Also, the fact that the gang leader seems to be more organized, plan-oriented, and more of a team player than the Joker doesn't really mean anything either. It's pretty much always been a constant element in the Joker's character that the his chemical bath makeover didn't just bleach his skin, but that the trauma of it also affected his mind. Even if the gang leader is the Joker, there's no reason to expect that he'd have the same personality after the transformation that he did before.
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The leader of the gang has mentioned recalling when Bruce's parents were killed. How much older than Bruce would he be?
The fact that he recalls the murder of Bruce's parents doesn't necessarily mean he's older than Bruce at all. The fact that he mentions his foster parents' reaction would seem to indicate that the Red Hood gang leader was still a minor when Bruce's parents were killed (otherwise, he wouldn't still be living in a foster home). Bruce was 8 or 9 when his parents were murdered, right? That's certainly old enough for another child to have a basic recollection of the event, based on how the adults around him responded to it.
Nice looking visuals. I've been a fan of Cliff Richards ever since he was drawing the original Buffy comic for Dark Horse a decade or so back. When that book was canceled, I figured he'd catch on at one of the Big 2 and be a regular fixture, but it never really happened, unfortunately.
he's more experienced, more agile, more accurate with targets, better trained, a high class of escape artist and he has dodged heavy weaponry many times before.
By no stretch of the imagination is Green Arrow more experienced than Punisher. In current DC lore, GA hasn't been active for more than 5 years. Punisher has been killing criminals (including superpowered ones) for at least twice that long and has at least a decade of military combat experience on top of that.
Of course it was a plot device,. But it's a plot device with a pretty simple (and obvious) in-story justification.
In most versions of the origin, they build/prep the ship in secret in order to hide it and their plan from the Kryptonian military and/or High Council (because in most versions of the origin, their plan is in direct violation with Kryptonian law and/or Council decree). The bigger something is the harder it is to hide/keep secret. They could probably build and hide a ship small enough to carry an infant inside their home. A ship big enough to carry an infant and two adults? Probably not.
the movie was ok at best, but it was a huge let down, not just because they raped the mandarin.
But because he was a terrorist, it was legally classified as "enhanced interrogation."
Well, the baseline (and one would think, obvious) answer to the question posed in the subtitle of the commentary is that controversy is always used as a way to garner sales. That doesn't mean it can't also serve other purposes, but the primary goal of Marvel and DC is to sell comics. Period. Their only goal in posting solicitations and releasing teasers and spoilers about aspects of upcoming stories is to entice people into wanting to read/buy them. And an upcoming story that contains some "controversial" element that will help garner discussion/debate and generate buzz well in advance of the story's release is good for business. Commercial publishers are not in the business of promoting social change. That doesn't mean they can't or that they aren't conscious of their capacity to do so, but all intentions are secondary to the goal of selling comics. And as long as the stories they produce in pursuit of that goal are well-told and entertaining, then that's fine.
Point being, whether a moment in a particular story feels "genuine" usually has nothing to do with whether they're trying to use the story to sell comics, because they're always trying to use the story to sell comics. It has to do with the skill and craft of the creators (writers, artists, and editors) tasked with executing the story.
@eiderglast: Cyclops has to be still alive! Jean did the same thing to Charles and he's some how still alive.
Says who? It's a time travel story, remember? it's more than likely that the First Class crew simply encounters Charles at a point in time before he dies.
That whole "like brothers" thing between Tim and Jason makes no sense, esp. when he follows it up by saying they haven't talked much since Jason came back from the dead. Given that Tim didn't become Batman's partner until after Jason died, they couldn't have bonded over being members of that "exclusive club" before then. And if they haven't talked much since Jason came back, when did they have a chance to form this brotherly relationship?