When some Marvel Talking Head Clown says "The Initiative is a success"
Two words: FUCK NO. Please, I'm begging everyone who reads this blog, the next time some one says this, please respond with this list, and then ask where the hell the successes are?
Below I list the RECENT FAILURES that occured between the time I put up the first list and now:
-Failure to capture Moon Knight, the Punisher, Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange, Hercules, Amadeus Cho, Daredevil, Spider-Man, The New Avengers, The Runaways, and the New Warriors
-Failure to stop Kraven the Hunter from setting up a supervillain zoo in New York (Punisher War Journal).
-Failure to stop Menace from killing a Mayoral candidate (Amazing Spider-Man).
-Failure to apprehend the patrons of known supervillain bars (Amazing Spider-Man, Punisher War Journal)
-Failure to stop a bio-terror attack and thus, creating the conditions for a gang war (Amazing Spider-Man)
-Failure of Initiative personal to prevent assault on high-profile individuals, puplic and private property, as well as innocent lives (Amazing Spider-Man, X-Factor, She-Hulk) by super criminals. All those assaults were stopped by "unregistered combatatants".
-Failure to prevent the escape of Dr. Doom from government custody (Fantastic Four)
-Near-total collapse of the Thunderbolts program; corruption of multiple members of the Thunderbolts organization (Thunderbolts)
-Multiple deaths and injuries at Camp Hammond due to rogue Initiative program (The Initiative).
-Preventing the relocation of the X-Men under their own aegis and their severance of any Initiative oversight (all X-men related titles)
-Failure to recruit the Asgardians into the Initiative (Thor)
-Mass Defections of former New Warriors Members from the Initiative program (the Initiative).
-Failure to contain Red Hulk. Escape of Bruce Banner/Hulk (HULK).
-Failure to contain time-displaced Invaders. Possible risk to all space-time (Avengers/Invaders).
-Failure to prevent major loss of life in California due to superhuman terror. Multiple deaths of Initiative members (The Order).
-Failure of Accountability (World War Hulk, Secret Invasion, Illumaniti, etc.)
OK, we know, KNOW that the Hulk broadcasted the blame for his exile from Earth during World War Hulk. What surprises me is that we've never seen any class-action lawsuits against Reed Richards and Tony Stark for their part in going above the law and trying to get rid fo the Hulk without the consent of the government or any governing body whatsover. Furthermore, despite any and all claims that the Initiative brings superheroes under the law, we don't see a lot of them actually being accountable for extra-legal activities. Realistically, there should at least be a Congressional or Senate oversight committee grilling Stark and Richards over these things so they can decide whether or not private citizens would have the right to sue them. Of course, you also should have Kayne West stand-ins saying "Tony Stark doesn't care about poor people" that shows how absolutely reviled these people should be for playing god the way they have. Especially if it is ever learned that the Skrull Invasion was due in large part to the actions of the Illuminati.
-Failure of Public Safety (ALL)
Again, once you start arguing that the SHRA makes superheroes more accountable to the general public and under the law, it opens up a whole other can of worms. Do Richards and Stark now have to get public safety ratings and inspections for their various gear? Does Stark get his armor OKed by Engineering oversight committees to make sure that his suit isn't a public hazard? What are the oversight capabilities and are they at the federal level, or do they extend to the state and municipalities? What are the ordinances that superheroes have to comply with? Do their costumes have to meet with public decency standards (If so, there are a lot of people in trouble there)? Again, this isn't something we are seeing with the Initiative, but then again, that assumes that it's a logical framework and not something completely arbitrary.