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The_Swordsman

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Johnny Sarcastic

Subj: Re: JSA Classified #31 [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 at 04:22:27 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: JSA Classified #31 [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 01:04:00 pm EST

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> Does Mister Terrific have a no-kill policy? Is it an absolute, "Thou shalt not" sort of thing? I'm fairly new to the comic, having only jumped onboard with the current run. But it seems like Mister Terrific's policy toward killing villains, if he has one, might be more pragmatic than moral.

I don't think I can recall an instance where any of the Justice Society has specifically stated a 'no-kill' policy, but I'm pretty sure that's the accepted rule. I mean, when I think of Jay, or Alan, or even Ted, I don't think of them condoning killing in any but the most extreme circumstances. Even if Michael doesn't have a 'no-kill' policy, the rest of the JSA stood around grinning while Himmler's brain was stomped to death. If the Justice Society ever adopts a "pragmatic" view toward killing, I'm done reading. They're the guys that do the right thing, all of the time, every time. There are plenty of other comics where I can get my anti-hero fix.

That being said, I'm sure in extreme circumstances killing is unavoidable (Superman and the three Kryptonians he had to execute, for instance). However, Himmler was pretty much done. They just needed to scoop him up into a jar and take him home.

I just think it was poor characterization overall.

> > Does Mister Terrific have a no-kill policy? Is it an absolute, "Thou shalt not" sort of thing? I'm fairly new to the comic, having only jumped onboard with the current run. But it seems like Mister Terrific's policy toward killing villains, if he has one, might be more pragmatic than moral.
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> I don't think I can recall an instance where any of the Justice Society has specifically stated a 'no-kill' policy, but I'm pretty sure that's the accepted rule. I mean, when I think of Jay, or Alan, or even Ted, I don't think of them condoning killing in any but the most extreme circumstances. Even if Michael doesn't have a 'no-kill' policy, the rest of the JSA stood around grinning while Himmler's brain was stomped to death. If the Justice Society ever adopts a "pragmatic" view toward killing, I'm done reading. They're the guys that do the right thing, all of the time, every time. There are plenty of other comics where I can get my anti-hero fix.
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> That being said, I'm sure in extreme circumstances killing is unavoidable (Superman and the three Kryptonians he had to execute, for instance). However, Himmler was pretty much done. They just needed to scoop him up into a jar and take him home.
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> I just think it was poor characterization overall.

This time, I just have to blame the writers...Sometimes they are clueless as to keeping in context with the actual character in the Justice Society of America and Checkmate runs...I thought the art was horrible and so was the storyline...It really did Mr. Terrific no justice. I chalk that story arc as a one-time read that will collect dust in the back of my bin.


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