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    Oh! I'm game. Let's see... how about "What Are You Reading Now?"

    Right now I'm reading Batman, Blue Beetle, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, Green Lantern: Ion, Green Lantern Corps is about to begin and I just added Wonder Woman to my list. I'm also reading Astonishing X-Men and Squadron Supreme. I want to get back onto Amazing Spider-Man, but its been some time and I'm just looking for a jumping on point. The same goes for the New Avengers. I got my hands on the trades for Avengers: Disassembled and the New Avengers: Breakout. I also got Moon Knight as I was curious to see what they would do with him.




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    Marvel is also supposed to be making these comics based on eastern myths only reinvented using x-men stories, like Peach Boy using Xavier as the monk and Scott as the Peach Boy with one eye.

    I hadn't heard about mythos.

    Right now, I read Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny X-Men (god, I love Cannonball's new costume...), X-factor is refreshingly different, X-Men, New X-Men (I want to see where all of this death is going and I'm fanboying over Anole and hope he gets more face time), Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Spiderman, Teen Titans, and Young Avengers (because of Billie and Teddy ).

    I really want to see more done with the Cuckoos. They're icnredibly intriguing and after the hints being dropped about being Weapon XIII, I mean, come on!

    Actually, what I'm really hoping is that New X-Men will come through and really establish these new mutants into the X-men universe. Right now, I feel like they're not being taken seriously as characters and that they'll never be used for anything else. I want to see the students excelling and becoming cohesive fighters and really workign together to solve a menace at hand. They're all fragmented now and I don't get that feel like the original New Mutants. They have good characters, but they're stuck in this X-Men Jr. type thing.

    And please, can we get a reducteion in the Wolverine? He's everywhere and everyone love shim, but let's try to make some other outstanding characters into icons, too. Scott, Beast, Jean (even though she's dead), Emma, Kitty, Colossus, Storm, Rogue and Gambit, should all be as recognizeable as Wolverine, here. Make them shine.

    Plus, I want to see more about the depowered mutants. Don't let them fade into obscurity...

    Oh, btw, can anyone explain the following to me:

    Infinite Crisis
    This '52' thing I've been seeing?

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    I'll chime in here...

    My current pull list includes

    DC
    52, JSA Classified, Blue Beetle, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, JSA, JLA, Wonder Woman, Secret Six, ShadowPact, the new Atom, Firestorm, Teen Titans, Checkmate (altho I'm probably dropping it soon), Fables, Ion.

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    Ultimate Spiderman, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate XMen, Xmen, Astonishing Xmen, Uncanny XMen, XFactor, New XMen (on occasion), Avengers, Young Avengers, Spiderwoman, AMazing Spiderman, Civil War, Annihilation group of minis, Squadron Supreme.

    Independents
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    Quote Originally Posted by luminum
    Oh, btw, can anyone explain the following to me:

    Infinite Crisis
    This '52' thing I've been seeing?
    Allow me to try.

    Infinite Crisis: Twenty years ago, we had Infinite Crisis on Multiple Earths. Geoff Johns, among others, were brought in to provide a follow up. The past few years have seen the DC universe growing darker and some continuity flaws. Alexander Luthor, Superboy Prime, and Earth 2 Superman and his Lois Lane were stuck in a "bubble" that allowed them to watch the current earth and its heros. Superboy Prime began punching the walls of the bubble, causing continuity changes in the current earth. Alexander took advantage of this and set some things into motion. Basically, Alex caused the rift between the holy trio (batman, superman, and ww). He pretended to be Lex Luthor and convinced the villians to join his society. The bubble finally broke... those trapped in teh bubble emerged into the current earth. Alex set his plans into motion, brought back the multiverse. The current Superboy (Conner Kent) died to bring the earths back into one. Earth 2 Superman and his Lois also died. The speed force that powered Flash and Kid Flash is gone, and they vanished and lost their powers. Jay from the JSA is the only Flash left at the moment. The Joker was pissed that Alex didn't invite him to join the society and killed him. Everyone now remembers the multiverse and the losses from that big crisis, as well as the losses from the new crisis. At the end of the series, WW, Sperman, and Batman (along with Nightwing) were left battered and went off in search of who they were and what it meant to be a hero. This set the stage for...

    52: this weekly series takes up a few hours after Infinite Crisis ended. A year will pass without WW, Batman, and Superman. This series explains everything that has occurred prior to the dramatic One Year Later changes seen in the regular titles. 52 will introduce a number of new heroes (including the lesbian Batwoman in issue 11) and will explain some of the changes we're seeing in the regular titles. The current issue just brought back some of the heroes that went into space with Donna Troy... very interesting aftermath for hawkgirl and a few others. It also brings Ralph Digby back into the realm of comics (he's been on the back burner since Identity Crisis and the death of his wife Sue). The Question is also playing a large role in the series, as well as Steel.

