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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes Part

Postby Ares » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:16 pm

Lightning Strikes – Finale

Continued from Part IV

The Knight and the Wizard both stand with their weapons ready, holy light emanating from Michael’s blade while mystical energy flowed around Harry’s staff and shield bracelet. Adam asked the two men if they had any last words. Harry actually said he did, but proceeded to ask if ‘Shazzan’ had picked Adam because ancient Egypt had just been so full of psychopaths that Adam was just the least crazy person there. Harry’s reward for said statement was almost being able to see the veins throbbing on Adam’s forehead.

Harry prepares to make another verbal salvo, hoping to make Adam attack him and stop it with his shield, giving Michael an opening to attack. However, before Adam can move, the world abruptly vanishes from his sight, leaving him in an empty void. Unfortunately, this shakes Adam free of his anger, and by calling upon his Wisdom, Adam realizes that he’s being hit with yet another illusion. Channeling some of his Power into the Wisdom, the illusion becomes transparent, allowing Adam to make out the third person present who had been hiding behind a veil of invisibility.

Fed up with these ‘dishonorable tactics’, Adam punches the ground hard enough to send the invisible individual smacking hard into the canyon wall, while also causing a section of the canyon wall to begin collapse on top of them. The pain of the impact disrupted the spell maintaining the veil, and Molly Carpenter came into view. Adam was surprised to see a young girl had come to face him, even as Harry cast a desperate spell to shield Molly from the worst of the collapse. Michael cleared the distance between himself and Molly so fast that even Spider-Man would have been impressed, and pulled her out of harm’s way. An exhausted Harry released the spell and ran over to Michael’s side, seeing that the unconscious Molly had a few nasty cuts and bruises, but was otherwise alright. Michael quietly asked Harry to stay with his daughter, even as he rose, took up his sword and turned to face Adam.

For his part, Adam has been shocked that these men would bring a teenage girl into battle against him, however skilled with her magic she might have been. In his own way, Adam was just as protective of women as Harry was, and the idea that he had hurt one disturbed him, even as he grew angry that Harry would employ one against him. However, Adam was snapped out of his self-recriminations when Michael Carpenter spoke five words to him.

“You hurt my little girl.”

With that, Michael was on the attack, and both Harry and Adam were surprised by the fury and might of Michael’s attack. Amoracchius, the Sword of Love, is at its most powerful when it is wielded by a person who is capable of great love. When Arthur wielded it in the days of Camelot, it was because Arthur was a man of virtually endless love and compassion for his fellow man. So strong was Arthur’s love that only a betrayal of that love could have brought down Camelot. Michael, likewise, was a man capable of just as much love and compassion as Arthur, amplified by the loving and loyal family he had made for himself. Michael Carpenter was, in essence, an avatar of God’s Love, and he was never more powerful than when he was fighting in the defense of that love.

And Black Adam had just hurt his oldest child.

Harry had never seen Michael more embody his nickname of ‘The Fist of God’ as he did now. In his hands, Amoracchius blazed with holy light, hammering Adam again and again, becoming the embodiment of God’s Divine Judgment Upon the Wicked. Adam found himself barely able to defend himself, as the sword bit through his invulnerability, and the light itself blinded him, somehow preventing him from using his speed or flight. The sword, in the end, did what it always did, leveled the playing field so that a mortal man could stand up to any foe, turning it into a contest of courage, of will and determination. In that moment, Harry realized that Michael could win, while Black Adam realized that Michael would win if things continued as they were.

So Adam decided to cheat.

After a particularly potent attack knocked Adam back into a canyon wall, Adam turned and struck the wall, causing fractures to spider-web out from it, and causing large chunks of the rock wall to break free. And Adam had aimed the punch so that these boulders, the size of Harry’s car, were going to fall on the unconscious Spider-Man. Michael new next to nothing about Spider-Man, other than that he was someone Harry trusted enough to bring on this mission, and that he had agreed to it without reservation or asking anything in return. And even if he hadn’t known that, Michael’s response would have been the same. Without any hesitation save for a short prayer to God, Michael hurled Amoracchius at the largest boulder, the sword still blazing with holy light. When the sword struck the rock the boulder detonated in a shock wave that ripped it to pebbles and sent the other rocks to fall harmlessly on either side of the unconscious hero, even as Amoracchius buried itself up to the hilt in the canyon wall.

