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I gotta be frank, whenever people say they dislike how Blaze was presented in PPP, it tells me two things:

1) They don't understand the meaning of Context and Narrative 

2) They don't know anything about Blaze's character

And I say this because nothing in that arc had anything wrong with Blaze as a character in that arc. She was portrayed as the regal responsible princess who had fiery, hotheaded moments when something set her off. Is that not how she is in the games?

People get upset with Blaze getting taken out here almost in a similar manner that Shadow fanboys get upset when someone manages to best their favorite character. But this is a special case for Blaze here because this ignores two things about how she was written and handled:

1) She's the biggest threat to the enemy--That can't be emphasized enough because the context in the story made it clear that none of them were willing to go up to Blaze head-on, even when she was on their ship and had a number advantage. She essentially snuck into enemy territory, got busted and surrendered, and yet none of the enemy crew rushed to subdue her until she was pissed off and not thinking clearly enough where they could get the drop on her. Capt Metal and his crew had knowledge of Blaze and they planned accordingly, mostly by taking advantage of the current situation when they could and other parts being prepared. In essence, none of them wanted to fight her, hence why Metal went for an ultimatum of forcing Blaze's surrender when she got onboard his ship or he'd kill her friends (which he proceeded to do anyway). And who the hell wouldn't be pissed beyond reason when their friends supposedly get murder when you wanted to avoid risking their lives? It was that moment when Blaze lost her cool that gave the emeny a moment to take advantage of to subdue her--she focused her rage on Metal, the leader, and forgot about the other crew that managed to knock her out. Yes, Blaze is one of the hard hitters of the series, but it's like people don't expect her to have any flaws that can be taken advantage of or for her to make lapses in judgment that would make her vulnerable.

2) The next thing that seems to be overlooked is that Blaze, while captive, wasn't so passive that she was intentionally weakened by the writers. She was still powerful, so the writers wrote the opposition to be clever enough to counter her and keep her from retailing in a way that would cost her. Not just with the histage situation above, but in locking her into something her fire powers would take a while to get her out of. Even then, Blaze threatened to just blast them through the bars, and only kept from doing so because they prepared for that--in spite of that, Blaze restrained herself until she saw a better opportunity to break out and strike back.

Now I can understand that Blaze wasn't able to make as many appearances, that much can't be disputed. But how Blaze was handled in her defeat was no different to how it was when Eggman handed Super Sonic his ass in the opening of Unleashed.

Feel free to elaborate if I'm off the mark and misreading things, but the complaints against Blaze here come across more like a classic case of "I don't like when a character I like is put in a disadvantage or loses in a fight" and ignoring that she still won at the end of the matter. Matter of fact, it no different to how they've handled other characters: even Shadow has been bested and countered, in ways even more harshly than Blaze.

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@Conquering Storm's Servant Wow, you actually have good points there. I guess it's that she was defeated twice (and admittedly the bunk on the head was rsther cartoony) and she spent one whole issue in a cage which prevented her from doing much. Plus, this was her last appararnce in the comic even though she was going to reappear.

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Yeah, that's true, but again she wasn't in the best situation in both cases. You can't expect a character to be put in a disadvantage and handle things perfectly--that's a good way to writing a Mary Sue in that kind of matter, and would make the conflict and tensions look absolutely trivial.

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1 minute ago, Conquering Storm's Servant said:

Yeah, that's true, but again she wasn't in the best situation in both cases. You can't expect a character to be put in a disadvantage and handle things perfectly--that's a good way to writing a Mary Sue in that kind of matter, and would make the conflict and tensions look absolutely trivial.

Yeah I guess. Most likely it seemed like she was hit with the Worf Effect.

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18 minutes ago, Ernest-Panda said:

That image made me realise: poor Tracey never had any of his written work reprinted in full graphic novel form. Even more so since both were next in line before getting canned.

What stories did he write?

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On 17.11.2017 at 12:12 AM, Ernest-Panda said:

Ian's playing co-writer with Mark Waid again, this time on Archie.

Didn't he say at one (in BumbleKast or something) point something about that old-style Archie having such a humour it was hard for him to get it to work with?

I suppose that isn't such a large problem with the new Archie though.

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And well, if Blaze wouldn't have been restrained, the story would've been awfully short with the setting the said story had.

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8 hours ago, RedFox99 said:

What stories did he write?

Babylon Rising, which would've been the next arc to be reprinted in the original Universe GN series before said series got canned, and Pirate Plunder Panic, which would've kicked off the Universe Sagas series that never even got off the ground.

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40 minutes ago, BlueSky said:

And well, if Blaze wouldn't have been restrained, the story would've been awfully short with the setting the said story had.

I guess you have a point. 

1 minute ago, Ernest-Panda said:

Babylon Rising, which was the next arc to be reprinted in the original Universe GN series before it got canned, and Pirate Plunder Panic, which would've kicked off the Universe Sagas series which never even got off the ground.

What happened during that first arc?

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3 minutes ago, RedFox99 said:

 

What happened during that first arc?

It was a stealth adaptation of Sonic Riders Zero Gravity.

The Rogues go to the Gigan Rocks looking for answers and fight Angelus(The Babylon Guardian) to get the Gravity Cube. The Battle Bird Armada sense its energy and arrive just in time to engage them as they're leaving. BattleLord Kukku comes down and curbstomps the Rogues into working with them to find Babylon Garden, which was actually under New Mobotropilis.

The Babylon Rogues and the Battle Bird Armada invade New Mobotropolis and fight off Sonic, Tails, and Naugus before blowing a hole into the ground to access Babylon Garden. There, the Babylon Rogues, Speedy, and Sonic find the robot controlling the Gardens control room and it explains its intentions after stealing the cube from Jet: after ADAM and Nicole used some of it's remaining energy for their own purposes, it needed the Cube to both power itself back up and make the Garden return to space since it's actually a spaceship. Sonic destroys the Cube as payback for the Birds attacking his home, leaving the Roggues to take off with their knowledge of their origins and the Battle Bird Armada to struggle to recover since it hooked itself to the Garden when it took off.

 

 

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I've never typically been one to get angry when a character I like is beaten or defeated. I'm  all for it unless it's done for the sake of punishing a character you don't like and it's written in a way that makes it obvious that's what you're doing. 

No, what I tend to get bothered by is when a character isn't challenged enough or they win far too easily. That was my issue with a lot of the stories I read getting into the books at around my time picking them up. Not all but a good amount. Mostly when it came to Sonic Universe.

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