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Posted by k4tzm4n (40156 posts) - - Show Bio

Valiant has managed to accomplish the unthinkable: every title is a must read. Each series brings something different to the table, but what makes Joshua Dysart'sHARBINGER so special is that it's a superb character driven tale. Oh, and did I mention there's a crazy assortment of powers, too? Bet that part got your attention.

Odds are quite a few of you aren't reading this despite my consistent praise. It's okay, I forgive you. The price tag is intimidating and we all have such a limited budget, so diving into new worlds is sometimes intimidating. But you now have a chance to catch up for free. 5 of you will soon become the proud owners of HARBINGER's first TPB and a copy of Jeff Lemire's (ANIMAL MAN, SWEET TOOTH) variant for issue #8.

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Entering is simple. Read the following question and then sound off below with your answer!

What would you do if you had Peter Stanchek's powers? Basically, that means you'll have insanely powerful psionic abilities. Also, I noticed his page is lacking, so you're welcome to go earn wiki points by giving it a hefty update!

  • Five winners will be selected and the BEST ANSWERS will win.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Sorry duders, but Comic Vine's lawyers insist the contest only applies tothose in the United States.
  • The contest will begin immediately and end Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm ET.

Here's all of the fun legal mumbo jumbo:

Eligibility: Comic Vine Giveaways (the "Giveaways") are open only to individuals who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) and are 18 years of age or older. Employees of CBS Interactive, its advertising or promotion agencies, those involved in the production, development, implementation or handling of a Giveaway, any agents acting for, or on behalf of the above entities, their respective parent companies, officers, directors, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees, service providers, prize suppliers any other person or entity associated with Giveaway (collectively "Giveaway Entities") and/or the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members (whether related or not) of each such employee, are not eligible. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited by law.

Sponsor: The Giveaways are sponsored by Comic Vine, 235 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA ("Sponsor").

Agreement to Official Rules: Participation in a Giveaway constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

Entrants acknowledge and agree that the Giveaway Entities may have developed or may in the future develop ideas that may be similar to entrant's submission, that any such similarity shall be coincidental, and that entrant shall have no rights whatsoever in or to, and the Giveaway Entities shall have no obligation to entrant for the Giveaway Entities' use of, any such ideas.

Entry Period: The start and end times/dates (the "Entry Period") are located on the applicable Giveaway page.

Giveaway Entry/Submission: Follow the directions on the applicable Giveaway page in order to submit an entry. The use of any agencies or automated software to submit entries will void all entries submitted by that person.

Winner Selection: Winner(s) will be selected via random drawing. The odds of being selected depend on the number of eligible entries received. Potential winner(s) will be contacted via private message and will be asked to provide their first and last names, age and mailing address. If a potential winner does not respond within the timeframe stated in the notification p.m., the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from all entries received during the Entry Period.

Requirements of the Potential Winners: Except where prohibited, the potential winner(s) may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (the "Affidavit/Release") within seven (7) days of being notified. If a potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, an alternate entrant may be selected in his/her place.

Prize(s): The prize(s) are located on the applicable Giveaway page. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The winner is responsible for any taxes and fees associated with receipt or use of a prize.

General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Giveaway is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Giveaway to address the impairment and then resume the Giveaway in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Giveaway or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Giveaway may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. In case of a dispute as to the owner of an entry, entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the screen name from which the entry is made. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Giveaway, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Giveaway Entities from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Giveaway or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Giveaway; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Giveaway or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Giveaway or receipt of any prize. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Giveaway Entities' liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Giveaway, and in no event shall the Giveaway Entities be liable for attorney's fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Giveaway or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsors in connection with the Giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Commonwealth of Virginia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Publicity: Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes Winner's consent to Sponsor's use of Winner's name, likeness, picture, portrait, voice, opinions, biographical information and state of residence for promotional, publicity or advertising purposes worldwide in any media and on the World Wide Web, in perpetuity, without further payment, consideration, review or consent (where allowable).

Good luck, everyone!  



The 5 winners have been sent a PM.  Check your inbox to see if you've won! 
Thank you for your submissions. Narrowing it down to just five was very tough!
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#1 Edited by dondave (41521 posts) - - Show Bio

Why do I live in the UK?! Whhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyy?!

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#2 Posted by LordRequiem (1361 posts) - - Show Bio

More discrimination against the UK for giveaways I see.

