Issue 2 Page 13

18th Mar 2016, 6:15 PM in Birthright - Part 2
Issue 2 Page 13
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Steven-Vincent 18th Mar 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete
Steven-Vincent
One of the things we've been building up to all along... how Liberty Man got here, how he lost his powers... and a warning to Abby about the same being possible for her, if she is not careful.
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DizzasterJuice 18th Mar 2016, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
DizzasterJuice
I think you pretty much give up your right to live when you try to kill someone else. Mortal Glare would have sued Liberty Man if he let him live anyway. :D
shastab24 18th Mar 2016, 7:32 PM edit delete reply
shastab24
I appreciate the jab at Man of Steel. I can't stand that movie.
Steven-Vincent 18th Mar 2016, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Yes well... The scene originally did not call for this exact setup, but after thinking about it, I decided to thumb my nose at MoS a little bit. Props for noticing. ;)
Centcomm 18th Mar 2016, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm
heh Im glad I wasn't the only one that thought that - I however didn't mind Man of steel. Very intresting plot point.

Wonder if she could be tricked into losing her powers.
Steven-Vincent 18th Mar 2016, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Well we are just getting started. I'm sure villains will try all kinds of things against LL in the future. Of course they'd have to know how she got her powers and understand all this, and right now the only 2 people who know it are her and Liberty Man.

And now perhaps we see why Dr. Synapse walked out. He may not have known exactly what LM was going to say, but he wanted to keep stuff like this between as few people as possible.
Ed8 20th Mar 2016, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
So was it that he violated his "Right to Life" by killing him, or that he violated his Right to Due Process by taking justice into his own hands rather than turning him over to the (continually ineffective) justice system?
Comic Fan 20th Mar 2016, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
Okay, I'm not feeling this now.

"Don't kill" isn't the same thing as violating somebody's rights. Not even close!

Don't murder, maybe. But what LM did was not murder. He did what he did in the defense of innocents.

So to keep her powers she has to become "part of the system". The system that isn't working. That's kind of depressing to me.
Steven-Vincent 20th Mar 2016, 8:37 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
LM admits that there were other ways he could have stopped Mortal Glare without killing him. So he didn't *really* do what he did to defend innocents.

Someone asked on a previous page, why doesn't everyone who makes a sacrifice like Abby did get the powers? Among other reasons, it's because you have to have two things: the sacrifice (which lots of people have done) + an essentially superhuman idealistic belief in the founding principles, which include the unalienable right to life (and few people truly have that strong a belief). That LM killed in this moment (whether you personally agree with him doing so or not) meant he no longer had that superhuman, idealistic belief anymore. Without that -- no powers.
Comic Fan 20th Mar 2016, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
Got it. "Superhuman idealistic belief" is probably a good way to describe it, and even then, it would be possible only in the comics. I see no human ever possibly being able to carry the power indefinitely just based on their "good nature", because nobody is without sin; not while they live and breathe.

And that opens up the possibility of losing the power just from making a mistake.

At least Kryptonite is reasonably rare.

Abbey's Kryptonite is her own humanity, including both the good parts and the bad parts that each of us carries with our souls. It is with her all the time.

While I can understand the need for limits on a superhero's capabilities, I hope this one doesn't result in her walking on PC eggshells in every story.

It's a genuine concern of mine. They emasculated Batman in the 3 movies because they got away with it beforehand in Superman Returns (the one with Brandon Routh; lousy lousy story).

I'm not suggesting Abbey should be a wanton murderer, of course. I'm just saying that I no longer read comics (except for this one) because they've become too PC for me to enjoy them. So I guess I'm just sending up a flare about my concern here.
Steven-Vincent 20th Mar 2016, 8:23 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Oh heavens no, this story is not remotely PC. After all, it is not PC to be rah-rah patriotic right now.

Abby is idealistic. At its core, what happened to Liberty Man was, after many years, he became jaded and lost that idealism, and with it, eventually lost his power.

But Abby is still a kid. It's not a coincidence that she's just 16 years old. Or that LM was an 18 year old draftee in 1942.

Interestingly enough, the question of idealism and how heroes have changed over the years is slated to come up in the latter half of issue 4... so stay tuned.
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