    Hope this helps!
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    OK, Mikey? Can I be honest here? You have just turned me on.

    I forgot to add that I am also reading Civil War and picked up Civil War: Front Line as well. I would love to get back into X-Men but have been away from it for so long that I'm not really sure where to begin. At least with Astonishing I was able to get into it half way. Truth be told, it was Brijan who recommended it and at that time Marvel had just released the trade with the first 6 issues and I picked up the back issues from there.




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    Quote Originally Posted by GL247
    OK, Mikey? Can I be honest here? You have just turned me on.

    I forgot to add that I am also reading Civil War and picked up Civil War: Front Line as well. I would love to get back into X-Men but have been away from it for so long that I'm not really sure where to begin. At least with Astonishing I was able to get into it half way. Truth be told, it was Brijan who recommended it and at that time Marvel had just released the trade with the first 6 issues and I picked up the back issues from there.
    Tell em what youw ant to know and I'll try to fill you in as best you can. ::wags tail:: Pleeeaaasseee???

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    I haven't read X-Men that much (minus Astonishing X-Men) because of the Devils called Milligan and Chuck Austen.

    Claramont's writing also makes me vomit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GL247
    OK, Mikey? Can I be honest here? You have just turned me on.

    I forgot to add that I am also reading Civil War and picked up Civil War: Front Line as well. I would love to get back into X-Men but have been away from it for so long that I'm not really sure where to begin. At least with Astonishing I was able to get into it half way. Truth be told, it was Brijan who recommended it and at that time Marvel had just released the trade with the first 6 issues and I picked up the back issues from there.
    I decided against Front Line; the previews made it sound like a fringe story (altho I understand some important details are being revealed there). Guess I'll pick up the trade.

    What characters would you like to start your XMen history lesson with? Between Luminum and me, we ought to be able to bring you to multiple orgasms!

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    It's scenes like this that makes me question if Magneto is not a villain but a rather a hero:


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    Quote Originally Posted by luminum
    Tell em what youw ant to know and I'll try to fill you in as best you can. ::wags tail:: Pleeeaaasseee???
    Quote Originally Posted by okstatecowboy
    What characters would you like to start your XMen history lesson with? Between Luminum and me, we ought to be able to bring you to multiple orgasms!
    LOL! I'll begin compiling a list.




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    Quote Originally Posted by yuty
    It's scenes like this that makes me question if Magneto is not a villain but a rather a hero:

    It is without a doubt, a powerful scene. But I don't think Magneto can be considered a hero, nor do I think he's an outright villain. He's right smack dab in the middle. A very grey area as it were. He has an agenda of his own and is diligent in his pursuit. I think this is what makes him so damn interesting.




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    Wow, so this is what happens when I eat my own words, hehehe. Awesome.

    From what I hear, the next Mythos issue won't be X-Men, but will be the origin of Bruce banner. If Jenkins is going to write again then maybe I'll give it a shot.

    My pull list: The Punisher MAX, Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, NEXTWAVE, Civil War, Ultimate Fantastic Four, New Avengers, X-Factor, Young Avengers, Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man.

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    I just read Spiderman Civil War and I'm absolutely heartbroken. I hate you, Tony Stark. Things have not changed. You're only allowing things to change, you bastard! Don't cave into them! Don't give into the fear!

    Is it just me or is Marvel really depressing right now? Characters in Marvel just take one blow after another....kick after kick. New X-Men was probably the most uplifting title I've ever read and after Jean died, every title is now compeletely depressing and unfair.

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    Yep. Even the color tones are depressing. Brown, green, black, and deep blue.

    But I bet the Civil War will do what Infinite Crisis did to DC. Make things more livelier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luminum
    I just read Spiderman Civil War and I'm absolutely heartbroken. I hate you, Tony Stark. Things have not changed. You're only allowing things to change, you bastard! Don't cave into them! Don't give into the fear!

    Is it just me or is Marvel really depressing right now? Characters in Marvel just take one blow after another....kick after kick. New X-Men was probably the most uplifting title I've ever read and after Jean died, every title is now compeletely depressing and unfair.
    Right now, I think the majority of the industry is in a dark period. The same can be seen in DC. I think this is one reason I so very much loved Green Lantern Corps: Recharge. They were rebuilding and all these new, disparate recruits had to work together.




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    I'm Pro-Registration, by the way.

