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ICT / Re: Human Superman vs Green Goblin
« on: Today at 02:44:20 PM »
What’s the definition of superintelligence?

Personalky I always viewed it as Superman’s ability to retain knowledge learn more quickly, which really makes it an extension of super speed.

But a Superman robbed of his powers doesn’t become an idiot. In the few times I can remember him losing his powers, he doesn’t act differently, or think to himself that he isn’t thinking clearly. He just can’t learn new things as quickly.

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General Comic Discussion / Re: Comicsgate
« on: Today at 02:32:12 PM »
These aren’t “minority issues.” These are issues with creators with little to no experience in superhero comics not writing the adventure stories they were hired to write, and that readers wanted.

Miles Morales and Ms. Marvel are going to be around for a while because their creative teams wrote superhero adventure stories.

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General Comic Discussion / Re: Comicsgate
« on: Today at 02:01:33 PM »
While we’re at it...

The titles for Iceman, America Chavez, Mockingbird, Captain Marvel, Hulk (with She-Hulk) and Silk weren’t cancelled because fans are hateful bigots afraid of change. It’s because they were FUCKING AWFUL.

Readers like these characters. Or can like them. It’s the creators. Marvel keeps hiring creators - most of whom have little to no experience in the comic book field - who think their job is to tell stories based on identity politics instead of superhero adventures. People don’t want to read a superhero title where 80% of the comic is Iceman struggling to write the perfect Grindr profile. It’s fucking boring. America Chavez sitting through a gender studies class is fucking boring. These are supposed to be adventure stories. If there were a Spider-Man title where the majority of the story dealt with him dealing with his love life I’d drop that shit too.

Then, when sales tank, Marvel cancels the series and reboots it... with the same creative teams, who blame their shitty sales on the mongoloid fans. Fuck that.

Of course you can insert social issues into stories. Claremont did it back in the day, and Priest did it in his recent JLA run. But it was an accent, the icing on the cake. It didn’t become the main plot.

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General Comic Discussion / Re: Comicsgate
« on: Today at 01:49:37 PM »
One of the things that is so obnoxious about the current direction in comic books and related media is that they try to invalidate everything that came before them. They can’t claim to be progressive unless the field was “problematic” before they arrived.

So:

Black Panther is the FIRST black superhero star! (Not Blade or Spawn)

She-Hulk is finally starring in her own comic! (She had a solo ongoing for years)

Iceman is the first gay superhero out of the closet! (Northstar, Apollo, Midnighter... and they were never the walking stereotypes that Iceman was in his recent solo)

Comic books are finally dealing with issues like prejudice! (Claremont’s X-Men run was based heavily around this, even though he’s a *gasp* straight white male)

There have never been minority creators helming flagship titles! (Christopher Priest, Jim Lee, Larry Hama...)

Female characters have always taken a back seat to the males in the past! (Wasp led the Avengers, Storm led the X-Men, Susan Richards co-leads, and usually leads better than her husband, the Fantastic Four)

And so on.
I agree with all of this.

http://youtu.be/ryNj821535c

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General Comic Discussion / Re: Comicsgate
« on: Today at 01:38:43 PM »
One of the things that is so obnoxious about the current direction in comic books and related media is that they try to invalidate everything that came before them. They can’t claim to be progressive unless the field was “problematic” before they arrived.

So:

Black Panther is the FIRST black superhero star! (Not Blade or Spawn)

She-Hulk is finally starring in her own comic! (She had a solo ongoing for years)

Iceman is the first gay superhero out of the closet! (Northstar, Apollo, Midnighter... and they were never the walking stereotypes that Iceman was in his recent solo)

Comic books are finally dealing with issues like prejudice! (Claremont’s X-Men run was based heavily around this, even though he’s a *gasp* straight white male)

There have never been minority creators helming flagship titles! (Christopher Priest, Jim Lee, Larry Hama...)

Female characters have always taken a back seat to the males in the past! (Wasp led the Avengers, Storm led the X-Men, Susan Richards co-leads, and usually leads better than her husband, the Fantastic Four)

And so on.

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General Comic Discussion / Re: Comicsgate
« on: Today at 12:46:45 PM »
You've done so much to show how secure you are in this thread alone. You don't seem threatened by women. You don't seem threatened by minorities. You don't seem threatened by change in any form. You definitely don't seem like you've been extrapolating absolute nonsense from actual comics to shoehorn into your preformed opinion at all.

