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glprime ([personal profile] glprime) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily 2011-05-23 07:56 am (UTC)

Ack, so much of this writing just... hurts.

1) Your cabinet is tied to a company with a hot potato CEO? Boo-freaking-hoo for you, pal. Cronyism ain't never been something for law enforcement to give a damn about (as far as investigations go) and you sure as hell shouldn't bitch to the top law dog about it (since he could easily ask Justice department to pass a glance over everything you've ever done). As in, that's not Fury's problem and don't try to talk like it should be.

2) "White collar terrorists..." Oh, Norman, you so crazy. You mutilated people and you still think you're a "white collar" criminal in the right, like a super-powered Gordon Gecko. But seriously, the muddying of the word "terrorist" is something I'm getting just a wee bit tired of these last 10 years.

I realize a lot of that is the writers putting in "super secret political commentary," but it really feels forced and limp. Drawing real-world caricatures and having their controversies in your story with no real point (other than to kind of mug to the audience, nudge, nudge, wink, wink). Have more to say guys, or don't use it.

Okay, rant over.

The main thing I liked and kept following any "Ultimates" book for was seeing how a modern, semi-realistic (less "60s super-sciencey) agency/military organization would police super-powers. That got kind of lost here and there, but as a background element it was interesting. And yes, it was a somewhat successful parable of how current security/law enforcement agencies struggle to keep WMDs from falling into the wrong hands, and are having a continually harder time doing it, with the rate at which new threats pop up, and the ability to create these horrifying threats becomes easier and cheaper.

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