A Path of Light
Who is Green Lantern? I suppose the short trivial answer would be a fictional character from DC Comics. While the character has a steady fan base and people in general know the name, Green Lantern has remained somewhat in the dark. There have been great stories written about the character giving them a chance to shine, but the Lantern always slips back into obscurity. Green Lantern is the fifth member of the Justice League which leads to the subconscious idea the he/she is a fifth wheel; a character who’s only there to look cool and fill space. However, the roots of Green Lantern are mired in greatness. Each incarnation of the character has brought something unique to the table; not just with powers and structure, but something that had never been done with any other character in all of comic mythos before that point. So, I ask again, who is Green Lantern?
First off, let’s go over each incarnation and what exactly made them stand apart. The first ever version was Alan Scott, created by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell in the early 1940s. Alan Scott was a railroad worker and adventurer who found an ancient green lamp with a talking flame that instructed him to fashion a ring in order to wield its magic powers. Already, you can see inspiration from the Old Testament in the origin of this character; borrowing from the tale of the Burning Bush which instructed Moses to bring justice to the people. As fantastic as all this would sound to children at the time, the thing that made Alan Scott different and so very appealing to readers is one thing that gets somewhat overlooked nowadays; Alan Scott was left handed. The very first left handed super hero in an archaic time when being a south paw was something of a taboo. This was a small flame leading to a legacy of greatness as the years would go by.
By the late 1950s, the economic steam that was comic publishing had died down. But rather than let it parish publishers came up with the idea to re-invent these earlier characters with bold new directions. This movement, known as the Silver Age, gave birth to the second version of Green Lantern: test pilot Hal Jordan created by John Broome and Gil Kane. Hal, while trying to redeem himself at his job, is giving a strange ring by a dying alien, drawing inspiration from various myths of mortals being given gifts from beings above, and becomes part of the galactic peace keeping force known as the Green Lantern Corps. This opened up an entire universe of possibilities for the character. The ring was no longer magic, just advanced technology. And there were other Lanterns across the stars, each with unique traits and ideals. But what’s the thing that made Hal Jordan so special? Well, it was actually something to do with his job; Hal Jordan’s boss was a woman. This was beyond unheard of back in 1959; the idea was almost laughable back then. And even though Carol Farris was dating Hal thereby instilling a modicum of the “typical female” role for the time it taught a generation of children to respect women as equals.
Over time, Hal started to fade a little and he was giving a partner, or rather a rival, to liven things up a little. Enter Guy Gardner, also created by Broome and Kane. Guy was a cocky former sports star who really wasn’t as fleshed out as he could’ve been at the time. Just another character to throw into the mix. It wasn’t until later when Steve Englehart and Joe Staton got ahold of him before he became more three dimensional. Guy may not have seemed like much but the thing about him that became truly special was his past. Guy Gardner was an abused child and had to deal with anger issues for a long time. He had a troubled past and found redemption in being a Lantern. This is an ideal that inspired a new generation of children trapped in bad situations that these terrible events didn’t have to define you because you can always rise above it.
The 70s was an interesting time for comics. This was a decade known for many cultural changes, and brought about a legendary African American renaissance. This movement gave birth one of the most influential characters to bear the Green Lantern insignia; John Stewart created by Denny O’ Neal and Neal Adams. Stewart was an architect with military training and was inspired less by mythology and more by the anti authoritarian feel of the time. He wasn’t going to do as he was told, he was gonna do what was right, getting right in Hal Jordan’s face and making him question his entire stiff ideal of right and wrong. John Stewart was an enlightening symbol of standing up to authority and not accepting the situation around just because it was considered the norm. This is what made this Green Lantern so memorable, we could now stand up and change circumstances as needed.
