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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019); AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021); and HOW WE BECAME POST-LIBERAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOLERATION (2024).

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday supervillainy actually on Sunday - why supervillains lose

So, okay, in FF #4 Reed Richards is faced by his greatest possible enemy - a group of more-or-less evil versions of himself from other timelines.

What do you do in those circumstances? Well, one approach is to call a council of some of the smartest supervillains in the world ... just to see what advice they can offer. Or, rather, get Dr. Doom to convene it on your behalf. He'll be glad to oblige, right? After all, if there's one thing Doom hates more than you it's a whole batch of you.

So how about getting the perspective of some evil super-geniuses for a change?

On this page, we witness the thought processes of Diablo; a couple of boffins from the evil organisation A.I.M.; the Mad Thinker; and the Wizard. Muahahahaha!

If these guys are supposed to be smart supervillains, it's no wonder that supervillains (usually) stuff up.

(Apart from anything else, Diablo and the others should know by now that going after women and babies is never a good idea in the Marvel Universe, where they are likely to be a lot more powerful than you can handle.)

These are preview pages - go here for the page and the pages leading up to it, all in a larger format - so I don't know what happens next. I do hope that Dr. Doom is a bit more competent than this when he responds.


Kassul said...

"Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you."

... Right? :P

Yes, that was a fairly unimpressive display of intellect on their part. Victor von Doomy-Doom will do better. I hope.

Stuart Andrew said...

I'm curious. When they say "Cut all the babies in half" do they mean ALL the babies, or just all the relevant babies? I mean, with most people the answer would be pretty obvious, but these ARE supervillains we're talking about...

Russell Blackford said...

Good question. And let's hope the Wizard, at least, is actually speaking metaphorically.

Maybe the full issue will tell us.