Quote:I've been designing a new sig, and I was wondering what you guys think of it?
Quote:The new message in it is based on what I think Stan Lee was getting at when he had The Mandarin begin life by squandering every bit of his fiefdom's money training himself into a living weapon. I think this is the type of person he intended The Mandarin to be at his core. It also fits into with his various social darwinist schemes to do things like kill all the weak-gened with extremis to make way for the strong, and with speeches he's made like "To know that you are superior, in mind, in body, in spirit, that is everything! To know that power is your birthright, to know that untold thousands exist on this world for no reason but to serve you, to channel their power through your empire, be it of land or of business, channeling it upward to fuel you, to fuel your glory!"
Quote:I agree with Leonard in that it could give people the wrong idea. It seems to much like the "yellow peril" stereotype we now want to avoid making with Asian culture. (Or perhaps a really bad subversion of it.)
......huh? Can...can you elaborate on that? Because I'm not seeing it at all....
The Mandarin as we've seen him so far has very little nuance to him. He's already very poorly defined to the point where even on this board, most posters can't agree what he's about.
The Mandarin needs to be better defined to the world at large. (I mean this world, not the 616 comic book world.) The only thing that image does (to better define him) is to make him look egotistical, and advertise him to the the world's oppressors as someone they can hire.
And if you have an under-defined villain, the last thing you need for your narrative is for him to be another race. The unfortunate undertone is that the race the villain represents is evil.
Well I would like to see him developed along the lines of stories like "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice" and the more intimate Roman Sionis stories, but since that hasn't happened yet I'm working with what I got.