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Subj: Re: A question for the Thunderbolts' readers ...
Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 01:47:58 am EST (Viewed 100 times)
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Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 01:30:59 am EST

> > How come Norman Osborn became so popular since he was prooved to be the Green Goblin in the first issues of The Pulse and MKSM, and he killed a woman journalist ?
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> > Or did I miss something with Norman cleaning his reputation ?
> In Thunderbolts #110 (the first issue featuring Norman Osborn and his new team), he mentions to reporters in a press conference that despite some troubles in his past, Tony Stark had offered him a chance at redemption. As for the murders he committed that became public knowledge, it can only be assumed that he bought some seriously high-class lawyers to get him officially pardoned (i.e. setting someone else up as having framed him, or having the police offically classify Terry Kidder's murder as death by suicide or a random drowning incident, or whatever).

It should also be noted that he could have easily done the whole "insanity" defense. And that's at least likely given his history, and the fact that he has shown to be on medication.

Also, it would be next to impossible to prove that he committed certain crimes, simply because of lack of evidence and because he could always claim it was someone else. Remeber, there have been like 5 different Green Goblins, not to mention Hobgoblins and other similar villains.

And last, some things could have been Mephisto-ed out. It's not like Harry's death had anything to do with the marriage, so it wouldn't be that far of a stretch. "Public forgets Norman was the GG" is an easy solution.

It's not as bad as "Norman's been innocently in Europe for 5 years".

> Since then he's become popular due to the Thunderbolts keeping a good face in public, so as the leader of the team he automatically gains credit for that. Secret Invasion is where things really take a turn for the better for Osborn, as he fights for his country and the President in front of live cameras. The media eats it up, and there we go. Norman Osborn cleared of any wrongdoing in the past and celebrated as a hero.

Also, the Thunderbolts tie in had the team fighting the Skrulls in Washington, with Osborn taking the lead. Besides just the main series.

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