May 15, 2016

Like kryptonite, social justice warriors are killing the comic book universe

David MenziesMission Specialist

Who’d have thought Superman’s most daunting foe wouldn’t be Lex Luthor or Brainiac, but Playstation and the Internet? Today’s Grade Three demographic isn’t interested in reading about the X-Men, preferring to spend hours glued to an X-box.

With the new media onslaught, comic book publishers have seen a declining readership. Marvel Comics went bankrupt in 1996 and comic sales continue to nosedive but superhero spinoffs – TV shows, movies, video games, licensed merchandise – are billion-dollar industries.

Last Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, with shops across the continent giving away over two million complimentary comics to gin up readership. I applaud efforts to get kids reading. I devoured them as a kid and would love to see a comeback. But have you checked the comic book racks lately? They’ve succumbed to the kryptonite of political correctness.

Characters have been re-imagined”. At Marvel, The Mighty Thor is now a woman, Spider-Man is a black Hispanic, and Ms. Marvel is a Muslim (minus a burka or hijab.) DC has new Green Lanterns -- one gay, the other Muslim. Don’t expect a crossover storyline between those two because it might not go well. DC’s social engineers already goofed with the Muslim Green Lantern whose forearms are covered with tattoos, strictly "haram" in Islam. Boy, it’s not easy being politically correct, is it?

Comic book publishers in the 70’s tried to be more diverse too, but today’s efforts seem more like pandering. They haven’t done a very good job -- every superhero on my decades-old "Friends Of Ol’ Marvel" poster is white. But instead of changing the race and sex of established characters, why not introduce new and interesting female and non-white characters? Or develop the cool and diverse characters that already exist like Black Panther and Luke Cage?

For now, the comic book universe seems to be caving to those whiny social justice warriors who demand change for the sake of change. Accepting this way of thinking might be politically correct but it doesn’t make for compelling storylines.

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commented 2016-05-16 09:48:24 -0400
Comic books are promoting gender stupidity, and I urge those parents who are buying comic books to read them first. They will be loaded with the agenda messages that only confuse children.
commented 2016-05-16 04:54:16 -0400
There’s a Wonder Woman comic out there where said title character uses her truth lasso on a man. When he tells a truth that a mob of SJW don’t like, Wonder Woman calls it “mansplaining” and allows one of the women to physically slug him in the face. Try googling Wonder Woman with mansplaining in the search and you can see the entire page.

So much for the Truth and Justice that she used to represent.
commented 2016-05-16 01:28:39 -0400
Sad, i was the a huge comic geek, still have many long boxes of OLDER comics , the new crap will be diluted and preachy. At least i got to enjoy some great decades of awesome comics.
commented 2016-05-15 21:07:06 -0400
I hear the Hulk is now Asian, and the original Thor is a disabled guy with a prosthetic arm.

The good news is, at least Garfield is still an orange cat.
commented 2016-05-15 18:16:25 -0400
I took my 8 year-old daughter to the comic book store yesterday. (the Green Dragon in Guelph) to get a comic. Although her favorite super-hero is spiderman, she really likes wolverine as well. Wolverine was always my fave too. So we found the latest wolverine comic ….. Turns out he had been replaced by a female character. It doesn’t really matter to me, being a grownup who has almost outgrown comics. I believe that the market will tell them if it was a good choice. My daughter, on the other hand, would not accept that wolverine was a girl and she had the employee show us where the back issues were. She was not impressed.
commented 2016-05-15 15:55:29 -0400
My friend stated that he had just read the best comic book of all time,he even lent it to me, It is called the Quran.
commented 2016-05-15 14:48:44 -0400
I used to be a Walking Dead fan which is a very popular AMC show based on the comic of the same name. I’ve never read the comic so I don’t know what happens in it; however, the show is extremely PC. It goes out of its way to include gay, lesbian, interracial couples in their characters. I’ve noticed however, all the bad characters are of one type: Caucasian males. Sorry, one time they went out on a limb and made the evil character a white female…how brave. I’m just waiting now for a transgendered hero to emerge. There have been 6 seasons and I cannot recall a major, or even semi-major character/leader, who is ‘bad’, being African American, Hispanic, Asian, or heaven forbid muslim. The producers are all about diversity when it comes to good, upstanding, courageous characters; but, the show seems to have no problem being homogenous when it comes to bad characters. I think I’m done watching. As I said I haven’t read the comics; but, judging by David’s piece, I’d say guess it is equally as skewed.
commented 2016-05-15 14:37:43 -0400
The story is leaned into the right’s narrative that everything they don’t understand, believe or care for must therefore be wrong, the opposite of PC is RW nonsense, Spiderman for example is NOT a black hispanic, that character is an alternate version & the American right wing media has had a field day with it, the idea that the new Captain America is now Falcon ruined everyone’s day on the Rush Limbaugh show…just typical half truth story, tell you just enough to get you riled up…
commented 2016-05-15 13:48:41 -0400
Lefties destroying the innocence of youth activities once again!
commented 2016-05-15 13:22:51 -0400
I would say a mistake is made but unfortunately; it hasn’t. Comic book companies know exactly what they are doing. It’s up to the consumer to let them know what’s up. While not comic book characters, the 1998 portrayal of Blade by Wesley Snipes and, more recently The Black Panther (I apologize for not knowing the actors name – yet) are examples of some of the best portrayals of global characters to date. They’re true “good guys” or at least “characters” that retain their ethnic identity (because thats just soon important in fantasy) but exhibit universal hero values. *spoiler alert* I was tremendously impressed with Black Panther’s decision at the end of Civil War to not succumb to revenge/rage and “kill” the bad guy. This bypassed the annoying “Will Smith and I’m Black” crap and gave the character dignity. I can’t wait for his solo adventure! Are real heroes coming back? I hope so. If they keep making characters like this, skin colour will become far less relevant to the average fan.
commented 2016-05-15 12:38:43 -0400
@ bob would that be the wino may who defended a murdering terrorist and is a disgrace as a canadian
commented 2016-05-15 11:39:38 -0400
The Americans own Trigglypuff, but we have Elizabeth May.
commented 2016-05-15 10:43:04 -0400
“I didn’t want to say that directly, but it was implied.”

