Oberon wrote:And you arrived at that decision, how? All I saw was a homophobic remark without any insight on the topic.drachefly wrote:He was making fun of what you're complaining about...No, that's the entire point. Reed Richards is able to solve whatever situation he is faced with using high tech, and yet still not change the world with that same high tech. Stan Lee is quoted as saying that every time Spiderman swings down the street that people will stop and say "Wow! There goes Spiderman!", so that his appearance will never become jaded. On Stupidworld he'd be a commonplace event within months... This is the reason for the subject line, the unremarkable nature of same sex relations in Erfworld.bladestorm wrote:Reed Richards isn't useless; he is just written by people who are far less intelligent than he is, and written by several people with very little overarching guidlelines as to how he should act.
Again, that is just lazy writing, applicable to several writers all writing for the same comic. It describes the 'what's, not the 'why's. The 'what' aspect include that Reed Richards cannot solve societal problems via the same tech that saves the planets from destruction at the hands of this month's bad guy, and that Spiderman must be spectacular whenever someone sees him swinging overhead. From your argument, the 'why' is because Stan Lee is quoted as saying so, and that is just accepted as canon, nothing to see here, move onward. With that reasoning, Reed Richards just stops thinking and goes way into the Dumb, because he has to be useless to validate a quoted statement.
Your argument is that he CAN'T fix the world's problems. My argument was that (provided he had ever been written sufficiently) he COULD, but he WON'T because he calculated out the risks and consequences involved if he DID. The trope itself gives plenty of aversions, lampshading, parodies, and denials of such uselessness, and nearly all of them stem from throwing a ton of different writers at the title with varying degrees of success. Erfworld doesn't follow that same setup. Of the 8 motivations set forth within the trope, none of them apply to Erfworld except possibly #7, but we have no real way of knowing without braintapping the one and only author.
If anything, Reed Richards is Useless is the antithesis of what you are trying to discuss. Whatever equivalent Erfworld has of Reed Richards has already massively changed the world, all the way through the physics, mentality, morality, life cycles, flow of time and space... basically everything. Erfworld is fundamentally different that our current world; Reed Richards is Useless actively tries to prevent that fundamental difference from happening.