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Topic: Least favorite comic book character and why
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 23, 2009 10:48AM)
It's hard to pick one, but I have always had an issue (puns always intended) with Superman.
He's just such a goody goody, and just a little too powerful.
He's like the football captain in High School who befriends the nerd, but in a patronizing way. He doesn't respect the nerd, he pities him. Plus, it doesn't hurt to appear more sensitive to the ladies. Stupid Superman.

I also don't like Ultimate Giant Man because he's what Superman would be like without his powers. A wife beater.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 25, 2009 02:07AM)
Easy: The Red Bee...

From the Wiki:

"[b]The Red Bee's[/b] secret identity is Rick Raleigh, assistant district attorney in Superior City, Oregon. His superhero modus operandi is to put on a red and pink costume and, with his trained bees and "stinger gun," fight Nazis and gangsters.

His favorite bee is named "Michael" and lives inside his belt buckle for use in special circumstances; [i]the feature's writer was presumably unaware that male bees do not sting at all.[/i]"

"He is mentioned by Plastic Man as having been a friend and drinking buddy in an issue of JLA." (Written by Grant Morrison, I assume. Seems to fit his brand of lunacy!)
Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Mar 25, 2009 10:24AM)
Worst hero ever:[img]http://www.newkadia.com/Covers/L/M/Marvel%20Tails%20Starring%20Peter%20Porker%20the%20Spectacular%20Spider-Ham/MarvelTailsStarringPeterPorkertheSpectacularSpider-Ham1.jpg[/img]

Had a few of these comics as an impressionable youth...
Message: Posted by: Jimeh (Mar 25, 2009 10:29AM)
How can you diss Spider-Ham and Hulk-Bunny?! LOL
Message: Posted by: Gilgamesh_The_Librarian (Mar 25, 2009 11:57AM)
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On 2009-03-23 11:48, critter wrote:
It's hard to pick one, but I have always had an issue (puns always intended) with Superman.
He's just such a goody goody, and just a little too powerful.
He's like the football captain in High School who befriends the nerd, but in a patronizing way. He doesn't respect the nerd, he pities him. Plus, it doesn't hurt to appear more sensitive to the ladies. Stupid Superman.

I also don't like Ultimate Giant Man because he's what Superman would be like without his powers. A wife beater.
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Not sure I agree with everything you say but he is my least favourite by a mile.

His powers make him incredibly boring and then the one or two weaknesses he has make for poor plots. I mean how much kryptonite can there be !!

The fact that he is so super clearly show up in things like Superman V Alien where they have to "equalise" things to make a good challenge of the encounter but even those kind of scenarios feel somewhat forced.

So yep, sorry Supes but you are a little bit naff.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 25, 2009 07:49PM)
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On 2009-03-23 11:48, critter wrote:
I also don't like Ultimate Giant Man because he's what Superman would be like without his powers. A wife beater.
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I alsays saw powerless "supe" as a mild mannered sort of fellow, but maybe that's just me...

Another favorite from the mind of Grant Morrison:
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Message: Posted by: Josh Riel (Mar 25, 2009 09:04PM)
Just curious about which of superman's traits would translate to wife beating in a powerless environment.

Does that mean that all powerless men are wife beaters? Would you be better if you derived superhuman power from a yellow sun?

You may need more sunshine.
Message: Posted by: voe (Mar 25, 2009 10:40PM)
Superman. Different reasons than you guys though. I hate that he's an Alien interfering in human evolution by allowing humanity to become dependant upon him. Everyone should read the Lex Luthor Man Of Steel miniseries for a good exploration of this. Luthor is one of humanity's most important heroes.
Message: Posted by: critter (Mar 26, 2009 10:00AM)
The remark was more about Giant Man than Superman, per se. But a little bit about Superman too.
I can see in Giant Man a longing to be "like" Superman. What he wants more than anything else is to have what Superman has, exceptional power and the admiration of the public. It's Giant Man's longing for respect and power, and his inability to achieve it, that makes him lash out at his small wife.
Who's to say if, deprived of power, Superman wouldn't do the same? Like the high school sports star who is now overweight and out of shape, Averageman hates his weakness. Because he hates himself for being powerless, he uses that anger in desperate attempts to regain power. I am not saying it would happen, but it could.


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On 2009-03-25 22:04, Josh Riel wrote:
Just curious about which of superman's traits would translate to wife beating in a powerless environment.

Does that mean that all powerless men are wife beaters? Would you be better if you derived superhuman power from a yellow sun?

You may need more sunshine.
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Message: Posted by: airship (Mar 26, 2009 11:14AM)
Ant Man. He sucked gas to 'get small' and then his only superpower was talking to ants.

Worst. Superhero idea. Ever.
Message: Posted by: Mike Ross (Mar 27, 2009 08:42PM)
Can't stand Superman, too powerful.
Message: Posted by: Mike Ross (Mar 27, 2009 08:42PM)
Also the Hulk is a little weird.
Message: Posted by: Orville Smith (Mar 27, 2009 09:05PM)
For the same reason that people can Not stand Superman, I also can not stand the Spectre. Much too powerful, even omnipotent. Interesting that Jerry Siegel created BOTH heroes. In a way, Mr. Siegel learned his lesson because when he created Superman,he made Superman LESS powerful than the Spectre. But there is one Spectre story which I found appealing. It's the one where he fought the Psycho-Pirate. That villain is so-called because he has the superpower of forcibly causing people to feel any emotion, e.g.,fear, or anger, or love, etc. In this case, there was a TWIST in that instead of people reacting in a particular emotion at the Psycho-Pirate,they instead reacted to the Spectre whenever the Spectre appeared. In this case,it was the emotion of fear, horror at the sight of the Spectre's appearance.

For that matter, toward the ending, the Psycho-Pirate even had the Spectre himself cowering in fear at him. So if you really think about it, this makes the Psycho-Pirate the most powerful of all the VILLAINS. Well, in the DC-universe anyway. Because in the other world of the Marvel-universe, the most powerful villain would have to be Galactus.
Message: Posted by: voe (Mar 29, 2009 01:14AM)
Spectre wasn't as much a superhero as a tool of God though. He's allowed to be overpowered. I always liked that he didn't have the free will to choose his victims or their punishments.
Message: Posted by: Orville Smith (May 8, 2009 08:14PM)
If I'm Not mistaken, nobody introduced any thread on the current WOLVERINE movie (which premiered last week), so I take it that most of you consider Wolverine as one of the LEAST-favorites. Admittedly, in my own case, I don't care for him either but I still went to the X-MEN movie because it still features some of the OTHER mutants. The box-office returns for Wolverine was much less than the third X-men movie, so it should be better for the next film because it will center on a different X-man.
Message: Posted by: Eddie Torres (May 10, 2009 06:33AM)
The box office was so low because the third movie sucked and everyone expected the same of this one. Ppl need to stick to the source material... pffft.
Message: Posted by: Eddie Torres (May 10, 2009 06:36AM)
Oh and Azrael is my least favorite hero followed closely by Jason Todd, terrible even now.
Message: Posted by: Orville Smith (Jun 20, 2009 06:49PM)
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On 2009-05-10 07:33, Eddie Torres wrote:
The box office was so low because the third movie sucked and everyone expected the same of this one. Ppl need to stick to the source material... pffft.
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Actually, the third movie was the best because it was the ONLY X-men movie that made over hundred-million dollars in its opening weekend. So while Wolverine was the worst one, but "X-men:The Last Stand" was the best.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Jun 20, 2009 06:54PM)
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