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#1 Posted by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

There are certain things that I do like about Hickman's run. I do like that he seems to want to upgrade the Avengers to a new level. They're powerful, but if you were to compare them to say the Justice League; then they're not quite up to that level. On the other hand, I do feel that he doesn't really grasp the dialogue and characterization of some of the Avengers. While, I sometimes disliked some of Bendis' storylines or plots, I did think he had a great grasp on character dialogue whereas Hickman's comes off as a bit forced or heavy exposition handed and sometimes I find his plots to be a vague here and there. It's like, I read it but was left with me scratching my head afterwards.

Not to mention that he's simply added in a bunch of strangers like Hyperion, Smasher, Captain Universe and called them Avengers. That's it. I would have appreciated to see some build-up or something, not all of them have to have some sort of encounter or run-in with the Avengers, but it's like I flipped pages and suddenly they're members. We don't even see how they got recruited or voted in or anything.

Overall, I would have given him a 2 and a 1/2 out of 5; if they allowed 1/2 stars. I'll withhold final judgment until his run is over, hopefully when he wraps things up in a more understandable fashion.

#2 Edited by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

Oooh. This would definitely be one Hell of a match. The problem is that I truly believe that the pair have advantages and disadvantages over the other. Deathstroke naturally has the advantage when it comes to long range with his arsenal of weaponry while Black Panther would probably come up nearly his equal at hand to hand ranges. Both are adept in hand to hand combat and while Deathstroke might be physically superior to Black Panther, I think he would not be able to fully overcome Panther's speed and quickness. Unlike the previous week's opponent, Taskmaster (whom I voted at losing by the way) would only be at the peak of human capability as a top level athlete; Panther is most definitely beyond that level and is probably close to Captain America himself. In addition, most of Panther's weapons such as his claws and energy daggers are designed for close quarters combat--which is why I think he would hold a slight edge over Deathstroke in that particular arena.

In addition despite the New-52 Deathstroke in his suit of Nth Metal, I'm not sure that he would be able to overcome the protection of Black Panther's vibranium-mesh outfit while Panther's daggers and anti-metal claws might be able to actually bypass Deathstroke's armor.

Not to mention that both of these individuals are highly trained and skilled tacticians and strategists; in fact that I suspect that the Panther would actually edge out Deathstroke in that area as well.

Both of them are too evenly deadlocked, unable to overwhelm or overcome the other. They will immediately understand that Deathstroke has the advantage at range which the Panther will deny him the opportunity to take the maximum advantage of. While the Panther is just too dangerous at close quarters for Deathstroke to defeat. Afterwards, I think both men will take a step back and take a breath and realize "the fight is too evenly matched, there's no real point to fighting it out here today in what may result in a stalemate."

The Panther will realize that by walking away, he can limit potential property damage or loss of life. Deathstroke is a consummate professional and pros know when it's time to walk away as well. They will decide that they gained some valuable intelligence about the other and devise some sort of plan to counteract the other's advantages at a later date. Neither side really wins here, but neither really loses.

RESULT: STALEMATE!

#3 Edited by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

My choice for victory would be Deathstroke. Both of these mercenaries are bad@$$es who walk around with an impressive arsenal of weaponry and military hardware. However, I will have to say that I believe that Deathstroke probably has a slight edge over Taskmaster in this respect. While Taskmaster is equipped with functional shield, broadsword, bow/arrows, batons, and even guns; Deathstroke easily matches or surpasses him as he regularly carries rifles, machine guns, or that power staff of his. So Taskmaster will probably be overwhelmed or unable to seize a definitive advantage at long range.

That leaves shortening the range and entering close quarters and hand-to-hand. While I believe that Taskmaster might surpass Deathstroke in pure fighting skill and even could preempt his techniques once he sees Deathstroke in action, the fact of the matter is that no matter how many martial arts skills, gymnastic techniques, or hand-to-hand combatant tricks that Taskmaster might have picked up or absorbed will equal the fact that Deathstroke is a SUPERhuman. That is, he is superhumanly strong, fast, and agile with inhuman endurance, a minor healing factor, and a brain that harnesses the other 90 percent of its untapped potential.

And Taskmaster is not. He can imitate someone's moves but he doesn't and he can't duplicate their strength and speed. He's limited to his physiology which means he is limited to a human being's limits--albeit a top level athlete.

No matter how skilled he is, no matter if he can tell exactly when or where Deathstroke is going to kick or punch or whatever; it doesn't matter if Taskmaster just isn't fast enough or strong enough to counter Deathstroke's attacks. He's going to get stomped, plain and simple.

Deathstroke is also a highly trained, highly experienced soldier and combatant. He's not going to be fooled or tricked by Taskmaster, he's not going to lose his cool or be baited into an unfavorable situation so cunning and trickery is out out of the picture too. At best, all Taskmaster could hope for is that Deathstroke lets him limp away with his pride and cape tucked between his legs.

WINNER: DEATHSTROKE!

#4 Posted by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

This sounds like a really, really blatant attempt to grab some attention by Marvel for the Thor title in my opinion. And considering the recent revelation that Angela is in fact Thor's sister; a revelation that I suspect now is build-up for this switchover. Which you know is only temporary and after a bit, they'll be back to the status quo.

They did it for the Superior Spider-Man, for Captain Bucky Barnes America, this smacks of more of the same.

As for the hair ... magic dye job?

#5 Posted by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be a specific or dedicated section for the Weekly Polls that we may or may not have voted in on the site; save for the News Section. If we don't have one, I think we need an archived section or something for them if we ever want to look one of the Polls up later on.