    It's not giving in to fear, it's making sure that the world has a unified taskforce against threats.

    I hate you, Captain America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvels
    I'm Pro-Registration, by the way.

    It's not giving in to fear, it's making sure that the world has a unified taskforce against threats.

    I hate you, Captain America.
    Nooo!

    I'm against registration myself.




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    Against. Why should superheroes be forced to sacrifice their freedom for the good they do? The legislationw as passed out of fear and misdirected anger. They blame heroes for this, when it had nothing to do witht hem and as Stark says, "It doesn't matter. We may not be responsible, but we are the same super powers. We are the cousins."

    The legislation has been pushed hurridly and I don't see how punishing heroes and endangering their loved ones and the normal lives they've tried to build and had to build because they're not all millionaires like Stark who do good is fair or responsible at all.

    The public wants accountability from the bad guys, so they register all the good guys and force them to reveal themselves publically. That makes no sense and anyone else who doesn't want their rights taken away will be hunted down publically and arrested as will their innocent loved ones who only know who they are for the crime of...


    ...doing good anonymously.

    Bull. Shit.

    Stark pressured and obligated Parker and guilted him, too. Mary Jane and Aunt Mae's rationale made absolutely no sense whatsoever, it was completely forced. I bet you one or more of these heroes' loved ones gets attacked and killed before the government can 'protect' them.

    The public is angry at a villain, Nitro, but since they can't do anythign with Nitro, theyw ant to punish every hero out there. It's an inferiority complex and a shitload of misplaced anger. I kept hoping that the heros would say "Fuck you." to the public and leave them to deal with villains themselves sicne they're so damn ungrateful.

    Seriously, I've had enough of this in comics. They do so much good. Every hero title out there and they get nothing but disrespect or they get taken for granted. Fuck you, citizens.

    It isn't about a unified task force, it's about accountability and it demands accountability from people who can't give it because it's
    not their account to give. Tony Stark keeps sayign that because a woman's daughter was killed there, it boosted him into agreeing with this, but I'm sorry, the death of an innocent, no amtter how sad and innocent that victim may be...if the victim's death is unrelated in consequence to the law ebing passed, I don't see it as being usefula t all. It's only vindictive. It's like passing legislation that holds airplane manufacturers accountable for 9/11, the main reason of support being because kids got killed. Stupid sensationalism.

    Fuck you, Tony Stark, you alcoholic tool.

    .../rant>

    Sorry, these are just frustrations I've been harboring since New X-Men and Decimation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peto Antoni
    Good luck in your endeavour.

    For whatever reason, I never got hooked, not even remotely, on comic books!
    why does this guy always throw his 2cents in to these threads that he claims he has no intrest in or he doesn't like or he never found attractive?why bother even going on a thread that says things you don't like and feel the need to tell us you don't like it?find a hobby you like and start a thread so we can see you have something positive to say.

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    From what the court said on The Road to Civil War, superhero families will be assigned to programs not different from the Witness relocation ones. Besides, they aren't going to reveal who they are to the world - - that would be irresponsible; only to S.H.I.E.L.D. and high-level Government employees (or so I've read).

    Besides, if superheroes are registered from birth; trained to do what's right from the get-go, then in time they could theoretically remove every possible threat of a rising supercriminal. They could prevent tragedies like the kid from Ultimate X-Men who unknowingly kills everyone in a radius from happening.

    Yes, I realize that Quentin Quire poses as the ultimate objection to this theorem - - which is why the Government should be allowed to automatically take counter-measures should a rogue hero manifest by using the data registered on their version of CODIS.

    And I don't see how registration will have them give up their freedom. It's not like S.H.I.E.L.D. will tell them who to save and who not to - - they are STILL heroes, they can stop a mugger as much as they could stop an alien invasion. They just get better training, a salary, and the backing of their own Government - - which I will never see as cons.

    Superheroes WERE accountable for the Stamford Disaster. The New Warriors knew that they were out of their league, but still went in guns ablazing, just for ratings. In a very, very public place may I add. If they had the Government's backing, of they were trained like army men and real soldiers, then they WOULD have found a way to neutralize them efficiently, and without collateral damage (I'm testing hypothesis contrary to fact, I know).

    Which reminds me - - do you think our perspectives on the registration are affected by our status and backgrounds?

    P.S. I love Cap to bits. He's a bad-ass. Just not his decision to side against THE LAW.

