Your favorite team Jan 13, 2011 6:21:57 GMT -5
Post by humanbelly on Jan 13, 2011 6:21:57 GMT -5
Then again, that's the biggest problem I have with many of the groups, the names. The Masters of Evil, The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, The Circus of Crime, The Institute of Evil (From Squadron Supreme), The Sinister Six, The Frightful Four. Generally speaking, bad people don't see themselves as bad. They see their evil actions as justified or righteous. In comics by choosing these sinister, evil titles for themselves they make it clear that they are one dimensional bad guys out to simply do bad stuff. It greatly reduces their depth. It does, however make it easier to identify the bad guys when they tell us straight out "We're bad." Wouldn't it be nice if, in real life the Ku Klux Klan called themselves The Klan of Evil, Hitler had controlled the Hatred party instead of the Nazis or the Westboro Baptist Church (The ones that march and protest at the funerals of soldiers) called themselves the Church of the Evil Bastards?
Ha! Yes, SW-- this has nagged at me for about a zillion years, this exact point! Particularly with the "Brotherhood of Evil Mutants"-- even as a kid I recognized that Magneto did not consider his own goals of mutant world domination as "Evil", but as the natural course of evolution. Nowadays, as the "Brotherhood of Mutants" it just has the sexist issue to overcome. . .
Thunderbolts, of course, provided a terrific exploration of this issue over many years. Where the outward behaviour (whatever its initial motivation) ultimately effects the person within. The MoE simply couldn't live up to their former standards of "Evil", as it were.