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#1 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio

In that it's an identity not tied directly to Batman, it might be interesting to see Damian operate as Nightwing, but 1) there would have to be a really good reason for it, and 2) it would have to be approved by Dick.  He created that identity.  It wouldn't be right for someone else to just pick it up.  (On a side note: it's odd that in the comics, Robin is the franchise, and Red Robin - named after a burger chain - is the lone character.)  Although it seems that Damian has been written well enough that he's starting to grow on fans, I think that he barely deserves to be Robin.  Let him get the hang of that, before he goes jumping into some other costume.

#2 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio
@asafager said:
"And that's where you lost me. "

asafager, I say this with no malice or sarcasm whatsoever, but why did I lose you there?  Was it too long, and you didn't feel like reading any further?  Did you not agree with the 9-11 analogy?  Did you not understand it?  If you elaborate a little, perhaps I can clear it up for you and/or edit the blog so that it's clearer.  Feedback is appreciated.
#3 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio

@Amegashita said:

"Hmm, nice one.  To you, touche.  =P "

LOL! Wondered how long it would take you to get back to me on that one. ;) 

@Amegashita said:

"The story itself was pretty bad in itself.  Ollie already said he needed to be punished so why was there a trial?  Also, exile?  How is that even a real sentencing under U.S. law?  What is this?  The 1700's? "

There was a trial because there needed to be.  I don't know about "exile" as a true ruling, but it might be on the books somewhere.  In North Las Vegas, NV, it's illegal to take the tomatoes off of your hamburger, so stranger things have definitely happened.

#4 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio

I logged in and the Mona Lisa quest popped up as completed - that's how I found about this new quest set!   I have no idea what image I've received comments on, but thanks to whoever did so.  When I can convince my roomie to use a browser that allows me to upload more images, I will be all over this quest.  Until then, no go.  Have fun on this quest, folks!

#5 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio
@humanfly26: I'm not a big fan of Green Arrow killing, but at least the consequences were shown.  Ollie was arrested, tried, and found not guilty by a jury.  Wonder Woman... I haven't really been clear on what happened after she killed Lord.  The charges were dropped, but I don't know under what circumstances that happened.  I think WW killing was a travesty to her character.  She's almost in a Catch 22, because of it.  If she's in another extreme battle, and doesn't kill, then the question is "then why did she kill Lord, if she doesn't kill this opponent?"  There were other ways to end that battle.  I think they've cheapened and dulled WW's character with that action.
#6 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio
@ironshadow said:
"They should stop calling him Red Hulk and just call him Thunderbolt... "

Thank you.  I was just thinking this as I read the article.
#7 Edited by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt said:

"Good write-up, though I must protest the part about Spider-Man. Spider-Man is, without a single doubt in my mind, the best person and the greatest hero in comics. Spidey didn't make that deal, Joe Quesada did, I know that doesn't make a lot of sense, but the fact is, that "writer" went in with a purpose, and he slapped everything that Spider-Man is in the face, so I don't consider that true Spidey..."

I agree with you somewhat.  It's not really in Spidey's character, but it's in the story, so alas, it is Spidey.  Which is exactly my point - our favorite heroes are being written in very unheroic fashion.  People make mistakes, and I don't mind characters making mistakes, but some things are out-and-out wrong.  This deal with Mephisto could be redeemed, by having it come back to bite Spidey in the rear.  One way to do that might be to look at Mary Jane's deal.  She asked something of Mephisto, as if it were part of Spidey's deal, but that deal was between her and Mephisto.  Spidey agreed to give up marriage and future child.  What is Mephisto going to require of Mary Jane, for her deal?  Or was he giving a two-for-one special that day?  If Spidey rises to the occasion and finds a way to beat Mephisto, then okay.  If this was just a plot device to retcon Spidey, then shame on the writer. 

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

"...Also, the Superman walking thing; blame the writers. When in doubt, blame the writers..."

I thought this was a bad idea from the moment I heard about it.  It's been partly promoted as: we just had this big epic battle in War of the Supermen.  Now we're going to bring Superman down to Earth and explore what makes him tick.  Ugh.  If there's a way to make that story any less appealing than it is on its own, it's to have it appear directly after a big action story. 

