Issue 3 - Page 18

14th Oct 2016, 6:00 PM in Birthright - Part 3
Issue 3 - Page 18
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Steven-Vincent 14th Oct 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Not sure I'd be quite so aggressively dismissive of someone I know can pick up cars and throw them. But I guess Kludge is counting on the fact that she's a hero to protect him...
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Diamond655 14th Oct 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
...He still didn't deny anything...All he's done is threaten her with a lawsuit and detail how he'd wiggle free of any consequences.
Steven-Vincent 14th Oct 2016, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
Well, unlike Abby who is just speculating, we know he actually *did* hire Homie to do exactly what Abby is accusing him of. So he's using political-speak to dodge, just like any good politician would.
jamie59 14th Oct 2016, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
You can't sue if she doesn't tell anyone. And he just gave her a lot more incentive to get proof.
Steven-Vincent 14th Oct 2016, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
He can't sue her if she doesn't make her allegations public, true. But remember, he knows she's just a kid, she admitted she's not even old enough to drive yet, so he is trying to cow her with a bunch of laywer-ese. After all, he clearly does NOT want a superhero investigating him, since we know he *did* hire Homewrecker.
Drake 14th Oct 2016, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Also, it's tough to sue someone with no "legal footprint" - no property, social security number, no real name, no assets, no bank account, no credit, no residence, no job, no known friends, associates, family, etc. Without her secret identity, good luck collecting on that. Of course, he knows he's bluffing anyway. Filing a lawsuit against a beloved superhero and dragging the accusations through the news for months or years is an automatic loss for any politician, even if he "wins" the suit.

And seriously, Mr. Villain, when does threatening the hero EVER work?! What do you think she's going to do now, Kludge? "Oh no, I've been threatened by the bad guy, I guess I'll give up and go rescue a cat from a tree instead?" You just lost. *smacks Kludge upside the head*
Gilrandir 14th Oct 2016, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
This is making me wonder how Homewrecker got her start. ^_^
Steven-Vincent 14th Oct 2016, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
Homie's bio can be found on the Cast page, which I try to keep updated. Might answer some questions for ya, though it's pretty brief.
Gilrandir 14th Oct 2016, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
I was just wondering whether she started out somewhat more idealistically and Kludge led her down the path of darkness or not.

I could certainly see Kludge starting off with trying to get Liberty Lass to cut a few corners, engage in illegal wire taps, etc. with the idea that a suitably pragmatic super-powered individual might eventually be brought into a relationship of mutual advantage. And that this might not be the first time he had done something like this.
Drake 14th Oct 2016, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
Which would be an ironic tactic for him to try, since (unknown to him) she is the one hero who absolutely can't do anything like that even if she wanted to, because violating someone's rights would nullify her powers
Steven-Vincent 15th Oct 2016, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
Heh, yeah it might be fun to see Kludge try and 'corrupt' Abby and watch how she reacts. Hm... I will have to think about that for a future story arc.
Gilrandir 15th Oct 2016, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
Actually, per earlier discussions, she can (as I understand it).

The protections against wiretapping, illegal search, harassment, etc. are all rights rooted in the Constitution, not the Declaration. Beyond "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" I'm not sure which rights are considered the "unalienable" ones. But Libby can (apparently) violate all the constitutional protections she likes, as long as she stays away from the unalienable rights.

If Kludge can entice her to cut corners in her attempts to prove him guilty in a court of law (and fail), he might very well be able to point out that, with his legal acumen and greater experience combined with her youthful zeal and power, they could make a formidable team to do real good for the citizens of the city. He shows her ways to not only stop other bad guys, but get solid convictions using evidence which may have a dubious provenance, but will convince a jury to return the 'correct' verdict and she avoids some of the more innocuous affairs of his business.

Of course, if Abby is the hero we expect her to be, she would avoid the trap -- but I don't necessarily think the threat is as hollow as all that. Besides, even if all he accomplishes is (unwittingly) causing her to lose her powers, that's still a major win for the bad guys. It permanently takes her out of action and loses all the good she might have done otherwise.
Steven-Vincent 15th Oct 2016, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Abby might not lose her powers if she, say, violates someone's protection against due process, since, not being the government, that amendment technically does not apply to her.

However, that doesn't mean she'd do it. Remember, this is the girl who memorized the Bill of Rights and read the Federalist papers for fun. It's unlikely that someone who believes this strongly in the Constitutional protections would personally act against the spirit of those laws.

But, it might be fun to see Kludge try. Not going to happen in the next couple of story arcs, but one never knows.
Comic Fan 15th Oct 2016, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
So, speaking of the Federalist Papers, is there a good study source for us non-super heroes who graduated high school (nad a few colleges) already? Preferably an e-document source, even if there is a nominal cost to it? Study aids would be nice too.
Steven-Vincent 15th Oct 2016, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Google has a variety of different versions of the Federalist papers in their Play store, most are pretty cheap. Not sure which version is the best... you'd have to look that kind of thing up.
demcleod 16th Oct 2016, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Man, it seems Kludge has the superhuman ability to be a giant douche! lol
Steven-Vincent 16th Oct 2016, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Well yeah.

Wait till you see what he gets up to in the next couple of story arcs.
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