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A story about the problem with superheroes, from the Dark Horse Big Book of Monsters...

Date: 2017-04-05 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
I understand what he is trying to say, but I can't stop thinking that, if you replace superheroes with Firefighters, (honest) policemen or Doctors Without Borders as the ones society as a whole celebrated, he comes across like a jerk because, according to him, HE deserves all the attention. "I could totally have killed that ice monster! for realz!"

Date: 2017-04-05 01:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] miramira
"Or that monster totally could've killed me! I just had to live for my poor fragile female companion!"

Date: 2017-04-05 01:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nyadnar17
The idea that humans with super powers "stop counting" as real humans is kinda sickening to me, especially as an X-men fan.

Also superheroics is like one of the least disruptive things a person with power can do. Like imagine if Superman or the Flash just decided to be a one man manufacturing company. The market would get distorted and when they finally died or retired everything would go to hell.

Date: 2017-04-05 01:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
There was something like that in "Superman: True Brit" - Superman attempts to pay for damage to (I can't remember) by squeezing new diamonds out of lumps of coal and devalues the diamond, making coal much mroe valuable.

Date: 2017-04-05 03:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
At least Riff didn't have to live through awkwardly being rebooted to fit into a purely superheroic universe.

Date: 2017-04-05 05:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crinos
Oh for fucks sake.

Oh yeah, humanity is doomed because you couldn't be a big man and save your girlfriend from a Wampa with your fucking pocket knife.

You know I can get the idea of a Pulp era hero feeling like they've become obsolete with the coming of super heroes, but don't sit there and act like this is a bad thing for the world in general because your ego got bruised.

Date: 2017-04-06 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
Huh. Pulp heroes like Black Widow and Nemesis continue to exist in superhero universes. Moon Knight is mostly a pulp hero. Nightwing is a pulpy martial arts hero who's friends with superheroes. Richard Dragon, Lady Shiva, Shang-Chi, the Question (both), the Challengers of the Unknown (at least two groups), the Huntress (both), and Doctor Thirteen.

I think there's a meaning in-universe (in a world with supermen, he's not such a big deal); and a meta meaning (the endless wrestling matches of the cape-and-tights crowd distract from the other kinds of adventure heroes). The former makes him look like a jerk. The latter is an exaggeration of a fair point: that superheroes got boring when they turned into professional wrestling.


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