The treatment of Armory was one of things I hated about the series. To have the government surgically remove a part of your body... that was just a bit too much. If the government can start grabbing body parts then freedom really was dead in the mu.
Except that is wasn't a body part, it was a weapon of alien origin, dubbed the "Tactigon". Yes, it had to be surgically removed, but it was definitely not a body part. Also it was a weapon she lost control of during a training exercise, and that loss of control resulted in the death of a fellow recruit. It didn't bother me at all that they removed it; no one has the freedom to carry around a weapon that they could at any time lose control over.The treatment of Armory was one of things I hated about the series. To have the government surgically remove a part of your body... that was just a bit too much. If the government can start grabbing body parts then freedom really was dead in the mu.
Nuremburg? Ay-yi-yi-yi. There's no comparison. Nazis who tried to excuse their atrocities used the line "I was just a loyal soldier, just following orders" versus what Gauntlet did? Yeah, he was the drill instructor from hell, no doubt, but that's what drill instructors do. Not at all nice, true, but they are a proven method of military training. I don't think it was the methods that lead to Slapstick's beatdown of Gauntlet; I think it was Gauntlet repeatedly using the term "New Warrior" so derisively; unsurprisingly, former New Warriors are going to take offense at that kind of an insult.To get back to Gauntlet and the points raised by Jason for a bit: We see Gauntlet is a family man. He's a man who respects and loves his wife and is gentle with his kids, even silly. He's a soldier at heart but we see he keeps it as his job. And from what his wife says later in the issue he was distrurbed by what happened to MVP, thinking it was his fault.
I'd say you're right about Gauntlet in terms of Slott's intent to be even-handed towards the military. Although setting him up as a cuddly family man just before he gets the beat-down he so richly deserves is a bit ham-fisted. Ultimately, we are looking at the same thing and seeing different things. I see someone who brutalises minors for a living. The excuse that he's only doing his duty as a soldier went out with Nuremburg .