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Reader Comments (56)

Sub-Mariners would only apply to people in submarines. Anyone in a normal ship or boat is not sub (below) the sea and is therefore just a mariner.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich

they should change their name to the batmen

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

So much about Rick is explained by the fact he thinks Iron Man is better than Batman.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

sub mariner is better. imperious rex indeed.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGolemGear

Dude? Aquaman? That's, like, argument rule number one. NEVER, under ANY circumstances, mention Aquaman in a debate you wish to win. It's like saying the name of the Scottish Play.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReader #2

Hell yeah! Love me some iron man, and bat man, the army could be "the justice league"

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPerson

Sub-mariner was more of a badass

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterisiah

Rick has a point. The sub-mariner is a lot better.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterACF

LOL first panel, then LOL again at the fourth panel closure. I love the whole build-up/agreement the two had going in the middle, too. Goodness, I swear I've had conversations like this, though not just related to superheroes.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCR

It would be more appropriate for the Navy to be called Iron Men, considering there's already the expression "wooden ships and iron men."

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Very clever comic. I wonder whether your readers will get the reference to batman but here is a link:

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhari

Very well thought out arguments.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK7

Sub-Mariner _is_ better. He can fly, and he's super strong. Aqua Man can just summon aquatic fauna.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric Phillips

If the infantry were known as The Wolverines and Armoured Battalions called the Fricking Juggernauts, Military recruitment fairs would be like Comic-Con or a massive Cosplay exhibition!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKjax

Rick wins! And there wasn't even cringing involved!

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Rick gets the occasinal one ...
fully agree with Rick on this. Iron Man is way better superhero than Batman.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNitin

I would suggest that they change their name to Batman. Unfortunately, batman is already a rank. It's any officers servant, more common in England.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I live in a county with 3 Navy bases, and you can never, ever,call a submarine person a "sub-mariner." It's submariner. Oh, they get all fussy when you call them sub-mariners.
It implies that they are lesser beings than regular sailors, whom they refer to as "targets."

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergroovykinda

"It's like saying the name of the Scottish Play."

You mean Macbeth?

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlackadder

I don't know Aquaman or Sub-mariner, but if someone can summon aquatic fauna - including of course, SHARKTOPUS - then I'm pretty impressed (if he's limited to krill, forget it).

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

They would have to start putting Cheetos in MREs

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr T

MACH-1 thru MACH-5 may be a better match of hero for the air force than Iron Man, since he has wings. The drawback though is that many people may have not heard of him.

No, he isn't the Beetle car in "Transformers". As far as I know.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Richs logic is impossible to argue with. Admit it. But I think Mariner is a cool name, even without the sub - part.
Anyway, the President should be named Captain America. Or Superman. That's a hard one. Particually if you ever get a female president. It could happen! (I say "you" because I'm Great British.)

Personally I think Batmans cooler. Because he's Batman.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerden

Mots people don't like Iron Man.

They like Robert Downey Jr. and think they like Iron Man.

Wanna win the conversation, ask anything about Iron Man before the movies.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmorim

I wonder if the fact that I have never had an argument like this is related to the fact that I am missing a Y chromosome?

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Boban

Iron Man definitely has the better song. Black Sabbath never wrote about Batman as far as I recall.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHari

You should have put this one out on Veteran's Day. As a former Marine I have to ask, who would the Army be?
The Green Lanterns?

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFormerHostage

Yeah, but then we have to name our explosives things like "Galick Gun" or "Spirit Bomb".
Just for coolness.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarru

Hey, Dave, it's already been proven that Iron Man is a much better superhero than Batman:

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThatJeff

Aqua Man has telepathic powers which is totally awesome!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Tony Stark received martial arts training from Captain America when he was recovering from being a drunk, so he's no slouch. Doesn't really matter though, he's still better than Batman!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikeM

Love comic debates. I also love that you two think I'm The Batman (or at least one of the few and prour batmen).

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

I have a long and varied past reading superhero comic books, and I can safely say I have NEVER read an Aquaman comic that I liked. That said, I think that the Aquaman portrayed in the Batman: Brave and the Bold cartoon is the GREATEST SUPER HERO EVER!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOutrageous

Gotta agree with Rick re Ironman. It's largely aesthetic, though. I just think Ironman looks cooler, has a MUCH hotter assistant, celebrates his awesomeness instead of sulkily hiding it...and also hasn't crafted his superhero persona based on a flying rodent. But then I've always preferred the Marvel Universe over DC...

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDal

I've been reading BI for a long time now, but this is the first time I've felt the need to comment on how particularly good this one is. Brilliantly done!

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I have to agree with Rick on this one. Iron Man is the better super hero. His inventions are better than ones Batman uses and Iron Man has saved the world more times than Batman has arrested The Joker.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC.S.Strowbridge

Aquaman is also super-strong. But to be fair his historical side-kicks aqua-lad and aqua-girl are cooler than he is, since they now seem to have the power to control water.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterleith

how many wins is that for Rick now? 2 in one comic? He must be really depressed irl. I think it's like 5 to 100,000 now.

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjake

Is it wrong that I've been looking forward to reading the comic that included the words "Aquaman"and "friggin" since Missy posted about it on Facebook?

June 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

So is Rick for Marvel and Scott for DC?

That's pretty frikkin' sweet! I think the old school comic publishers rivalry should come back.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen
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