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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Cage, Storm and Minority Heroes
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 08:46:52 am EDT (Viewed 11 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Stop. HAMMER time!
Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 03:11:11 pm EDT (Viewed 165 times)

    You could, but at least two of those factions -- Wonder Man's and Cage's -- don't seem like they're going anywhere very interesting. I'm not entirely sure why Cage's team has friction with anyone else's...or why it would need to call itself the Avengers, either. It probably doesn't help that I find Bendis's Cage one of the most boring characters I've ever seen in a starring role. He's not really allowed to have any interesting flaws or shortcomings, at least not in the material I've read; he's rapidly becoming Bendis's equivalent of Claremont's Storm.

Claremont's Storm had plenty of shortcomings. The problem was that Claremont refused to acknowledge how serious they were. Take a look at some issues:
Uncanny 175- Storm almost drowns Scott and Maddie stopping Mastermind.
New Mutants 34- The Shadow King has taken over Doug's body. Storm wants to kill Doug without first exploring any other options... and Karma thinks of a way to free him a few pages later.
(Note: I'm not saying that killing Doug is wrong if Reed/ Tony/ Hank/ Hank/ Xavier/ Strange can't find a way to separate them... but killing him without checking is just monstrous.)
Uncanny 219- Havok comes to warn the X-Men about the Brood. Storm has Rogue absorb his mind without permission, and Betsy erase his memories.(Why?) When Alex returns and overhears the X-Men's plan to play dead, Storm seriously considers Betsy's suggestion to kill him... and Alex points out that she could have just asked him nicely to join them a few pages later.
Uncanny 224- Storm has been told by someone who appears to be Forge's friend Naze that Forge has turned evil and is working with demons. Storm decides to kill Forge without hearing his side of the story... because demons never try to trick heroes.
Uncanny 229- Gateway's just helped the Reavers massacre people at a bank and escape from the X-Men. Storm decides that he shouldn't be punished... because she has a feeling about him.
I could go on, but my point is that if you look at Claremont's Storm carefully, then you arguably have a dangerously unstable woman who doesn't deserve the responsibilities of leadership.
Cage, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have many flaws and shortcomings. My point is, this is the problem writers have with minority heroes: If they don't have enough flaws, then people complain that they're Model Minorities. If they have flaws and aren't punished for them, then people cry Karma Houdini. If they have flaws and are punished harshly for them, then people complain that they're being punished more severely than the white characters. (And this is sometimes true- Michael on Lost, who committed two murders to save his son, was punished more harshly than Sayid and Ben, who killed so many people the viewers stopped counting.) I'm not sure what the answer to this problem is.

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