As years rolled on society changed dramatically. Comic readers were growing up and these characters didn’t represent the times anymore. It was this shift that created another first for Hal Jordan. After seeing everything he held dear violently torn from him, which metaphorically represented the ideals he stood for were long gone, Hal Jordan descended into madness and evil. He destroyed the entire Lantern Corps furthering the metaphor that the old ways were dead. From the ashes rose a new Lantern; one reminiscent of the paradigm shift: Kyle Rayner created by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks. Rayner stood alone as a Lantern discontinuing the police force dynamic that had been the norm for over thirty years. This Lantern represented a generation that had lost their way and sought deliverance from mediocrity; a need to show the world that we’re all special.
All these characters have gone through several changes over the years. And in the present we have two new Lanterns. Simon Baz, a Muslim looking to escape his past and change his image for the good of his race. This is a representation of the lingering fear that Americans misleading feel towards those of the Muslim faith, a message saying that there’s no need to fear for we all feel a need for justice and acceptance. And his partner, Jessica Cruz, a poor lost soul suffering from anxiety disorder. This trait makes Cruz the most important Lantern to the current generation because society now has finally taken notice of these problems and we can start to help people suffering from these problems by demonstrating the struggle they go through.
Over all, the thing that makes Green Lantern different from other heroes isn’t the differentiating traits and representations of the many variations. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others are heroes based around their own set of morals. They’re guided by their heart and that is where Green Lantern stands apart. Green Lantern, for all intents and purposes, is a police officer. The Corps can’t just do whatever they feel like. They have a rulebook (the Book of Oa), the have superiors that they report to (the Guardians of the Universe), they have badge numbers (Earth Lanterns are 2814) and deal with issues like jurisdiction. Essentially, Green Lantern is one of the only heroes in comic mythos that are driven by a sense of duty to uphold peace, operating within a set of parameters that can’t be breached. But this is just what makes Green Lantern unique amongst the world of comics. What makes Green Lantern matter so much in the grand scheme of things?
Every single incarnation of Green Lantern has been based around one trait; the ring is fueled by willpower. It is this characteristic that makes Green Lantern so important to humanity as a whole. We are all brought under the oppressive force that is struggle. Everyone struggles with something whether it’s outer circumstances or inner turmoil or both. The hard times are always lurking near by waiting for a moment to overcome us and plunge us deep into feelings of despair or hopelessness. But we can overcome these hard times right back, and it all starts with willpower. Will is a powerful forces in the universe, it can help accomplish feats that seem impossible, it can pull the body through pain and promote healing, it can even change the chemistry of the mind itself. Willpower can manifest itself in physical ways, and that’s what Green Lantern is all about. When all seems lost and it feels like there isn’t a point in trying anymore, dig deep and find that inner power to keep going. Because willpower, just like Green Lantern, is a beacon that lights the way to victory.
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Deathstroke, the most badass Merc this side of fiction. Second to none on the battlefield and is arguebly the best tactician in DC alongside Batman. He is an enhanced super solider who has an affinity for killing for cash.
But who is Deathstroke?
In truth he is all of these things and more. He's a dedicated father who would do anything to save his child, sometimes successfully...
Other times not so much...
Deathstroke is a man of few words, he is the type to be looking after you but never let on for a second he really cares for you. He's gone so far as to have taken on Hits on his own children, just to smoke out the people who are after them.
Why not just tell them, you may ask? Well, because sometimes the truth is just messy and opens more questions than answers. Like when Rose (Ravager, his daughter shown above) had a Hit placed on her by her boyfriend who Deathstroke promptly... dealt with.
He's not allowed to show concern or care. It's not who he is, he can only express his love in criticism and sarcasm sadly.
No Wonder he'll never win father of the year. His former wife who shot him in the head earlier isn't much better. They had a very, troublesome relationship.
To call him heartless is the wrong word to use, he has a strict code of Honor and is quick to defend the ones he loves.
Many words can be used to describe Deathstroke, one is Ruthless.
He is also a Master fighter, yes that's two words but come on, he's one of the very few streetlevel guys in comics (from both Marvel and DC) that can effectively outsmart and take down Batman
He has even taken down Superman in a very intelligent fashion. Using his own power against him
Lets just say kryptonians aren't a huge problem for the man
Being A Justice League member doesn't mean much to the One Eyed Merc. Ask Batman again
Or Green Arrow
What about the Green Lantern?
and The Flash??
