Pull list for May 25 2016
I’ll be going to the store for: Captain Marvel #5, by Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kris Anka, Felipe Smith and Matt Wilson; Mockingbird #3, by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk and Rachelle Rosenberg; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #7, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Marco Failla and Tamra Bonvillain; Ms. Marvel #7, by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Ian Herring; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #6, by Kate Leth and Natasha Allegri; Spider-Man/Deadpool #5, by Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales and Jason Keith; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Andy Hirsch and Rico Renzi; Weirdworld #6, by Sam Humphries, Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso.
I’ll also review: Deadpool #12, by Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish and Nick Filardi; Extraordinary X-Men #10, by Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado; X-Men Worst X-Man Ever #4, by Max Bemis, Michael Walsh and Ruth Redmond.
So that’s 8 comics I’m picking up, and at least 4 reviews. Pricey week.
I’m excited for all of it. Captain Marvel’s been good, and I look forward to seeing how this first arc ends. A shame that Butters and Fazekas won’t be sticking around. Mockingbird has been a lot of fun, and this issue looks like the kind of low-stakes story I love, where a superhero is just there to help someone. Moon Girl is a wonderful comic, full of heart and fun, and we’re now entering the second arc, where Lunella gets her Inhuman gift, and that should be interesting. Ms. Marvel is Ms. Marvel. And this one has Spider-Miles and Nova in it, too. At a science fair! Hellcat is a great, positive comic, and this one will have her going to Coney Island, so that should be fun. Also, Allegri’s art looks pretty gosh-darned adorable. Spider-Man/Deadpool is Deadpool at his best, by Kelly and McGuinness, a great mix of comedy and sincerity. Squirrel Girl is Squirrel Girl, and this issue is called “I Kissed A Squirrel and I Liked it!” So it’s clearly going to be great. And Weirdworld . . . oh man. Weirdworld, guys. Why didn’t more people buy this comic? It’s amazing! And gorgeous! And I’m pretty sure this issue will make me cry.
And in Hellcat, Patsy has Regina Spektor’s “Jessica” as her ring tone now! I love Regina Spektor and you should too!
So there’s rumours that Netflix will be doing shows for Moon Knight, Ghost Rider and Blade. And a lot of people are excited, but I find it kinda lame. Two more white dudes and a black dude. Hurrah. Because we just don’t have enough white dudes. And we all know that black dudes are the only people of colour who exist. And I just think . . . can we stop? Please? Can we stop with white dudes being most of the leads? Can we get more female leads? More leads of colour? Like, why not do a White Tiger show? Any version of the character (though my personal preference would be Ava). How about that? A Latino lead. Wouldn’t that be nice? Or why not announce a Daughters of the Dragon series. Two female leads, both women of colour? One black, one Asian? Let’s do that. Let’s make that a thing.
Or hey, if we’ve gotta do Ghost Rider and Moon Knight, why not make them people of colour? Instead of the outdated Johnny Blaze, go with the more relevant Robbie Reyes, a Latino who lives in poverty taking care of his disabled brother and getting in drag races. Like, in what way would that not be a much better story than some white dude in a circus? Some Evel Knievel knock-off who was so brain-dead that he literally sold his soul to the devil? Why is that the story people want to see, instead of a cool young kid who wants to make a better life for himself and his brother, and gets angry at a world that won’t let him? One of these stories is relevant to the modern world. The other was barely relevant 40 frigging years ago. So why, why, why would you not go with the relevant one?
And for Moon Knight: Why not make him Egyptian-American? A Jew of Egyptian descent. Does he have to be white? Is there anything in his story that requires he absolutely must be white? I would argue there is not. So why not make him non-white? Though I would prefer they keep him Jewish. Jews are horrible under-represented in the MCU. Because, even though they’re usually considered white, they’re still not white enough, it seems. They’re still just a little too ethnic to be allowed to be leads in superhero properties. And that is something that does need to change. But there are Jews from all over the world. So a Jewish-American of Egyptian descent isn’t at all unrealistic. Or, failing that, Arabic descent.
But please, please. ENOUGH! FRIGGING! WHITE GUYS! As the leads. We’ve had those stories. We can’t get away from those stories. There are other frigging stories out there to be told. So can they start being told? Right now, Netflix has two white guys, a white girl and a black guy, and another white guy on the way. And these rumours add two more white guys, and another black guy. So out of 8 leads, there would be 5 white guys, a white girl and two black guys. That is piss-poor diversity, guys. Netflix can and should be doing a whole lot better than that, and it needs to start making changes. Especially considering a lot of the diversity the shows have had has been problematic. Daredevil’s kinda racist treatment of Asians and horrible handling of Elektra. Iron Fist’s cultural appropriation. And people have written about other problems with the shows we’ve had so far, as well, and I’m sure the shows coming up will get more write-ups about how they fumble when it comes to handling diversity.
Of course, the best way to solve a lot of these problems is to get more women and people of colour behind the scenes. There’s really no better way to improve on-screen representation than with off-screen representation.
Related: I posted about this on Twitter. And immediately, some random guy pushed back, and I got into a debate. Which is so weird to me. Any time someone calls for greater diversity, there’s always pushback. I don’t think most of these people are opposed to diversity. It seems like they’re just opposed to talking about diversity. They think it’ll happen on its own, which is not how it works. Change happens because people demand it. That’s just how it works. If people wait patiently, then nothing will come to them. The people who loudly shout about how The Way Things Are is crap? They get things done. The Latino who asks when they get to be more than comedic relief. The Asian-American who says that if Hollywood wants their stories, they’d damned well better show the people. The gay person who tells Hollywood to stop killing them off. These are the people who are going to get Latino, Asian and LGBT representation.
And the people who object every time someone talks about this stuff? They don’t think they’re opposing diversity, but they are. They’re saying that The Way Things Are is just fine, and that the people who want to see a Latino lead should sit down, shut up and wait until the people who make this stuff graciously bestow one upon the audience. And when you ask how long people should wait? They never really have an answer.
Fun note: That guy ended up blocking me. Which I always find hilarious. “I will start an argument with some random guy on Twitter, and when he says things I disagree with, I will block him, rather than simply step away from the debate that I initiated.”
I should do a Deadpool livetweet soon. I’m thinking I might do it tonight. So, if you want to see that, check out my Twitter at, like, 1 am EST. Or wait until I compile them. Whichever.
My schedule for the week: 2:30-11:15 Friday, 11-3:30 Sunday, 3-9:30 Monday. So posts on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday.
And that’s it for this week.