April 12, 2016

DC's Cyborg's 'greatest threat': Being a black guy in Detroit

From Newsarama: Cyborg's greatest danger comes from "being a black man living in Detroit."

Writer John Semper elaborates (somewhat):

He faces his greatest danger, which is being a black man living in Detroit. Justice League was once set in Detroit, heís working out of S.T.A.R. Labs in Detroit, but no one has ever made the city a part of the saga. Detroit is a very unique city; itís got a wonderful history, itís got music, itís got all kind of great things. Itís got a large black population, and here weíre telling the story of a black man in Detroit.

Itís also a city thatís in a great deal of distress, so there will be a lot of stories that will emanate from that. And in a way, Detroit will be a part of Cyborgís identity, like Batman in Gotham, and Superman in Metropolis. Weíre gonna Cyborg a big part of Detroit.

Now, Semper's comment doesn't go into all that much detail, but given what we've seen in modern comics these days one can take an educated guess as to what that "greatest danger" means. Let's see ... police brutality? Alleged "conservative" policies which led to situations like that in Flint? Opposition to gun control? Gentrification?

Perhaps this comment says it best in response:

Maybe they could do something intelligent and brave, like explore how heavy regulations, high taxes, gun control, and suppression of individualism and individual rights (all the things voting for Democrats gets you) have turned Detroit and Chicago, once cities America was proud of, into poverty-filled war zones. Nah. They'll go with the puerile, tribalistic, undergraduate social 'sciences' identity politics getting shoved in everyone's faces from every angle and remind me why I stopped buying comics, watching new television shows, and won't be watching the NFL this year either.

Posted by Hube at April 12, 2016 09:06 AM | TrackBack

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Given that Detroit is the home of Robocop... I can't help myself but laugh at DC's possible meta joke there.

Posted by: Nate Winchester at April 12, 2016 09:34 PM

It's ironic that they're turning Cyborg into yet another BLM-esque story when in one of his earliest stories (in the pages of New Teen Titans, I think) he fought his former friend, a black supremacist who wanted to start a race war. Of course, this was in the 1980s, back when comics will still good and hadn't been co-opted by the social justice whackos.

Posted by: Carl at April 13, 2016 02:52 PM

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