Issue 4 - Page 16

21st Apr 2017, 6:00 PM in The Collector's Impulse
Issue 4 - Page 16
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Steven-Vincent 21st Apr 2017, 6:00 PM edit delete
Up to this point we're basically following this story as I dreamed it one night almost 2 years ago. But the dream stopped about here, so the rest of it (starting with the last panel on this page) is stuff I did while awake. So the story got to this point and then... took a slightly unexpected turn.
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Gilrandir 21st Apr 2017, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
How cool. ^_^
DizzasterJuice 21st Apr 2017, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Only the villains are allowed to kill. Good guys have a code. So unfair.
Steven-Vincent 21st Apr 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
While true... the reality is that in the bronze age villains didn't often succeed at killing the heroes, even if they sometimes tried.
Haegan2005 21st Apr 2017, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
So glad I was not drinking when I read this. I would have had to have replaced my keyboard.
Steven-Vincent 21st Apr 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Glad you are enjoying it.

Cape Hoarder is fun to write.
Centcomm 21st Apr 2017, 8:10 PM edit delete reply
hehe hey thats a medical scanner! *snirks*
well Lass 1 and red idiot zip so far.
Steven-Vincent 21st Apr 2017, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Nope, not a medical scanner.

At least not in this universe.

Hee hee.
Fafhred 21st Apr 2017, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
From the shape of it, my educated guess is that it will be a sound-based weapon.
Steven-Vincent 21st Apr 2017, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
No comment. :)
jamie59 21st Apr 2017, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Killing is off the table but bet maiming isn't.
Steven-Vincent 21st Apr 2017, 10:15 PM edit delete reply
It is.

A code against killing doesn't mean she'll beat someone to a bloody pulp and put him in the ICU.

Again this is where this comic differs from modern ones. Bronze Age heroes were supposed to use the minimum amount of force necessary to subdue the target.

Notice LL hasn't touched him yet. She is patiently trying to get him to surrender without further incident.
Gilrandir 22nd Apr 2017, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
It is probably worthy of note that, even in modern day comics (or modern day), you are supposed to use the minimum force required to subdue the target. However, in these days of teflon-coated armor-piercing bullets, improvised explosive devices, high-powered sniper rifles, etc., the stakes have risen so high that a carefully measured escalation of force is often considered ... inadvisable. When the world is full of glass cannons, you end up with a lot of shards. When the balance of powers lay with the defense, the heroes could afford to stand there and let the bad guys blaze away at them while carefully considering their next attack and just how much force to use.

I am not complaining. I applaud you for being true to the Bronze Age spirit you have said you were celebrating from Day One, and I agree it is nice to see it again. But, if Liberty Lass didn't have invulnerability, a code against killing would be a much riskier proposition.
Steven-Vincent 22nd Apr 2017, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
That's true, but these are supposed to be heroes. Being a hero entails risk.
Deoxy 24th Apr 2017, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
No, being a bronze-age hero doesn't involve risk, it involves murder-supporting STUPIDITY. For just the most egregious example, how many people has the Joker killed AFTER he was caught the *10th time* by Batman?

Minimum body count is a great ethos, and I applaud it, but when you capture a murderer instead of killing them, you are betting that they NEVER EVER kill anyone again, or you don't have the minimum body count, AND the person who got killed(most likely) didn't deserve it (unlike the murdering scumbag you spared).
Steven-Vincent 24th Apr 2017, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
If you prefer a setting where the heroes kill, that is your choice, of course. You won't find such occurrences here, however. I refer you to, well, just about every print comic on the stands to satisfy your preferences.
Seanimusprime98 22nd Apr 2017, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
What does this guy think that this is a game or something? Hahah. This guy is like Megamind, he's just doing this for the fun of having a hero vs villian showdown lol. I can tell he'll be appearing a lot and demanding LL a showdown. I love this stuff man :)
Steven-Vincent 22nd Apr 2017, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Well... he doesn't think it's a game.

But in the Bronze Age there were certain, shall we say, 'rules' to how heroes and villains interacted. He knows neither side follows those rules anymore, and he's telling her he expects her to follow them.
Gilrandir 23rd Apr 2017, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Even though he has already refused to follow them himself? Involving innocent children is a no-no. I wonder how many other 'rules' he will break while (at the same time) expecting her to follow them?
Steven-Vincent 23rd Apr 2017, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
He's not breaking any Bronze Age rules. Teen superheroes were a staple of the period and often fought adult villains (Supergirl, Robin, etc.)
Gilrandir 23rd Apr 2017, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
I was talking about the school kids.
Steven-Vincent 23rd Apr 2017, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
Well he didn't hurt them, did he?
Gilrandir 23rd Apr 2017, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Not yet. She hasn't killed him, either. But he did involve them.
Comic Fan 22nd Apr 2017, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
"and now..."

Oooh, oooh, let me guess, he gets hit by a 747 coming in for a landing!
Steven-Vincent 23rd Apr 2017, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Hahah. That would be funny.
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