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This month’s Subculture for the Cultured column is also our Halloween Special, inspired by this note from Jamas:
In Treehouse of Horror IV, the segment ‘The Devil and Homer Simpson‘ has Homer give his soul to the Devil in return for a doughnut. After finally eating the doughnut, the Devil turns up to get the soul, but Marge convinces him to have a trial. At the trial, Marge shows a prior note by Homer giving his soul to Marge, and thus he doesn’t own it to sell to the Devil…
Would Marge’s plan work? Would the Devil go back to hell empty-handed? Read and find out!
I have a question about Avengers Academy #37, which just came out.
It’s the final battle with supervillain Jeremy Briggs, whose transmutation powers are overpowering the team. He takes out X-23 by turning her sweat to acid, which is clearly killing her, so she stabs him in an artery [Ed. note: actually, Finesse pushes X-23's claws into him]. He begins to bleed to death, which breaks his concentration enough that he can’t use his powers.
Teammate Finesse, who has powers similar to Taskmaster and therefore an expert knowledge of the human body, begins to tie off his wounds. But he begins gloating that he will just come back and try again, and so she drops the cord and let’s him die.
Nobody sees this as her teammates were distracted (it’s not exactly clear with what, but they have clear reaction shots showing they didn’t witness the conversation), so as far as anyone knows after X-23 stabbed him there was no way to save him. Later a police officer taking statements says it looks like self-defence and he doubts there would be charges.
1. Finesse’s action does seem like clear self-defense. But could Finesse be charged with anything if it comes out that she had a chance to render medical assistance and did not?
2. Does it make a difference that she started to render medical aid and then withdrew it?
3. Finally, does Finesse’s knowledge of anatomy and first aid skills give her an extra obligation to help someone who is dying, compared to someone had only a vague idea of what to do?
We’ve talked about the duty to rescue twice before, but this is a really great fact pattern. Any of our law student readers who are currently in a torts class should find this particularly interesting. Check it out!
I’m watching Ironman 2 (I know, I’m late) but something that seems to happen quite a lot (and come to think of it happens in like every other superhero movie) is the scene where the hero is being chased by some sort of tracking missiles. At that point, the hero flies at some sort of building and when really close, takes a tight turn. The missiles can’t turn that tightly, so they fly into the building destroying it and killing a bunch of people. Of course, whoever fired the missiles has plenty of liability coming at them. But what about the hero who performs the maneuver?
On Joss Whedon’s show Angel, the law firm Wolfram and Hart hire Angel as CEO. As far as I know, if you incorporate a law firm, it can only be owned by lawyers. Does any rule like this apply to officer positions as well? Would there be any legal ramifications of having Angel as their CEO without any business or legal experience?
The answer might just surprise you!
Fantom Comics has just launched a new site for comics commentary and criticism called Subculture for the Cultured, and we’re proud to announce that we will be contributing a monthly column alongside Ecocomics, The Patron Saint of Superheroes, and many other fantastic blogs. Our inaugural column discusses a classic Silver Age Superman story, “The Day Superman Broke the Law” (reprinted in Showcase Presents: Superman, Vol. 3) After the surprisingly strong reader reaction to our recent suggestion that Peter Parker may not have been entirely on the level in his dealings with the Daily Bugle, we think this one will go over a bit better. So head over to SftC and check it out!