To Boldly Go or To the Library We Go?

When last we left our potential future super-powered individual (as chronicled in the excellent Chooseomatic book “Thrusts of Justice”, which you should totally go buy your own copy of since we’re only scratching the surface of the hilarity enshrined in these pages), we were trying to decide which established character we should pursue. And we went with … The Cosmic Guardian!




I love the line “You’re pretty sure you just became a super-hero.” I have to say, this is one of those rare times I actually feel like I’m making a big choice, one that helps define the character in my mind. That’s pretty cool!

On the one hand, I’m a step-by-step kind of rationalist, so my impulse is to do some research so I don’t accidentally blow my own cover before I even start. And it’s not like a bank robbery is THAT big a deal — I mean, it’s not like lives are in danger or anything.

On the other hand, we just flew into space! I bet this thing has frickin’ laser beams on its head and we could go all pew pew! Did we get into the super-hero business (well, technically the “reading about super-hero business”) to go read some books or to kick some butt?!

You tell me, after you vote!

(All images and text from “Thrusts of Justice“, ©2012 Matt Youngmark and Chooseomatic Books.)

16 Responses to To Boldly Go or To the Library We Go?

  1. Anyone else have a big smile on their face while reading this? As far as the choice goes, did Hal Jordan goe off and do research, or did he go lay the smack down? We have a badass alien weapon, let’s rock this thing.

  2. We’ve just been handed nuclear mayhem without an instructions manual. To charge into battle would at best be suicidal, at worst homicidal if we fry civilians without practicing first. Definitely find out what the armor can do before doing something stupid with it.

  3. I so want to say, “Screw research, there’s time for that after we go kick some butt!” But, given what I know about Matt Youngmark’s cruel sense of humor in these books, it wouldn’t surprise me if we go confront Ox, only to do something wrong, and blow up our suit, along with half of Cleveland.
    Maybe in this case, discretion is the better part of valour. Let’s go figure out what’s what with the armor before we muck things up worse than the guys fighting us ever could.

  4. I would be all for the “Frak the research, let’s kick some but” option, Hall Jordan style, except where we just saw the armor in some kind of malfunction (heck, it could have killed the previous guy for all we know). So I`m voting for the research option.

  5. This was the decision I made on my first read-through of the book. On the one hand, I know that my favorite ending I’ve seen so far is behind one of these options. On the other hand, I haven’t read anything of the other option. So, I’m voting for mystery. That said, if we end up going the other way, I know exactly what I’m voting for the rest of the way.

  6. Tough choice. I read a little of what would have happened if we’d stuck with the Ox last time, so I know the Ox is a pretty cool character and I’d be interested to see what happens if we go try to confront him in this scenario. On the other hand, I have to agree that the suit seems a little untrustworthy and it would be good if we did at least a little research first.

    So I’m voting Bookworm.

  7. ProwlerKnight

    As Tony Stark said. “Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.” So I vote going and stopping the villian. Of course I know my logic isn’t exactly the most rational but in my history of seeing superheros gain their powers it’s usually they jump into the frey and learn as they go. However, I do see the points that everyone is making about research so it’s really tough to decide so i just flipped a coin on this one.

  8. Go do research and figure out how to use the suit so you can avoid a montage of flight testing/smacking into the wall like in “Iron Man”.

  9. spidercow2012

    Yeah, gotta go with knowing what I’m doing to avoid killing everyone.

  10. Anyone else hear these songs lyrics running through your head?
    “Believe it or not,
    I’m walking on air.
    I never thought I could feel so free eee eee.
    Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
    Who could it be?
    Believe it or not it’s just me.”

  11. Kaldath: Anyone else hear these songs lyrics running through your head?“Believe it or not,I’m walking on air.I never thought I could feel so free eee eee.Flying away on a wing and a prayer.Who could it be?Believe it or not it’s just me.”

    Only those of us over 35. That, and there’s alot of competing space for voices in my head.

    I say charge!

  12. Kaldath:
    Anyone else hear these songs lyrics running through your head?
    “Believe it or not,
    I’m walking on air.
    I never thought I could feel so free eee eee.
    Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
    Who could it be?
    Believe it or not it’s just me.”

    Totally!! :)

  13. On the one hand, it seems suicidal to jump right into a fight with possibly damaged armor–although since it’s functioning fine now, it probably was the fact the operator was dying that made it seem wonky. On the other hand, it’s not like we’re going to find an instruction manual. Still, some idea of who our inherited rogue’s gallery is might be good, and that at least might be something we can find out.

  14. Hunter-Hunted

    I vote for caution… The suit called us 197 (at least thats how I understood it) and I’m guessing thats the number of wearers.
    So, what happened with the previous 196 wearers of The Cosmic Guardian?
    Well, we know what happened with number 196… BAZINGA!! And he was no more.

    So let’s rommage through old news articles and find some clues as to what this suit can do. Then secondly I vote we fix the voicebox in our suit – and then we go ‘ride the bull’ – in a completely non-sexual way, just to be clear! ;-)

  15. Let’s see what this baby (the armor) can do and kick some butt!

  16. X-stacy:
    On the other hand, it’s not like we’re going to find an instruction manual.

    No, the alien spaceship will bring us one, and while we’re trying to use it we’ll accidentally shrink down with the book in hand, but leave it on the ground when we revert to real size. Sorry, can’t resist the references to The Greatest American Hero now. Damn you Kaldath!! ;)