Jason Aaron: God of Blunders

Back in September, Marvel decided to strip Thor of his hammer and give it to a currently unnamed female character. This is not the first time the God of Thunder was deemed unworthy of wielding Mjolnir. Beta Ray Bill, Thunderstrike, Throg, and even Wonder Woman have held the hammer for a period of time.

The difference this time is that not only was the hammer taken from Thor, but also his identity and name. Writer Jason Aaron stated in an interview that this new female replace is “not She-Thor or Lady Thor. She’s not Thorika. She is Thor. This is the new Thor.”

The problem is that Thor is not a mantle. It is not a title. It is the character’s given name.

To put this perspective, Spider-man is mantle. While one can argue that the mantle is defined by Peter Parker and that no one can truly replace him, it remains a title Parker applied to himself. In contrast, “Peter Parker” is his given name. No one can simply take his name and become “Peter Parker.”

However, this does not work with Thor since “Thor” is his given name. He is Thor Odinson, and simply swapping him out with a female character will not change that. Continue reading

A Dose of Stupid v96

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

10 Diversity Resolutions for Superhero Comics in 2014

Every time I see an article like this I want to tell the author, “Fiction doesn’t work like that.” Far too many liberals think that fiction should represent the real world. They assume that because a group of people exist in the real world, every work of fiction must include that group’s experiences and stories. Failure to include them is bigotry and discrimination.

For liberals the issue is not actual diversity but pushing politics. It does not matter whether the stories are interesting, the characters likeable and empathic, or the reason for the characters’ existence plausible. All that matters is the political statement made by the characters existing.

This is how Andrew Wheeler winds up with a list of contrived ideas that would create such superficial, unreadable crap that Marvel and DC would lose the bulk of the audience — including liberals like Wheeler — if they were stupid enough to use them. Continue reading