October 21, 2015

As the comics creators go nuts justifying their biases ...

... just remember the following:

Yeah, that's Marvel bigwig Tom Brevoort saying they "probably" wouldn't allow Frank Miller to do a Captain America tale a la his Holy Terror story.

Cap can, however, go after the Tea Party and put forth messages that being against illegal immigration is racist/hateful/xenophobic/outoftouch ... but battle radical Islamic terrorists? INSENSITIVE! INTOLERANT!

And this from Grant Morrison on the Miller work:

Batman vs. Al Qaeda! It might as well be Bin Laden vs. King Kong! Or how about the sinister Al Qaeda mastermind up against a hungry Hannibal Lecter! For all the good it's likely to do. Cheering on a fictional character as he beats up fictionalized terrorists seems like a decadent indulgence when real terrorists are killing real people in the real world. I'd be so much more impressed if Frank Miller gave up all this graphic novel nonsense, joined the Army and, with a howl of undying hate, rushed headlong onto the front lines with the young soldiers who are actually risking life and limb 'vs.' Al Qaeda.

I'd be impressed if Morrison bought a pricey mansion along the US-Mexico border with no fences or other means of security. Or spoke out against the government so that he'd become targeted by the IRS (or whatever state enforcement arm). Or had his healthcare premiums skyrocket after being outright lied to by the chief exec. Or ...

But comics creators at large didn't have to be that vocal about Miller's anti-al Qaeda work, because the innumerable media voices did it for them:

Newsarama: “[Holy Terror] doesn't look at the villains in any way or explore the differences between Muslims and terrorists "a mean and ugly book.”

Robot 6: “ ... the work of someone who was profoundly affected by the events of September 11th, to the point where fear took over from whatever artistic drive used to push [his] work."

Wired: "Fodder for the anti-Islam set."

Comics Alliance: "The slurs against Islam continue as the book goes on ..."

USA Today: "winds up buried under its one-dimensional barrage of patriotism ... the rah-rah enthusiasm for wasting terrorists so nastily would seem more fitting or even a cathartic experience for some."

ComicBookMovie.com: "probably the most ridiculous, shallow, offensive piece of propaganda I think I’ve ever read."

Think Progress: "noxious politics ... viciously Islamophobic sentiments ... twisted thinking."

Las Vegas Weekly: "... in service of an ugly story and uglier politics."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "a nasty, though visually arresting expression of xenophobic rage against Muslims ... conflates all Muslims with terrorists with a racist gusto."

So, comics have always involved politics, the contemporary creators say? Sure, but now and for many years, the tales have had to be of the "right kind." That trashing radical Islamists is "racist," "noxious," and "ugly," while going after the Tea Party and utilizing a long-time racist group as the voice for a very legitimate and popular political point of view, shows just how far "progressives" and the Democrat Party has fallen.

Posted by Hube at October 21, 2015 05:03 PM | TrackBack

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Nice work here, Hube. This is the kind of piece comic websites would do if they were actually interested in being honest with readers. These guys don't like blogs like yours (and that's putting it nicely) because there are so few people who are willing to shine a spotlight on their hypocrisy.

Posted by: Douglas Ernst at October 22, 2015 12:00 AM

As i've said before, just let Marvel Studios handle it.

Posted by: Arthur at October 22, 2015 09:34 AM

Morrison's a massive hypocrite. He gladly plugged his own viewpoints into his comics but copped an attitude when Miller did the same.

Posted by: SpideyTerry at October 22, 2015 03:06 PM

@ Doug: Thanks, brotha. :-)

Posted by: Hube at October 22, 2015 07:01 PM

Probably be a lot more interesting if it came out years ago and wasn't such a slow burner with copycat characters, threadbare plotting, artwork out of M.C. Escher, and wasn't indicative of a man in need of medication to make his mind process coherent.

Posted by: D09 at October 23, 2015 06:16 PM

"seems like a decadent indulgence when real terrorists are killing real people"

...So what comic book does this NOT apply to? I love how these comic guys constantly build their own gallows to hang themselves from.

Cap going after the tea party? "Well isn't that decadent indulgence when we've got those real tea party terrorists out there?" (should be interesting to see if they try coping to a tea party == terrorist view)

Cap going after those protesting illegal immigration? "Well isn't that decadent indulgence when we've got real gang members and criminals attacking citizens out there?"

Doc Ock wanting to genocide lots of people? "Well isn't that decadent indulgence when we've got real dictators killing people out there?"

Yes, Grant, comics are a decadent indulgence. You want everyone to stop reading them so you can go get a "real" job?

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