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« Reply #224 on: October 29, 2005, 03:51:02 AM »

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I was just questioning if  a primary or significant response to a story seems to be to question where it fits into continuity, and the point of the story wasn't about introducing a  continuity twist but to get to some other places, is that really a good story?


I'm not sure I can untangle that, beyond saying that the original example -- not having Superman refer back to an earlier story -- would be unlikely to make people confused about where it fits in continuity, any more than him not mentioning his college days makes people think the story might be set before them, and that since the general reaction to the Thunderbolts storyline we're discussing was that it was quite a good story, then sure, why not?  [Heck, for that matter, nobody seemed confused about where the T-Bolts story fit into continuity either.]

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Adding "not intentionally" or "unless there's other choice" might work, too.


I don't think so.  It might make the line more descriptive of actual history, but it makes it both less powerful and out of character -- Hawkeye's not delivering a historical dissertation that accounts for every possible example, he's yelling at someone.  It's just not necessary, in that context, for him to be that specific; he's making a general statement.

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Or maybe you could delve into how he felt when Mockingbird killed or something.


Why would he?  That he feels bad about her death has nothing to do with whether heroes should or shouldn't kill -- she was killed by Mephisto.  So if he did that, he wouldn't be mentioning any earlier killings by Avengers (the original point) or bringing up an example that alters or even expands on his point.

It'd just be a continuity mention for the sake of continuity mentions.  He could also mention how he felt when his brother died, or his parents, but it doesn't actually add anything to his point, since none of them were killed by people acting as (or trying to act as) heroes.

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By contrast, Superman having a conversation of "I was a killer" just sounds wrong - not just turgid - on so many levels.


Well, keep in mind that my original comment was that I wouldn't refer back to the earlier story, so no worries there.

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« Reply #225 on: October 29, 2005, 05:25:15 AM »

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Or maybe you could delve into how he felt when Mockingbird killed or something.


Why would he?  That he feels bad about her death has nothing to do with whether heroes should or shouldn't kill -- she was killed by Mephisto.  So if he did that, he wouldn't be mentioning any earlier killings by Avengers (the original point) or bringing up an example that alters or even expands on his point.

When Mockingbird killed, not died -- think Phantom Rider who she let die, not Mephisto, and the reaction that Hawkeye had to that.  

But this is feeling less like a Superman discussion all the time.   So, on a completely different note:

Where would you have Superman's Fortress be?

a) Arctic
b) Antarctic
c) Andes
d) A treehouse in Kansas
e) 344 Clinton, 3D
f) The Phantom Zone
g) Kandor
h) Center of the sun
i) Core of the earth
j) Dark side of the moon
k) Mountain range near Metropolis
l) Fifth Dimension
m) The Batcave
n) Htrae
o) A glorithfied pocket dimension
p) 1600 Pennsylvania, DC
q) One Microsoft Way, WA
r) One Infinite Loop, CA
s) Krypto's doghouse
t) Streaky's cathouse
u) The Supremacy
v) The Closet
w) Themyscira
x) Marzal
y) Why did I get rid of the woobie?
z) [fill in the blank]
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« Reply #226 on: October 29, 2005, 06:08:49 AM »

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When Mockingbird killed, not died -- think Phantom Rider who she let die, not Mephisto, and the reaction that Hawkeye had to that.  


Ah, I see where I misread.  I still don't think it adds anything, other than to say he's taken the same kind of stance before.  I can see him talking about it in a more reflective conversation at another time, but since his reasoning for why Abe should turn himself in isn't, "Because it'll make me feel bad," how he felt in other situations is less relevant than the underlying stance, which he articulated clearly.

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Where would you have Superman's Fortress be?
a) Arctic
b) Antarctic
c) Andes
d) A treehouse in Kansas
e) 344 Clinton, 3D
f) The Phantom Zone
g) Kandor
h) Center of the sun
i) Core of the earth
j) Dark side of the moon
k) Mountain range near Metropolis
l) Fifth Dimension
m) The Batcave
n) Htrae
o) A glorithfied pocket dimension
p) 1600 Pennsylvania, DC
q) One Microsoft Way, WA
r) One Infinite Loop, CA
s) Krypto's doghouse
t) Streaky's cathouse
u) The Supremacy
v) The Closet
w) Themyscira
x) Marzal
y) Why did I get rid of the woobie?
z) [fill in the blank]


a), b) or z).  I actually have a "z" idea, but I'll keep it to myself -- you never know, I might get to use it.  h) and i) aren't bad, either.

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« Reply #227 on: October 29, 2005, 10:17:16 PM »

Kurt, how many forums do you post at regularly to answer questions? It's mind-boggling that you make the rounds so much, and I'm sure I haven't seen them all.

Thank you for being so generous with your time.

I suppose you recall what it was like to see your letters answered in the old letter columns and like to pass on that feeling a little to the fans who are around now.
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« Reply #228 on: October 30, 2005, 02:32:16 AM »

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Kurt, how many forums do you post at regularly to answer questions?


Too many!

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I suppose you recall what it was like to see your letters answered in the old letter columns and like to pass on that feeling a little to the fans who are around now.


Oh, heck, no.  I just like talking comics -- I feel like one of the letter-writers still, not the answerers.

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« Reply #229 on: October 30, 2005, 02:48:10 AM »

If only Guy H Lillian III and Irene Vartanoff were here too. :wink: S!
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« Reply #230 on: October 30, 2005, 04:28:57 AM »

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Kurt, how many forums do you post at regularly to answer questions?


Too many!

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I suppose you recall what it was like to see your letters answered in the old letter columns and like to pass on that feeling a little to the fans who are around now.


Oh, heck, no.  I just like talking comics -- I feel like one of the letter-writers still, not the answerers.

kdb


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« Reply #231 on: October 30, 2005, 05:14:55 AM »

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I just like talking comics


Wonderful.  Then perhaps you'll answer what you think are the most emotionally resonate comics stories you've encountered.  The very idea of superheroes means they must, in some sense, celebrate or suffer their heroism in some larger-than-life way.  This makes for great storytelling.  What are your favorite storylines/story arcs?  Why?  Many thanks!
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