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Subj: Re: I think that's one of the explanations 'in-story'...
Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 11:41:14 am EST (Viewed 101 times)
Reply Subj: I think that's one of the explanations 'in-story'...
Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 11:26:35 am EST (Viewed 107 times)

    ..but I think the real reason is that creative teams need to come up with compelling stories where these uber-powerful characters are challenged. Rather than facing a new galactic threat each month (even that would start to be unbelievable), there has to be a way for more mundane threats to seem plausible. Thus, the bad showings must creep in and show that even the god and visitors from another planet are 'mortal'. For every Imperiex or Surtur battle, so too must these guys be challenged by the likes of Toy Man and the Wrecker.

    Also - folks like Thor and Superman who routinely face existential threats in their own books, have to be watered down in their team books as to not always be overshadowing the other characters (which is hard for me as an Iron Man fan to say). Sure the other earth-bound heroes are valiant and powerful, but when all existence is being threatened, MU and DCU authorities aren't putting a call in for the Vision or Wonder Woman, they're going to their big guns...Thor or Superman. In a team book, this would get old fast (especially to fans of the other characters) so the demi-gods must step back so the other heroes may step forward...

Unfortunately I think this is what happens a lot to the Martian Manhunter. Because he is so powerful, he often gets taken out first to showcase how powerful the new threat is. This then makes the other characters look good, AND leaves the inspirational Superman showing on the table as well.


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