identity-crisis

jennystruehappy  asked:

Wondering if Danny was a jerk before he got his powers because all Fun Danny wanted to do was relax and he was kinda selfish and irresponsible. Superhero Danny seemed to be the one to actually have a conscience. Apparently, the Danny we know and love comes from Superhero Danny but he didn't seem like a jerk when it was flashbacks of him being a little kid. What gives?

Hey there! I actually did a full analysis post on Fun!Danny and Super!Danny talking about why I think they acted the way they did. You can read the full thing here.

To sum it up, though, I think the two were the extreme versions of what Danny wanted for them, taking the parts of his personality that would best suit their roles. Neither of them was just Danny. They were two halves of Danny. So, Super!Danny took the altruism, responsibility, and other things that would suit his role as a full-time superhero, and Fun!Danny took the laziness, teenage rudeness, and other things that would fit a kid who wants to slack off and have fun all weekend.

So, no. Danny wasn’t a selfish jerk before getting his powers. His personality was the same, except less confident and more easily frightened. He has selfish moments like any kid, of course, but that doesn’t define his personality. It just helped define Fun!Danny’s.

My Top 10 Favorite Comics of All Time

Hi guys,

I’ve been getting asked a lot on and offline what are my favorite comic books? That’s a loaded question. I had to think about it. There are some great runs in comics. Some great story arcs. But I had to dig down and see what I really liked. What books have I read over and over and over. These are what I enjoyed the most, I’m not saying these are the greatest comic books ever, I’m just saying they appealed to me. So here are my top 10 favorite comics.




10. Identity Crisis
The DC Comics crisis events. Mostly just okay stories. Too much going on and not enough time to invest in any one character. But Identity Crisis stands out above the rest. Instead of a multiverse changing, massive story, Identity Crisis focuses on the mystery of who killed Sue Dibny. The wife of the Elongated Man. More and more of the heroes civilian loved ones are attacked and the heroes have a ticking clock to solve the mystery before another loved one is murdered. Written by Brad Meltzer this book focuses on the cost of living a double life. Highly recommended.



9. Young Avengers: volume 2
Not to be confused with Young Avengers volume 1. Volume 2 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie is nothing short of awesome. A multiverse hoping, teenage super hero daydream. It’s a really great story about teenage love, magic, pop references, LGB, and Loki. Lots and lots of Loki. So if you ship Wiccan and Hulkling, love Kate Bishop, and cannot get enough of America Chavez, you’ll want to read this book.



8. Superman American Alien
A lot of people have mixed opinions on this book, but I really enjoyed this unique take written by Max Landis. Focusing on the early years of Clark Kent, it felt more grounded in what Clark would actually be going through on his journey to becoming Superman. Each issue has a different artist which is fitting because each issue focuses on a different year in Clark’s child to teenager to young adult to man journey. It’s a mini series that should be pretty easy to find and I highly recommend it.



7. DC The New Frontier
A book paying tribute to the Silver Age of DC Comics. Focusing on the Macarthy era, A time where America couldn’t be less trusting, the story focuses on the super heroes once praised for their services, now find themselves ridden off as outlaws. Multiple perspectives from Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Flash, etc, as they fight for truth, justice, and the American way, accumulating to the upcoming battle with “The Center.” Darwyn Cooke tells an amazing story that you all should check out.



6. Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 through 6
I cannot recommend these books from Bryan Lee O’ Malley enough. 6 graphic novels in total, focusing on Scott Pilgrim’s desire to date Ramona Flowers, his journey to defeat her 7 evil ex’s, and the challenge of being a responsible adult. This book is filled with post high school confusion, punk rock, video games, anime style action, and heart. If you liked the movie, I promise you, you’ll love the book.



5. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man volume 2
My favorite super hero is Spider-Man. In 2011 when they announced they would be making a new Spider-Man of color I was ecstatic. As a person of color it’s been great to have a Spider-Man that fills that need for minority characters. Obviously just having a minority character isn’t enough but Brian Michael Bendis’s run on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man makes you really love the character of Miles Morales. The story of what happens after Peter Parker dies and a new clueless Spider-Man must fill the void, is nothing short of great. It puts you in the shoes of a new character trying to figure out who he is, all while trying to keep the memory of Peter Parker alive. 



4. Paper Girls
If you like the show “Stranger Things,” you’ll love Paper Girls. Taking place in the 1980s, 4 middle school girls, on their morning paper route get caught up in the strangest day of their lives. To ninjas, dinosaurs, time travel, clones, to apple products, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang hit you with a sci-fi nostalgia story that will keep you guessing where the next turn is.




3. Justice League International
The late 80′s had one of the greatest Justice League runs of all time. Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis pumped out some of the funniest and most entertaining comics to date. Focusing on the Justice League as a work place comedy, this massive run follows the adventures of a newly formed Justice League made up of mostly second string characters. The satisfaction of Batman punching out Guy Gardner, the comedy duo of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, GNORT! If you want your super hero books to be fun and hilarious, this is the book for you. Starting in Justice League #1 through 6 and transitioning to Justice League International, then splitting between Justice League Europe and Justice League America.



