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X-Men I Could Care Less About

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So, I know that I have told you about some of the people in X-Men that I love and some that people love to hate. However, I am not going to briefly discuss people who I couldn’t give a damn about it Marvel. The thing is that most of them are the people who the average comic book or movie person is going to enjoy. Honestly, I don’t understand the draw of some of them.

Gambit–While he does have an interesting power, I find myself going “Why should I be intrigued by said character?” His attitude and overall quippy demeanor are lost on me. I don’t appreciate him as a character because they are others that have existed longer that are basically the same character mould. Two, he doesn’t further the whole X-Men story arc in a productive way. What comic book arc has he been a part of that he couldn’t have easily been replaced by some other character? The answer: none that come to mind readily. He is a character that was dreamed up in the early 90’s (yes, he came on the scene in the 90’s much like Jubilee and others…another side note, he was in the comics before the animated series debuted). He was a way that Marvel was trying to put fresh faces into the X-Men line up. I think that he was a lack luster revamp of the Wolverine character (shady past, questionable alliances, etc.).

Wolverine–So, I get that people like him. However, I will not be in the droves of fans to say that he’s the best mutant, X-Man, or whatever because I do not like him at all. Sure he has a handy power. Honestly, it’s probably one of the more practical powers to have, rapid cellular regeneration. Yet, most people see his power as being his claws (other than the fact he may or may not have been born with them, depends on the story arc, they are not his primary power). I will admit that I am more intrigued by his back story than Gambit’s. He has lived far longer and has brushed elbows with the likes of Captain America, in the 40’s, and others…still, this doesn’t give him enough intrigue for me. Actually, the coolest version of him is in the Age of Apocalypse story arc…here, he risks his life and loses a hand to save Jean. Yet, in the main storyline, I find him to be a little whiny and sometimes just a completely irrelevant character (more of a plot device of sorts).

So, yeah, I know that a lot of people like said characters However, there are just things about them that I am not interested in. I would much rather have the weird side characters or some of the more rounded characters that grace the pages of X-Men.

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June 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Practical Superpowers

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If superpowers did exist and we as humans were lucky enough to develop them, it would be interesting to see what would happen. Now, I’m not just talking about the idea that people wouldn’t be able to control them (because let’s face it that has been done to death, we know we couldn’t really handle them, and that’s not the idea behind this post). I’m talking about what I might do if I had super powers and no one else did. I think that I would find a usage for them to enhance my standings while staying out of the Super Hero business. Enter the idea of practicality when it comes to powers. I think it could be ingenious if someone used their powers to benefit themselves and others, just not in the save the world kind of way.

–Super strength–a staple of super hero movies and comics. It seems to be one of the most common powers. For those who might not be familiar with the whole genre, this power would give you increased strength in all things. I think the most practical usage of this would be a moving company. I mean seriously think about it. A person who chose to use their powers in this way would not have to have anyone else to help them with the whole moving procedure…I mean sure you might want to have others for a front, but that would be up to the individual. You could get people moved in record time and get paid normal rates for all the blood, sweat and tears that you didn’t have to put into the job.

–Telepathy–The ability to read the minds of those around us. While this would be an annoying power to have (who wants to be able to read all the people’s minds around us…it’s unseemly), it too has its practical usage. Aside from being a fortune-teller and telling others what they want to hear, this power could be very useful. You are practically a human lie detector. People would pay you to have your input before big business deals and to determine if people were being completely honest with them. The drawback, if someone knows you have this power and doesn’t want their secrets spilled, you might find yourself in dire straights.

–Telekinesis–Probably one of the most versatile powers, it can be used to move or for many other facets of life…the usage of this power is pretty much up to the imagination of the person wielding it…so, if you want to be an acrobat, an explorer, etc. It could be handy in any pursuit…imagine if Indiana Jones had this or anyone you might think about.

–Weather manipulation–The ability to control the weather…in all of the comic book realm, I can only think of one person who has this power, and she is calm and composed all the time. Why? Because if she gets angry, sad, etc., she causes change in the weather…it’s a blessing and a curse of sorts. If I were going to think of a logical, non-super use of this power, it would have to be something like event planning. Think about it. How many people would be willing to pay thousands of dollars to not have it rain on their wedding day or to have snow for Christmas. Enter the weather goddess/god to suit their needs. The biggest downside I would see to this whole “create your own weather for any occasion” business would be that it would get the scrutiny of the government fairly quickly…which is a downer because they wouldn’t leave you alone….they would want to use you.

Sometimes, when my friends and I sit around discussing superpowers, we get into these kinds of discussions. I think it’s interesting to think of them with this sort of spin because really who wants to think about being a hero or a villain all the time. Why can’t we think of just normal people living normal lives with the aid of extraordinary powers?

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April 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

Superpowers

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Quite often, I am reminded about why we as normal people do not have superpowers. I believe that the world would be plunged into anarchy because let’s face it for every Spiderman or X-Man there are at least 10 supervillains that are out there. Also, I believe that normal people would not be able to deal because “With great power comes great responsibility.” Thanks Uncle Ben…but what is it about ourselves that makes us unable to have said superpowers…let’s just think about that.

1. Most of the superhumans that exist in our wonderful fantasy worlds tend to have moral compasses that go to either extreme of “good” or “evil”…there are few rare instances of the “gray area’ that most normal people would live in. Think of Charles Xavier and Magneto. They are both people who are run by specific goals: one the cohabitation of mutants and humans…the other for superiority of the mutant race over humanity. Professor X would be considered to have his compass pointed toward the good, and Magneto would be pointed toward the evil. Each tend to try to achieve their goals by means that would support this…However, in the real world, we tend to be neither good nor evil…we tend to have our moments of brilliance on both ends of the spectrum.

While our powers would be morally ambiguous, the minds running the powers wouldn’t…and sometime, we would invariably do “evil” with them. Whether this be blowing up the guy who cut us off in traffic or beating someone to a bloody pulp because they spited us, I guarantee it would happen.

2. While there seem to be plenty of people in the comic worlds to uphold truth and justice, I believe there would be more people who would fall into the scope of evil simply because using their powers to better themselves would be too great a temptation to avoid. If I could control the weather like Storm, I’ll be honest I’d probably sell my services to the highest bidder because it would be easy money…doing so would probably effect the global ecosystem pretty badly.

3.What happens if someone gets a power so phenomenal that they can shape the world? (That’s all I’m going to pose because the idea is intriguing and frightening at the same time.)

4. Finally, we are human. That is my biggest reasons superpowers would never work for us because if suddenly by some tremendous happenstance we did gain some sort of power we would be humans with superpowers. We would bring all of our driving forces to the table. Something bad is bound to happen if you drop a lit match into a room filled with propane…

Now, I’m not saying that some people wouldn’t make the wise choices because you would have those out there who would become the heros. However, all the superheroes in comic-dum have had their bouts of falling between one extreme and the other. Superpowers are fine and dandy…and honestly, if I ever got one, I would be super-excited like any fanboy would…however, I don’t know how I would react…I would like to think that I would be good, but the allure of the darkside (to reference Star Wars) might be too great.

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February 22, 2010 at 11:29 am