Well, I think we can say Deathstroke is a Dangerous man. Someone to not mess with. You can say what you want about the Terminator, but one thing that isn't up for debate is that he is...
Thanks for reading everyone! Please leave a comment if you think I'm crazy, or if you have some crazy notion that Deadpool is the best Merc. Let me know who should be the Next hero (or villain) to be Recaped.
This has been the Main Man Jason, your resident Anti-Villian.
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Im here to discuss the most underrated superhero of all time, the One true King of Atlantis, Aquaman. Every since the campy Super friends show aquaman has gotten he rap of being a push over, a lame, people have gone so far as to think him a joke.
Aquaman is anything but a joke, being honest most who spout this are either Hardcore Namor fanboys or haven't read a Aquaman comic in a decade or so. They are so far removed from each others class its not even comparable.
Lets use science and math ladies and gentlemen:
He would definitely need super strength to move around at great depths of the ocean. Water, like any liquid, cannot be compressed, so it doesn't get any denser as you get deeper, there's just a lot more resting on top of you so it crushes things that can't support the weight. So in order for Aquaman to move up through the water from a great depth it would require him to have an enormous amount of strength. As for how much strength; well that's actually not that hard to calculate. If we assume Aquaman can walk on the bottom of the Marianas Trench (Something he has done before) then we can do some quick math to figure it out.
The Marianas Trench is about 6.85 miles deep or roughly 11 kilometers (For you Kilo Users) for some easy and quick math I'm going to do here. So we take the depth in meters (11,000) and multiply that by acceleration due to gravity (9.8m/s^2) and multiply that by the density of the fluid (1.025 because saltwater is a little denser than pure water) and we get the total number of kilopascals (110495) which we can then convert to psi (approximately 16025). So if we assume that Aquaman's broad shoulders have a surface area of about 10 square inches then we know that just to stand or walk along the bottom of the Marianas Trench his legs have to be able to lift a bare minimum of 160,250 lbs or 80 tons. If you assume he can lift anything while at that depth then he needs to be even stronger.
Got to Love Science
He had also been shown to lift well over 1000 pounds on land and sea, even throwing a cruiser boat.
Pulling said boat while swimming.
If you take in account of the PSI Pressure of the Sea at its lowest point around 15,000 PSI, something that can easily flatten the human (And Superhuman body). This is a pressure he endures daily. This doesn't make him quite superman Level but puts him in the conversation. He's underrated because he doesn't have the same strength level as some fellow Justice Leaguers like Wonder Woman (The Demi God) and Superman (The Archetype of Strength in Comics).
Also These are Feats underwater, not above water. On dry land his flexibility is even higher, to the point where he would easily outclass most Superhuman enemies and allies alike.
Telepath, often confused with talking to fish (Mistaken because only Namor talks to fish and other things that aren't PG). He is a Telepath that can effect Non Marine life. He once paralized superman with fear. He is able to Mentally "Push" marine life to do something, which is different, no two way conversation is happening. Aquamans greatest mental feat was causing a telepathic attack so great Kordax, an enemy combatant to kill himself.
His Skin durable enough that he is able to swim through Lave!
Enough Speed to catch Wonder Woman off guard.
One of the most skilled hand to hand fighters in the League. Only behind Batman and Wonder Woman.
People also forget that Aurther Curry controls the bonafide greatest ancient empire on Earth, Atlantis. Atlantis possesses a military that almost overthrew America and gave the League a run for their money.
Aquaman is a benevolent ruler who earns the respect of his people not by birth but by actions. Don't believe me? Read Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns. Masterpiece. Bow down to the King.
In all I say, if you doubt the King, at least read about the one True King of Atlantis. Aurther Curry. Aquaman.
Your Local Jauntist Jason
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Have you ever heard of Griots, Griots were oral historians who kept the knowledge of tribal history in African culture. They were in charge of keeping and distributing stories of current events, war, peace, they were effectively the news, traveling from one area to another, a real voice of the people in the tribal African era.
