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Avengers Arena #7 (Ready for that boom boom boom Spoilers)

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:25 am

I’ve really been enjoying Avengers Arena, and not just because it makes Tumblr cry, but because it’s a book with real stakes and a sense that anything could happen, a feeling that is all-too-rare in modern day superhero comics. This issue takes a break from the battle royale and explains just how Arcade went from being a goofy loser to someone capable of pulling this current, deadly scheme off. The answer is… he was tired of being made fun of by all the other super-villains and after squishing Constrictor (whatever happened to him being a quasi-hero? Did that end at the same time as Avengers: The Initiative).

It feels strange to say this, but I actually felt kind of sorry for Arcade in this issue during the birthday part scenes. He was the last of the honourable villains who hadn’t been turned grim and gritty and murderous, but now that’s over with and he’s killing kids. It’s tragic in a way. But then I don’t really like ‘honourable’ villains, such as Flash’s rogues, I think badguys should be bad, and in this issue, Hopeless delivered that. I’m excited to get back to the kids on the island (especially after the ending to #6 where Kid Briton was fucking decapitated), but this was useful context, and as I said, it gave Arcade some real depth.
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Zechs

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Postby Zechs » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:29 am

Punchy wrote:I’ve really been enjoying Avengers Arena, and not just because it makes Tumblr cry, but because it’s a book with real stakes and a sense that anything could happen, a feeling that is all-too-rare in modern day superhero comics. This issue takes a break from the battle royale and explains just how Arcade went from being a goofy loser to someone capable of pulling this current, deadly scheme off. The answer is… he was tired of being made fun of by all the other super-villains and after squishing Constrictor (whatever happened to him being a quasi-hero? Did that end at the same time as Avengers: The Initiative).

It feels strange to say this, but I actually felt kind of sorry for Arcade in this issue during the birthday part scenes. He was the last of the honourable villains who hadn’t been turned grim and gritty and murderous, but now that’s over with and he’s killing kids. It’s tragic in a way. But then I don’t really like ‘honourable’ villains, such as Flash’s rogues, I think badguys should be bad, and in this issue, Hopeless delivered that. I’m excited to get back to the kids on the island (especially after the ending to #6 where Kid Briton was fucking decapitated), but this was useful context, and as I said, it gave Arcade some real depth.


There's still Hobgoblin and of course DOOM always DOOM. :-D
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LoganRSA

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Postby LoganRSA » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:17 pm

So what is the story? How did the Arcade I know and love turn into this guy?
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:22 pm

Log-Man wrote:So what is the story? How did the Arcade I know and love turn into this guy?


He gets humiliated on his birthday, spirals into drunkenness, gets beaten up by Constrictor at his bar, squishes him with a trap, and rediscovers his mojo, by realising that he doesn't just want to play games, he wants to win them.

There's also something about him being spurred on by his assistant, Miss Coriander.
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MrBlack

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Postby MrBlack » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:32 pm

FYI, Constrictor felt spurned by Diamondback (incorrectly, as it turns out) during the events of Siege, and ran off with Taskmaster towards the end of the big battle during that event. I guess he went right back to being a supervillain after that, although it does not appear to have done him much good.
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Zechs

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Postby Zechs » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:23 pm

Punchy wrote:
He gets humiliated on his birthday, spirals into drunkenness, gets beaten up by Constrictor at his bar, squishes him with a trap, and rediscovers his mojo, by realising that he doesn't just want to play games, he wants to win them.

There's also something about him being spurred on by his assistant, Miss Coriander.


So Constrictor is dead?
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:34 pm

Zechs wrote:
There's still Hobgoblin and of course DOOM always DOOM. :-D


Are you saying Hobby and DOOM have HONOR?
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:35 pm

Zechs wrote:
So Constrictor is dead?


I dunno, probably?
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Zechs

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Postby Zechs » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:37 pm

sdsichero wrote:
Are you saying Hobby and DOOM have HONOR?


I'm just saying they haven't killed any kids. :P
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:37 pm

Zechs wrote:
So Constrictor is dead?


I'm a couple months behind but did flip through my copy. I don't think he's dead (if I remember correctly he groaned). If he went back to just being a 2D villian though, I guess I'd be okay with that. It's a shame how he's been portrayed after Initiative.
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sdsichero

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:38 pm

Zechs wrote:
I'm just saying they haven't killed any kids. :P

Got it, HONORable

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