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    Luminum, I totally agree with your assessment of the current issue of Amazing Spiderman. Aunt May and Mary Jane do seem forced in the issue. And the last panel of the issue! "I have an announcement to make" I bet Mary Jane bites it before the end of the War. Recent interviews with Joe whatshisface have mentioned he hates the fact that Peter married her and would love to see him single again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by luminum
    Fuck you, Tony Stark, you alcoholic tool.
    Heh, I don't like him either, ever since I read Iron Man #228; so much so I wrote him as a homophobe in fan fiction that I wrote, which also doubled as a script that I sent to Marvel, and I believe that's what may have inspired his sarcastic reference to himself as the "Grand Dragon of the KKK" in Avengers #27, since Busiek may have skimmed my script.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luminum
    and after Jean died
    Yeah, cuz you know she'll never be back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvels
    I'm Pro-Registration, by the way.
    Is this a recent development where we've seen this come back into the Marvel Universe or we are harkening back to the Mutant Registration Act of the 80's and the proposed Superhero Registration Act of the very late 80's, early 90's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Effortless_Pro
    I'll also upload a picture of the Iluminati
    Which consist of Iron Man, Prof. X, Dr Strange, Namor, Reed Richards, and I dunno who the last guy is....(Havok? Quicksilver? seriously no idea)
    That would be Blackbolt of the Inhumans.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Effortless_Pro
    See I find it interesting that Captain America sided, agaisnt the registration.
    Why?
    Well because he's done that all before, and it basically ruined his life.
    Even though they're heroes, with super powers they still want a life of normalcy, sure they'll probably never have it, but they try, they succeed here and there.

    So sure Superhero loved one protection agencies would be great. The only problem with that is....let's say a villain who's a telepath woudl have no trouble finding them, if that were the case, I mean humans, mutants, heroes are all subjected to the flaws of mankind and would do almost anything for a buck, what's to stop a government employee from taking a bribe to reveal where such and such is?

    I mean, why should they be registered from birth, and train to fight this and do that, what if they choose not to fight, what if they manage to keep their powers under control and not use them? What if they want to be "Normal"? Sure maybe every now and then they'll help somebody but woudl conscrption be nessecary? Is it right?
    What is right though? Being militarily trained to fight FOR the government? What if some whackjob is controlling the government (Let's say a Lex Luthor type Villain controlling the american government?) Or Hell Dr.Doom controlling the government! Then what would happen? The government also coudl always deploy these "Heroes" for their own personal gain, it should be the heroes choice to help people, they should not be forced into it.

    It's liek Big Brother. Surely we wouldn't want to be registered from birth if it ever came possible to detect homosexuals. It does seem liek a rather curious motion, with possible ulterior motives.





    (in regards to what I'm reading right now? Not a whole lot I'm waiting for my copy of Endsong to Arrive)

    Policemen register, am I right? Don't they have normal lives beyond the office? Because to me, that's what superheroes are. Cops with powers.

    And telepaths would have no trouble finding hero families either way. Peter Parker's lucky that, before Civil War, he hasn't gone up against a telepath powerful enough to see who his is and where his family lives.

    Of course it is posibble for an employee to take a bribe, hell, Jessica Drew's the iffiest memeber in S.H.I.E.L.D. right now. That's why I proposed that the information only be given to the highest ranking officials. Nick Fury knew everybody's secret identity in his little Secret War, and I'm sure he wasn't the only one since other Level Ten members had the same access as he did. Did anything bad happen to the heroes then, regarding their personal lives? No.

    And if they are registered from birth, and they don't want to fight, they should a least take courses in how to control their powers - - like how we study for driving or speech lessons. If they want to help people, fine. But they should have boundaries. Like the equivalent of how we help a guy getting beaten up by unarmed thugs, but call the police when we start hearing gunshots.

    As for corruption, why would you think that heroes would allow to continue to be in service if they knew that their leader was E-vil? And Doctor Doom ruling isn't a bad thing, since the short time he DID rule the world, he brought forth an unprecedented amount of prosperity. Hell, it took him eighteen months to turn Latveria into a world power the very moment he came to power. Not everything is black and white.

    And one last thing, homosexuality does not represent a threat to the universe. Metahumans do.

    (Bloody hell, we talk like it's actually happening in the world)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvels
    Policemen register, am I right? Don't they have normal lives beyond the office? Because to me, that's what superheroes are. Cops with powers.

    And telepaths would have no trouble finding hero families either way. Peter Parker's lucky that, before Civil War, he hasn't gone up against a telepath powerful enough to see who his is and where his family lives.

    Of course it is posibble for an employee to take a bribe, hell, Jessica Drew's the iffiest memeber in S.H.I.E.L.D. right now. That's why I proposed that the information only be given to the highest ranking officials. Nick Fury knew everybody's secret identity in his little Secret War, and I'm sure he wasn't the only one since other Level Ten members had the same access as he did. Did anything bad happen to the heroes then, regarding their personal lives? No.