Adam smirked, certain that Michael had just thrown his one chance for victory away, when Michael actually grabbed Adam by the face, shouting, "Lava quod est sordium! In nomine Dei, sana quod est saucium!" And Black Adam burned. While the sword was a channel and amplifier for Michael’s faith, that faith, that unshakable belief in God’s Love, was Michael’s own, and his years of service as a Knight of the Cross had forged that faith into a weapon. His faith burned at the darkness in Black Adam’s soul, causing Adam agony on the physical and metaphysical level.

Adam punched at Michael, trying to drive him away, but Michael held on. The second and third punches could only make Michael loosen his grip a little. It was the fourth punch that finally drove all consciousness for Michael’s mind, dropping the Knight to the floor. Then Adam, bruised, bleeding and burnt, turned to face the source of all of his frustration: one equally exhausted Harry Dresden

While Harry and his allies faced the seemingly unstoppable Black Adam, the Gatekeeper woke Billy up, who commented on having just had the weirdest dream. The Gatekeeper explains that it was less of a dream than he might believe, and that Harry Dresden is currently fighting Black Adam. Billy immediately wants to help somehow, possibly by contacting the Justice Force or some other heroes to help. The Gatekeeper comments that the Justice Force are still too injured from the recent Triceraton invasion, and would likely be killed. He does say that there is something Billy could do to help, as which point Billy agrees to do whatever he can.

The Gatekeeper lead Billy to one of Chicago’s subways, Billy noting that no one seemed to notice the Gatekeeper. Likewise, no one seemed to notice when a strangely colored, almost alien looking subway train pulled into the station, admitting only Billy and the Gatekeeper into itself. The train pulled away, suddenly accelerating to fantastic speeds and crackling with electricity, the view outside of the windows making it appear that they had just hit warp speed. Soon the train pulled into what looked like the mouth of a cave, allowing the Gatekeeper and Billy out. The pair walked through a long tunnel, which the Gatekeeper explained was the Rock of Eternity, and during their walk Billy saw many strange and wondrous sights, but none so strange as the towering statues of the Seven Deadly Sins. At the end of the tunnel was a aged throne, on which sat an elderly man in wizards robes and a long beard of purest white.

The man introduced himself as Shazam, and finally explained to Billy what was going on. How over 5,000 years ago, Shazam had been chosen by several divine powers (including God itself) to act as champion for the mortal realm, defending it from all manner of evil. After 2,000 years of service, however, Shazam wished to retire and pass his powers on to a worthy champion. This champion was Black Adam, then known as Teth Adam. Shazam revealed that Adam had once been an honorable man, a noble warrior and a true champion of goodness, one had saved the world time after time. However, Adam was not able to resist the temptation to use his powers for selfish ends, succumbing to the Sins that he was suppose to be protecting people from. He felt that having the powers of the gods made him a god himself, and that he should be treated as such. He attempted to take over Egypt, only for Shazam to return and banish Adam to another dimension, closing him off from the Rock of Eternity and leaving him in a barren realm. Shazam spent the next 3,000 years ensuring he would not repeat his mistake, looking into the souls of those he would trust with this power, wanting to be certain his next champion would truly be a worthy one. Billy, he had decided, was that champion.

Billy initially protested, but the Gatekeeper replied that Billy has a true and noble spirit, one he has seen for himself. Rashid apologized for giving Billy his own test, but Shazam simply smiled, having known his student would administer such a test. If Billy met Shazam’s criteria, then the wizard was certain he could meet the Gatekeeper’s. Besides, Shazam had to admit that, given how costly his last pick had been, it didn’t hurt to have a second opinion.

