If I hear ANOTHER Everett K. Ross lament as a smoke screen to diss RH BP,I swear...
Look,I make no bones about the fact that I LOVED PRIEST'S RUN and on top of that I LOVED PRIEST'S ROSS.No doubt.I loved PRIEST'S interpretation of BP as well.I have gone into depth and detail about it any number of times prior to this,so I won't do so again.
But I love RH BP as well,and nobody but RH could've put BP where he currently IS. The change in the status of the character due to RH penning him,and the unrelenting badassity of His Royal Pantherness in every regard is nothing new. Let me recall to your mind once again,all RH BP haters...MOST OF YOU HATED PRIEST BP TOO,THAT'S WHY IT GOT CANCELLED.Much of the SAME OUTRAGE that most of you are heaping upon RH? YOU HEAPED IT ON PRIEST,TOO.On his own website,PRIEST speaks about this very negative reaction by the boards to BP being treated like the King and genius and tech innovator and warrior that he was originally meant to be and which he demonstrated at his inception and during several arcs of THE AVENGERS in the...was it the 80s?...and with D-MAC (that's DWAYNE MCDUFFIE for all you foolish mortals out there).All prior to PRIEST getting his hands on him.
The only thing that RH did with BP was make him EVEN DOPER STILL.If you LIKE THE CHARACTER,YOU SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THIS.Any argument to the contrary is purely moronic.You don't like RH's writing style? Alright.YOU SHOULD STILL BE HAPPY THAT BP IS NOW A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE MU,IN CIVIL WAR,AND WILL BE IN WORLDWIDE HULK.Even with so brilliant a scribe as D-MAC and PRIEST are,they didn't come CLOSE to this kind of exposure and respect FROM ALL QUARTERS OF THE MU that RH HAS GOTTEN FOR BP.I just read the WHOLE of RH BP and almost all of PRIEST BP...as I own almost the entire run of both.Both are MAGNIFICENT writers...and both have RADICALLY DIFFERENT STYLES.My manz PRIEST has a more prose-oriented,more lyrical,more convoluted style.More multilayered.He has sharp wit and humor and ironic twists that he utilizes more frequently than does RH.RH doesn't LACK these elements,he just doesn't use them THE SAME WAY that PRIEST DOES because THEIR STYLES are different.But make no mistake...BOTH ARE QUALITY WRITERS.RH is more straight up hardcore than PRIEST's writing tends to be.RH BP is regal,but he's quick to beatcha down,too.RH BP is MORE ACCESSIBLE than PRIEST BP...therefore the role that ROSS played in PRIEST'S interpretation of BP is null and void here vis-a-vis RH BP.You know what ROSS does much more of now? HE LETS US SEE HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKS WHEN THE MEDIA ISN'T SNOOPING AROUND AND REPORTING THEIR PRIVATE AND NON-P.C. CONVERSATIONS.Those who don't think that the General was a realistic depiction ought to hear the kind of talk that permeates the armed services bases.I lived in San Diego (a military town) and reside in LONG BEACH ( a military town until recently) and I can assure you that I have heard many an office and NCO use racist labels for their race and other races so frequently that nobody even twitches at it anymore.You remember that phrase..."CURSES LIKE A SAILOR"? Are many of you so naive as to think that such a common adage has no bearing on the reality of life in the armed forces? If so,please utilize your cranium for something more than nodding to the preposterous crapola of other people,and cogitate...reflect...consider...ponder on your own and FOR YOURSELF for a moment.
It is ENTIRELY plausible for BP to defeat CAPTAIN AMERICA.The premier representatives of combat athletes on this planet have FOR DECADES been Black.No doubts were raised as to whom the baddest man on the planet was,and frankly he hasn't been white since before John L. Sullivan.And throw ROCKY MARCIANO outta here before we even START that argument...any Black heavyweight champ who was in his prime from Joe Lewis to Floyd Patterson would utterly destroy ROCKY,and that's why he WOULD NOT FIGHT ANY BLACK CHAMP IN HIS PRIME.Kickboxing? Hoost and Bonjasky...and Hoost in particular would crush anyone in his prime.Including the current 7 footer and champ Semmy Schilt (who is European). Between Hoost and Bonjasky,the K-1 has been dominated for more years by a Black champ than at a comparable time by ANYBODY OTHER PAIR COMBINED.As soon as MMA starts producing million dollar paychecks regularly,bruthas will run that too.You're already seeing the signs.George St.Pierre,Anderson Silva,Vanderlei Silva,Rampage Jackson,and Yves Edwards when his head is on straight.
What I'm saying here is that the premier representatives in single combat have generally been Black since the time we were allowed to genuinely compete.It makes sense that THE PREMIER BLACK MAN would hold a similar edge over his premier Caucasian counterpart.Don't start with cries of racism...because if that's true then it's racist to claim that MICHAEL JORDAN is greater than anybody else...including every White player whom has ever played the game.It would be racist to claim that the premier sprinters in sprinting history are Blacks...and I recall to your mind that Whites ARE represented proportionately in these events,UNLIKE the other events that Whites dominate WHERE BLACKS ARE NOT EQUALLY REPRESENTED BECAUSE WE'RE NOT THAT INTERESTED IN THOSE SPORTS...YET.
Except...when Black people dominate a sport? It's because of our TREMENDOUS NATURAL TALENT.When White people dominate a sport? It's because of their tremendous will,focus,intellect,savvyness and the like...if you believe the sports pundits.Even when playing the same game at the same time and working in tandem.Whom say these things on national TV and don't realize they're being racist.Offensively so.Because Joe Montana was extra savvy and brilliant and focused and possessed uncommon will and savvyness.And Jerry Rice...his favorite receiver and probably the greatest to ever play the game...was merely superbly gifted physically,but less endowed with the finer and more sublte aspects of character that indicates true greatness that withstands the tests of time rather than physcial gifts that fade as time inexorably marches on.Despite the fact that Jerry Rice in particular embodies the absolute falseness of this belief.
And Captain America can lose to anyone from Primus to Crossbones...except...when facing the premier example of the premier athletes and hand to hand combatants on the Earth? He MUST win...he cannot possibly lose.I remember the uproar when PREIST had TCHAKA merely TIE with CAPTAIN AMERICA...and had a whole ambush set to wipe out CAP and all the soldiers with him should CAP have done something out of line.Ohhhhh...do I remember the uproar and pisstivity of most people in my LCS.And when RH BP actually BEAT CAP DOWN and CARRIED HIM OFF? That set off so many people that one of the most rabid CAP fans started a physical altercation with me.No joke.And the ironic thing is...after BP,CAP is my favorite guy.
So shut it up about ROSS.RH is not PRIEST,so deal with it.Don't like it? DON'T BUY IT. But if you're a BLACK PANTHER fan,as opposed to a FAN OF A WRITER...then AT LEAST CREDIT RH for doing WHAT NOBODY ELSE COULD HAVE DONE:
He made BP and A-LIST PLAYER RECOGNIZED THROUGHOUT THE MU.
If you hate on that,you're not a BP fan anyway,and nothing will satisfy you no matter what unless it includes the denigration and/or cancellation of the character.Period.