September 29, 2015

Marvel is officially off the rails. Completely.

The company is "celebrating" the 50th anniversary of SHIELD with a ... "special" issue.

(Before we continue, bonus points for anyone who knows what the acronym SHIELD means -- there's three versions, actually.*)

Fury #1 features both Nick Furys -- the original (white) guy, and the former "Ultimate" (black) version modeled after Samuel L. Jackson. Apparently some crazed individual plans to travel back in time to ... assassinate a young Barack Obama in 1965. (The prez was born in 1961.)

Now, you may ask "Why? What could possibly be gained by doing that?"

All you need do is scope out these panels. There it is -- (black) Nick Fury examining scenes of 1965 America and 2015 America. In the former, we witness a black youth being beaten by police. In 2015 we see -- wait for it! -- the 'ol "Hands Up, Don't Shoot," a black youth standing with his hands raised in front of police decked out in riot gear and pointing rifles at the kid:

Of course, that expression and the whole movement based on it was a fraud, but what does writer David Walker care? He's a got a narrative to push, and in a nutshell that narrative says "Nothing has changed at all in 50 years for African-Americans."

But back to the president. Check out this panel:

Well, duh -- temporal mechanics says killing anyone in the past will "change the world as it's supposed to be." But really -- other than being the first black president, which certainly is a symbolic event -- what has Obama done that has been so "world changing"??

Have race relations improved since his election? Not according to this recent NY Times/CBS News poll:

... nearly six in 10 Americans, including heavy majorities of both whites and blacks, think race relations are generally bad, and that nearly four in 10 think the situation is getting worse.

By comparison, two-thirds of Americans surveyed shortly after President Obama took office said they believed that race relations were generally good.

Anyone remember Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention?

Maybe that's why people had such a positive view of race relations prior to him being elected. Then his actual actions spoke for him, and, well, see those current poll numbers again.

I'm sure writer Walker could care less about those numbers, and would probably blame it all on "racism," as asinine as that would be, natch. It shouldn't be the least bit surprising, though, for, after all, he adheres to the fictitious story surrounding Michael Brown. So hell, why not create a story where we're supposed to believe that, other than pure symbolism, Barack Obama is some mythical, larger-than-life figure whose presence in history needs to be preserved at all costs?

Martin Luther King Jr., who truly is a monumental historical civil rights figure, and whose actions truly effected great (racial) change, would have been a much more logical focus of such a story.

* Original: Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division.

1991 meaning: Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate.

Movie/TV show meaning: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Posted by Hube at September 29, 2015 04:59 PM | TrackBack

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what i find funny is my guess would be that 80-90% of comic book readers are middle aged white males. so that begs the question - who is their audience?

Posted by: Arthur at September 30, 2015 09:40 AM

"what has Obama done that has been so "world changing"??"

Well, he destabilized the Middle East by caving into Iran, blundering through Libya, half-assing Syria, having bad counter-terrorism plans in Yemen, enabling ISIS, and alienating Israel. He also cozied up to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt for a time. He also severely weakened America, strained relations with our allies, and enabled various enemies. It's all change that we, unfortunately, have to believe in.

Posted by: SpideyTerry at September 30, 2015 09:41 AM

People actually still care about either version of Nick Fury?

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