Griots and Rap Artists craft similar jobs, conveying social commentary and spreading enlightenment by speaking (or singing) about details of their personal lives. In the case of Rap artists, the express themselves by way of a modern oral method with a musical backdrop. They are the middlemen between of the downtrodden and the masses. The voice of the voiceless. Giving the poor a voice in the one way some can listen, music. Let's take a look at the history of Rap for a second.
Rap has roots going far back as slavery, as slaves who were forbidden to speak in their native tongue or had forgotten their native tongue. They spoken in English via metaphors as to avoid detection. All plans to escape the plantations, and pass messages throughout the slaves was done this way. It was ingrained in the people, this mixed with religion became an intercal part of black culture, but that's a conversation for a later date. This links Rap to Black Culture on a social level.
Fast forward a couple centuries and we have modern day rap, which is controversial at best. Over the last decade, the "Rap Game" has fallen into extreme commercialization, a commercialization that has significantly hurt the mediums ability to be a social voice of the people. Diluted by mainstream trends and trying to keep up with the popular ever-changing cultural styles, leaving classical hip hop the victim of conformity.
Reggae suffered the same fate, back in the 1970s businesses and corporations bought out local radio stations, only playing things they deemed appropriate and play worthy. Many artists repackaged themselves so they were easier to be picked up by the stations, trading independence for lyrics that "sell". This is true more so today than ever before. "Lyricsts" have become "Ganstas"; "Artists", "Playas" and the modern day "Griots" became "Thugs".
Violence has been tied to Hip Hop, like it created a culture of violence, hear me out. I postulate that because violence is engrained so deeply in American culture, that this assumption is thought true, is not exclusive to Hip Hop. Hip Hop has had violence in it because, as stated earlier, it is comments on issues facing the artists singing the songs. A lot of them face Welfare, Affirmative action, extreme prejudice, systematic profiling, economic disparity, and judiciary corruption on a daily basis. A void is there that is filled by music. The message hasn't changed but the approach has diversified immensely.
Two separate styles and approaches exists in every conversation on Hip Hop, it is not some simple one Style Musical Medium. There exists a multitude of types of Hip Hop, generalizations such as "All Hip Hop" is down right uninformed. You have the right to critique all forms of music but I implore you to fully understand the message of said music before maiming assumptions and generalizations
My Personal opinion is that I am not a fan of one type of modern hip hop "Gangster Rap". Lyrics about clothes, drugs, money, and the degradation of women, but that specific kind of song type does not make me an enemy of the genre in general. "Gangsta Rap" has a purpose itself, it is still a social commentary.some people do deal with drugs, unemployment, gun violence etc. I wish it would not glorify these things, that I see as a problem, a problem that commercialization has created and grown to the level it is today. If that type of music creates a social discussion that leads to improving the community then I can get behind it. Again this is not my fight, not my struggle so I cannot speak toward it, I have not lived it.
The music that speaks to me is more suburban like J. Cole, or one that specifically speaks toward social issues directly like Kendrick Lamar, or even life in America as a black male, a point local Lyricist Black Native.
Please Share and Comment, I love conversations. Also Check out the Lyricist Black Native on Soundcloud, Good Stuff. Till Next time, Jason
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Special Thanks to Black Native for the image, you can find him on Soundcloud at: Black Native
Comic are amazing. Comics are something that allows us to visually see other worlds, other realities. See things our minds couldn't even image. They are a gateway from imagination to reality (or at least as close as you can get with paper).
Comics are suppose to blow your mind, inthrall you into the story. Have you begging for more. This is something that is something that is all but lost with the Big two comic Titians DC and Marvel. Granted DC has more variety than Marvel at the moment, both have nothing on the indie Comics scene.
Case in Point, what beats Einstein with a chainsaw! Anyway Back to topic!
I'm talking, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, Top Cow, etc. these guys revolutionize the comic industry every month. With a immensely diverse selection that can't be beat, these independent publishers have no equal in terms of quality.