Billy still wasn’t sure he was worthy for this, but Shazam let Billy’s know that this is ultimately was Billy’s choice. Shazam acknowledges that this is a heavy burden to place on the shoulders of one so young, but there is literally no one else that Shazam felt could handle the responsibility. When Billy asked what would happen if he refused, Shazam explained that his power will fade away, and be lost forever. Billy realized that the loss of this power meant one less hero to defend the world, and worse, that there wouldn’t be anyone to oppose Black Adam until people like the Justice Force recovered. Or worse, they’d try to face him before they’d recovery and die facing him. To say nothing of the people Adam could hurt in the mean time. Or the countless innocents that would die without Shazam to defend them.

When the choice presented to him was either facing a lifetime of danger or letting innocent people suffer, for Billy, it was no choice at all. Billy accepted this responsibility, vowing not to repeat Black Adam’s mistakes. Shazam smiled as Billy’s acceptance completed the ritual, transferring Shazam’s power into the young boy. Shazam’s final request, as he began to fade away, is to tell Billy to speak his name.

And for the first time, Billy spoke the magic word.

“Shazam.”

Back in the Nevernever, Harry resigned himself to the fact that Black Adam was going to kill him. All of his allies were down, he’s exhausted from the fight, and he’s got nothing left plan wise. His one remaining option was to hit Adam with his death curse, and hope it’d do enough damage that the next guys that came after Adam would be able to stop him. So, accepting his fate, Harry Dresden prepared himself for death.

And then a bolt of lightning struck the ground directly between Adam and Harry, like a column of pure, crackling power. When the light faded, it left behind a tall, muscular man clad in red and gold, with a white cape billowing in the kicked up wind, squarely facing Black Adam. Glancing over his shoulder, the man gaves Harry a smile, calling him by name. Harry realized that this was what Billy Batson had become. To which Harry replied, “Holy Moley.”

When Adam asked who he was, Billy told him that he was Captain Marvel, and that Adam had exactly one chance to surrender peacefully. Harry was again struck by the similarities between Michael and Billy, even as Adam loudly declined. If Cap now had his powers, then it meant the wizard was dead, which meant the only true threat to him was standing in front of him. Cap replied that it didn’t matter if it was himself, Harry or any number of other people. As long as Adam used his powers to hurt people, there would be heroes to oppose him. Captain Marvel was simply going to do his part in that opposing.

With no more words need being said, Adam charged at the Captain, who flew to meet him. The shockwave from the impact knocked Harry off of his feet, and soon the pair were trading blows that made the very ground shake. Harry watched the battle and realized he was seeing something truly amazing. When Michael had fought Adam, Amoracchius had limited some of Adam’s abilities to give Michael an even shot at winning. When Captain Marvel fought Black Adam, it was because he already had an even shot at winning. It was like something ripped from the pages of mythology, and in some ways, Harry regretted he was the only one conscious enough to witness it. In other ways, he was terrified to be anywhere near it.

Punch after earth shaking punch was traded, the battle ranging from the land to the air, the combatants drilling each other through the ground, slamming each other with boulders the size of small houses, until inch by inch, Captain Marvel gained an advantage. While Black Adam was more experienced with their abilities, Billy fought with a clearer head, for a cause that lent him strength. What’s more, Billy was at the height of his power, while every foe Adam had faced today had let their mark on him, leaving him weaker, more exhausted, more vulnerable.

So with one final punch Captain Marvel was able to stun Adam enough to get him into a full nelson body lock, effectively restraining the villain. Adam struggled against the hold, claiming that they would have to kill him to stop him. Cap found himself wondering what to do there himself, when Harry spoke up. He told Cap that if he could just explain what old Mazham did, then the rest of the White Council could probably replicate it.

“After all,” Harry continued, watching as Adam’s eyes nearly bugged out of his head, “old Shamhaz started out as a wizard himself, so-“

“Thrice damned, brain addled, jabbering IDIOT!” Black Adam roared, no longer able to contain his frustration. “HIS NAME IS SHAZAM!”

