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Ed Love

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Subj: Re: Doctor Strange #3: Right or Wong?
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 at 01:31:54 pm EDT (Viewed 197 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Doctor Strange #3: Right or Wong?
Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 at 01:20:54 pm EDT (Viewed 171 times)

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    The explanation for lack of technology read false even as I read it. We can walk and run, so why anything even as lowly as a bicycle or even ride a horse? You can drive a car, so why take a train or airplane for a 500 mile journey? Because it's more efficient, faster, and less tiring than doing it under your own power. There's a reason why cheetahs don't run everywhere. Likewise, apart from Super-Skrull and others similarly treated, skrulls change how they look, they don't actually take on other properties (a problem many writers/artists seem to have with shape changers, taking the shape of a balloon or zeppelin is not going to actually give you flying ability if you're not filled with lighter than air gas, the shape of a sword is not going to help you against an actual steel sword). Being in the rain or snow is going to feel the same regardless of their shape, so there's still good reason to have buildings and shelters. You're still going be cold, hot from sun, etc. And, native creatures and bugs may still find you tasty.

I think Waid was confusing Skrulls with Poppupians.

    Didn't care for Dr. Strange being only active for ten years - maybe that's his public answer, or simply how long he has been Sorcerer Supreme. I figure he has been around much longer. With sliding time scale, his accident probably happened in late 1970s/early 80s. Add several years of bottoming out searching for a cure. Unlike the movie, would assume even basic mystic training took another several years, possibly a decade, especially starting from scratch and already being in his 30s or 40s and to transition from student to apprentice to being a master. A few years with his blue cape operating more on his own and building a reputation as occult investigator or specialist which he is shown to have by the time his first story is published. He has probably been at master level for several years by the time the FF first went to space and Peter Parker got bitten.

Waid is probaby following the ten year rule, which, once upon a time, was the Marvel rule for its sliding time scale; I.e., the FF's fateful flight took place ten years ago, no matter what year that happens to be in our real world. By that rule, applied today, there were no modern superheroes in the 20th century. There were only the World War 2 era heroes. And then finally, in 2008, up into the skies went Richards, Grimm, and the Storm siblings.

I don't think Marvel currently follows that rule with any sort of rigor. But Marvel nowadays does very little with any sort of rigor.

If any of the foregoing was really essential to the plot, I might be dropping the book. But Skrulls getting rained on and Strange's chonology being, well, strange, is incidental to the story, so I'm letting it slide.

I just think that Dr. Strange's career started some time before the FF flight though. His first appearance is not his first actual case on his own. It's sort of like I assume that that rocket flight isn't Reed's first science venture upon graduating from college. So, if the FF flight was 10 years ago, I'd think of Dr. Strange has probably been actively going on solo cases for about 13-15, but many of those not wide-spread public knowledge so possibly only publicly seen as a superhero for around 7, about the time he is starting to be seen regularly interacting with other superheroes and The Defenders.

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