’s expectation that they will intersect at some point and the dual treatment goals will become one.

During his time in prison, the client worked extensively with Doctors Max Bemis and Dalibor Talajic. Their session notes will be available for review on December 7 in a periodical labeled FOOLKILLER #2.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who has never killed a fool, but consistently slays poseurs with his flow.

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