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Other Comics / Mutants as an allegory for racism
« on: September 18, 2006, 12:51:12 pm »
Now, it's not really any secret that mutants, X-Men, were meant as a sort of allegory for racial oppression. People discriminated against mutants, while glorifying people like Captain America and the Fantastic Four, just because they were born different. They've faced Aparthied like conditions, people have tried to wipe them out. And from the start, there were two groups. The group that wanted peaceful co-existance (X-Men and Xavier) and the group that wanted seperation, by violence if necessary (Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants).

So how much do you read into that? Do you think it's a trite attempt to make comics seem political? Is it an accurate metaphor for the oppression of minorities? Am I reading too much into it and should just read for entertainment?

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I'm curious about your thoughts on this. I remember when I was younger, I bought a Spidey with Black Panther in it. My mom saw it and said he was a horrible stereotype, and Marvel was racist for having such a character. Now I know Hudlin, and I think Priest before him, have tried very hard to show that BP is not just a stereotype, but a strong black role model.

So the question is, when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby originally created BP were they just reinforcing racial stereotypes, or were they trying to bring down racial barriers by making a strong black character? Could it be both? Can someone be good intentioned, and yet still racist? And if that's the case, is it okay?

Thoughts?

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Other Comics / Annihilation - A crossover worth reading
« on: September 18, 2006, 10:46:59 am »
Civil War is bland. Many characters acting out of character. It's just one big drama that is neither epic nor entertaining. But Annihilation, marvel's cosmic crossover, is amazing.

If you haven't picked it up, I highly suggest you go try to find all the back issues. It's got deep character development, a solid plot that doesn't depend on 'shaking up the MU' or shock factor. And it has Drax The Destoyer being a major badass.

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Black Panther / Question about the Ebony Blade
« on: September 14, 2006, 08:42:21 pm »
So is Panther's Ebony Blade not THE Ebony Blade? Because if so, I'm really confused about the continuity of the Blade.

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