What can I say. I am about as politically incorrect as they come … and proud of it.
commented 2016-05-15 10:38:31 -0400
All along, comic book superheros have been portraying the greatest diversity in the history of the world; the struggle between good and evil.
commented 2016-05-15 10:36:05 -0400
i offend my friends and enemies sometimes because i abhor political correctness ,i say things and they cringe and tell me i can’t say those things . the first thing i ask them is if anything i said is untrue and they usually tell me no but we don’t talk like that anymore,i reply i will not bend over for the PC crowd ,it is time people stop being sheep and i am not talking about using words like the n-word or stuff like that,i am talking about words spoken in ordinary conservations .
commented 2016-05-15 09:57:37 -0400
Fortunately Rebellion in the UK regularly reprint new and classic 2000AD stories so we don’t all have to suffer that Marvel and DC crap all of the time. In fact between Invasion! in 1977 and The Apocalypse War in 1982 that eponymous British comic said far more about Britain’s role in the then-ongoing Cold War than any amount of Steve Sailer-analysis from reading dusty old 70’s geopolitical theory books ever could. Also back in the cold war day Enoch Powell and Tony Benn were firm friends as well as political allies. Blows your tiny bi-partisan minds doesn’t it?!
commented 2016-05-15 09:47:36 -0400
Peter Netterville – I didn’t want to say that directly, but it was implied. She’s certainly the picture of being out of control, which is the very definition of those ridiculous SJW’s and their constant demands, and out right hissy fits!
commented 2016-05-15 09:43:43 -0400
Dave, what are you smoking bro? Comic books (er, I mean “graphic novels”) are the number one source for SJW science and technology info/policy – they won’t tank their mentor source!

They may bluster about wanting all the super heroes to be GLB scape goats Vogon types but they do so half heartedly because secretly they have a juvenile fetish for tight spandex on muscle men and hot vixens. Don’t shatter their latent homosexual fantasy – that would be just plain mean.
commented 2016-05-15 09:39:35 -0400
“A picture really does speak a thousand words.”

That picture has more than a thousand words. It has a thousand pounds.
commented 2016-05-15 09:21:59 -0400
Robert – that is the perfect image for their superhero! A picture really does speak a thousand words.
commented 2016-05-15 09:08:20 -0400
The new SJW superhero? Trigglypuff!
commented 2016-05-15 08:58:38 -0400
Comic books were the rage when I was growing up too! There were also a few smut rags that were circulated as well. Of course nobody knew where they came from. The trading of comic books was how many kids made money. They were learning to be entrepreneurs, which many did become in later life. And the stories in them were devoured from cover to cover, producing excellent reading skills and comprehension. It would be nice to see a comeback, but I think they are going the way of 8-track tapes, and dinosaurs. As for twisting and distorting characters for political correctness, those who drive the agenda, have to control the message. They’ve ruined comic books for compromising on their integrity, making decisions to please specific segments of society. They’ve doomed themselves to irrelevance!