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Saving the City: Sans-Spandex


I’m late for work but I just had to get this done! Up on Wednesday, I win.

9 responses to “Revelation IX”

  • CptNerd on October 23, 2019 at 11:28 PM

    Spoken like a man with literally nothing left to lose. Knife’s edge teetering is hard to watch…

  • Aeshdan on October 30, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Yeah, I’m a little nervous about what Val’s saying here. Like it or not, the “unwritten rules” do exist for a reason. If Val does follow through with her threat, that’ll put Isauro on the run, with no way of backing down or escaping, and with everyone on both sides hunting him. And from what we’ve seen, he’s a *lot* more powerful than he’s been letting on. If Val backs him into a corner like that, Lord only knows how far he’ll end up going.

  • Quonos on October 24, 2019 at 12:52 AM

    Sure, on a purely dramatic irony level, I want to say that valerie needs to chill.

    But this was a pretty serious breech breach of trust. I don’t see this being forgiven any time soon: if ever.

  • Red Admiral on October 24, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    My apologises if this has posted multiple times, the comment system isn’t working properly for me.

    Breach of trust: Yes
    Something they need to work out: Yes
    Worth breaking up their relationship and potentially making him more dangerous, unstable and likely to be manipulated: Hell no.

    Val has always seemed fairly rational to me, so hopefully she will be able to take a step back and realise just how bad things could get if she continues this way. A powerful superhuman, who has eluded the superhero community for months, knows how they work and has personal knowledge on several heroes and sidekicks. If he goes full evil there will be deaths.

  • Matthew on October 24, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    So… can anyone remind me or point again to the comics that explain why Isauro is “trapped” in a country he doesn’t want to be in and working for a criminal organization he doesn’t want to work for?

    It’s been so long that I’ve honestly forgotten and it seems like a key piece to understanding him. Can’t he quit and just leave? Has he tried turning state’s evidence? What is trapping him with the bad guys?

  • TheGlyphstone on October 25, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    The villainess who recruited him has some kind of blackmail material, IIRC? I dunno either.

    I’m sitting here wondering if this is building into a dark/evil Val storyline of some kind – maybe the start of the timeline where she becomes The Dark? We’re seeing her hit with two brutal emotional shocks in a row, between The Letter and The Revelation. Another gut punch like this could have…consequences.

  • Khuire on October 29, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    It starts about here:

    Isauro Backstory III

  • Aeshdan on November 4, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    TL;DR: Back in his old country, Esperanza tricked him into allowing a supervillain to escape. That supervillain went on to blow up a good chunk of a city, and as a result of that Isauro has been sentenced to death and has a massive bounty on his head. His visa is tied to the villain agency, so if he ever quits he’ll be deported back to Mexico and executed.

  • Zakalwe on December 20, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    There seem to be two separate issues here, one is the question of whether it’s okay to hide something important from your partner. The other is the morality of vigilantism as it is practiced by this particular vigilante.

    I think Isauro and Val really need to work this out over time.

    Isauro made a mistake in not disclosing his secret identity and then compounded it by keeping quiet. It is understandable that Val feels betrayed or deceived. She has certain standards and expectations for a relationship and Isauro’s decision crossed that line. I hope this is something they can reconcile because I feel they very much could have a good future together.

    As for the other issue of the vigilantism, I agree that from a procedural ethical framework having a sensible system of laws and adhering to them is of great importance because of the risks that arise when laws are not followed. On the other hand I feel that Isauro is basically using a community policing approach despite not being a licensed or authorised agent of the law. The whole argument that has been put forward so far is that the vigilante should take the steps necessary to become a licensed hero. This presupposes that he can and does not face any insurmountable barriers. Given his unique circumstances, I think it is hard to argue that the vigilantism that he practices is “bad”. Which allows us to circle back to the first problem, he didn’t tell Val and he should have told her and now she’s justifiably angry with him.

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