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Jase

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Nitz the Bloody

Subj: Re: Why Aren't Black Panther & Storm More Popular?
Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 08:35:20 pm EDT (Viewed 153 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Why Aren't Black Panther & Storm More Popular?
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 06:03:44 pm EDT (Viewed 152 times)



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    >> That's true. She certainly has the mainstream visibility to pull off the move to the Avengers, but in-story, she's an X-Man through and through(like Wolverine, which is why I never thought the Wolvie as Avenger thing works in-universe). I only suggest it, since it's one of the few viable ways to really push T'Challa/Storm as a couple, if that's what Marvel wants. If you keep them seperate, BP on Avengers, Storm on X-Men, it helps their individual popularity, but does nothing for them as a pairing. BP on X-Men doesn't work, so that leaves Storm on Avengers which works slightly more than the former.



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    The qualifier being " slightly ", in that it still leaves them together with little to no prior justification. 


Yeah, that's true. It's not really meant to be the perfect solution though. It;s just sort of the best one I can hobble together considering the position Marvel has left the characters in. Not many other scenarios left besides split them up.


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    >> As do I, actually. They've become too interconnected, yet w/out the consistency such continuity-heavy maneuvers require to function.



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    I was thinking of Dr. Harrow's " Power Drainer " in the most recent New Avengers storyline as a particularly egregious example; the Drainer works by incapacitating/injuring everyone with metahuman abilities, which means that it can work on irradiated spider-blood, genetic engineering subjects ( Cage, Jessica Drew, Norman Osborn ), Kree biotech ( Karla ), someone who dabbled in Pym Particles many years ago ( Clint ), the X-Gene ( Daken ), an adamantium spine ( Bullseye ), a prosthetic arm ( Bucky ),  a Greek God ( Ares ), and a million exploding suns ( Sentry ). When you think it through, that's getting into " It's Magic, We Don't Have to Explain It " territory. 


That's just so deus ex machina. Which I don't usually mind, but come on - just because Clint used to use Pym Particles it affect him? And it can take out a god? And it debilitates a guy w/ a prosthetic arm? It's a little much.


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    Another case of where the things that work well in the Ultimate Universe fail in the original line; there, you could say that Harrow's Drainer targeted the Super-Soldier Serum, and then you'd have cause for it hurting everyone. 



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    >> Haven't had a chance yet.



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    Well, I look forward to your feedback, as it is always valuable and well-taken. 


I rather enjoyed the first couple of pages where Ruby reminisces, and tries to train her powers, though I feel they could have been explained a little more simply. I still got the gist from the pictures though. And it should be interesting to see how the character who showed up at the end influences the plot. Overall, it was a good installment that I feel in retrospect one can look back upon and see as a transition in the growth of the series.



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