"You're right Elektra, she is just another member which is why she should receive a punishment for defying a direct order from a superior."
MAXIMUM MAN wasn't the type to get frustrated very easily however, since joining this time's SOS he had been forced to repeat himself countless times. He took the position of leadership to help the members of the team become more efficient heroes. At every turn there were people who seemed to want to speak about being better but, were too afraid to take the right steps. For the first time, the people in this room would see him get angry.
"We can't move forward if we REFUSE to take the right steps to BE. BETTER!" He took a deep breath, a wave of calm washing over him. He couldn't lose his temper here, that wouldn't help anybody. After a moment of silence he resumed speaking. "We all know that Mana is approaching adulthood but, turning 18 doesn't suddenly give her the years of combat experience we all have. I started hero work doing nightly patrols. I didn't touch my first world ending crisis till I had been working for at least two years. I'm not saying we stick Manaria in some sort of year long training program but, she needs to be put on the bench for now. Her continued recklessness in the field is going to get someone else killed. We've tried talking before, we've tried guiding, and continuously she displays a deep misunderstanding of her own mortality. I'm advocating we take her off of major missions and have her work Millennium City for awhile so she can get some practice in. The girl is a genius with real potential she just needs a little more time in the oven. She still gets to work the job but, in a way where there are multiple fallbacks and mentors to help guide her. We can all also run watches with her, help her, and guide her but, we can't do that effectively if there isn't at least some kind of consequence for her actions."
He took a breath, "Outside of Manaria, the SOS shall not bring on a single new young hero. If we do than I'll hand in my watch. We should also remove the prodigy devices from play as well. On paper it's a good idea but, in reality we're giving inexperienced heroes a direct line of access to threats that could pulp them before they have a chance to ask whats going on. The SOS should instead take the time to mentor young heroes. Work the beat, guide them to the right path, and ensure that they aren't put into any serious danger. I understand that they will seek it out themselves but, we shouldn't be giving them a direct line because we think they have potential to maybe do good in the future. Mentoring should be our first course of action."
"Moving forward we shouldn't allow our members to defy orders and get away with it. The only time it should be acceptable is when the orders given would contradict our values as heroes. Outside of that, defiance is a hazard to the lives we risk our own to save. I refuse to be apart of an organization that actively condones risking the lives of the public for the sake of being afraid of their friends getting mad at them."
This side of MAXIMUM MAN was one that almost shocked him. A side that had to play the bad guy in the conversation but, he had seen the effects of what letting others constantly go against the values of being a hero caused. He had faced them himself and it had pushed him to a place where he had to make the one decision that vividly haunts him to this day. He wouldn't let the heroes of this time fall victim to his mistakes.