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Attok12

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Omar Karindu

Subj: Hmmm
Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:07:19 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: In defense of Slott
Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:58:27 pm EDT

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I know that the Bengal hates the troops who massacred his village, but has it ever been established that he extends that hatred to Jim Rhodes for flying the evac 'copter, or that he ever learned who the pilot was?

> > > I haven't seen the Bengal used in a while, but he was a South Vietnamese assassin whose parents were killed in Vietnam. He sought revenge on all of the American veterans involved in destruction of his village, including Will Talltrees/Red Wolf, Willie Lincoln, and even James Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine, who is a member of Slott's cast. Not only does he not need training (although I understand the "be sent to camp or retire" bit), but he wants James Rhodes dead, dead, dead. So, if I had been writing the book, I would have had the Bengal willingly go to the camp just so he could get his mitts on Rhodes and kill him. I suppose that could still happen, but really. That would be an actual plotline. It's likely Slott just thought the Bengal was cool and stuffed him in the book so people who liked the character would say "Hey, it's the Bengal! I haven't seen him in a while! Cool!".
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> > Anything I would have had to say about the second half of your response seems to have largely been covered already by other replies, but as for this whole Bengal thing, I must concede defeat. I knew nothing of the character and having learned, it does seem odd to have him placed in the camp. If he does intent to operate in America however, he is required to go to the camp regardless of his feelings toward Jim Rhodes. Also, it's only been one issue, it could be referenced before too long. Now you've got me hoping for a War Machine / Bengal confrontation!
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> I doubt Slott will even bother to mention the Bengal's history with War Machine (something that Palmiotti and Gray would do), but seeing a Bengal/War Machine confrontation would be very interesting. I think the Bengal's hatred of Rhodes should be used as a part of the plotline, if the Bengal is used further. The Bengal also hates the Red Wolf, too, and I believe I saw him at the camp as well.

- Omar Karindu

"A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It
displeased me." -- Doctor Doom

"It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey

> I know that the Bengal hates the troops who massacred his village, but has it ever been established that he extends that hatred to Jim Rhodes for flying the evac 'copter, or that he ever learned who the pilot was?

Good question....and then I just now came across this while looking for an answer....

Mithra: The Vietnam War isn't something that comes to mind immediately as a backdrop for a DD fill-in story, so what motivated you to write about it?

Nicieza: Well, it was picking up on characters originally introduced in a 1960's Stan Lee/Gene Colan issue. I had a crazy plan to create a series of inventory stories that would be tied in to the Bengal character. My plan was for any characters who had Vietnam War experience to be tangentially affected. Bengal ended up appearing in DD, New Warriors, an IRON MAN/Rhodey story I did, and to tell you the truth, a couple of others I've forgotten! Bengal's story was very much a story about justice and the nature of justice vs. the law, which fit in perfectly with DD's character.


http://www.manwithoutfear.com/interviews/ddINTERVIEW.shtml?id=Nicieza

Where did that Iron Man story appear, I wonder?


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