    And if they are registered from birth, and they don't want to fight, they should a least take courses in how to control their powers - - like how we study for driving or speech lessons. If they want to help people, fine. But they should have boundaries. Like the equivalent of how we help a guy getting beaten up by unarmed thugs, but call the police when we start hearing gunshots.

    As for corruption, why would you think that heroes would allow to continue to be in service if they knew that their leader was E-vil? And Doctor Doom ruling isn't a bad thing, since the short time he DID rule the world, he brought forth an unprecedented amount of prosperity. Hell, it took him eighteen months to turn Latveria into a world power the very moment he came to power. Not everything is black and white.

    And one last thing, homosexuality does not represent a threat to the universe. Metahumans do.

    (Bloody hell, we talk like it's actually happening in the world)
    I have to say that I am in total disagreement with your position. Wrong is wrong. I'm reminded of the exchange between Senator Kelly and Jean Grey at the beginning of X-Men:

    Senator Kelly: Three words: Are mutants dangerous?
    Doctor Jean Grey: That's an unfair question, Senator Kelly. After all, the wrong person behind the wheel of a car can be dangerous.
    Senator Kelly: Well, we do license people to drive.
    Doctor Jean Grey: But not to live.

    No matter which way you look at it it's wrong.




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    Effortless_Pro: Most superhereos get their powers from radioactive waste, which instead of giving them leukemia ends up giving them enhanced senses. Nonetheless, if you had a super-type in your neighborhood who routinely destroys most of everything in order to protect you, wouldn't you want some sort of insurance that he really is out there to help you?

    Vigilantes, anyway you look at it, are STILL criminals. They take the law into their own hands. The only reason superheroes get away with it is because they are just that: super.

    I mean, if Spider-Man had the Government's backing, then would it be possible that he never would have had to go through thr entire drama about him being a menace, since people would know for sure that he was doing 'good'?

    And it doesn't matter if he had people mind-controlled (incidentally, Latverians were never mind controlled in his rise to power), that doesn't make it automatically easy to run a planet.

    If superheroes wanted to live normal lives, then they would never have decided put the mask on in the first place, now would they?

    Again, I raise the point - - an entire army of supermen will not allow themselves to be used by corrupt humans. Heroes breaking away from the law, should be treated as what they are. Criminals.

    Also, paralleling the registration to the plight of the Auschwitz tragedy seems more than a bit forced. We aren't herding people in ovens to let them die. We are organizing them in order to better facilitate their systematic deployment should a major threat arise.

    Registration is here to help normal people cope with the fact that they no longer have control with their lives.

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    You assume that these government institutions will be inherently good. You question why they would ever let themselves be controlled....but if they've been borna nd trained since birth, how easy woudl it be to cotnrol a bunch of new warriors that you've institutionalized for their entire lives?

    I also see it isolating new mutants/heroes. They'd have to go to training schools, separated and probably ostracized by the 'normal' community.

    And if these registration files were so okay, why was the Mutant Registration Act so opposed by the X-Men? They knew it could be abused. They kenw that current mentality towards mutants was not in their favor, just as mentality about superheores is not in their favor.

    And if they were so 'safe' why are the Xavier Protocals always such an issue? This is so easy to abuse. Any technophile like Sage, or Reverand Stryker could hack in and find everything. This registration also just opens another means of finding out a hero's identity and the identity of his/her loved ones. As it stood, the only way it could be found out would be a psychic. But now anyone else can find out.

    And as it looks from Spiderman Civil War, the identity must be revealed publically, since Spiderman's is at a press conference revealing his face.

    Another point is that how can the government rationalize registering mutants and forcing them to train and serve when they aren't even being protected by current laws in the government? It's like requiring gays to serve and protect even though we're second class citizens in the coutnry and the army.

    Plus, if America registers all of its heros and makes them serve and register as 'weapons of mass destruction' (the language reveals just what the motivation behind this act is: prejudice, anger, and fear) what about other coutnries where superpowers are required ot enlist, serve, and fight?

    The whole concept doesn't even seem to have control. Insitutes could be all over the country, which means that they cannot all be supervised like they should to avoid any corruption. One corrupt superpower could influence all his charges to serve him. It could even foster a sense of superiority in the charges. Superpowers are different from police officers because police elect to be given this power and train for their own conscious choice ot use that power as a tool of peace and compliance. When you force people with that power to use it one way even if it wasn't necessarily their choice, you're going to encounter a growing monster that youv'e created on your own.

