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TJ Burns

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Subj: Re: Cap's Cronies
Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 06:00:55 pm CDT (Viewed 327 times)
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Has anyone else noticed that Captain America has engaging in cronyism is his management of the Avengers teams? It is something that has cropped up in the past, but has become especially pronounced during Brian Michael Bendis' run on the title. Promotions seem to be based more on perceived loyalty than actual qualifications.

For example:

-Hawkeye is made leader of the Secret Avengers despite the fact that it is unclear if he can even spell the words quiet or subtle. Aren't there Avengers who have actual training and practice in covert operations who would have made better choices?

-I have read a few Avengers comics with Jessica Jones in them. Her contribution consisted of standing in the background holding a baby. How exactly is she qualified to be a Avenger in any standing?

-Luke Cage has been given command of two teams despite his obvious lack of leadership ability. Leeroy Jenkins would be proud. He may be loyal muscle, but it is clear that the Peter Principle has caught up to him. Even the writers seem to acknowledge that Cage sucks as a leader since they consistently utilize the Sentry and later Dr. Strange as crutch characters whose sole job seems to be bailing the team out and protecting Luke Cage from the consequences of his actions.

Up until the late 1980's, the Avengers used extensive background checks and a team vote before handing out what are essentially very high level security clearances. Nowadays, it seems that Captain America is doling them out wily-nily on his own authority. Does anyone else see the problem here?

Well, someone finally addressed the elephant in the room. \:\) Seriously, Cap's been on this kick since Civil War at the latest, and I have noticed. It's how we end up with things like putting the Beast, who is easily the most easy to identify Avenger on the planet, on the covert team, when his entire contribution could be matched by, say, Mockingbird, who actually HAS covert training. If the past few years have proved anything, it's that the Avengers traditions have gone to seed under both Cap AND Tony's leadership.


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