It is 2014, and the very fact that it is (sadly) a radical and subversive act for the face of Capt. America to be that of a black man shows us how little we have, in fact, progressed in the last 50 years and how very important it is that this is happening.
I don’t care that it’ll get changed around in 18 months. Show me one fucking thing Marvel has done in the last 30 years that stayed permanent. Uncle Ben does not actually count.
I don’t care if they’ve done shit like this before. Comics need to be cyclical because the stories they tell need to be constantly re-absorbed by new generations.
I don’t care if you think your enjoyment of comics is more important than a new generation of the most disenfranchised kids in our country getting solid visual proof that someone *does* think they can be the face of America.
I don’t care if you think it needs to be better written to justify the change. Yes, there are examples of Hugo-level writing in the comics medium, but the overwhelming bulk of comics writing is and mostly always has been average at best, to the point where storylines that rise to the level of “good” get hailed as the second coming.
Pointing out a rouster of 2nd tier minority characters (however well or poorly written they have been) only underscores the problem. You show kids they they can only be the hero’s pal, only the sidekick, only the hero of another story that happens offscreen or in a title that you’ll never have access to or in cannon so obscure that it might as well have not actually happened and you are telling them that they will never be a main character, period. This has a real actual and negative effect in how kids view themselves and their place in the world and it is something we can actually change!
Just because you don’t get it, just because it doesn’t affect you, just because you are comfortable with the way things are or have been, does not mean that this is the way things should always be. This shit is changing and I’m sorry but the print comics are not going to be your arcadia for the pure simple reason that the aging white fanboy demographic does not have the spending power to equal the metric fuckton of money that comes in though movies and merchandising.
And finally, it’s not just Cap, and it’s not just Thor. It’s Miles Moralez as Spider Man. It’s Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel. Fuck, it’s about Quvenzhané Wallis as Little Orphan Annie. It’s about showing kids who see faces like their own branded constantly as criminals and victims and bodies and statistics and future inmates and future terrorists that they can be… not just *a* hero, not just the “minority” hero , but THE hero. The hero that everyone looks up to, the hero they have forever and always been told is not for them. The hero that everyone recognizes at halloween. The hero that’s up on the movie screen and in the toy store. The hero that even your grandma recognizes. The hero that everyone wants to be.
That’s the important shit. Not this Kevin Smith/Comic Book Guy silliness.
every time anyone characterises a male character who has canonically shown romantic interest in women as “gay 100% homosexual all about the dudes who likes girls ew! he’s definitely only into cisgender men!!!” i feel another strand of my hair turn to dragonscale
soon the transformation will be complete and the monster will emerge. the bi-wilderbeast. the levia-pan. the polygon
I can actually make an awesome poached egg! its’ the sauce and everything else that looks super complicated.
… His face does kind of resemble a well poached egg just as you are pressing the fork into it, right before it bursts.
I must write to thank you for the darling piece of fiction that you wrote based on my prompt. It had everything I could have dreamed of and more; from the belt buckle to unprompted Rikki & Kate, to “arrogant" to Bon Jovi & Poison.
I simply loved every moment of it, so much so that when I reached the cut I found myself stopping, looking up and saying “my gosh, this is perfection”.
Just like this:
:) I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Kate kind of hijacked it away from Anya and Jessica, which is something I guess “arrogant” people do lol.