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