In response to “Captain Peevish” from The Escapist Forum: Righteous Indignation Man sounded way beter then Captain Peevish. But the article was hysterical so kudos to you mr vigilanty dog-poo fighter.
I often dream of being a superhero myself, well not a real superhero but a person who devotes most of their life to a good cause. Serving other is something that brings me great joy. Unfortunately my talents are limited to storytelling, theology and selflessness so I might just take upon myself the title of “nice guy”.
Totaly and utterly commiting yourself to a cause isn’t always the best way to serve it. It might be in the short term but in the long run you also need to take care of yourself. Somehow the idea of living my life for others is extremely apealing and hopefully I will get down do doing just that one day.
It reminds me of a fantastic radio sketch (which was in dutch I’m afraid), where someone wants to discover whether he’s a superhero or not. His research showed that superpowers manifest only in moments of intense stress. So he jumps from a building and while he’s falling he is pleased to find out that he does too have superpowers. Apparently he can see through buildings.
– Capo Taco
In response to “Why No Punisher?” from The Escapist Forum: Maybe some of the writers just take the Punisher too far. I like the concept of the Punisher: an exsoldier who fights a one-man war on criminals like a soldier would on his enemy. I just think that the whole thing gets bogged down in anti-war and anti-hero goblety gook. Heroes aren’t supposed to be extremely complicated. The whole point of reading comic books is to escape reality. You cant have much of a fantasy to escape into if you cram too much politics and grey areas into it. Doing so turns a fantasy into a satire or fable. If that’s what you want, fine but in doing so, the story ceases to be a comic book and becomes something else.
It’s like insisting that a character from a funny sit-com TV show be made serious and dramatic. It doesn’t really work.
Ennis has actually touched on this a few times in the Max books. One that stands out for me particularly was the Widowmaker arc, in which the character who temporarily becomes him is unable to handle the weight of the act, while the cop who stands on the precipice steps away from it, largely as a result of Castle’s own words – “You want to be me?”
He also made an early comment regarding Frank’s motivations through Microchip in the first story arc, when Micro accuses him outright of using the death of his family to justify what he does, when in fact it’s a simple matter of doing it because he likes it. As a lapsed Punisher fan returning to the fold, it was easy to overlook at the time, but in light of future stories like the one about his new daughter (which I wasn’t aware of prior to this article) it becomes more clear.
I like it. I enjoy Castle’s ambiguity. I enjoy the fact that he’s the one guy in the Marvel universe with a clearly defined and utterly incorruptible moral code. It reminds me of a line in the original Punisher miniseries done by Grant and Zeck, spoken during a discussion about Castle’s psych evaluation following his capture: “He tests so sane it’s scary.” Castle isn’t immoral and he isn’t insane; he’s possessed of uniquely focused clarity that none of us can lay claim to. It’s the sort of depth and complexity rarely seen in mainstream comic characters.
In response to “He is the Champion” from The Escapist Forum: I’ve got to take issue with some of what this article says. Steve Long is only the guy who purchased the rights to the Champions IP. George MacDonald et al did all the hard work. Now, from what I understand Long is a really… boundless writer; he can write *a lot*. That’s fine. But the article makes him out to be the creator and master of all things Champions and HSR. This really isn’t true, he only purchased the IP for Champions sometime after Hero Games went under. And then came the dark years, the years of R. Talsorian and Fuzion…. *shudder* =)
Also, I have to quibble with anyone paying attention to Long at all in relation to Champions Online. Sure, he was the one who sold the IP to Cryptic… but he sold ALL the IP, every last bit of it, and in turn was granted a license to produce HSR and Champions-related gaming stuff from Cryptic. All the stuff that Cryptic is using is the background fluff for Champions, which Steve Long has never had a hand in creating but for some supplements. He has as much to do with Champions Online as Tolkein’s son has with LOTR-OL. So why is he being lauded and feted here?