Whassup blkyoda and everybody else,just dropping by for some supreme illumination...
In all of my life,I have met only ONE person whom I would consider a candidate for the fringe/quasi lunatic comic book guy,and that was the infamous Captain America fan encounter that I relayed back on HEF 1.0.The ironic thing is--as many here can attest to--I am a DEVOUT fan of Captain America,a steadfast and loyal buyer (when I have the money) and unabashed admirer.Hell,remember when Marvel had that MARVEL HEROES role playing game like DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS? CAPTAIN AMERICA was one of the guys I played the most.I especially like ULTIMATE CA,as my posts on that thread indicate.You know what else? RH is a CAP fan too...I remember his reference to the Captain America shield that he has on HEF 1.0.I remember him gushing that he loves Brubaker's Cap. I remember him annointing THE ULTIMATES as his favorite group about a year ago. I recall reading on RH's summary on the WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER TPB that he considers BP to be to Africa what CAPTAIN AMERICA is to Americans...that CA embodies the ideals that makes us all proud to be called Americans,and the same holds true for BP.Reflect on that...RH said CA embodies the ideals that MAKES US ALL PROUD to be Americans.He didn't discount himself...he identifies himself as being American.But at no time does he ignore the fact that he is a Black man,he is fully aware of it and embraces it wholeheartedly and unreservedly...he even writes several paragraphs in which he extols the impact of hiphop--the music for the "badass" as he described it--in his pitch or summary to Marvel.He points out that being a Black man in America is an act of defiance,and people identify with/greatly admire that kind of character trait ( especially when it is done in the context of a greater good.)
But racist? No. In the literal and deeper sense,if you are a Black person you CANNOT genuinely hate an entire branch of another race anywhere on this planet...as we are literally the mothers and fathers of every human that has ever existed.If you hate another race,at some point that hate is either exposed as ignorance that has been manipulated or self hate or tragically sometimes both.RH is not ignorant in that regard,doesn't evince even an atom of self-hate,gushes and exudes love for self and pride...thus he literally CANNOT be a racist.Not in the "racially prejudice" sociological definition,and not in the common but less accurate definition either.
But being who he is,he is fully aware of both racism AND racists,and has no problem pointing it out where he thinks he sees it.He also has no problem with calling out those whom he considers to be intellectually dishonest.He has done both several times on the previous HEF and in other sites...what quite a few critics are not prepared for is his lack of ceremony when doing so.He'll call you a racist to your face AND to your momma's face and not stutter a single little bit...but that's a reflection of his strength of character,people.He says what he means,and more of us should be like that.However,HE NEVER STARTS THE BEEF...he's just not scared to chin-check those who DO START BEEF and somehow stupidly expect to be pampered and treated with kid gloves as they continue their rude diatribes.Remember the Storm fans and the others whom rushed over to this site? Remember how a virtual flame war THAT THEY INTITIATED ensued,and then how I and several other members onsite turned the discussion into an adult but intense analysis of the characters,their histories,and the merits of the various positions taken?
Ladies and gentleman,did RH start this negativity? I mean anywhere at any site? NEVER ONCE.What was occuring was something like this: a person or group of people would slam the book,and usually without reading a single lick of it.Many of the very few who DID read a portion of the book took CA losing to BP as the ultimate insult and concluded the book was about bashing White folks (as the bastion of White strength and manhood--the mighty CA--was felled by this jungle dude) and launched into all manner of discussions seeking to decorate their insecurity with specifics (like continuity,questions about BP's "new powers",outright profane vulgar denounciations of RH,BP,the story,the book,and anybody not THOR-LIKE defeating CA in single combat,all spouting from fans whom claim to be the most sincere followers of comics and devoid of even the most minute negative bias of any sort) when nothing could be further from the truth.These worthies were joined by more logical individuals whom had differing perspectives and concerns ranging from disliking the fact that RH's run wasn't basically PRIEST's run resurrected to the more conservative views epitomized by our dear internet friend,michaelintp,who was initially offended by the portrayal of the CONDOLEEZA RICE character,the General character,and any suggestion that the USA would seek to invade WAKANDA.He particularly objected to the roundtable discussion that attended ROSS' debriefing,and he emphasized that nobody would behave as the General did in such a meeting,as michaelintp himself is a federal employee (of managerial level,if I recall correctly) and gives his own word that no such behaviour would be remotely tolerated.All of us HEF vets recall these events and how impassioned and intense the discussions and debates would become...and to make matters more interesting,many of these different debates happened at the same time,yet somehow a member participating in only ONE aspect of the debate would feel as if he/she/they had a grasp of the ENTIRETY of the book and thus would make all forms of prognostications with deep solemnity and great authority,grave sincerity...all of which were proven wrong as can be.Proven logically,simply and clearly to be wrong as the story continued on.
And what was RH's main refrain back then? After annihilating the often lengthy contentions of his myriad critcs with just a few sparse sentences,he would frequently say:"Read the book".
Lo and behold,as we kept reading,each and every concern was dealt with in the story itself.Each and every one.
