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Subj: Re: Marauders #11: 18 Funerals and a Nudie Show...
Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 at 12:45:35 pm EDT (Viewed 143 times)
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Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 at 08:01:31 pm EDT (Viewed 186 times)

    18 is numerical value of Hebrew word 'chai' which means 'life' and a symbolic blessing for good long life

    Marauders 011

    Nice cover. Very simple story. Nothing newly nauseating but hardly more than some character fluff for Emma, Ro, Lockheed, and Kurt really.

    The key X-men are properly upset because the Krakloning Process hasn't worked for Kate (again) and dead appears to mean dead - even though Kurt vows to hold out hope for his friend.

    What religion nod has those (Phoenix?) coins(?) covering her eyes for her burial at sea? Is Charon expected? ;\) ;\)

The whole funeral thing is very odd considering it's Kitty. Although some modern Jews have taken to cremation, the vast majority do not. They still believe the body belongs to their god until it naturally decomposes, and any destruction is an affront to him. But hey, Kitty's got tattoos too, so... (btw, I hope she doesn't retat her new body)

The coin thing is mostly silly. It's a traditional thing in many areas, but not really religious. Historically, there were very practical reasons for them. Eyelids don't always stay shut after death, and it's creepy to look at. So, people started putting things on them to weigh them down-- anything: pieces of pottery, coins, whatever. The Greek religious thing was to put a coin in the mouth of a corpse, not eyes. The modern method to prevent this is simply to use glue.

    Emma shown to be more upset. Felt sincere - just like when her Hellions first died. How many feel Alexis Colby(Joan Collins) would've been similarly upset if Krystle Carrington(Linda Evan) got killed? Or is there a better TV rivalry to compare with these two?

I'm not sure there was a real iconic rivalry between them. Closest TV similarity might be Buffy and Principal Snyder. She-Mantis? Oh, I kind of like that, since the early story with Doug. It doesn't fit exactly-- there was no idea of mating or anything. Too bad Kitty never referred to Emma as "She-Mantis."

    Emma can mindsee through Lockheed. Hmm... All these years there could've been TP communication with him? How many missed opps there, eh? Lockheed is an intelligent alien (as per MCP) with a genuine language and this was the best way to eyewitness the killer? (Poor Lin Li is prob feeling more and more redundant if telepaths got this too, eh. If Ant-Man ever loses his helmet maybe he can give Emma a call.) Remind me if he was 'understood' when he made all those SWORD and AFSS station appearances?

Typically, Lockheed has had an almost impenetrable resistance to telepathy. Likely he's allowing Emma to bond with him.

    Kitty is successfully recycledreborn. Naked as a jay bird. Everyone gets a free show 'til apparently Xavier has an old cape of Magneto (naturally it's red) laying around and covers her ... but on the last page while plotting with Emma for justice-revenge the sober Red Queen seems good with giving an encore nudie show and starts to shuck her covering. Maybe she knows Lockheed is poised to fireball anyone who stares? Yeesh.

Meh. X-Men stopped caring about nudity decades ago. And I guess it's better than Piotr literally banging her through the floor.

I'm sort of cool with this. When I heard of Kitty's death, I was worried, and when it happened, I was ready to drop all of Marvel. But okay... she's back. Now let's kick many buttocks! However, tbh, I'm a bit let down by how things unfolded to this point.

City of Heroes is BACK!
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