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A Deeply Flawed World

My article on why I just can’t watch Legend of Korra anymore, no matter HOW good it’s become in Book 3.

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Because I can get bored sometimes, here are some pictures of Hasbro Generations Springer riding Lost Exo-Realm’s LER-01, Colump!o, a.k.a. the Dinobot Sludge, into battle!

That’s some nice light piping on the dinohead there, that’s for sure!

Posted 1 day ago

roane72:

worriedaboutmyfern:

This morning I’m thinking about manpain. Specifically, superhero angst.

Specifically Batman. And Captain America.

As a digression, I feel like what distinguishes “manpain” from just regular pain is not so much the man but the shooting directions. Like, you know it’s manpain when the camera goes into tight closeup on their clenched jaw, or when they are shot backlit in an alley with smoke swirling around their feet. Or with a big fire blazing behind them. Or if they are trudging through a crowded cityscape that’s all black and white and they are the only ones in color.

Case in point: this is Batman. His parents are dead. It’s very sad. He has a lot of manpain.

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Because of all his pain, Batman is not fully able to trust anyone. He pushes everyone away. Sometimes he lashes out against those closest to him.

This is Batman at Christmas time.

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Batman is not ever going to go to therapy and deal with his trust issues, or talk about whether he might have something like depression and whether it might respond to medication, even though he could definitely afford it because he is a billionaire. He’s not going to do these things because of editorial decree.

"They put on a cape and cowl for a reason," says DC co-publisher Dan Didio. "They’re committed to defending others — at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts. That’s something we reinforce. If you look at every one of the characters in the Batman family, their personal lives kind of suck.”

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Okay. This is Captain America. His parents are dead too. Actually, almost everybody he ever knew is dead, because he got frozen for seventy years.

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(By the way if you do a Google image search for “Captain America Punching Bag,” Google will show you some stuff and will also, right at the top, helpfully prompt you with a couple other search terms that you’re probably interested in: “Chris Evans” and “Butt.”)

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(A++ Google, carry on.)

Anyway, so Captain America has a lot of manpain too.

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Because he’s grieving and lonely, Captain America works hard at forming connections with the new people he meets. He doesn’t understand their frame of cultural reference, so he diligently follows up whenever somebody gives him a book or movie or other kind of recommendation.

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He visits a support group for veterans.

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He also checks in with his teammates regularly, and makes sure they know that he cares about them. He listens to their problems and offers his support.

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So my point here is pretty simple. I think the Captain America characterization is a lot more interesting and complex. It just gets boring to have a character like Batman who is always going to have the same shit because he’s never gonna deal with his shit because he’s not allowed to deal with his shit. By contrast, Steve Rogers is warm and human and adult and fucken’ heroic. He’s got shit too but he mans up and carries it the best he can.

Both Batman and Captain America are actually team leaders, but Batman isn’t allowed to be a very good one because he also has to be a brooding loner who hangs out on top of gargoyles most of the time. Preferably in the rain.

Captain America gets rained on, too. The difference, I think, is that at some point he would go out and buy an umbrella.

Captain America gets rained on, too. The difference, I think, is that at some point he would go out and buy an umbrella.

THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS ^^^^

All of this as to why I am SUCH a fan of Captain America in the recent Marvel movies as opposed to the Nolan Angry Rich White Guy Who Dresses Up As A Bat movies…

One thing though? Not a fan of the line about Steve ‘manning up’. It feels like such an archaic phrase to apply to someone who we see is anything but archaic.

Posted 1 day ago
dogthing2:

HAPPY MOMMY HAPPY BABIES

dogthing2:

HAPPY MOMMY HAPPY BABIES

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Posted 1 day ago

jaythenerdkid:

yeah so fun fact, my family is from where they’re doing the drone strikes

my family is huge, I’ve never met most of them, and I don’t know most of their names

some of them will probably be killed by american drones and I will literally never know

so that’s something fun that this segment made me think about

(Source: sandandglass)

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dogthing2:

HAPPY MOMMY HAPPY BABIES

dogthing2:

HAPPY MOMMY HAPPY BABIES

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Posted 3 days ago

This Licensed T-Shirt Tells You a Lot About How DC Comics Views Wonder Woman

wonderhawk:

dcwomenkickingass:

Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a…

How about a plain old “shoot me now”

And people why I hate this god damned pairing…

Fuck you, DC Comics, and your constant character assassination of Wonder Woman.

(Source: superheroden.com)