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#3 Posted by DDangelico (234 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmm. Well, I would pretty much read BKV's mind and steal story ideas. Unethical I know. But I wouldn't steal Saga spoilers, the book is just too much fun to read each month!

Never read Harbinger but I'm definitely interested, and I'm a huge Lemire fan and that variant is sweet!! Hope I win!! ;-)

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#4 Posted by MarkRoseHFX (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I would use Pete's powers to make the winner mail me the Lemire variant to Canada :)

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#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45762 posts) - - Show Bio

more reacisim from CV competition :) I kid I kid.

I already have the issues anyway so I'd leave it for someone new to the book to win

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#6 Posted by exithuman (5 posts) - - Show Bio

Be careful. Having that much power could really corrupt you.

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#7 Posted by Arevish (305 posts) - - Show Bio

Sorry duders, but Comic Vine's lawyers insist the contest only applies tothose in the United States.

Mamma Mia! This is so unfair! ç_ç

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#8 Posted by evanblasor (3 posts) - - Show Bio

I never read Valiant titles before, so when they relaunched, with all of the Now and New 52 everywhere I couldn't squeeze them in. Everything looks like it's been done really well, so I'd say I missed out - this would be a great shot to give them a chance, I'd love to win.

If I had psionic abilities I'd like to think I'd use them for good, but in the end I'd rob banks and get people to give me cool stuff. Think Emma Frost from the Hellfire Club, but with sweatpants and less cleavage.

However, there'd still be some good in me, deep down. So if I won the first TPB I'd mail the Lemire variant to MarkRose. That would make me even in the world for all the theft and manipulation, right?

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#9 Edited by Reignmaker (2482 posts) - - Show Bio

I would posses the mind of Donald Trump and have him fire himself streaming live over the Internet. For the sheer fun of it.

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#10 Posted by MarkRoseHFX (2 posts) - - Show Bio

@evanblasor: lol you would be MY hero at the very least

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#11 Posted by Beware_Cyclops (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd use Pete's powers to have those lawyers open up this contest to residents of Canada!!!

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#12 Posted by blur1528 (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

Psionic powers? Create my own sidekick and have the absolute best time before either one of us dies by getting shot or the series is cancelled.

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#13 Edited by Hancock89 (102 posts) - - Show Bio
@K4tzm4n: the staff should consider extending the giveaways to Canada too... we are your friendly neighbors! This is not fair!
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#14 Posted by Mr. Kamikaze (834 posts) - - Show Bio

If I had powerful psionic powers, I would of course make myself rich and manipulate a bunch of saves and live like a king and no would be able to touch me. Yeah, that is exactly what I would do!

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#15 Posted by dhudson1 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I would use it to make the House, Senate and President work together for the good of the country rather than the good of their political parties

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#16 Posted by Loki2u (325 posts) - - Show Bio

@Hancock89 said:

@K4tzm4n: the staff should consider extending the giveaways to Canada too... we are your friendly neighbors! This is not fair!

I don't even know why I bother clicking on these give away articles. Lol

I don't think its legalities as much as shipping costs or something. If they let Canada participate, then they have to let other countries participate and then its just a hassle.

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#17 Posted by mfaith (1 posts) - - Show Bio

If I had those psionic powers, I think I would first find a way to manufacture a genetically-engineered lynx named Bubastis. Then I'd recruit(coerce) a group of costumed adventurers who'd work towards becoming idols of justice, while at the same time I would manipulate world affairs to my benefit, ultimately taking over the world. Ruling it in the same fashion as my idle Alexander the Great

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#18 Posted by frov (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I would re-write CV's staff's memory, so the would keep redoing the contest until all of us have a copy!

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#19 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh! I gotta have that Lemire variant. Read all the Valiant first issues and plan on picking up the trades.

I'd like to say I'd do something noble with the powers, but I know that's not true. First thing that comes to mind is using my psychic powers to make a cashier think a dollar bill is a larger denomination. Petty I know, but then I could afford all the Valiant titles.

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#20 Edited by SavageDragon (2257 posts) - - Show Bio

I already won the XO Manowar contest so I wont enter this one so more people can try out the GREAT Valiant titles. BLOODSHOT is amazing and the free trade that CV sent me of the XO was awesome.

