Friday, September 15, 2006

Parker Takes a Second Job

Yet another post concerning Marvel Comics and their Civil War event!


What’s that? None of you care about comic books? Well that’s just ballocks! In case you did not already know, grown men who love comic books are just about the coolest thing possible in western society. So you all had best get with the program.

Bully has a great post about the upcoming Avengers comic that will start following the Civil War event. He also has an interesting theory as to who is going to wear Iron Man’s armor, and he makes a compelling case that it is none other than the Amazing Spiderman himself, Peter Parker. Here is a snippet of his rational for this hypothesis:
“Here's what I think will happen at the end of Civil War: Tony Stark will be disgraced or in exile (I hope not dead!). He'll be either in hiding or on the run for a while. And Peter Parker, who recently gave up his secret identity, needs one. He knows how to work, move, and fight in Stark armor now. Whatever his feelings towards Tony at the end of the storyline, Stark has been a mentor, confidant and friend: the father figure Peter hasn't had since the death of Uncle Ben. I believe that however Civil War shakes out, Peter is going to feel he owes a debt to Tony Stark. And he will replace that by donning the red-and-gold, by redeeming the name of the Iron Avenger. He's a bit inexperienced at the power and intense strength of the armor, so it's a learning curve for him. Since he's keeping his ID as Iron Man secret (to protect the hopefully still-around Mary Jane and May), he's going to have to ramp down the wisecracks during battles. Despite his increased strength, he's more dependent on his teammates to aid him than ever before. What does this mean for the Spider-Man titles, you ask? My guess is...almost nothing. I don't think Marvel will try to replace Peter as Spider-Man. ("Again.") After Civil War, in my scenario, Pete's still Spider-Man too. Plenty of room to appear in umpteen Spidey titles monthly and still star in Mighty Avengers and Iron Man (if there is an Iron Man series after this. He's going to have to divide his life between the publicly known Spidey and the secret new Iron Man. And let's face it, doesn't the more complicated Peter Parker's life get, the more intriguing his adventures become?”

Intriguing, and I must say that it makes sense. I was going to pass on this second Avengers book, but my interest has now been spiked.

We all know that Parker will have to go back to having his Spiderman secret identity remain a secret. I don’t think anyone doubts the fact that Spiderman is inherently not Spiderman if everyone knows who is under the mask. I foresee Parker publicly taking on the role of Iron Man, while also using his Spiderman identity, but acting as if he does not know who is out-and-about as the web slinger. He will then claim that this proves he was never Spiderman at all, and that his unmasking was nothing more than a stunt. I don’t know exactly how it would work, but I think Marvel will have to take a route similar to this.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The International Solidarity Movement’s Peaceful Assault Rifles

No, no, no…the International Solidarity Movement doesn’t support terrorist activity. These are peaceful Ak-47s, unlike those evil Aks the IDF uses.

Photo Via Stop the ISM.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Logical Dead End

Via Reuters:
“All U.S.-bound cargo would have to be scanned for nuclear materials while still abroad under a proposal that Democrats urged the Senate on Tuesday to pass to protect American ports five years after the September 11 attacks.”

Look folks, I am sure that an increased level of security may deter a terrorist plot here and there, but we are getting to the point where partisan political posturing to look tough on terror is out of hand. I don’t fault the Democrats for putting this proposal forward; lord knows the current administration has politicized the war on terror to its benefit. But scanning all U.S. bound cargo? This is going to slow business down significantly, and I doubt it will genuinely make anyone safer. Using this proposal’s reasoning, we will eventually have every foreign born individual who enters this country assigned a police officer to follow them around to ensure they don’t partake in terrorist activity.

While these gestures may make the average American feel safer, the reality is that you can’t be guaranteed 100% safety when it comes to the potential of a terrorist attack.

Don’t get me wrong, I am supportive of doing what needs to be done to fight terrorism, but to invest massive amounts of money and resources into a project that can quickly be circumvented by a terrorist organization is downright dim-witted.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Since this is the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, most media attention today will focus on the event and its aftermath. I did not know anyone who died that day personally, and I figure there will not be a lack of coverage to their personal stories, so I will leave that to others.

I just wanted to thank all those folks who helped their fellow citizens and put their lives on the line in doing so. Their act of self sacrifice is an ideal all of us can be proud of.