Hi! I'm new here. Love all the speculation talks with the new chapter.
I'm actually interested in some of the other crew members we've seen with Law and Kidd. Besides Killer and the bear, no one's really seem to be mentioning them yet.
There was a comment earlier in the disappointment of the fact that all of the other Supernova's crew members must only be mediocre because they don't have a bounty yet. I very much disagree with this statement. Sanji has of course been part of the monster trio in Luffy's crew since he joined and only gained a bounty recently. Blackbeard (and Burgess, Van Auger, Doc Q and Lafitte) managed to get through Grand Line and became a Shicibukai without every gaining a bounty. What with all the talk of how bounties aren't always relative to an individual's strength (Chopper, anyone?), while Oda surely uses it as a point of reference of giving us a semblance of power level, let's not also forget he makes exceptions to the rule. Sometimes I think it's just a matter of circumstance of what sort of matters an individual captain or crew member was involved in and how that affected the WG/Marines at large to how high their bounty was ranked. Shakky even said Kidd's was so high because of all the casualties he and his crew caused.
Killer, for instance, might be a lot more powerful than his slightly-over a hundred bounty might indicate. He just might be overshadowed by Kidd, much like Zoro is often overshadowed by Luffy.
There are three that have really caught my eye. One of course is Kidd's mummy/zombie crewmember with the wild hair. He even got a line in this chapter and has a distinct look. I think Kidd might even have one more crewmember who'se even taller than mummy/zombie guy (I seem to remember a few chapters ago Kidd was seen with three others…Killer, mummy/zombie dude, and tall guy whose face escapes me. Also, the whole stitched up mouth thing on both mummy/zombie guy and Kidd's flag...connection, there?
Then there's two in Law's crew besides the bear who interest me. The one who was almost knocked out by Rayleigh's ability (XD) and the one with a sort of snow cap on his head (he's on the right on page 12 of this chapter) and it says "GUIN" on it.
The very fact that they were able to take Rayleigh's beam (even if the one Law guy just barely took it) could mean they could have some significance. I definitely bet the zombie/mummy guy is kickass.
All I'm saying is I don't know if they are fodder or not, but everyone is so quick to say "fodder!" when some attention is obviously being placed on some of them. I 'm betting that Law and Kidd, of all of the supernovas, have the potential of being longtime rivals and showing up in future arcs.
Here's another one for you: Why is everyone saying the lower-tier Supernovas, like Bonney and Capone, are going to just keep wiped out for fodder as well? While I agree that some pirates and characters are just there to be annihilated or to be made an example of, I stand by the theory that the SN were created for a more longterm reason and I personally think even the weakest of them aren't going down without a little bit of a fight.
On a final note, since I mentioned Blackbeard a bit earlier...on the 'Blackbeard being the final enemy' theory, which I am a large fan of, who doesn't see Van Auger as being almost custom created to be the 'Mihawk'...the ultimate challenge, if you will, for Usopp? We have not seen a greater sniper in one piece and a sort of ultimate sniper battle would be a very nice final battle for Usopp.