Personally I don't read Marvel because most of the titles have a throwback feel to them. Very late eighties vibe which is cool but not my my style and the overall events feel pointless to me. Cool but not worth your time IMO. The movies are enjoyable the comics? Not even kinda to me. What I did like about Marvel, the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Small story arcs are things of the past. The quality reflexes that.
DC I enjoy more because the stand alone titles flow better to me, I can read one title and get the entire story without pointless crossovers. Don't get me wrong DC has flaws with in its crossover game. That's why Indie rules the roost.
Indie comics are allowed to be different, not just allowed to be, they are encouraged to be different.
Indie comics are created by individuals creating and crafting a world all their own. One not bound by the rules of an entangled continuity (DC) or Pointless drawn out stories (Marvel). Best part is they have stories for anyone and everyone. You can read Marvel and quite possible never find anything you like. Even with Vertigo, you could easily not find a DC title you love.
These statements are not written In stone but are true more often than not according to longtime fans of both Marvel and DC. Check the numbers. Comics in general aren't selling as much as before.
If you've been following me you know, money don't me jack when it comes to quality, only marketing and name recognition. People often ask a comic nerd are you pro Marvel or DC? To that I always answer Pro Indie. They have so much to chose from, a variety the big two just can't match, no matter how hard they tried.
Like Dystopian Futures? Check Lazarus by Greg Rucka.
Dungeons and Dragons with Dangerous mercenary women? Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wieb.
Don't get me talking about Birthright, Saga, The Wicked and the Divine, East of West, Sex Criminals, Postal, Manhattan Projects, Empowered, Bitch Planet, Shutter, Low, Spawn, Chew, and The Walking Dead. The list goes on and on. Indie comics are the core of what makes comics great!
This isn't suppose to be an anti Marvel or anti DC post, I'm just a frustrated reader who doesn't think we have to choose between Red liquid or Blue liquid when we have a third option that can be any color or taste you want! Support indie writers! With your dollars! You want quality find it and buy it!
-Your resident Receiver of The Message (East of West) Jason
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In today's movie world 1 billion dollars has become the popular measuring stick of commercial success. A feat the DCEU has failed to do so in its THIRD entry in its brand new cinematic universe. Again a feat that took the cinematic powerhouse MCU 6 movies to do. I hate comparing Universes because no one wants to compare them evenly. If we were to accurately compare universes we would have to compare the 1st Cinematic entries vs each other, not DCs 1st entry to Marvels what 7th. A lot of people do this unfortunately because they believe it makes them look intelligent when in reality it makes them only look biased. Let us compare by entry number:
Ironman 585 Mil. (2008)
Incredible Hulk 263 Mil. (2008)
Ironman 2 624 Mil. (2010)
Man of Steel 668 Mil. (2013)
Batman Vs. Superman 873 Mil. (2016)
Suicide Squad 675 Mil. (2016)
Sadly people do not compare things by similar standards no, they compare movies by year, which is wholly a bad way to compare anything movie wise because it's a terrible system because different factors skew findings and trends can affect how the public views a movie. Blade is a great movie but made in 1998 only made 156 Mil. Insane. It isn't an arguable fact that blade is a fantastic movie but the number do not support that, so I honestly believe numbers only mean people watched the movie but that's a bout it, but that's a later topic. Let's compare generally Marvel and DC by year, in 2008 both companies put out one movie, Marvel had Ironman which grossed 585 Mil impressive, while DC Dark Knight which grossed over 1 Bil. dollars. Is that a fair comparison, not even kinda and everyone knows it but use this same flawed logic to bash DC, because people like to use logic however it fits them. Sad but true.
The DCEU is expected to make up a five year difference of 5 years NOW, how dare they not have five years of growth instantaneously! Sounds crazy right? That my friends is a normal argument for a lot of people I know. They believe the DCEU is doomed because they haven't caught up to the MCU financial success in a third of the time, even though the DCEU hit the billion dollar mark twice as fast as the MCU did.
