Sina Grace’s ‘Iceman’ returns, saves NYC from MAGA-hat wearing villains (Yawn)

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Once upon a time there was a Marvel superhero named Iceman. He did everything one would expect of a superhero for decades, and as a result he built up an impressive following. Then a weird thing happened in 2015: writer Brian Michael Bendis magically turned him gay. Colleague Sina Grace picked up the creative torch and ran with it — straight into a sales ditch.

If you thought that was the end of Iceman, dear reader, then you are mistaken! Marvel decided at the behest of “advocacy groups” and “librarians” to bring back the character so he could put MAGA-hat wearing villains into phallic ice prisons!

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Yes, that’s right, instead of customers who support local comic shops across the nation dictating behavior inside the former House of Ideas (now a House of Ideologues), “librarians … the media and advocacy groups” swayed the company.

If you disagree with Marvel EIC C.B. Cebulski and comment publicly on the development, then The Washington Post says you’re “suppressing” free speech.

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The author wrote Sept. 13:

Comicsgate participants in fact work to silence opinions they dislike and voices they deem malignant. The left is often accused of intolerance and antipathy to the First Amendment. The most serious new threat to free speech, however, is the use of free speech as a cover for an ongoing online assault on the enemies of the right.

Despite the fact that Marvel writers with the correct political worldview are actually rewarded for failure in 2018 (Mr. Grace’s first crack at the character was a sales embarrassment), and despite the fact that The Washington Post is now running hit pieces on Comicsgate, bloggers like yours truly are somehow a threat to free speech.

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Marvel’s “Iceman” sales for November 2017 sat at 12,677 copies shipped according to Chomichron.

It was only a few short years ago that writers like Dan Slott were framing this little blog as an insignificant but annoying reality. Now Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, and large metropolitan newspapers have their sights fixed on “Comicsgate” because a network of like-minded readers are changing the paradigm.

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Never mind the fact that guys like me implored Mr. Quesada to do some “reflection” on the unprofessional behavior of his employees for years.

The fact of the matter is that Mr. Quesada, Tom Brevoort, and all their friends essentially created their own Frankenstein monster — Comicsgate — because they failed to heed the warnings published on this blog, Dave Huber’s Colossus of Rhodey (no longer active), and others.

Mr. Grace’s second go-round on Iceman is further proof that Marvel is doubling down on stupid and then telling customers they are the bad guys for pointing out what is painfully obvious.

If you want the full rundown on the first issue Iceman versus the MAGA-hat wearing villains, then be sure to watch my latest YouTube video. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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Related: Quesada plays Marvel ‘Memento’ games with Comicsgate’s creation

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Marvel’s Iceman: Sina Grace’s failure explained

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It was just three years ago that Marvel Comics decided to ignore decades of continuity and turn Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, gay. Fans ridiculed writer Brian Michael Bendis’ decision, but little did they know that things would get much worse when the character was handed over to Sina Grace.

There are many examples of “SJW Marvel” fare for comic historians to study in the years ahead, but Mr. Grace’s are particularly illustrative. Most readers are okay with a hero who just so happens to be gay, but they will balk when a character is almost solely defined by his sexuality while occasionally — almost by accident — doing something heroic.

Mr. Grace provided activism masquerading as escapism for months, and fans knew it from the get-go. People gave Iceman the cold shoulder (no pun intended) for good reason, and his response was to blame the character.

Wrong answer.

Check out my latest YouTube video to see why Iceman failed to resonate with comic book fans.

Iceman #1: Purifiers show Marvel’s double-standard, cowardice

Marvel Comics is known for having a “world outside your window” approach to its storytelling, and for decades the company did it well. These days, however, editor Axel Alonso appears to have issued a fiat that creates the politically correct world outside your window.”

Iceman #1  — along with its Christian villains known as “Purifiers” — demonstrates the state of affairs quite nicely.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Would Marvel Comics ever have an anti-mutant group called “The Sons of Jihad” that hunts down metaphorical minorities?
  • Would Marvel Comics ever have an anti-mutant group  called “The Sword of Allah” with costumes featuring a star and crescent moon?

Magic 8 Ball says, “Not likely.” But yet, for some peculiar reason, the “Purifiers” and their Christian crosses are on full display. Meanwhile, the defining national security threat of the last 20 years has had nothing to do with Catholic guys like me.

If you want to hear more about the double-standards and hypocrisy of Marvel, then check out my new YouTube video below. And, as always, feel free to sound off in the comments section.

Editors Note: Make sure to stay tuned after the “outro” music for my “letters to the editor”-type idea for future broadcasts.

Iceman is now gay because … diversity! Marvel hopes Brian Michael Bendis critics stay in the closet

Ice Man Bobby Drake gayOne of my older brothers used to read X-Men and X-Factor when I was growing up in the 80s. Regular readers know that I’ve always been a Spider-Man fan, but I think it’s safe to say that I read plenty of stories with Bobby Drake. Now, after all these years, Brian Michael Bendis has decided that the character is gay. Why? Answer: Diversity!

The Verge reported Tuesday:

Bobby Drake, otherwise known as classic X-Men member Iceman, will come out of the closet this week. In a collection of leaked panels from All-New X-Men #40, due out tomorrow, Drake finds himself outed by fellow teammate Jean Grey. The revelation makes Iceman one of the most prominent (and powerful) LGBT superheroes in Marvel comics, and is in keeping with the company’s push for more diversity among its characters.

The circumstances surrounding the character’s coming out are unique, to say the least. Readers discover that the past, teenaged Bobby Drake, who has been transported to the future along with the original X-Men to help solve a crisis, is gay. Meanwhile, the present-day Iceman — who is still very much around — has had relationships with multiple women in the past. Apparently, that was an act.

A writer who thinks that a character with a long history of dating women can convincingly be turned gay over night is almost as embarrassing as the writer who tells a long and involved tale that ends “…and then I woke up!” Only a company with zero respect for its audience would allow such lazy and transparent pandering to happen. Marvel expects its fans to clap like trained diversity seals who care more about politically correct editorial mandates than sound storytelling. Given that comic industry journalists are little more than Marvel and DC propaganda arms, it’s a good bet you will soon hear the sound of happy seals.

Perhaps just as bizarre was Brain Michael Bendis lamenting the fact that the issue couldn’t come out and “just be. no press. no sensational headlines.”

Brian Michael Bendis Ice Man gayIf Marvel created a brand new hero who just so happened to be gay — or perhaps a gay, disabled, black and Muslim super-powered diversity-mutant — then that could have happened. No one really cares about introducing new characters, but they do care about arbitrarily making drastic changes to a character they’ve known for decades. They also care when legitimate criticism runs up against men like Dan you-support-Jim-Crow-laws-if-you-think-Peter-Parker-should-stay-white Slott.

Read through the comments section on the websites reporting on the suddenly-gay Bobby Drake, and you’ll see plenty of the “you just have a thing against gay people” mentality on display. It’s sad and pathetic, but it’s the kind of stupid partisanship Marvel needs in spades if it plans to continue these stunts.

After years and years of evidence to the contrary, readers are now supposed to believe that the way to melt Iceman’s heart is to have a Y chromosome. If you’re not a fan of Marvel’s diversity for the sake of diversity business model, then I suggest walking away from the brand and letting them know on your regular circuit of comic-related news sites. Only when it bleeds enough in sales will the company possibly get the message.

Hat Tip: douglasernstblog.com reader Eidolon.