Another bolt of lightning cut through the sky, this time striking Adam, and when the light cleared, Adam had once again become his human form, that of a mighty Egyptian warrior in the prime of his life. But that moment passed, and with the magic that had kept time at bay gone, Adam’s body began to crumble into dust. He opened his mouth to say the word again, only for the word to die in his throat, followed swiftly by the rest of him. In a couple of seconds, the former champion was now simply black dust being carried by the wind.

Cap blinked at Harry, commenting that the wizard had done that on purpose. Harry admitted to it, as his talk with Bob revealed how Adam had been someone use to the courts of mortals and the supernatural, where titles and names had been important. Given Adam’s own temper and notions of respect, mispronouncing the title of a powerful being, even one Adam hated, was going to drive him nuts. Harry had hoped that they would have been able to restrain his mortal form, not counting on Adam being reduced to dust.

The Gatekeeper appeared, saying that it was likely for the best. He then opened a way to the Battle Nexus, where the Daimyo was waiting with a group of healers, ready to see to the injured. Thanks to the healing powers of the Daimyo’s men, augmented by the Daimyo’s own power, none of the heroes suffered lasting injuries. While the healers did their work, Harry and Cap had a chance to talk. Transforming back into Billy, the young boy admitted that he still wasn’t sure about the whole superhero thing, but Harry said that he thought Billy would do just fine. He also said that he’d introduce Billy to both the White Council and Murphy, smoothing things over, as the appearance of a new, magically powered superhero was likely to create some waves. Harry also said that if Billy every needed any kind of help, he just had to ask. Billy smiled, nodded, and said the same was true if Harry ever needed his help.

After waiting a moment, Billy then asked, “So does this mean I get any kind of discount when it comes to finding my sister?”

Harry smirked. “Not a chance.”

***

Back in the Nevernever, a figure shrouded in black clothing, face concealed by a black hood, held up a small black box. A word was uttered, and the winds shifted, carrying on them all of the remains of what had been Black Adam, depositing every little grain of dust into the box. The Black Council / The Circle had attempted to play the long game and deny the Power of Shazam to its new champion, and they had failed. Part of it had been the very nature of Shazam’s power that made tracking his chosen impossible by mystical means. They had attempted their most potent oracle spell several years earlier, one that involved the ritual murder of couples that had truly been in love, but it had given them no clues. No spirits or entities would speak of Shazam and risk his wrath. And even freeing Black Adam from his prison early had not succeeded. Still, as the figure closed the box that now contained Black Adam’s remains, it had to admit this venture had not been a complete loss. Dead or not, the Circle was not done with Adam yet.

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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby EnigmaticOne » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:24 pm

Awesome ending, glad to see Harry pulled off the name trick, and way to set up a plot hook for later.

I really do wonder what this Black Council actually has planned.
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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby Ares » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:54 pm

EnigmaticOne wrote:Awesome ending, glad to see Harry pulled off the name trick, and way to set up a plot hook for later.

I really do wonder what this Black Council actually has planned.


Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

When you'd mentioned earlier that Harry had failed to use the name trick, I was so desperately tempted to say "Who said it failed?", but that would have taken away from the last section. I wanted Harry to fill the Uncle Marvel/Batman role of tricking Adam, but I also wanted him to set it up a bit more, making it again an example of Harry wearing down his opponent rather than Adam just being dumb enough to fall for it from the get go.

As to the Black Council . . . . :twisted:

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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:37 pm

Ares wrote:
EnigmaticOne wrote:Awesome ending, glad to see Harry pulled off the name trick, and way to set up a plot hook for later.

I really do wonder what this Black Council actually has planned.


Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

When you'd mentioned earlier that Harry had failed to use the name trick, I was so desperately tempted to say "Who said it failed?", but that would have taken away from the last section. I wanted Harry to fill the Uncle Marvel/Batman role of tricking Adam, but I also wanted him to set it up a bit more, making it again an example of Harry wearing down his opponent rather than Adam just being dumb enough to fall for it from the get go.