Now we can debate about and ultimately dislike the style of the story in various arcs.I thought that several of the issues of WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER was slow,and I thought initially that the fight with the Black Knight was done too quickly.I thought that THE RHINO penetrating Wakanda's vaunted outer perimeter defenses was difficult to swallow.I thought that there were a couple of issues in there that were a little too slow in pacing.But as I reflected on the books AFTER I READ THEM I thought I began to discern where this book might be heading,and I think that I have been right more times than I have been wrong.I saw that the Black Knight was swiftly defeated NOT because BK wasn't a tough adversary,but because BK made the mistake of tangling with BP and therefore got beat down quickly because BP is...in the words of CIEN on HEF 1.0 when the question of BP's power levels were brought up...A BADASS LEVEL 8 (RH liked that description).I recalled that THE RHINO fought The Hulk and survived intact,thus his breaching of some of Wakanda's perimeter defenses was reasonable when looked at from that perspective...and THEN I remembered that RH wrote KLAW reminding BATROC of that very thing,and it was in fact RH's scripted dialogue between KLAW AND BATROC that recalled to my mind that RHINO V HULK did indeed happen in the first place.This is an excellent point and an indication of RH's subtle but clearly expertise in his craft...the man can write and write well.blkyoda,I can see you thinking that the series wasn't very well written in your eyes,and that's cool...but I ask you: in the TWO THE HARD WAY arc,did not TCHALLA and CAGE's interaction ring as true and authentic to you? Did not CAGE'S history being retold far,far better than it ever has been in the space of a few pages--even by the writer who created CAGE's history in the first place,who had a double sized comic book to tell the story--not cause some form of admiration to be stirred in your heart? Did not the triumvirate of Shang-Chi,CAGE and BP not make your heart sing just a LITTLE bit? Didn't the humor that continues to spice the whole series not startle at least one chuckle out of you? As a professor,didn't you enjoy the discourse between BP and the Black Knight...especially when BP asked the Black Knight if he thought that God had abandoned him now that the Black Knight had lost? There were other examples aplenty throughout the series,but didn't that startle a chuckle out of you...a chuckle of appreciation of the both the humor AND the erudition in the question? Come on blkyoda...didn't you enjoy CAGE telling BP that he wasn't trying to hear anything about SHANG CHI being better than IRON FIST? Didn't you enjoy the MOKF climbing a mountain and fighting a dragon--classic,classic old skool kung fu epic storytelling--before crashing in on his father in yet another of those classic MOKF v FU MANCHU throwdowns...and in the process,didn't you feel RH when he FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY pointed out the stupid stupid stupid inconsistency obvious within his father's very name,which indicated the ignorance of the writers who first created the father of MOKF and set him up as MOKF's main antagonist? In that one correction,RH demonstrated 3 vital things: 1) That RH both possessed the academic knowledge to spot this gross error about FU MANCHU and cared enough to correct it,while providing the framework to do so 2) He did so without disrupting continuity 3) He IMO subtly made a very good point about the need of diversity in the writers of various characters,as I guarantee you that a Mandarin and/or Cantonese speaking Chinese writer would've NEVER let Shang-Chi's father have a name that was so grossly unfit for the character.That would be on the order of naming ROBIN HOOD'S nemesis THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM something like THIS DUDE FROM NOTTINGHAM,and keeping the name THIS DUDE FROM NOTTINGHAM since ROBIN HOOD's inception.
Are you telling me that you didn't feel JUST A TEENY BIT OF PRIDE when you saw BLADE,BROTHER VOODOO,CAGE,BP and MONICA together handling those vampires and the whole Katrina thing? Didn't you see the Black celebrities trying to help out with Katrina and being told "no" by the federal employee dude (that was sicc to me...a very potent metaphor on RH's part depicting the miserable failure by the US government to enact aid to NEW ORLEANS.I personally think find this failure more than a little suspicious and wouldn't at all by surprised to discover that this "failure" was in all actuality a combination of institutional governmental inteptitude and "policy" so that Whites could basically take back New Orleans) and blkyoda please don't tell me that you didn't think that GRADY AND FRED SANFORD wasn't funny? Come on dawg...only a Black writer could have dropped them in here,and I thought that it was madd funny.Btw,it was in the BRIDE arc that talk of THE BLACK AVENGERS was officially mentioned by the average Black peeps,too...on the block when FALCON was ondeck trying to locate BP after BP and CAGE flew away in the ninja super ship sent by Han.Lordy,I cracked up when RH had CAGE recognize HAN's name as the villain in ENTER THE DRAGON,another sweet reference (and I think almost everybody on HEF knows I'm a martial artist,and almost all of us martial artists love us some Bruce Lee.Didn't MOKF look like BRUCE to you? He definitely called Bruce to mind to me...) I loved BP's talk to Monica...I loved him making sure that BLADE looked like WESLEY.
I honestly prefer the look of PRIEST'S BP in suits though...the older baldheaded BP looked fly as hell in his suits and locs (black shades).Reminded me of Avey Brooks in A MAN CALLED HAWK...yall remember that?
In my opinion,blkyoda,RH's scripting and grasp of characterization,his humor and most recently his triumph in #18 is indicative of quality writing and then some.I have no problem with you not liking his style,or disagreeing with the speed with which BP and STORM get married...hey,I can see your perspective,albeit I disagree with your perspective in this regard.But I have to honestly ask you where do you spot--I mean specifically where --do you see subpar writing? Or were you just not feeling various books because the plot,theme,or whatever felt weak to you? I thought the BRIDE arc wasn't just arbitrarily throwing in guest appearances,I thought it showed BP's international pull and tossed a spotlight on the Orient as seen through the eyes of a brotha,plus it gave RH the opportunity to make the direly needed corrections to FU MANCHU and the other things that I alluded to earlier.Could you elaborate?
And honestly,I think that I and several other HEF members have demonstrated our open-mindedness time and time again.I don't think that it's accurate to portray the majority of the board as being initially or at any time during its previous and current membership makeup on HEF 1.0 or now as being close minded,reactionary or defensive...