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

"...And if you're looking for a comic to sink your teeth into again, Y: the Last Man; I cannot stress it enough. Brilliant series. "

YLM was excellent. ;)
#8 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio
@Benuben said:
"That was just in that stupid film. Comic Superman would never do that."
Actually, comic Superman is doing that right now
Also, I'd have to defend Superman Returns.  Supes and Lois weren't married, and when he first meets the boy, he clearly didn't know that Lois had a child.  He wasn't sure until well into the movie that the boy was his.  Lois is married to someone else at that point, and at the end of the movie, Superman clearly vows to be part of the child's life.  That's kind of a divorce situation, so in that instance, I'd say Supes did the most manly thing he could do. 

@humanfly26 said:
"Which movie was that? I must have missed that one...  Also, a man who walks across the country to find himself is not a hero. He's Forrest Gump! "

Lol!  "Run, Clark Kent, run!" ;)
#9 Edited by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio
@Reactor said:

" @cbishop: That is the most epic thing I've read in months, and agrees with what I've been thinking entirely, especially with characters like Punisher and Wolverine. I've been adamantly against heroes, or rather people claiming to be heroes, using lethal methods and killing as a means to reach an end. Anti-heroes are taking over, and the line between heroes and villains are getting so blurred to the point that the only difference between them is who the writer says is the "hero" and villain. "

I should qualify two things about Punisher:
1) I included Punisher on this list, because his actions are without remorse.  He is plainly killing anyone he deems as needing a bullet.  Punisher doesn't call himself a hero though.  There was a point (during Civil War) where he told Captain America how they were in the same fight, and Cap decked him, seemingly out of disgust for what the Punisher is.  I don't really think Punisher sees himself as a hero though.  I think readers do that, when someone asks "Who's your favorite hero," and they answer, "Punisher."  I think it was weird and bent when Punisher donned a Cap-like uniform, as if he could stand in for the fallen Sentinel of Liberty.  It was bent of the Punisher to think he's anything like Cap, and it was a bent commentary from the writer, to suggest that Castle might be who we'd want to see filling the Captain America uniform.
2) <Said in my best Slingblade voice> I likes me some Punisher on occasion. <Back to regular voice> I don't always want to read superheroes.  Sometimes, I just want to see someone blow scumbags away, blow stuff up, and blow off anyone's objections to it.  Me enjoying the story still doesn't make him a hero though.  Yeah, in a Punisher story, Punisher is the guy we route for, because he's the main character, but he's not a hero.  There's a difference between a "hero" and a "main character."  I think Mark Waid's Empire is one of the best comics ever written, but the main character is definitely not a hero.  He is literally a world conquering supervillain. 
I like all kinds of stories, but in comics, I want my superheroes to actually be heroes.  You've given me an idea for another blog, too. ;)
#10 Posted by cbishop (8215 posts) - - Show Bio
@IrishX said:
"I like your writing for the most part. Typically I wouldn't read something this long either. Maybe you should be a writer.... you do seem to enjoy it.  Anyway like I said it was good except I disagree about "A killer is not a hero". Evil much of the time is a matter of perspective and it's really a matter of opinion so I won't argue it but I'm sure there are plenty of soldiers who've killed that are also heroes.  "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view." - Obi-Wan Kenobi "

"For the most part?"  That sounds like there's a "but..." in there.  If you have some feedback, please, by all means, let me know what's on your mind, either here or in a PM.  I would love to read your thoughts - truly.  As for the length... I know, I know - I try to cut it down, but my brain won't shut up.  On the plus side, this is three or four paragraphs shorter than it started out to be. lol 
As for "a killer is not a hero," I think we're probably operating on different definitions for "killer."  I wouldn't consider soldiers or cops "killers," just because someone dies at their hands in the line of duty.  I'm talking about the cold, remorseless taking of another human life.  Soldiers are trained to kill in battle situations, if fighting cannot be avoided.  Cops are trained to kill as an absolute last resort.  Punisher and Jason Todd see killing as the best way to get the job done.  Wolverine varies from writer to writer, but basically sees killing as just another skill set - "I'm the best there is at what I do, and what I do isn't very pretty."  Some writers make it his last resort, and some make it his first option.  When killing is the first and/or best option in a character's eyes, that character is a killer, not a hero with a gun. 
You've given me an idea for another blog. ;)