As to the Black Council . . . . :twisted:


Let's hope they get their asses kicked. 8)

Also, it seems the greatest hero of our age has arrisen.

(Because let's face it, Captain Marvel is definitely going to be the superhero of this setting.)
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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

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Voltron64 wrote:Let's hope they get their asses kicked. 8)


One can only hope. I'm honestly debating on whether I want follow along more with the official Dresden Cannon with the Black Council / The Circle, or if I want to go my own route. My present idea is that I'm only following the Dresden-verse cannon up to Turn Coat, and anything from Changes on after is optional. This setting is meant to be more episodic and comic book/cartoon like, while the Dresden File series is building up to some world changing events. Granted, it would be a simple matter for the events of Changes to occur, only to have these new allies make things go in a completely different direction.

It's something I'm still mulling over, but given the wealth of stuff I already have to mess with, it's not the highest priority. But again, I'll happily take suggestions from you guys.

Also, it seems the greatest hero of our age has arrisen.

(Because let's face it, Captain Marvel is definitely going to be the superhero of this setting.)


Well, sort of. Captain Marvel is definitely going to be one of the greatest heroes of this generation, a rising star who attains membership in groups like the Justice Force far quicker than anyone would have expected. But I hesitate to label any one hero 'the greatest hero' in a setting with multiple heroic characters. For video games or settings with one major hero, sure. But doing so in a shared universe seems like a type of favoritism or just pure dickish behavior.

Take the DCU for instance. You have people that include the fastest man ever, an intergalactic space cop wielding the most powerful weapon in the universe, an amazonian warrior gifted with the powers of the gods, a man who has mastered virtually all major human skills and created advanced weaponry to become the greatest crime fighter/detective the world has ever seen . . . yet people continually make the alien farmboy the most important/most powerful/greatest hero on the planet and reduce everyone else to secondary roles.

Now, that might sound like a slam on Superman, but I actually like the character. I just hate what DC editorial and his more fanboyish writers/fans do to the guy. They make him an infallible paragon of virtue, a literal Christ figure who makes every other hero in his team redundant, reducing the Martian Manhunter to a guy who gets beat up so Superman can come in and save the day. The bend over backwards to explain away poor showings with things like giving Superman all of these mental blocks or that he holds back and treat them like it's something unique to that character, rather than go with the notion that every hero holds back to a degree. Instead of making Superman a part of the DCU, they try to make him the center of it, much like in Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis.

And frankly, that does a disservice to all of the other heroes who have just as much legitimate reasons to be considered on Superman's level, in terms of power, heroic aptitude and competence. Superman should not be the guy saving the rest of the DCU by himself. He's biggest strength should be as a moral compass and a leader who leads by example. By focusing on his power and his messianic figure, writers don't have to really give him a character beyond 'good guy who is always right'. It's a disservice to any kind of character or complexities they could give the guy, and to a setting full of heroes that are just as good as him.

It'd be like if I had written The Gathering, but instead of having Captain Marvel have an impact on the battle but ultimately lose to Oberon, I would have had Cap come in and defeat Oberon all on his own, thus making the other heroes efforts somewhat useless. It would have been showing explicit favoritism to one guy at the expense of all these other fun characters, and I refuse to do that. Even when Cap came in and saved the day here, I tried to give every hero a chance to shine and let Harry be the one that ultimately dealt with Adam. So yeah, while Cap is going to be a big deal in the setting, he's not going to immediately upstage Silver Sentry as one of the world's greatest heroes. He will be a major hero, but he's going to do so by standing alongside the other great heroes of the setting, rather than overshadow them completely.

Man, that rant went on longer than I expected. :shock: But that's what happens when you've got a Captain Marvel fan having had to endure what some writers and DC editorial do to the character in order to protect their sacred cow. 8)

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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby Voltron64 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:30 pm

In my opinion, I think what makes Superman seem top dog in-universe is because of his charisma.
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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

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Voltron64 wrote:In my opinion, I think what makes Superman seem top dog in-universe is because of his charisma.


