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Subj: That's Right - It's TODAY That There's No Risk
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 10:07:52 am EST
Reply Subj: Re: Continuity
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 02:16:52 am EST (Viewed 1 times)

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> Nothing has really changed in this regard, except, it used to be that there was no risk. Today there is risk aplenty

I don't know what you mean by "risk". The status quo gets set back to zero almost every time. The dead return to life, the Baxter Building gets rebuilt, Iron Man regains control of his company, etc.

DC and Marvel's universes are essentially static, no dramatic change ever seems to stick. So Steve Rogers is dead, how many people really believe that is going to stick? Heck, didn't Joe Q say early on that "dead is dead"? How quickly did he backpedal from that when writers like Joss Whedon wanted Colossus back?

When you continually and lazily trot out the same bad guys--the Wrecking Crew, the Rhino, Tiger Shark, HYDRA, Mr. Hyde, and other once-classic, once-deadly villains and use them as patsies, THAT'S when you have 'no risk.'

Need I repeat the absurd Raft affair, in which many or most of the criminals returned to their cells after being told to, or the recent 'Hood's army,' most of whom did a lot of nothing, had 0 characterization, and many of those we saw at the first gathering weren't even seen again.

Even the Maurauders didn't do very much in Messiah Complex, and certainly not newcomer-to-the-group Exodus. They were portrayed as near-juveniles.

Even Princess Python almost killed Iron Man once.

Compare all of this crapola to the Bronze Age portral of villains, when Llyra killed Lady Dorma and You Felt It.

Or when the Death Stalker was legitimately weird and creepy, and mr. Kline mysterious and unknowable.

And on and on to Diablo, the Mad Thinker, the Grim Reaper, the original Zodiac, Mesmero, Sauron, the Leader, Red Raven, Kang and Immortus, Terminus, Mephisto, the Mandrill, the Mutates, Centurious, the Man-Bull, the Vamp, Mother Night, and a long, long, long host of others.

Archie Comics, it was not.

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