This is definitely a post made by someone who is NOT MAD or worked up in any way.

Female and minority protagonists have been a part of superhero comics for a long, long time. I’m assuming Upper_Krust is aware of this.

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Debate / Re: what you think of NFL new policy
« on: June 15, 2018, 05:42:09 PM »
I'll preface this by saying I don't care if players kneel during the national anthem, and don't think they should be forced to do so, or fined if they don't.

That being said... I think the NFL is in a real bind. I don't follow football, but from what I've heard (and it could be wrong), a large segment of their fan base is upset by this, and it's affecting ratings. And the NFL is a business. So their options are a) do nothing and hope it blows over instead of getting worse b) force the players to come out on the field and stand during the anthem, which is heavy handed and will piss off another segment of their fan base or c) compromise, which is what they are doing by allowing players to stay in the locker room during the anthem.

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Debate / Re: Will Trump go down as the worst president ever?
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:10:26 PM »
^^^ I agree with you on it being both unlikely and undeserved, but I did read that it was mentioned.

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Debate / Re: Will Trump go down as the worst president ever?
« on: June 13, 2018, 05:05:49 PM »
War with NK will be less likely as time goes on. I'd say it's a major step toward peace.
I'll be extremely surprised if Trump can keep his cool since NK TV is saying Kim controlled the conference and forced the US to cancel all joint training war games.

Trump also recognized, praised and gave credibility to the leadership of North Korea. Do you understand what that means?

Would you expect the North Korean media to say anything else? I’m cognizant of the chance of Trump’s Tweeting in anger sabotaging things, but we’ll see. His name is being floated as a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. That’s may be enough to keep him focused on making nice.

Suspending war games with South Korea is nothing. They are clearly provocative to the North Koreans, they can always be reinstated, and they’re somewhat useless since everyone knows that if war breaks out, there’s no way South Korea will avoid being devastated. They’re designed to intimidate Nirth Korea, but that’s not helpful right now. Bill Clinton suspended them temporarily during his presidency for the same reason. It’s a small gesture for us to give to the North Koreans.

As for praising North Korea’s leadership... What’s your point? These are the things one says when thawing out relations with a country you’ve technically been st war with for decades. Everyone knows what the North Koreans are, Trump’s compliments aren’t going to change that. It’s harmless flattery and a way to give face to North Korea. I realize it’s unpalatable, but that’s diplomacy. I don’t think the North Koreans would be too eager to proceed if we told them what assholes they were.

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Debate / Re: Will Trump go down as the worst president ever?
« on: June 13, 2018, 03:44:26 PM »
So if there was no peace deal, what was accomplished?

I don’t think anyone (AFAIK) is calling this a finalized peace deal, including the current administration. What it is, is an important early step. Not the first step, as a lot of groundwork was laid prior to this meeting, which is mostly symbolic. However that doesn’t mean it’s a pointless exercise. It might all lead to nothing, but I’m cautiously optimistic. A real, lasting treaty is going to take time. A lot of time, most likely several years. People seem to want immediate results and that simply isn’t going to happen.

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ICT / Re: Drizzt Do’ vs Marvel Dracula
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:38:28 PM »
Yeah, my bad. This is such a low showing for Dracula that it hurts my argument, since I don’t think it should be counted anymore.






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ICT / Re: Drizzt Do’ vs Marvel Dracula
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:45:44 PM »
How did the MI 13 arc end? I might be having a Berenstein moment but I could have sworn Drac got decapitated.

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Marvel Zombies / Re: Monica Rambeau's best name?
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:14:27 AM »
I’ll always think of her as Captain Marvel. I never viewed her as a replacement for the original as she had a different costume, power set and personality.

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General Chat / Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain
« on: June 11, 2018, 08:18:13 AM »
I don’t care if it’s from a movie, that shit is disgusting.

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ICT / Re: Drizzt Do’ vs Marvel Dracula
« on: June 11, 2018, 07:09:11 AM »
The Black Knight sure gave Dracula the business.

Didn’t Dracula one shot him?

Didn’t Black Knight decapitate him?

I’m really letting myself down here.

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