Stigger wrote: I'd be more surprised if there wasn't a somewhat psychotic member of any given national team who also dabbled in a more covert world when required. Kinda like the Comedian from Watchmen.
That could have worked had it not been in the public eye, but even the Comedian only killed when had had a reason too. If it had been that darker version of the Thunderbolts under the control of Norman Osborne, were everyone thought that Normie was a good guy & not a loony toon, an all the murder was kept under wraps, it could have worked too (if they'd been a secondary not important team).
It wouldn't be so bad had it been the savage wolverine of the 90's thing when it was "holding back a brutal killing instinct, heart of gold" style character, because such a character can be compelling, interesting & just the right sort of moral ambiguity.
Even the "willing to kill" character can be interesting in the right game, but once its graduated to "kills as a matter of course" & that's turned into a complication (which means its now a mechanical system), I think one has crossed the line for any non wet-works game, especially in a straight up silver age campaign setting. It has to fit the campaign setting & a character who murders people because "why not" just doesn't seem to fit the intended setting tone.
Of all the things I mentioned in my mini review, I honestly thought this would be the last thing people would think was an important talking point worth discussing. I was sure people were going to take umbrage with my point about the laziness of the costume designs.