2. New Avengers
This comic book run written by Brian Michael Bendis is what got me back into comics after an 8 year absence. 6 months after the Avengers disbanded due to the Scarlet Witch killing some of her fellow teammates, a massive prison break, orchestrated by Electro forces Spider-Woman, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Sentry to come together to put an end to the riot. The book follows the newly formed team on their mission to track down the 42 escaped prisoners, all while trying to solve the mystery who hired Electro and why? New Avengers also brought some of the best characters in Marvel including Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and more, to join the team. The book became the center stage for Marvel Comics from 2005 until 2012 running through events like House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, all the way to Avengers vs X-Men. It’s a fun super hero book that really throws you into the world of Marvel Comics.



HONORABLE MENTIONS
Black Science
Sex Criminals
New Teen Titans (Marv Wolfman)
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
Uncanny X-Force (Rick Remender run)
Batgirl: Year One




AND NUMBER ONE….




1. Saga
If you’re not reading Saga, you are missing out. A Romeo and Juliet story set in a sci-fi fantasy space adventure. In the middle of an intergalactic war, Alona and Marko leave their worlds behind to risk everything for the survival and protection of their newborn Hazel. Hunted by both sides of the war, the two travel across the stars and encountering creatures from all over the galaxy who either want to help them or want them dead. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples take a story about the ups and downs of parenting and throws it into a cosmic and crazy story of awesomeness. Look out for Izabel, Prince Robot the IV, and Ghus. You will smile every time they are on the page.

I think one of the things that still makes me kind of emotional is..

how much Allen loves Mana. Still loves Mana.

Even though Mana was arguably not quite there the entire time he was with Allen, the years he spent with Mana changed his life. …the …raw purity to Allen’s recollections of Mana. He…was just a child starved for love. And even if Mana… perhaps thought he was Nea… he still gained that love enough to change him. It was precious and pure to Allen, and… it makes me feel.

So there's one thing in TUE that really confuses me...

While he’s explaining Dan’s backstory, Vlad says this:

“All you wanted was to make the hurt go away…I honored your wishes: no more painful human emotions to drag you down. Sadly, that freed you up to rip the ghost out of me, and when my evil ghost half mixed with yours, then my evil side overwhelmed you…”

So, if I’m not wrong, what Vlad is saying here is implying that: 1) Pure ghosts don’t have human emotions, and 2) without Fenton, Phantom is just an emotionless entity.

But Identity Crisis alone (which was just two episodes ago!) is enough to debunk both of these points. If standalone Phantom really were a blank slate like Vlad is implying, then it would make sense that overshadowing Plasmius would turn him evil. But we've seen standalone Phantom already, and Super!Danny is about as far from a blank slate as you can get. (Also, the story never bothers to explain why Phantom decides to overshadow Plasmius, which is kind of a big deal since you know, that’s how Dan was made?)

Also, from Danny’s perspective, I don’t really see how getting rid of his ghost half gets rid of Danny Fenton's human emotions. If anything, Danny looks more emotional than ever when Dan is staring him down. Maybe I’m just completely misinterpreting this whole thing. I dunno, I think having this episode so close to Identity Crisis is what threw me off.

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I’m sorry for taking so long to respond to this. I wasn’t sure how I should do things.

This is actually something I planned on addressing in a longer post (one that’s already in the works), and it just doesn’t feel right to move that whole thing here. I didn’t want to leave you hanging, though, so I’ll address things as best I can without going into a ton of detail.

Obviously, ghosts can absolutely feel human emotions. There are a lot of examples, but a simple one is that Kitty cries actual tears. Twice, in fact.

You could argue the first time was because she was in a human body, but the second time she’s just a ghost.

That example alone debunks that idea. There are other examples, but I don’t think they’re really necessary.

And you’re right about Super!Danny definitely not being an emotionless blank slate. Considering ripping out Danny’s ghost half rips his mind in half, though, it’s unlikely that he’d divide the exact same way each time. This post goes into more detail, but I personally think Danny’s human and ghost halves will divide as the extreme of whatever his intentions for them are. Super!Danny and Fun!Danny came out that way because Danny wanted his ghost half to take care of the superhero stuff and his human half to have a fun weekend with his friends. So, if he wanted his ghost half to be a blank slate, it quite easily could be.

That’d give Identity Crisis some relevance, too, because that would be the experience that showed Danny this was possible.

I’ll talk more about the rest of your question in the longer post, but hopefully this is satisfactory for now.

Day Six Hundred Seventy Seven.

i hate the question
where are you from
it’s something i never know how to answer

my parents
their histories
despite the happy ending
are tumultuous; changing
they came from a land
that is split and fragmented
people pegged into a caricature
none of us want to resemble

i was born in a country that is a twelve hour plane ride away
war torn and surrounded on all sides
but so beautiful, vibrant, and proud
and yet
no matter how much i want to
i can’t be
there are too many looks 
too many stares
too many knives behind exposed backs

i moved to this country when i was only three
erased most traces of what could’ve been a thick accent
learned and assimilated
and yet 
you still think i must be from somewhere else

so when you ask me where i’m from
listen through the silence in my answer
the careful calculation
as i gauge
exactly what it is you want to hear