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Subj: Re: Guggenheim on Menace
Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 04:21:41 pm EDT
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Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 03:43:25 pm EDT (Viewed 155 times)

> http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=36;t=007464
> Although he stands behind everything that's happened since Brand New Day, playing Monday morning quarterback, there is one element that the scribe wishes were done differently. "If I had any regrets it would be the character of Menace," he revealed. "Menace wasn't intended to be so 'Goblinesque.' We had a lot of tug of war and back and forth over the design of Menace. If I had to do it all over again, I would have taken greater steps to ensure the design didn't go in quite such a 'Goblin-like' direction. Originally that character was supposed to have more of his own identity. The idea was you would look at Menace in a skewed way and see kind of this 'Goblin' quality to him. That note kid of got overblown in the design process. As a result, we ended up with a character that looks like a 'Goblin' knockoff instead of what was originally intended."
> "The hope was to give Menace a little more identity," Guggenheim continued. "My long term plan is to rehabilitate the character in reader's minds and get it working a little more successfully."

> I hope they do manage to fix Menace somehow. I really love the role he's playing in the plot, but the design and weapon gimmicks are waaaay too derivative of the Green Goblin, a villain who's had too many derivatives as it is. Unlike all of the other fantastic and original new villains that have been introduced recently I just can't see Menace having much of a long shelf life unless something's done with him very quickly.

I just found it funny that, essentially, Guggenheim is admitting that Menace, as a character, was poorly concieved and is a Goblin rip-off. Now all we need is for Bob Gale to say the same thing about Freak.

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