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Title: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: Rocketman on July 23, 2008, 11:19:48 am
On page 287 the next to last frame it appears that a flying man holding a briefcase in his left hand and a cell phone which he is talking into in his right.  What's with that?  Is he someone from the future like maybe a desendant of Susan or Libby that went back into time to check them out?
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on July 23, 2008, 11:54:37 pm
He's the present.  The world has changed because of Susan. 

People can now use environmentally-friendly jetpacks instead of using cars if they so choose, on top of the fact that the world no longer has to run on gasoline.


Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: KBCraig on July 24, 2008, 01:47:00 am
On page 287 the next to last frame it appears that a flying man holding a briefcase in his left hand and a cell phone which he is talking into in his right.

He's *ahem* a rocketman.

 ;D
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on July 24, 2008, 02:30:02 pm
And who doesn't want to be a rocketman?
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: wdg3rd on July 24, 2008, 02:58:31 pm
And who doesn't want to be a rocketman?

Well, in the old song, Elton John seemed less than enthusiastic.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on July 24, 2008, 05:48:47 pm
Elton John will LEARN.

Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: H. Rearden on July 24, 2008, 06:04:04 pm
He's the present.  The world has changed because of Susan. 

People can now use environmentally-friendly jetpacks instead of using cars if they so choose, on top of the fact that the world no longer has to run on gasoline.




Suppose people want to drive cars, are there still gas stations or would the cars run on something other than gasoline? Why wouldn't there be flying cars like on ther Jetsons? What about the American Indians?  Are ther still Indian reservations?

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Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: Rocketman on July 24, 2008, 06:56:03 pm
FYI guys and gals.  The reason that I chose the moniker "Rocketman" was because of the most interesting and challanging engineering project that I ever worked on.  I was senior draftsman on the cooling baffles of the X-30 National Aerospace Plane.  President Reagan called it the Orient Express.  New York to Tokyo in about 2 and a half hours.  Although I used to love the old Tristan Coffin (Jeff King of the movie "King of the Rocketman) movie and like the Elton John song that's not where the name came from.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: enemyofthestate on July 25, 2008, 01:35:51 am
Suppose people want to drive cars, are there still gas stations or would the cars run on something other than gasoline?
They run on the power of wishing and childrens' laughter.  Nice thing about the average super hero story is you never have to actually solve anything.  Chant some technobabble, throw in a Deus ex Machina or two and -- Viola! -- the world's all better now.

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Why wouldn't there be flying cars like on ther Jetsons? What about the American Indians?  Are ther still Indian reservations?
Sure.  They're all drinking free Bubble Up and eating Rainbow Stew.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on July 27, 2008, 02:46:30 pm
There are no more cars or vehicles that run on gasoline in this world. 

Everything's electric or fusion-based now.

Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: Scott on July 28, 2008, 10:55:23 pm
The point being that anything's possible if you can tweak the laws of physics, re-sequence living DNA, stuff the Universe under your shirt, etc.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: enemyofthestate on August 03, 2008, 10:08:09 pm
The point being that anything's possible if you can tweak the laws of physics, re-sequence living DNA, stuff the Universe under your shirt, etc.
That seems to be encouraged in comic books.  Susan and Libby are right up there with the seventh dimensional Imp and alien supercomputer that the the super villains in "Wanted" used to rewrite their reality after killing off all the superheroes.

Now that I think about it, it's the ends justifying the means.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on August 03, 2008, 10:10:07 pm
Well, there's something to be said when the means involving forcing her enemies to watch porn.  With her in it.


Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: enemyofthestate on August 04, 2008, 11:43:17 pm
As comic relief I agree.  However, I hope you can understand that reeducation is hydrogen ice with a thin LHe layer.  Sure I "cheered" when she adjusted the skinheads but I don't see any moral grounding for using her power except as a tool to advance her goals.  She is a Sinister Superhero reflection of the New American Century.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on August 05, 2008, 01:22:46 am
Well, she's not so much a reflection of the New American Century so much as Unfettered Power, but you're thinking along the right lines. 

She's about more than just America.

Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: Rocketman on August 05, 2008, 09:45:53 pm
She is a Sinister Superhero reflection of the New American Century.
  But is she really a more sinister superhero than say Batman or the Hulk?  I think she would qualify as an anti-hero because she's not really working directly for the establishment (i.e. the government) the way that say Captain America was during the Second World War.  She believes that what she's doing is right morally, but I'm not quite sure that qualifies as a "sinister superhero."
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on August 06, 2008, 12:44:13 pm
I tend to see her as less a superhero than a god, and a rather whimsical and capricious one at that.

That's the mistake her enemies made: they think she's either a superhero or just a dumb celebrity, and her cover as a celebrity has fooled them into underestimating her and exactly how terrifying she really is. 


Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: Rocketman on August 06, 2008, 07:09:52 pm
I would agree with that assessment.  Outside of a handful of government types the average person doesn't have any idea that Susan has anywhere near that destructive capability.  If they did know they would either have been worshiping her or hiding in a dark corner of their basement sucking on their thumbs.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on August 06, 2008, 10:13:46 pm
Yup.  She understood this enough to totally hide her real self under the celeb facade.  She's really very calculating.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: enemyofthestate on August 07, 2008, 11:35:36 pm
She is a Sinister Superhero reflection of the New American Century.
  But is she really a more sinister superhero than say Batman or the Hulk?  I think she would qualify as an anti-hero because she's not really working directly for the establishment (i.e. the government) the way that say Captain America was during the Second World War.  She believes that what she's doing is right morally, but I'm not quite sure that qualifies as a "sinister superhero."
I used "sinister" in the double meaning of threatening or portending harm or disaster and on the left side.  Maybe not the greatest homographic pun ever made but the opportunity may never pass this way again.

In many ways and always bearing in mind this is a fairy tale, Susan can be interpreted as a "leftie" reflection of the neocons.  She is the most powerful being on the planet right now; America is the sole superpower.  She is willing to to use her powers to reshape the world; neocons think American military might should be used to spread "democracy".  Both are convinced of the rightness of their respective causes, implicitly accept that the ends justify the means and reject moral equivalence.

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I would agree with that assessment.  Outside of a handful of government types the average person doesn't have any idea that Susan has anywhere near that destructive capability.  If they did know they would either have been worshiping her or hiding in a dark corner of their basement sucking on their thumbs.
Or desperately seeking Kryptonite.
Title: Re: What's with the flying guy?
Post by: aditantimedh on August 08, 2008, 12:47:47 pm
Actually, it's not explicit, but by the end of the story, there are no real superpowers left.  There won't be any great foreign campaigns or interferences between nations.  And not everyone has noticed.

Susan has nullified them all so she and Libby are the only superpowers in the world.  They also made sure nobody realises that.