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Subj: On a different note ...
Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 at 07:57:41 am EDT (Viewed 171 times)
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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 at 06:06:53 am EDT (Viewed 168 times)
I prefer the rings to not be a part of his martial art, but rather something to get the other guy off balance when his martial arts are being dodged.
Not, "I enhance my karate-chop with psionic energy to hit even harder!" but rather, "you keep dodging my karate-chop, so I'll create psionic illusions so you don't know what to dodge, then I'll suckerpunch/cheapshot you while you're confused!"
I like that much better, because it keeps the full power of the karate-chop as purely and utterly an expression of Mandarin's savage spirituality, and keeps the rings purely a separate equivalent to throwing dirt in the other guy's eyes.
I like too much the rings to have them only be secondary weapons. (^_^')
... but, like you, I still prefer the Mandarin to be the master of the rings and not the other way around. That's why I was trying to find an equilibrium between the two.
IMO, the Mandarin should be the only one who can use the rings. No one else should be able to use them.
Anyway, the most precious artefact which Mandarin found in the ship was the mental-impulse log. It is a fact that, post-Stan Lee, has been forgotten by most writers.
Thanks to the log, Mandarin was able to tinker with the rings and turned them into weapons.
In a way, when Mandarin started, he was like a Reverse Peter Parker (an orphan raised by an evil aunt) who acquired the knowledge of a dead alien Reed Richards (a scientific adventurer & astronaut).
(NB : Axonn-Karr was less lucky than the alien who appeared in Avengers #4
On a different note, I tried to see if I could match each ring with a Flash Rogue.
More or less, I did it :
- Ice Blast : Captain Cold
- Fire Blast : Heatwave
- Vortex : the Top
- Mento-intensifier : Golden Age Thinker, Grodd, Fiddler, Pied Piper
- Matter Rearranger : Mister Element, Silver Age Grodd, the Top in 1976
- Black Light : the Shade
- Electricity : Weather Wizard, Kilg%re
- Impact : Captain Boomerang, Manfred Mota
- Disintegration : The Eradicator
- White Light : Rainbow Raider
Also, Mandarin's tech could be compared to Abra Kadabra's and Mirror Master's.
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