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#21 Posted by Deledom (4 posts) - - Show Bio

I would convince everyone is the New York that Batman actually exists! Project the bat symbol in the sky every single night, which only New Yorkers could see.

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#22 Edited by Spideycap (328 posts) - - Show Bio

I would use my powers to remove the powers of anyone else and myself.

Lovin the variant cover, what cant Lemire do?!

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#23 Posted by noj (1400 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmm ive never read a Valiant book so im not all that sure what his powers entail so Im going to be unoriginal and say fight crime. At the same time though I would probably try to find a way to use my powers to become rich.

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#24 Posted by Phoenix8008 (3 posts) - - Show Bio

With Pete's powers, I'd probably 'convince' the people at Valiant Entertainment to employ me in some manner so that I can help or be a part of all these great comics! Of course, then I'd be living in New York City and would be obligated to fight crime in my spare time!

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#25 Edited by Hancock89 (102 posts) - - Show Bio
@Loki2u said:

@Hancock89 said:

@K4tzm4n: the staff should consider extending the giveaways to Canada too... we are your friendly neighbors! This is not fair!

I don't even know why I bother clicking on these give away articles. Lol

I don't think its legalities as much as shipping costs or something. If they let Canada participate, then they have to let other countries participate and then its just a hassle.

Haha I guess we're just masochists. Yep, that's most likely the case. I realize favoritism won't happen, can't blame a brother for trying though right? ;) 
I personally can't wait to buy Shadowman's first TBP, as it's currently my favorite valiant title. Closely followed by Harbinger and X-O. Good luck to all participants!
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#26 Posted by JonesyAZ (1 posts) - - Show Bio

If I had Pete Stanchek's powers, I would mentally trigger inspiration in all those around me to become better people by finding the good in themselves and others, and following their heart's desires...as long as it doesn't hurt another person.

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#27 Posted by monopolyloser (77 posts) - - Show Bio

I would use said power to convince someone to tell me what is the real deal with Area 51, Denver International Airport, and other places like that.

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#28 Posted by JanArrah (8 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd try to make people more honest by connecting everyone similar to Greg Pak's Vision Machine or Serial Experiment Lain. I feel we are often too disconnected from each other and if everyone is connected psionicly, well the world could be a better place.

Oh and I'd also make bastards that prey on others feel all the pain, fear, and torment they force on others.

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#29 Posted by sonicnevets (26 posts) - - Show Bio

I would use the power to somehow unlock the hidden potential for super-human abilities in humans, then the world would have super-humans everywhere which would make the world a lot more interesting along with the risk of supervillans. Another option would be to use the powers on movie execs so that all the comic book movies coming out would end up be totally awesome and sticking to the source material.

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#30 Posted by dhudson2199 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Use the powers to bring about a safer world, then get rich

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#31 Posted by Cavemold (1818 posts) - - Show Bio

i would lead the world in finding the truth and justice. i would seek out evil minds and erase them. so no one would shoot anyone down and gun violence would end

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#32 Posted by lifeboy (1717 posts) - - Show Bio

I would make sure that no one innocent ever gets put in jail for crimes they didnot commit. That all the murderers are revealed in the truth. Jst give me the award already. I have looked into the future and we both know I win:-D

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#33 Posted by rdh (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Use mypowers to have hollywood make some great Valiant movies

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#34 Posted by the_tree (8607 posts) - - Show Bio

I would use my powers for shock and awe. I'd become the world's greatest magician. Card tricks and levitation will be mere child's play. Move over Houdini, I know you made an elephant disappear in front of a bunch of people, but how about I do the same with the Statue of Liberty? Or at least I'll make them think I did...

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#35 Posted by Kiddevil (7509 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd rewire my mom's brain as well as my teacher's. They are hateful people.

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#36 Posted by Krhunt (25 posts) - - Show Bio

With those powers, I'd probably get cracking on starting a Psi Division Judges for the Justice Department.

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#37 Posted by LarryDavis (143 posts) - - Show Bio

Join XCOM and combat the alien menace, for the good of mankind. SECTOIDS WON'T KNOW WHAT HIT 'EM!

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#38 Posted by LordDunlow (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I would infiltrate VEI offices, have them hand over their stash of variants (including golds) and then convince them I can just hang out with the creative teams whenever I want.

