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The Mandarin

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Alexandre Juliao

Member Since: Sat Oct 04, 2008
Posts: 645
Subj: Re: Why I've always liked Iron Man
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 12:27:25 pm EST (Viewed 244 times)
Reply Subj: Why I've always liked Iron Man
Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 at 10:27:53 am EST (Viewed 300 times)

    As for the Mandarin, I did never found him interesting either. I only realized how cool he is, thanks to the posts published in this forum by The Mandarin.

In fairness, he gradually jumped the shark, so that's understandable. Stan Lee gave him an origin that combined the pathos of The Penguin and Roman Sionis, aristocrats whose parents hated them, with the pathos of X-23, a super-soldier raised to be a living weapon. And then topped it off with the topical darkness of Christopher Columbus style exploration, colonialism, imperialism, and exploitation.

And then...subsequent writers did absolutely nothing with any of that. Instead they gradually boosted the rings up and up and up, which is absolutely the most boring thing you could possibly do with that character. It's a deterioration on a par with the Batman & Robin version of Bane, a mindless nothing completely dependent on venom to do anything. I'm not surprised you wouldn't be interested in a rings version of Robert Swenson Bane.

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