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Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 03:50:35 pm EST (Viewed 153 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Mandarin stories should begin with the premise that he's already won
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 11:47:04 am EST (Viewed 157 times)



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    When you're quoting court briefs in detail to discuss a super-villain, I think you've taken your perspective too far.

I wasn't. Brian shifted the discussion to something tangential and I responded. I probably should have responded in a PM to him, but ah well.




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    I honestly think you're moving in a very wrong direction. Super-villains are supposed to be FUN. You're not aiming for fun. You're aiming for some sort of political science essay which is the last thing any comic book reader wants to read.


I'm actually not. Rather, I'm aiming for an extremely personal enemy. The political stuff is mostly just a plot-device to explain why The Mandarin has so much free time to devote to hurting Stark in personal ways. It's intended to be lead to something like Kingpin's torture of Daredevil. That story wasn't some long-winded speech on all of the political factors that allowed Kingpin to gain so much power. The political part was either explained in a few caption boxes, or implied. Rather, beginning with the premise that Daredevil was a peasant in Kingpin's kingdom, allowed for a story about one man torturing another for fun, and the man transcending that.

I'm also thinking of "Penguin, Pain and Prejudice", where Cobblepot possessing tremendous behind-the-scenes power is treated as a given, an implied background part of a very personal story.







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