Comic Relationships: They’re Off Again

“Sorry, I’m flattered, but I’m in a committed relationship. BEGONE, THOT.”

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Love is in the air!

If you’re a writer, it means rich interpersonal drama for the heights or depths of emotion.

If you’re a fan, it means one thing: SHIPPING.

And if you’re a fictional character, well, love actually…sucks. If it’s not the love triangles, the deaths, or the fact that fictional characters are emotional wrecks, it’s the executive team deciding a breakup will boost viewership.

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Fabletop: The GM Metagame

Are they spellslingers? Hack-and-slashers? Do they have a giant robot at their command?

The adventurers go in to meet with the enemy. Based on intel, it’s apparently a lich at the head of a small army of hobgoblins. He’s a sorcerer, but he apparently has a high level cleric under him as well. And as initiative is rolled, the question is:

What do you, the GM, make the lich do?

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Sidekicks: Kids Stop The Darnedest Crimes

In other words, Robin goes where Lois Lane can’t.

Holy Marketing Scheme, Batman! Looks like we’re trying to appeal to the youth demographic!

But wait, that can’t be right! Everyone knows comics are made for 20-to-30 somethings with massive feelings of entitlement about their theories and perceptions!

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Imperfect Characters: The Fault In Our Flaws

Because sure, hasn’t everyone had days where they’re nearly killed by an irradiated chunk of a dead planet?

Imagine a perfect vase. It’s nice, it does the job, it seems to be exactly what the artist intended. But it’s boring.

Now a baseball flies into it. There are now several cracks of various dimensions.

That will be our introduction to character flaws.

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Public Perception: They’re A Menace!

Like they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Actually, scratch that, I’d say having your country put a price on your head as they announce their attention to draw and quarter you would be very bad publicity indeed.

Good news! Your approval ratings are in!

Bad news! The government hates you!

Good news! The people don’t!

Bad news! That just means they’re indifferent!

Good news! It’ll make for a pretty fun story!

Bad news! Three other characters think you’re a bad guy and are now hunting you down!

For what it’s worth, J. Jonah Jameson will always think you’re a menace. Even if you’re from DC. Especially if you’re from DC.

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Anti-Heroes: On A Razor’s Edgelord

They’re the guys who’ll decisively travel back in time and kill baby Hitler.

Stories, sides, life. Things tend to be seen in black and white, evil and good, dark and light. It’s a distinction that lies in our most primal archetypes, a desire for epic scales and stakes, for the world to make sense.

And then there’s the reality of everything in-between. Those who aren’t wholly good, nor wholly bad. Those defined by the codes they reject as much as by the codes they hold. The grey. Fifty shades of…what do you mean I already used that title gag? That was a completely different topic!

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Iron Man: Does Whatever An Iron Can

Iron Man, Iron Man, does whatever an iron can. Straightens clothes, gets real hot, smashes you up the butt. Hey there! Here comes the Iron Man!

Well, it’s another of those things I’m looking to stock up in here: character crash courses! And this week, we’re talking about…what do you mean he’s already super popular, more than ever? As if I’d let that stop me!

A cool exec with a heart of steel. And, most importantly, severely crippling physical and psychological issues, and THE suit of high tech battle armour. To some of you, he’s Robert Downey Jr.. To others, he’s Iron Hitler, the asshole with the keys to the toybox.

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Nuanced characterisation was a casualty in other Civil War titles.

But really: Who is Iron Man? Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind? Was he turned to steel in the great magnetic field?

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