The truth is half, not all but half, of the bashers do this because they want the DCEU to fail because it's "Not my Marvel", a real argument I have heard. I remember hearing about the failure of the DCEU after Man of Steel was announced. Announced.
The DCEU offers a different kind of universe which is very much like the comic style in DC, Pocket universes that connect. For none comic book fans a pocket universe is a self contained story that occasional interacts with other stories. That's why man of steel happened and the League didn't interact with the Man of Steel. This formula is straight from the comic book. On the opposite of Marvels style which is more of a everyone lives in a small area and interact with each other on a regular basis. Both are fine methods of storytelling and universe building, as a story writer I have done both.
They are different, different but good. Difference is great, it is why we read comics, write comics and talk about comics. We shouldn't bash different Cinematic universes and different representations of our childhood heroes. Comic Book heroes used to be the greatest fan base in the history of the world but now a days, it seems like it has become difficult to a simply enjoy without our fellow geeks attacking one or another.
DCEU is not following the MCU style because that is not how DC writes comics just how Marvel writes shared universe stories more so than pocket universes. It's not their style, so it is not only unfair to compare them, it is down right foolish to do so. It's fundamentally the same as comparing Star Trek and Star Wars. Star Trek has pocket universe styles stories that connect, a plethora of worlds that are encountered as they story progresses. Star Wars has a interconnected universe where al worlds regularly and openly interact. These two like Marvel and DC are similar but different.
From a Movie and Toy Line standpoint Marvel is on top, DC from an animated and Comic Book standpoint, DC is on top. Different styles can be done and done well. Don't be the kind of fan that hates everything, that bashes movies, because it's popular or if you don't care for it.
Quality is in the eye of the beholder, you can find a movie to be great when to most people it's terrible. I personally didn't like Dark Knight that much, it wasn't bad at all, I just didn't personally love it. On the flip I loved Antman, it was fun and simple, absolutely loved it. Do movies have flaws? Yes, I am a movie critic, I started a Movie review site (RCR Reviews Plug) because I wanted to defend the Fantastic Four movie because it had a lot of flaws but I enjoyed it. At the end of the day you should enjoy something first, or not. Flaws will always be there no matter how good or not worthy the movie is.
Now everyone has the right to their own opinion, I know I express my own a lot here, but to bash someone's else's opinion is just plain arrogant and self concerned. I know I've rambled a lot here but I do this to bring up a great point, that we shouldn't be Red or Blue, DC or Marvel. But that we should just be fans of Comics in general, to borrow an hilarious phrase, Lets Make Comic Fandoms Great Again. Like what you like, hate what you hate, but let others decide what they want to see, and don't belittle their own choices. Don't be a bully, be a Star! -Insert shameless add plug-
This has been your resident Rambler Jason
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Why Superman is the greatest off all time. Batman once said he was the most human of us all. This couldn't be more true. Here I will explain some of the many qualities that make superman the greatest hero of all time to me.
He's Adopted. Clark Kent trying to fit in a word that is not his own. He has adopted parents that loved him unconditionally and had parents he never knew and could never know. This hits home for me as I was adopted as well, this never held him back. Superman inspired me all my life because he faced that overwhelming feeling of not belonging head on. He found people to care for that cared for him in return to motivate him. He's the hero to all adopted children like myself
He fights for everyone, all women, children, foreign and domestic. All nationalities, creeds, financial demographics don't matter to him, he is the physical embodiment of all men are created equal. He understood with great power came great responsibility before Spiderman was even around. He uses his gifts to inspire others to be something better. Man of steel put it best:
"You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun, Kal. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders." -Jor El
The world is ours to mold, to make better, superman is that ideal, that despite the darkness we can be better, we must be better. Not for us, but for our children, the next generation.
When the Darkness is all around us, Superman inspires us like in Superman Grounded when A child was abused by his father. The child tried to stand for himself and was beaten worse, superman as a normal man stood up for the child.