    And what if someone does rebel? You'll imprison them? Just how many cells will be necessary and what quality will they have to be for each individual power? And imprisoning people because they don't want to serve is like the policy in other coutnries where peoiple are jailed for not enlisting. It takes away a freedom of choice in how to use one's powers and how to live one's life. It takes away the choice from parents who don't believe in what the government would be trainign their children for, even if it's masked as 'training and control of their powers for their own good'. The ultimate goal is to make them into some fighting force. It does take away freedom.

    God, we're talking about this like it's a real policy. I feel so geeky :P

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    I haven't read X-Men that much (minus Astonishing X-Men) because of the Devils called Milligan and Chuck Austen.

    Claramont's writing also makes me vomit....
    Amen, Yuty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by okstatecowboy
    Luminum, I totally agree with your assessment of the current issue of Amazing Spiderman. Aunt May and Mary Jane do seem forced in the issue. And the last panel of the issue! "I have an announcement to make" I bet Mary Jane bites it before the end of the War. Recent interviews with Joe whatshisface have mentioned he hates the fact that Peter married her and would love to see him single again...

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    Not sure on that, OK. Quesada said the problem with either divorcing him and MJ or killing her would only add tragic baggage to him that would further alienate younger readers from him. Quesada's problem with the marriage is that it makes Peter too adult for the younger readers who can then no longer relate to him. Divorced or widowed would make it worse. I'm speculating that they are going to do something that may negate the whole marriage thing as if it never happened--there have been some hints that there might be a time travel or magic aspect to the story before Civil War is all said and done.

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    One idea that Marvel has not played enough with over the years is WHY the X-men/mutants are so hated. They continue to stress that it is because mutants are different, but one of the keys is that they are called Homo Superior. They are supposedly the next link in the evolution chain. So they are basically hated by many for being better than human. Imagine a race of humans forced to confront a new race of beings "designed" to replace them.

    Bullies often seek to oppress those who many would consider weaker than them, but deep down, it could be because the bully senses that the victim is, in truth, far superior.

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    I'm scared to look at what I currently read or will be reading soon:

    DC--Superman/Action, 52, Batman/Detective (sporadically), Wonder Woman, Flash, Justice League, Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes, JSA, Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Checkmate (will probably drop), Aquaman (ditto), Blue Beetle, Outsiders (probably drop), Firestorm, All Star Superman, Justice, Manhunter, Y the Last Man.

    Marvel--Astonishing X-men, Daredevil, New Avengers (probably drop), Runaways, Young Avengers, X-Factor, Squadron Supreme, Ultimates, Ultimate X-men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate Spiderman, Powers.

    Indies: Walking Dead

    At any given time assorted mini-series or occassional issues of other books.

    I know there's more, but it's getting financially depressing to consider how many there might be.

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    All my friends are popular, which means this is the only place where I can talk about comics and not get lblank stares.

    Luminum: I belong to the second most corrupt country in the world, man. Second. I know firsthand the effects of corruption. The same way I know that if the government does not control it's people, then they become nothing more than an angry mob ready to pounce.

    And should they be trained for evil, so what? A person would have to be monumentally stupid to believe that what is bad is good, given the morality plays that society feeds us. But before that, you are arguing about the possibility that an evil government trains evil super-armies. Shouldn't they need the support of heroes first? And the heroes who will support the program, do you think they'll idly stand by and watch as supercriminals get bred once they realize the darker side of the government?

    But why do I agree with registration so much? Because people need to be herded. They need somebody to take charge of them, otherwise, they give in to their lowest fundamental imperative. Survival. By any means necessary. If people were so damn good, then why is there law in the first place?

    Now imagine a time where law cannot hold a man responsible. Where does telepathy get covered in the instituion? When do metahumans realize the boundaries that they have? Because if you want an example of what would happen should metahumans multiply without any fear of law, you get "Kingdom Come". If you haven't read it, then read it. Believe me when I tell you that registration is much better than the final decision humanity had to come to with regards to the metahuman problem.

    And so what if you isolate them? They'll still be with other ethnicities, sexual orientations and whatnot. It's not like they are legally required to get shipped into an island somewhere and never get contact with anyone again. A person who can wake up one morning and kill us all with his mind, in my opinion, should be taught how to not to.

    Which reminds me. Forget the fact that for forty years, the mutants, our favorite fictional characters, have fought against registration. Will we still be so quick to side against it without Xavier repeteadly pummeling us over the head that it's the equivalent of a concentration camp?

    I haven't read Spider-Man yet, but from what I hear, he's been pressured into doing so. I'll catch up on this.

