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Subj: Re: Poll: Penance (aka "S&M Man") - Too much, just right or not enough? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 at 12:34:37 pm EST
Reply Subj: Poll: Penance (aka "S&M Man") - Too much, just right or not enough? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 06:31:47 pm EST

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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!

> 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!

From the sounds of it, I'm in the minority here, but I think it's just right. You have a teenage kid who has powers. Now, think of that mentality. You think you're indestructible. That's how most kids see themselves. Regardless of the fact that he didn't blow up Stamford, it still happened while he was there, while leading a team of other young heroes. The guilt he has for that, for something he was indirectly responsible for, has been constantly thrown at him for a while now. He gets imprisoned, attacked, shot, and his family refuses to see him.
The only contact you have with people are the ones who are telling you that you were wrong in the first place, you should feel guilty, and by the way, we're going to make you a guinea pig because we have no idea what has happened to your powers.
I truly think anyone who expected Robbie to, er, bounce back, from all of this must be reading too many DC Comics now. Marvel has decided to go for the more realistic route with their stories.
Rats, I'm rambling again.
Basically, when it comes down to it, they (meaning those around Robbie since his incarceration) made him into this. They broke him down. They took away his rights. And what you have left is a boy, not a man, a boy, who wears a costume now that inflicts pain upon himself all of the time. Over the top? Maybe. Too much? Nope.


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