When he was congratulated for helping he berated the people thanking him, reminding them that this only happened when people overlooked the child, turned a blind eye to those in need. It doesn't take superpowers to make a difference. That message spoke volumes to me.
In the real world bad things happen, how we deal with them is what matters. After reading this story arch, I felt two things: one, sadness at how cruel people can be and two, that we have to be superman in this world. We have to be better and protect those that can't protect themselves.
A woman tried to kill herself because he word was too much, superman could have told her sweet things to get her off the ledge she was going to jump from but no, he wanted to tell her truth and he did. He told the world isn't fair and that we have to make the best of it, together. If that ain't super I don't know what is:
With all this Power and Responsibility he brings humility. Superman is literally a God amount men but never lets that go to his head. He could crush diamonds into gold but instead gets a job as a reporter to spread the truth. A selfless need to improve the social order only adds to Superman's greatness.
Being an outcast, Superman believes in humanity more than we do. I by nature am a borderline pessimist but superman makes me think about the good in people. The potential to be better, if you don't believe me read "Superman: Grounded". Hands down my favorite Superman where we watch our hero reconnect with people by walking among them, eating with them. He reminds us and himself what really matters. Not the glory of being a hero but the wonderful effect his heroism has in inspiring people and giving them hope.
He never ever abuses his power. Batman has said before he could destroy the world and rule is like unto a god, but doesn't. He in a very Christ like way, would rather help save people and make them better than rule above them by force. He could overthrow kings and destroy entire armies in an afternoon but chooses to honor free choice. Power and Responsibility at its very finest.
Superman is the ultimate example of what people can be, what we can aspire to be. That is why superman is, in my opinion without a shadow of a doubt the greatest Hero in the history of fiction.
-Your Super Hero in Training Jason
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Batman's no kill rule is absurd. There I said it. I know what your thinking. But Jason, his no kill rule makes him above the criminals he fights and to that I say, No that's just silly.
To prove this I have to say first, why does he not kill, some argue he doesn't because it makes him different from other heroes this making him better. I say no. Captain America kills, Wonder Woman kills and Wolverine kills but we think nothing less of them. We as readers don't look down or even judge people for killing bad guys. So no he doesn't make him better. It is because he is absurd.
Now absurdity, not regular absurdity but in the existential sense. Existential Absurdity means you find sense in the universe by creating your own sense, your own rules and way to live. Sound familiar. In BVS batman said a phrase that perfectly reflected this way of thinking:
"The Universe only makes sense if you force it to" -Batman from BVS
Bruce Wayne understands he's directionless without the Cowl, it is his answer to the random violence in this world. It's how he has crafted his universe and with it how he views the world.
He find killing wrong, which is great so he doesn't do that, which is also great but he allows others to do so. He always Joker, Two-Face, and Zsasz to kill until he himself stops them with non lethal violence. No killing is something people like unless you attach a face to it.
People love Bats for not killing but when you mention the joker people say, "Except him, he should kill him". Every time he allows joker to like he's sanctioning his violence.
People argue that it is because of his respect for the law. Poppycock, batman on a regular basis commits acts of extreme violence, assault, Breaking and Entering, Kidnapping, Torture, Evidence Tampering, the list goes on and on. He's even broken criminals out of prison before.
That's because Batman believes in his Rules and Laws not the laws of the land. He has created his own reality in which he actually is the judge and jury, but holds on to his sense of morality by not being the executioner. That being said what about Jason Todd, who he allows to roam around killing crooks but not once stoping him and tossing him in Arkham, why? Because in Batman's world Killing is wrong unless he feels it's not your fault or that you are close to him and such its excusable.
In conclusion Batman isn't morally upright or a moral wall, no he's a man for I the universe to make sense in a way only he can understand, a universe with arbitrary rules based around Batman's ideals revised less of opposition to the Law of Man.
Batman doesn't kill only because he has chosen not to do so, for no other reason that in his mind, he has no issue with killing, as long as it's not him doing the killing. This is his way of forcing the universe to make sense. I see this and I'm a huge Batman Fan
Nappy is Nice.