    Registration IS the law that protects mutants and heroes. Relocation programs, special training, Government backing, the works. It just means that they need to sacrifice a little of their precious freedom to get it.

    Now, imagine if there is NO registration. The arms race won't be limited to wealth and technology. It won't be the US against any country with a nuke anymore. Because heroes with powers greater than nukes could get born anywhere. Hell, my next door neighbor could end up with the power to distort time AND resurrect David hasslehoff's career. So what will that mean? It means that every country in the world gets to participate in an arms race - - where they no longer fight with WMD, but persons of mass destruction. We need a system to make sure that it does not happen.

    Tony Stark recommended a global taskforce, but he allowed for the American division to be headed by S.H.I.E.L.D. and themselves. The equivalent would be the same for other countries - - one major company to oversee them all.

    Yes. Policemen elect to do what they do. Heroes do the same the very moment they start wearing masks. No difference.

    Registration will not automatically conscript every metahuman. It will elect to teach them who to use their powers, safely and ethically. Like a certain school we all know. If they rebel, fine, we have the data to take them out, so we take them out. Rotten apples. Just because they're super doesn't mean they get special treatment. They break the law, then they should be broken back. Ryker's had the good idea of using power dampening cells to house their villains. They just needed better external defenses.

    It isn't a matter of choice anymore. Lives are at stake.

    Last but not least, don't you think having data on both Sage and Stryker could give the government an edge in countering them should they go rogue and try to steal some delicate data?

    Yes, I realize I sound completely evil, but people should realize that they need to have some liberties taken away to ensure their own safety. Which, I realize, is a weird thing to say for somebody who is anti-Bush.

    Effortless_Pro: Watch it with the media comments, I'm interning for a TV company next term. I happen to know a lot of fine journalists working news.

    Remember the Invincibles? The big bad is a perfect example of why you shouldn't trust people who seem to eager to 'do good'.

    Anyway, so you don't want any bias from the media, but you insist that they withhold important information from us - - like the identities of people who could level a block by sneezing. I personally would want to know if somebody out there is that kind of a danger to me, my friends and my family.

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    I disagree. If they wanted a normal life, then they should stay away from using their powers at all. Deciding to put on a mask and endangering yourself as well as the people around you by flying around, in tights I might add, is far from normal.

    The media does not report bias, as much as it does what people want to hear. I'll admit that much. It gives the people a reason to listen. To identify. We are so off-topic it hurts.

    And by the way, you guys can call me Karlie.

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    Feh! I've already grown weary of all this hypothetical talk! Besides, it's giving me a headache. Y'all can keep on talking of course, I just wanted to do something different. Let's do something simple. Let's talk about favorites! As comic books are a visual medium at its core, I love artists! My favorite is Alex Ross! A sampling...





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    alex ross is the best!i wish justice would come out more than every other month! i stopped picking up most marvel books cause of civil war. i never like their big events that run through every book. do they really need so many spider-man books? impossible to keep up with all that. i really like ultimate ff right now. the zombie books were great? anyone else read those? the violence in them was crazy and i loved it! can't wait to see what becomes of zombie ff.

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    "Extinction" is the Ultimate retelling of Gahlaktus. It's not a bad read, but it doesn't feel as apocalyptic as it should be. It comes froma trilogy of books, actually - - it started with "Nightmare", followed up with "Secret", and was recently concluded with "Extinction".

    "Marvel Zombies" is a five story arc that follows up the events of UFF's crossover arc. It's hot.

    My favorite artists have got to be Alex Ross, followed by Greg Land. Copiel from HoM and Cassaday come next.

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    More Alex Ross!!!



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    Alex Ross has never drawn a teenager. All of the people are either middle-aged, children, or excruciatingly old.

    But goddamned if his Joker/Harley piece isn't a classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Effortless_Pro
    I wanted to ask someone about those Zombie issues Marvel was putting out.
    I hear they're absolutly hysterical!
    I'd like to pick them up too.
    I am under the impression the Silver Surfer fights the Marvel Zombies, as well as magento? in different issues of course.

    Also I've heard a lot about "extinction" which Marvel universe are they getting rid of again? I'm looking forward to that as well.
    SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO DIDN"T READ MARVEL ZOMBIES!
    marvel zombies was crazy! a virus infected an alternative earth and turned 99% of heroes to zombies. sentry was infected and infected the avengers. magneto didn't get bit so he was human. they fought him and ate him. black panther was also not bit and antman kept him locked up and sedated and would cut off an arm or leg to eat and sow him back up so he wouldn't bleed to death. captian america got half his head chopped in battle and his brains were exposed the whole time. at the end the red skull pulled his brains out and as he was being chopped up he said,"that was so worth it" than silver surfer showed up saying galactus was coming. hulk bit off his head and each zombie ate him and got some of the power cosmic. than galactus came and they ate him for years! wasp got her head cut off and she was body less trying to eat people. those were some of the high lights. the story is still going on in ultimate ff. the zombie ff was taken to the ultimate reality and locked up in the baxter building. i love funny gore in comics. not sure why but the zombies made me giggle.