And that'd be a legitimate excuse in universe if he was shown that way. I don't mind if he combines the leadership and charisma of Captain America with the power equivalent to Thor so long as the former is the reason why people defer to him, along with his strong morality and good sense of judgment. Instead, what we often get is Superman saving the day just because he's stronger than everyone else, or he's tougher than everyone else, or he's just that much more awesome than everyone else. And that's annoying as heck. If it was more of a first amongst equals thing where the League is composed of his peers and it's his character that gives his words and actions greater weight, it's one thing. But writing wise, he's just top dog because he was DC's first character, or you get guys like Jeph Loeb or occasionally Grant Morison who feel like making Superman anything less than the Second Coming is sacrilege. I know I'm beating that point over the head, but it really is that annoying that some guys write the DCU as 'The Adventures of Superman and 50 or so other guys in costumes that aren't really all that important in the grand scheme of things'.

Gah, I need to stop striking the deceased equine before I start to sound bitter.

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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

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Voltron64 wrote:In my opinion, I think what makes Superman seem top dog in-universe is because of his charisma.


And that'd be a legitimate excuse in universe if he was shown that way. I don't mind if he combines the leadership and charisma of Captain America with the power equivalent to Thor so long as the former is the reason why people defer to him, along with his strong morality and good sense of judgment. Instead, what we often get is Superman saving the day just because he's stronger than everyone else, or he's tougher than everyone else, or he's just that much more awesome than everyone else. And that's annoying as heck. If it was more of a first amongst equals thing where the League is composed of his peers and it's his character that gives his words and actions greater weight, it's one thing. But writing wise, he's just top dog because he was DC's first character, or you get guys like Jeph Loeb or occasionally Grant Morison who feel like making Superman anything less than the Second Coming is sacrilege. I know I'm beating that point over the head, but it really is that annoying that some guys write the DCU as 'The Adventures of Superman and 50 or so other guys in costumes that aren't really all that important in the grand scheme of things'.

Gah, I need to stop striking the deceased equine before I start to sound bitter.


So you sometimes feel like going down to comic conventions or the DC Comics headquarters and punching those people in the face? :shock:
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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby Ares » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:16 am

Voltron64 wrote:So you sometimes feel like going down to comic conventions or the DC Comics headquarters and punching those people in the face? :shock:


It was just suppose to be a play on words for 'beating a dead horse', but in all honestly, yeah. The biggest culprits being Joe Quesada and Dan DiDio for what they've done to Marvel and DCU. Dan gets an extra helping of ire for the dark, depressing, morose, creatively stifling and completely lacking in fun, wonderment or joy setting that is the Nu-52, most especially for asinine notions that superheroes can't have happy personal lives or be married, and the near complete ruination of my favorite superhero with the mess that was Curse of Shazam, a series that had the difficult job of one-upping Trials of Shazam as the worst thing DC has ever done to the Marvel Family.

They took a kid that was all about hope in the face of adversity, fighting cynicism with humor and optimism, about finding magic in the mundane and a real sense of joy and wonder at being a hero, a kid who considered everyone his extended family and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed his help . . . and turned him into a selfish, angry, angsty emo punktard who thinks it's okay to bully people as long as 'they deserve it', who makes little girls cry, who insults people who want to help him, who takes all of his suffering and turns it inward, and whose sole redeeming feature is that he doesn't like bullies, and that he will occasionally show a modicum of human decency and compassion. They took a hero with a classic costume, an iconic powerset, and a morality that use to define what it meant to be a hero, a guy who use to smile frequently and genuinely, and turned him into a scowling, hooded guy with a lightning bolt shaped hole in his chest that constantly bleeds electricity. I would have to invent a new word for how much I dislike the Nu-52's take on the Marvel Family, how the few good ideas it offers up is overwhelmed by a flood of bad decisions. It's like someone decided to reinvent Cap but through a 90's image lens so that he could be on Youngblood.

