Date: 2017-04-30 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reveen
Okay, so that guy was a total badass.

But, okay, he got superpowers. But where the fuck did he get scimitars that can cut through a jet fighters armor.

Date: 2017-05-01 12:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastermahan
The scimitars also took superpower pills?

Date: 2017-05-01 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] remial
the scimitar, also known as the Arabian katana can cut through a jet fighter's armor in much the same way that a katana can slice through a tank like a hot knife through butter.
-- Wikipedia

Date: 2017-05-01 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com
Ya know, ten million dollars seems pretty low for being a fugitive of the United States, and pretty low asking price for something that could alter the balance of power

Date: 2017-05-01 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] donnblake
My first thought was that they were planning to sell fake pills- probably containing Red Mercury. But then they went on about getting blood sample to reverse engineer the anti-rejection drugs, and... yeah, ten million does seem a little low, I guess.

Date: 2017-05-01 01:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
Setting aside how they magically cracked the superhero genetic code (which is a pretty BIG set-aside), ten million is laughably low. It makes you wonder if this is Millar telegraphing how stupid these guys are or if Millar doesn't know how much things are worth.

Ten million dollars sounds like a lot of money if you don't make a lot, but in the grand scheme of things, it really isn't much money at all to entities other than individuals. The amount of money spent for military equipment, for example, is several factors more for this, even for independent rebel groups who are selling opium to fund their operations. Al Qaeda reportedly had $300 million at one point, but spent it as fast as they could (and was broke when Osama bin Laden was killed). ISIS currently was believed to have upwards of $400 million back in 2015, though they were spending it like water (running a caliphate apparently ain't cheap, especially when no one will deal with you).

This series appears to be doing what most of Millar's do: ignore the interesting world-building and instead go on to the more pedestrian plot, which here looks like another boring retread of the same material he served up in MPH and elsewhere. He ignores the more interesting ramifications of his setting or exploring any of the details therein, to focus on his poor-man's Three Kings.

(Also, how is it that recruits get to choose their abilities? Is that explained in the comic? It seems like one guy taking the same power four times and remaining vulnerable to bullets is a BAD IDEA going into a combat zone.)

Date: 2017-05-01 04:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mastermahan
That's a great point about the recruits getting to choose their own abilities. It's not like the real military goes "here's a bunch of different weapons, whatever, take your pick".

Date: 2017-05-02 04:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
I'm wondering if there are any Marvel or DC super-villains that look like Red-Eyed Scimitar Man.

There was an ASTRO CITY character called the "Mad Maharajah," but that was Busiek and Co. doing an homage/parody of "ethnic" villains.

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