#6 Edited by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadpool is a great character. I love 'em. He's funny, he's sarcastic, he's just plain nuts. He's like a murderous version of Spider-Man. But I'm going to have to side with the original ruthless and unstoppable merc, Deathstroke here.

Just because Deadpool is more popular and funnier does not counteract the fact that DP would be busy running off his mouth while Stroke would get down and dirty really fast. Stroke will probably open up first with a simple double tap gunshot wound to the chest and the head. When THAT doesn't put down the yammering fool in red and black, Stroke will realize that his opponent is superhumanly tough and a regenerator. He might not be able to kill him, but he can definitely incapacitate him for quite a while.

He could simply cut off his limbs or head and simply scatter them. Or maybe even find the nearest hardware store, buy a bunch of chains and concrete blocks and sink DP in a pool/river/ocean. Burying his bits and pieces wouldn't be that much of a stretch either.

That's it, match over.

While I'm sure that DP will somehow drag himself back out from the grave, reunite his disparated body parts, and come back stronger with an insane masterminded plot to take Stroke down, the fact remains; he will have LOST the first battle and this match. That's DP's strength; that he's like the Energizer Bunny. He'll just keep goin' and goin' and goin'. You can take him down, it's getting him to stay down that's the trick. But he simply won't take this first round seriously and that will count as Stroke's win. In the end, I figure DP will overcome and prevail and win the war but this first battle? Deathstroke for the win.

#7 Posted by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

@renchamp: Yeah, I totally agree. I still can't understand why they cut out the regular users' reviews. They could have simply separated them into two different pages; the Mods/Staff Review Pages and the User Review Pages. I also totally miss the fact that they also cut out that we can't give 1/2 STARS or even 0 STARS anymore. It totally means that even if you think a movie or comic is junk or crap, you HAVE to have at minimum 1 STAR. I think at best, they should have allowed us to give something 1/2 STAR at the very least.

#8 Edited by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

I was just looking at the Review Page and it suddenly occurred to me that is there anyway to add more filters to that "Sort Reviews By" search bar? I see that you've got Alphabetical, Comic Company, Newest, Oldest, Highest and Lowest; but could you also add other filters like Movies, Cartoons, and TV Shows? For that matter, does that Search Feature even work? I was trying to fiddle with it and it doesn't seem to do anything.

#9 Posted by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

@renchamp: Perhaps they need to do some sort of weekly cut off. I've noticed that the News displays stuff chronologically but there is a lot of things sometimes so I might miss certain things.

How about something like some sort of automatic weekly news feed where only this week's news stuff is displayed on the News Page like from last Friday to Thursday. Anything older than that gets knocked off automatically, it simply doesn't get displayed anymore on the Main News Page.

Instead, it gets kicked into something like an News Archive where you can look it up through some sort of filter menu like First Looks, another for Interviews, Previews, Spotlights, Questions of the Week, Battles of the Week, or simply chronologically.

#10 Edited by SnowyMountain (131 posts) - - Show Bio

Teen Titans animated version! First off, I don't care that much for some of Deathstroke's other costumes, which I think has to do with the fact that they seriously over complicate his outfit with a bunch of extraneous gear. To a point, it looks cool but they can't seem to help themselves from adding too much.

For example, for his classic first suit, I always wondered why he had that bandolier of ammo cartridges strapped to his chest. It seemed pretty useless as those looked like gigantic sized bullets like rifle sized and he seemed to only carry a pistol so ... what was the point? Not to mention that I couldn't believe that some stray shot couldn't set off the whole string which was STRAPPED to his chest. It was like he was begging someone to try and take a shot at him. The swashbuckler orange boots and the long flapping straps from his mask also don't help and make him look goofy. The straps were probably for dramatic effects, sort of like a mini-cape or something; or to try and make him look more militaristic like those pictures of Vietnam-era soldiers wearing scarf covers on their heads that dangled down in the back.

And while I could appreciate the slight modernized look in his blue-black suit; the coloration just does not suit him very well. The Flashpoint outfit was just a mishmash of his looks, plus with the whole trenchcoat and the two-toned head scarf on-top on his head was stupid-looking. It sort of made him look piratical, but felt too heavily influenced by his past costumes. His 52-suit by Art Thibert is another costume that simply has too much stuff going on and too much unnecessary bits like the spikes, chainmail, and all combined make the costume look far too complicated and impractical. And don't get me started on his Young Justice suit. I just found his mask to be stupid looking with the black patch while some of the rest was orange not to mention the whole ponytail. On some guys, it looks cool. But on someone of Slade's age? Nuh uh. The Son of the Batman outfit was lacking as well. Deathstroke looked too slender and unarmored in that they went in the opposite direction and stripped away TOO much for once of his extraneous gear. Not to mention that I found myself still disliking those distracting mask straps fluttering in midair.

The other suits were all fairly good, although I still had my minor grievances with them. The Gods Among Us outfit had that lame eye scope on it, but I did like the Arrow live action suit, it just needs a bit more coloration here and there and the Arkham video game outfit went a little bit overboard on the armored protection with the thigh armor plates for example, when they could have done away with them easily. Otherwise the functionality and militaristic appearance blew me away.

His Teen Titans outfit on the other hand slightly edged to the top as my favorite simply because it is one of the more simplistic ones and strikes a nice balance between stark militaristic practicality and protective armor without sacrificing his agility, although I will admit that I wouldn't have minded a hint of orange stripes here or there on his armor to give him a bit more color. I also liked how his mask was a helmet with those breathing slits. Not to mention the utter starkness of the armor lines along with the lack of apparent weapons gave you the feeling that "I'm so bad@$$, I don't NEED frickin' weapons to kill you". That arrogance was the main reason why the Teen Titans suit pushed itself to top of my favorites list.