It is, simply put, and absolute betrayal of what Billy Batson and Captain Marvel are suppose to be, and on some level, it's why I wanted to include Cap here. At least here there's a Captain Marvel, in my opinion anyway, is closer to how he should be: a kind, compassionate, witty, friendly, well-adjusted and unapologetically good guy, the kind of guy that can give you hope for the future. The kind of hero, frankly, we could use more of, in fiction and in real life.

But as much as I might want to go punching people in the face for poor creative and business management decisions, I don't. My folks raised me better than that, and it's the kind of thing Cap would frown upon anyway. :mrgreen:
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Postby Ares » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:17 am

And I'm going to have to get back to writing about the actual setting before this thread just becomes one long diatribe about my feelings of the comics industry, and how I think it's lost its way.

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Postby Libra » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:32 am

Keep up the good work Ares! :D
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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby EnigmaticOne » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:41 am

Ares wrote:And I'm going to have to get back to writing about the actual setting before this thread just becomes one long diatribe about my feelings of the comics industry, and how I think it's lost its way.


Same here. Besides, they keep doing this because somehow the comics still sell, and we can't punch ever person still buying that schlock. :P

Anyway... on to... Spiderman and Harry? Dunno.
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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby Ares » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:21 am

EnigmaticOne wrote:
Ares wrote:And I'm going to have to get back to writing about the actual setting before this thread just becomes one long diatribe about my feelings of the comics industry, and how I think it's lost its way.


Same here. Besides, they keep doing this because somehow the comics still sell, and we can't punch ever person still buying that schlock. :P

Anyway... on to... Spiderman and Harry? Dunno.


Well, there's things I'm planning on working on so far:

* Harry's first meeting with Spider-Man

* Harry's first meeting with the Turtles

* The Turtles first meeting with the Gargoyles

* The Vampires of this setting

* The Monster Hunters of the setting

* Additional superheroes

* A Justice Force centric post

* Martial Arts

* The Demon Shredder storyline

* The Pack version 3.0

* Spider-Man's first meeting with the Gargoyles

* Spider-Man's first meeting with the Turtles

* Expanding the timeline

* Leo and Usagi's journey to the China of Usagi's world

* The Shredder War

* Turn Coat

* Focus on the Timeline

* A crisis crossover

* Random additions to the setting in the form of other comics, novel, video game, film and animated heroes that I think fit the general feel of the universe

So I've got plenty to work with, though if you guys want to do a Top 5 list each of what you'd want to see first, feel free.

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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby Kreuzritter » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:46 am

out of curiosity, will you be pilfering any of the ideas from the new ninja turtles series (for example, the Kraang as a warlike offshoot of the Utroms, perhaps the race Ch'rell came from)
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Re: The Mean Streets of Modern Magic: Lightning Strikes - Fi

Postby Ares » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:04 am

Kreuzritter wrote:out of curiosity, will you be pilfering any of the ideas from the new ninja turtles series (for example, the Kraang as a warlike offshoot of the Utroms, perhaps the race Ch'rell came from)


Not as yet, as the few episodes I've seen of the series haven't terribly impressed me, and I'm mostly ignoring it. If there's any good ideas worth swiping from it, let me know. I heard somewhere that the new series does play more into the notion that they're ninja, so Splinter actually teaches them things like "if you're outmatched, cheat". It's something I've quasi-incorporated into the setting, as the brand of ninjutsu Hamato Yoshi learned from the Ancient One was one that did highly prize honor, loyalty and treating opponents that fought honorably with respect and dignity. But outside of a duel, when you're fighting for your life or the life of others, then by all means, cheat. Use stealth. Threaten something your opponent cares about. Bluff. So long as the act isn't overtly evil (threatening or harming innocents, etc.), then use it.

The fight with Black Adam is a good example of this. The Turtles knew if they just tried to fight Adam in a straight up duel, they'd get their asses kicked, so they didn't even try. Everything was calculated 'strike from the shadows / hit him when he isn't looking and where it hurts / use numbers to our advantage' tactics.


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