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    For XMen: The End- if memory serves me correctly, this is a three part mini-series. The first two collections (5-6 issues each) have concluded. I gave up on it halfway thru the first series. It was just too weird for me (and that's saying a lot).

    Apocolypse: yes, he returned recently to wreck havok on the mutants. He found new horsemen and there was a lot of information provided about how mere mutants undergo the transformation into horsemen.




    SPOILER SPACE









    The new horsemen were culled from the XMEN themselves and their allies. Gambit , Sunfire, and Polaris were all converted, as was the little guy from this orbiting satellite. Polaris and Sunfire fought back after the changes and were able to escape. Gambit remains and the little guy bought it (if memory serves me correctly -don't have the issues in front of me). The Cable/Deadpool series also provided some insight into the big A's history. In all honesty, there wasn't that much bloodshed...


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    Not this time. He pretty much got his ass handed to him on a platter then left to lick his wounds. It helped that Val Cooper and her sentinels, as well as the avengers and FF stepped in -after all Apocalypse was threatening the UN...

    I have a feeling there will be several subplots involving him in the coming months. Things were settled too quickly.

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    The virus was just too powerful. That's the only explanation. Besides, it got Sentry, who is basically the most powerful guy in MU (He kicked Galactus' ass once), so Logan biting it isn'y exactly a stretch.

    HoM basically nullified "X:Men the End", but Marvel did say that their "The End Series" were all in alternate dimensions, so whatever. ("Punisher: The End" is still the best of the lot)

    Out of everything, "Ultimates" is still probably the best book around.

    Side Note: Who here has read "Batman & The Monster Men"? I want to know if it's worth the cash, because if it's good then I'm probably assing "Batman & The Red Monk" to my pull list, since they both have the same author.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvels
    Side Note: Who here has read "Batman & The Monster Men"? I want to know if it's worth the cash, because if it's good then I'm probably assing "Batman & The Red Monk" to my pull list, since they both have the same author.
    I did. 2 stars. It was alright. I'll pick up the first issue of Red Monk and see how it goes.




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    Another favorite... Jim Lee!





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    Quote Originally Posted by Effortless_Pro
    So I did two more X-men pictures....
    Even though no one's looking at them I'm still going to posted.

    I know, I know, they're no good....and you're all jaded by the really good artists of the comic book world....no time for the little guy....
    *sniffle* *sniffle*

    I think Rogue, is another of my better one's.

    So far I believe my best are; Nightcrawler, Magneto (Ultimate mix with movie Vers.) and Rogue....are the best of all of them. I'm told Apocalypse isn't too bad.
    Actually, effortless, they're not bad. When I first started using MSPaint, my stuff was awful. But with enough practice, I became good enough to freehand in paint what I do normally in analog. It's just about practice. So keep doing them!

    Does anyoen have any ideas about what they have in store for Jubes? She's such a prominent character within comic circles and with the outside populace that I can't imagine that they'd write her out forever...

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    I really don't understand why people are so into Jubilee. She's like a failed attempt at Kitty Pryde 2.

    Anyway, Civil War # 2 just got out, and whoohoo, I'm so proud for Peter (though as judged from the cover of CW # 5, that smile of his won't last). I seriously hope they capture Cap soon. That criminal.

    GL: I used to really like Jim Lee, but the guy almost never evolved. His art is still literally the same as it was from when he kicked ass in the 90's...now Lee Bermijo (sp?) from Lex Luthor: Man of Steel - - demn is he fucking good. And Super Man IS an alien menace.

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    Honestly? Unless the artist is very new to the business there will be very little evolution to any established professional in this field. The established artist makes a name for his or herself for the look of their overall work. To change it too much would be a professional risk. Whereas the fresh faces have nothing to lose but work on their craft and find that "look" that will get their work noticed and more commissions.




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    Actually, there are some artists who have clear change in their works. Salvador Larroca who did Ghost Rider in the 90's, and Joe Mad before his Marvel gig come to mind - - of course their changes were for the better since the former's previous work looked like a nine year old's, while the latter's looked like a bad Manga impersonation.

    It's just my personal opinion that a person can get tired of seeing the same art style for over a decade.

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