And here’s the Knifeketeer, who I think might actually be my favorite character in all of basic Instructions.
For a brief time, Stan Lee had a reality show where people who wanted to be superheroes came up with their own superhero names and went through “training” to see which one would end up getting their own comic, and presumably, be beaten up by authentic petty criminals.
Anyway, one of the guys came up with a character who was a mercenary who used high powered automatic rifles to fight crime. Stan Lee made it clear that he didn’t like this idea, stating several times, “heroes don’t kill people.”
It’s hard to argue with that sentiment, but if you look at Marvel Comics, you’ll find The Punisher, who literally uses high powered automatic rifles to fight crime, and Wolverine, arguably their most popular hero, whose primary offensive skill is to run people through with his claws. But, to be fair, we seldom see the aftermath of one of Wolverine’s acts of heroism. For all I know he might just be grievously wounding evildoers.