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The Mandarin

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Subj: Re: I prefer to think of him not as a cultural amalgam, but as a cultural nihilist.
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 at 09:12:59 am EST (Viewed 85 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I prefer to think of him not as a cultural amalgam, but as a cultural nihilist.
Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 at 11:56:39 pm EST (Viewed 74 times)

    It's kind of piecemeal, but he seems to believe in a sort of social darwinism blended with a kind of monarchism. I mean, in the Knauf's run he talks about wanting a "meritocracy", but at the same time he's imagining two Mongol warriors fighting to the death. There's his "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!" speech in Busiek's run. Then there's the implication of his basically devouring his fiefdom to become a super-soldier in Stan Lee's origin story.

Genghis Khan. That's what I get from all that, if I smooth out the rough edges and ignore inconsistencies.

    If he were to write down his philosophy, I suspect it would sound a lot like the Sith Code.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

Yeah, I think that fits. Even the last line could be interpreted as chi.

I really wish we could have this guy in this, the Globalist Age of Comics.

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