Milo Yiannopulous interviewed comic book writer Chuck Dixon a few weeks ago. The interview concerned Dixon’s adaption of the book Clinton Cash.
I enjoy Dixon’s work. He wrote my favorite comic book version of Batman and Nightwing. He always added in a of instability to Bruce Wayne, specifically the way Batman would undermine or sabotage his relationships with the rest of the Bat family. It makes for an interesting read. His run on Nightwing is one of the best.
One thing I like about Dixon’s work is the lack of political spin. I do not mind politics in comics in moderation or if the creator wants to make a broader point. However, some creators cannot separate their politics from their creations. It hurts the story because the only fleshed out characters are those who adhere to the creator’s worldview. Anyone outside of it lacks nuance, and is often a foil for the more “politically appropriate” character. Continue reading →
For some reason, Marvel Comics allowed writer Brian Michael Bendis to remove Tony Stark as Iron Man. This is quite an odd move considering that amount of effort Marvel and Disney put into making Iron Man a household name. He is arguably the best known and most popular Avenger outside of Captain America, particularly due to the films. To strip Stark of the Iron Man mantle makes as much sense as stripping Thor of his hammer and name.
Granted, the latter happened, so why not with Iron Man.
Bendis’s plan is simple: in Civil War II (the comic storyline, not the film), Stark will give up the Iron Man mantle. He will be replaced by Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black girl who Bendis describes as:
Her brain is maybe a little better than his. She looks at things from a different perspective that makes the armor unique. He can’t help but go maybe I should buy her out.
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:
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 →