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Subj: Oh, I Agree, And I Thank You For Your Intelligent Post
Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 11:12:04 am EDT
Reply Subj: But let's be honest about why Todd "Tiger Shark" Arliss is treated thusly... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 at 10:29:43 am EDT (Viewed 1 times)
I've long-advocated for a kind of new 'Night Shift' criminal group located and active in the Midwest (and not necessarily in urban areas by any means) which would only strike at night, which would play off of humanity's fears of them in and of themselves, being all fairly spooky types.
When you think of what happened with the 'Mad Gasser of Mantoon' 'hysteria' in the 40s, you see, or at least I see, how this could play out very nicely. Like the Maruaders, they could strike and withdraw, strike and withdraw. They wouldn't introduce themselves by shouting our their monikers or group name, or easily be identified by the press or those investigating the attacks.
I see Quasimodo, the Corruptor, the Owl, the Grey Gargoyle, the Man-Bull, Headlok, the Vulture, the Scarecrow, Nekra, the Black Talon, the Flying Tiger, the Griffin, the female Halflife, Mr Fear, a Hate-Monger, the original Jester, a new Hangman, even perhaps Diablo, and Amphibius, being members. And having Mr. Hyde, Glob, and Vermin on hand as needed (and otherwise contained) might be a good idea for emergencies.
They could all be using this group to eventually fund their own plans and obssessions (like the Gargoyle's desire to live forever).
The Grim Reaper--the classic Grim Reaper--is, of course a natural for this group to me, and, with the Owl, the Corruptor, Quasimodo, and the Grey Gargoyle, would have to be in some kind of leadership role.
They're all physically and mentally bizarre and/or grotesque in their own way, and, knowing this, set out to strike fear into the hearts of sleeping citizens, small towns and communities who wake up to find themselves confronted by...well, essentially monsters.
The Griffin, Amphibius and the Gargoyle in his stone form are monsters, to my way of thinking, and Mr. Fear is certainly monstrous in his costume. Do they have larger motivations and goals as a group? Of course they do.
Like Ray Bradbury's 'The Clown At Midnight,' who would want to answer the door at midnight and find the Jester standing there in the moonlight, smiling or sneering? Not me. or the Griffin, or the Scarecrow either. Writers need to responsibly exploit the weirdness about these characters That's Already There.
And no member would be treated as extraneous by the group or the writers.
I agree with you wholly about Tiger Shark--he should be used sparingly and only when his 'real' personality and motivations can come into play or be carefully elaborated upon---not as he was portrayed in Egghead's ludicrous MOE. I thought Byrne did a fairly good job back in Wolverine.
IMO, the whole essentially, specifically unexplained shark-mutation thing has been a big bust and also ruined his wonderful classic appearance. It certainly wasn't an improvement, and I was glad to see the recent handbook addressing/acknowledging it in some way.
TS was the prototype of Sabertooth and many others, and should be respected. With his long history and often-heroic work (as in the later part of the 'Namor' series with Tamara), there's no reason why he can't evolve as a character and still remain true to his roots, and perhaps even become a full-time hero.
He's well-conected to Walter, Diane, Tamara, Namor, Triton, Attuma, Llyra, Krang, the FF, the Avengers, and others, in ways both 'good' and 'bad.'
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