Invincible Iron Man #4 hit the shelves of your local comic shop this week, which means Brian Michael Bendis’ biohack ninjas have returned. There’s only one problem: The professional killers who gave Tony Stark and James Rhodes a run for their money now have turned into foot clan clowns from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This move allows teenager Riri Williams — who isn’t scared of deadly assassins while in her civilian clothes — to prove once again how superawesomefantasticbrilliant she is compared to Tony.
Question: Does anyone believe the reports that Marvel will quick injecting politics into its books in 2018? It’s hard to believe this will actually happen, given the way writers like Mr. Bendis will torture their creations with perfection if wins them plaudits from politically correct Tumblr kids who don’t even buy the books.
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We all saw this coming from a mile away… sigh. Is Bendis even trying? Nay, scratch that — at this point, I’m starting to believe he just paid some Tumblr dweller 1 dollar or less to happily do all the “scripts” for him while he just sits back and bask in their pathetic adulation.
Thank you, Douglas, for continuing to brave through this miserable cesspit for us. I couldn’t even last three issues given how quickly it degenerated into full-blown Mary Sue Land.
“I’m starting to believe he just paid some Tumblr dweller 1 dollar or less to happily do all the ‘scripts’ for him while he just sits back and bask in their pathetic adulation.”
That really would be “ComicGate.” Haha. 🙂
“Thank you, Douglas, for continuing to brave through this miserable cesspit for us. I couldn’t even last three issues given how quickly it degenerated into full-blown Mary Sue Land.”
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These new characters like Riri have taken on the mantle and name of the heroes they are replacing, but are also being given the reputation and respect that come with that mantle even though they haven’t EARNED it.
One of the main issues with these characters is that there is no journey, no growth, no real flaws, no actual challenges to overcome. They have been created and shot forth into the world with unearned status and we are demanded to care about them. But we cannot, they are boring and they have no real substance. Even a creation like Riri has potential, but she is not really even a character as she is currently. She is a symbol and mouthpiece for what the writer wants to say. No other real thought was put into Riri other than how she can be used to push an agenda and make for stories in newspapers about diversity.
Riri is a sham, a nothing of a character that is held together by duct tape and chewing gum. When you peel back the surface, she is hollow and meaningless.
I remember a Spider-Man story where the second Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale, shows up to the Kingpin’s building throwing a fit and demanding a job because he is the Hobgoblin and he thinks he deserves it. The Kingpin’s toady, a guy called the arranger, rebukes him saying:
“My dear Macendale… you are a boor! You are an idiot. An incompetent. A prattling fool. You steal another man’s identity and expect to be respected for that? Absurd.”
Riri is a boor. She is a facade. A flawless empty shell. Riri has Iron Man’s book, and has taken his place in the Marvel universe, so Marvel expects us to respect and admire her for that? Absurd.
“I remember a Spider-Man story where the second Hobgoblin, Jason Macendale, shows up to the Kingpin’s building throwing a fit and demanding a job because he is the Hobgoblin and he thinks he deserves it. The Kingpin’s toady, a guy called the arranger, rebukes him saying:
‘My dear Macendale…you are a boor! You are an idiot. An incompetent. A prattling fool. You steal another man’s identity and expect to be respected for that? Absurd.’
Riri is a boor. She is a facade. A flawless empty shell. Riri has Iron Man’s book, and has taken his place in the Marvel universe, so Marvel expects us to respect and admire her for that? Absurd.”
I wish this comment took place in a debate with you and Mr. Bendis at some sort of comic con. You would finish your last word and the crowd would burst into applause and cheers. Mr. Bendis would fidget in his seat, perhaps start to stutter some sort of feeble retort (‘I…I…but you see…what you need to consider is…), realize that he has been dealt a rhetorical death blow, and it would all be over.”
In this atmosphere, it’s impossible for these guys to write a new compelling ‘diverse’ character. I love the stupid excuses for this: ‘It’s too HARD to start a new character!”. This is just a poor excuse. The truth is, the overwhelming pressure their ideology puts them under guarantees that they can’t do anything interesting, challenging or thoughtful with a non-white male character. Ironic, but predictable.
Riri will never, under Bendis anyway, confront the violence of her origin in any truly enlightening way. To these guys, it’s just a general ‘bad things that happen to black people, but all black people are good people ruined by white people, so…lets just get to the good part’. It’s not based on intelligent thought, it’s based on cheap semantics. Perhaps he’ll ‘get around to it’ one day, but a good origin story involving her would have been done already. Peter Parker is established for all time in his first appearance, there is never again an ambiguity about who or what he is (until Slott LOLOL). Riri is, as carnage describes, nothing. The origin is meant to elicit sympathy, than she goes off to be a massive virtue signaling project for Bendis.
Which brings me to my point…all of this, even Spider-Gwen, Thor-Girl, and Sam Wilson, were attempts by a heavily politically conscious writing and editorial staff at marvel to tell the world how virtuous and liberal they are. In the process they have destroyed long cherished characters and made some of the most shallow and pathetic examples of heroes I have ever seen. I’m sorry, I know other’s accepted Sam Wilson/Captain America, but anyone who ever really cared about the portrayal of African Americans in media should have cried foul…why must he don the clothes of another character to gain respect? When Spencer wrote that panel where a semi-racist cannot accept Sam as Captain America, he was in effect saying: You are racist if you don’t accept us tearing a man down to be a shadow of another…a minority no less. It took the movie department little change to make Falcon an extremely popular character. The comics division couldn’t be bothered until it was time to tell everyone what good people they are.
Since when did Pepper become a goddamn ninja?
Anyhoo, I was wondering if you would like to check out an ongoing Spider-Man fanfic from some friends of mine? They’re steadily gaining some praise for this work, and they wanted your thoughts on where they’re going with it
“Anyhoo, I was wondering if you would like to check out an ongoing Spider-Man fanfic from some friends of mine? They’re steadily gaining some praise for this work, and they wanted your thoughts on where they’re going with it.”
Sure thing. I’m generally hesitant to critique these sorts of projects, but if there are specific questions I’d be happy to help. If you’re asking me if I pick up a love for the characters and their histories together, then I certainly pick that up. Is there anything that is glaringly weird or embarrassing? No. There’s a bit going on for “Chapter 1,” but I understand your train of thought and the ending with Otto is intriguing.
The only thing that really made me go, “Hmmmm,” was the joke about Billy Mays, who died many years ago at this point. Those sorts of jokes are quickly dated to begin with, and here you’re making one about a man who hasn’t walked the earth in close to a decade. I suppose if I were helming a Spider-Man title that I’d concentrate more on situational humor that doesn’t rely on any knowledge of popular culture. When you do that, someone can read your work today or ten years from now and the joke will never prompt someone to say, “Who? Who was that? Oh well.”
Anyway, I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
I wonder how much of each of the following goes into the thinking behind this and similar series:
1. “There is an untapped female market out there, this will attract those buyers.”
2. “I have a moral imperative to help tear down the white male character hegemony.”
3. “The Tony Stark character is tapped out, let’s do something different for a while.”
4. “Take THAT, Ike Perlmutter and Donald Trump! Hah! Up your nose with a rubber hose!”
I think it’s great that the only Marvel female character that has been really able to sustain her own series and create enthusiasm (Squirrel Girl) was created by the one guy at Marvel who hated political correctness.
It would be interesting to find out how many female fans recently walked into a comic shop trying to read a version of Tony that they see on the big screen, only to find out that he’s essentially dead, which prompted them to walk out the door.
One report from a LCS’ said that very thing — that a lot of Original Flavor Iron Man vol. 1 was flying out the doors, but not the Marvelous RiRi.