> > For me? Too much.
> > This is a cheap exploitive way for Joey Q and friends to turn around the teasing talk he's engaged in for the better part of a year about Speedball.
> > Heck, I'm not even sure its internally consistent, since Speedball was repeatedly shown not really having a sense of feeling responsible for the Stamford thing. So almost dying changed that? I'm not sure I get that. Or the lesson this character is supposed to teach us.
> > Makes you wonder what Joey has planned for his other big target--Mary-Jane?
> > Penance... Hurts so good! Only not!
> wtf, seriously! don't normally comment on stuff I havent' read (been skipping frontline) but this is absolutely crazy. Why marvel is doing this to a funloving teen is beyond me, its just as bad (to me) as a character getting raped, probably worse since its portrayed here as self-inflicted. True some teenagers cut themselves out of depression or suicidal tendencies, but Speedball never seemed the depressed teen type. "Fun" characters often receive this type treatment in today's comics, characters who don't take life particularly seriously. In DC it happened to their entire Giffen Justice League, in Marvel its Speedball who's transformed from funloving to almost the darkest concept imaginable. Problem is characters like the masochistic Penance are not too uncommon, though Penance takes it farther its not that different from Wolverine, who cuts himself every time he pops his claws and virtually every comic willingly undergoes intense pain and physical damage, while fun-loving characters like blue beetle and speedball are virtually extinct. Point is Marvel pushed the envelope way too far here, and hopefully they rectify the mistake sooner rather than later.
Although this was absolutely the WORST issue (maybe the ONLY bad issue) of the otherwise fine "Front Line" title, this "choice" is so disgusting and in some ways SO representative of what is wrong at the current Marvel that I urge you to read it as an object lesson. True, that possibly might raise the sales and give Marvel the wrong idea about this crap, but that could be countered by a nice letter to them expressing your disgust. Besides, even though the other story in Front Line, "Embedded" also wasn't as good as usual, overall "Embedded" has been one of few shining lights of Civil War and doesn't deserve to be tarred with the same brush as the Penance story.
> Although this was absolutely the WORST issue (maybe the ONLY bad issue) of the otherwise fine "Front Line" title, this "choice" is so disgusting and in some ways SO representative of what is wrong at the current Marvel that I urge you to read it as an object lesson.
At the store, sure. Without paying for it. I'm no advocate of Byrne-stealing by any means but this puke is a special case. Make up for it (to your shop owner) by purchasing a non-Marvel
comic you normally wouldn't. Try something you've always wanted to sample.
I had been toying with the notion of buying New Thunderbolts
when it starts next issue. Forget it now. Dark Horse is coming out with a Kull
comic. I'll add that to my list instead. Bucky