- Wed May 16, 2018 10:33 pm
Some thoughts inspired by discussion on the blog itself:
The Justice Initiative isn't taking its job seriously.
Everyone except Shade, perhaps. Rainbow is faffing around on the job. That's to be expected for his character, perhaps. Redshift KNOWS Durand is Homo Sequens - "I know you are uncommonly strong" - but stops to gloat and take unnecessary chances anyway. To be fair, he clearly wasn't expecting Christian, but still. If he was taking his job seriously, he wouldn't even have bothered to slow down, or at least, to barely nonlethal levels.
The impression I'm getting is that the GJI is either new, or has become drunk on easy success and reliance on their superpowers to need any serious tactics. Dr. Nano knows he was expected, but walks straight into a trap anyway. Whether Redshift ought to have brought backup is arguable if he could have - he's possibly the only one who might have attempted to apprehend Durand in time, and we don't know if he can safely bring people with him (Rainbow can become immaterial, apparently).
The GI in the Alt-Hero world is more, for lack of a better term, radical than the real-world counterpart.
Think about it. Anything any GI member says in the issue could conceivably, with a few changes of nouns here and there, have fit into an antifa's mouth. That last scene with Durand and Christian could arguably be how antifa like to imagine themselves.
Compare this to the real-world GI, the last of which I remember was them going out onto the streets of London and giving pork dinners to the homeless.
The Justice Initiative is being set up for a major PR disaster.
The crackdown that happened is exactly the kind of loss on the moral level of war that the SDL pointed out not too long ago: complete and overwhelming repression in full public without any meaningful resistance. If anything, it's going to convince the remaining GI members of the righteousness of their cause. The good captain has some idea of smiling for the cameras and not roughing them up too much, but that's hardly anywhere near enough.
Add to that Agualonia's water torture - something which is implied to be regular by the various members' nonchalance - and that crosses the moral event horizon quite smoothly, as evidenced by Dynamique's reaction. This is bound to get out one way or another, if only via prisoners chatting with one another - and it's not going to be pretty.
I'm expecting pushback from both GI and the general public on this sometime down the road.