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#39 Posted by Toastalchemist (189 posts) - - Show Bio

If I had his powers I would peak into other people's minds. I know, not very original. But not to know what they're thinking about me or anything, just to know what it's like to be them or know them better.

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#40 Posted by wildcats25 (307 posts) - - Show Bio

If i had his powers....

Goal= Financial Security. Amass at minimum, $10 million through gambling at casinos. it would mostly be the roulette table, forcing the ball to land on my numbers. I'd take that money and invest in a high-interest baring account and live off the interest alone.

once that's achieved, i'd probably help friends and strangers. I would never let anyone know of my powers!

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#41 Posted by bobby97801 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I would make Stan Lee adopt me ;)

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#42 Posted by bladewolf (1153 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll be honest: I'd use the powers for personal gain. First on my list would probably be convincing several pop stars, supermodels, etc. to be my girlfriends. Following that, I'd probably mind control a bunch of wealthy elites to transfer their financial assets to me. Finally, I'd create world peace...and once that got boring I'd probably just bring back gladiator-style coliseum fights for my amusement!

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#43 Posted by zappajay152 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

I would us my powers to give all my friends powers. When they all become masters of thier powers i will take my super team all around the world fighting evil and making the world a better place. I think the world today could use a superhero or two. I would only us the ability to mind controle if asked by someone. maybe they wanted to forget a tradegy they lived thru that i was not around to stop. I would just make the best effort to make the world a better place for all!

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#44 Posted by Al_Mega (1 posts) - - Show Bio

If I had Stanchek's powers I believe I would use them almost like Toyo Harada has BUT more towards the goal of making the world a better place without as much bloodshed of innocents, I would unleash power only in a trusted few, I'd let people make their own choices with no manipulation unless it's for the greater good!

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#45 Posted by TDK_1997 (17625 posts) - - Show Bio

Why do I live in Europe?

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#46 Posted by nappystr8 (1548 posts) - - Show Bio

First I would hunt down the world's top neuro scientists and mechanical engineers and mentally influence them to create a machine that would allow me to remotely affect the minds of every human being on the planet. I would then use my new powers to remove all the pain, doubt, and hatred from peoples' hearts and minds thus ending wars, the reign of greedy politicians, and ending the mass violence that broken people cause.

...that or maybe I'd just use my powers to trick Comicvine into giving me that sweet Jeff Lemire variant cover.

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#47 Posted by ChernobylCow (96 posts) - - Show Bio

If I had crazy-psionic powers, I would definitely wear a hoodie.

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#48 Posted by bethetroubleyouwanttosee (6 posts) - - Show Bio

I would use it to do some of the best and worst things possible. I would use my powers to first and foremost to become a tad bit more successful in the financial aspect of my life. It is then I would create a team of people who would help myself to "clean the streets" but more under the radar. My money would go to help make sure that I would be able to help those around the world who need aid as well as make sure that I stayed in the shadows. I would use my powers to control those around me who I see as retarding the growth of their people because of political gain. I would re-write laws that made more sense for all of the united states and help those in other countries to try and live a life where fear of death is fear of old age, not a stray bullet. After laws are written and passed then the world will be able to run itself along with having my own group of people who are making sure those laws are followed-they will not be laws like "Do not j-walk or you will serve jail time" but laws that dealt with health care ad schooling and education that are fair and balanced but are able to offer different opinions to have a say and discuss the problem without having a shouting match. It all sounds very utopian but it would take years and years to have the plan come to complete fruition.

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#49 Posted by VioletPhoenix (378 posts) - - Show Bio

If I had Peter Stanchek's powers, I would spend about a month getting them under control and used to them, work out the kinks. And then I would fulfill my lifelong fantasy of being a superhero from the shadows, because no one needs that sort of exposure. Domino mask included. Telekinesis is the ultimate power, telepathy is daunting and teleportation is dandy. I'd be both a street-level hero as well as a large-scale situation hero.

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#50 Posted by Escargot4Lunch (2 posts) - - Show Bio

This might sound lame but it's my honest answer:

As a film major and in general a passionate film enthusiast I'd use my new found power to break into the film industry and stop production on all the unnecessary film reboots and remakes. I'd probably pepper in original ideas here and there so the studio execs would pursue new creative avenues instead of rehashing old ones, and often disgracing the legacy of the films that came before it.

Simple perhaps, but that's the route I'd take.