How we speak and our name is how were judged. Historically. How our hair is kept is judged. Historically. How we talk is judged. Historically. Our blackness is under constant attack and that's not cool. We should be proud of it.
My hair is often long and considered 'Nappy' I love my natural hair, it is a part of who I am. It's my culture and it's a important part of being unapologetically black.
I speak a little 'Slang' and I speak it PROUDLY.why shouldn't I? Who said my Lingo is any less professional than say, a country accent? Or a New York accent? When your Blackness is attack remember not to devalue your uniqueness. Remember people hate your uniqueness because they envy it.
We are and have always been the center of Culture in America. Jazz, Rap, Rock, Hip Hop, Blues all us and we only get credit for the negative songs in Gangsta Rap, makes no sense right? No it doesn't.
Our ladies can be a little bit curvy. Personally I love every inch, some have big breasts others round bums. Others have neither. All carry these shapes and sizes extremely well. Years ago we were ridiculed for having no shapely body. Now? Everyone wants hips and curves. Our culture is very sought after. Never forget that.
Our skin tone is attacked, because if it ain't light, it ain't right. Now I've loved women of all different shades. Some light skinned and some dark. Al shades of Black women are beyond beautiful, they transcend traditional beauty, possessing a beauty that is more often than not envied.
Don't be proud of your Blackness, Be DAMN PROUD of it. Capitalize like people do God. It's has earned that right time and time again. America owes its Greatness to its Blackest Population. Never forget that.
Your Blackness is Excellence in Excess.
Why can't comic book nerds enjoy anything anymore. Years ago all nerds rejoiced over a comic book and we're happy to see something on the big screen. These days that couldn't be less true.
Cinematically speaking nerds today have a problem just sitting back and enjoying a movie, everyone's a critic (I actually am, but that's off topic). You are now divided between Marvel and DC. I enjoyed Civil War despite gripes and I was immediately labeled a DC fanboy without ever uttering a word about DC. No longer can a nerd not like a movie without being biased.
On the flip I enjoyed BVS (Batman Vs Superman for those who don't know) and well, I was hailed with chants of being a fanboy who doesn't have taste. When did it become a crime to like both, a crime to enjoy a movie based solely on the movie.
I know what your thinking "Well Jason _______ movie was terrible, how could you like it?!?" to that I say, easy I ENJOYED the flick. Doesn't have to be mind blowing good for me to like it. Movies are made in hopes hay everyone love them. That is never true. Someone will hate it, in Comic Book Movies cases unfortunately you are forced to Hate or Love all films made by Marvel or DC or instantaneously be labeled a Fanboy. I must have missed when comic book fans became sports fans.
We hate more than we like now a days and it's going to be the end of our medium, personally I would wash my hands on all comic book movies if I hadn't decided to watch them all by myself. If I go to the movies I either have people praising the movie solely on who made it or people bashing it without even making it to the beginning credit roll.
We hate different types of comic movies now and it's damn near disgusting. Marvel isn't DC and DC isn't Marvel and that's a beautiful thing, something we should embrace. If you don't like that then don't watch it, ignore it. What you shouldn't do is bash the hell outta it because you feel you've been personally hurt and offended by a movie.
The thing I loved most about being a comic fan was that we were different than all other fandoms. Unique. Well not anymore we have become just like all the other ones: Football, BasketBall, Political Parties. We become like everyone else, lost our unique qualities.
I like Some Marvel movies not all, and some DC movies but not all. You know what? That's how it's suppose to be, when you get to the point where you hate all the movies one company produces even before it comes out, then you are a part of the problem. You have become unreasonable and just plain annoying.
I implore you, watch everything from Marvel and DC, embrace the true spirit of Nerdom before we lose what makes us different. It makes no sense to not judge something with your own eyes, it makes no sense and makes you nothing but Boo Boo the Fool. For those who don't know that makes you ignorant and basically that annoying troll everyone hates talking too, I know I have a few of those in my circle.
-Jason, Your resident Reviewer of Life
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