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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: Cage, Storm and Minority Heroes
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 05:29:12 pm EDT (Viewed 9 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Cage, Storm and Minority Heroes
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 03:50:39 pm EDT (Viewed 250 times)

    Strom's distrust of Forge was always treated as well-founded due to the Neutralizer thing. (There's an example of a character whose flaws were trated as far *more* serious than they sometimes were by several writers.)

I'm curious at to which examples you're thinking of. The whole "summoning the demons to kill the Vietnamese soldiers" *WAS* pretty serious, since Forge believed that the only way to banish the demons permanently was for nine people to willingly die. Although, in Forge's defense, he was scared and trying to save his life and regretted it almost immediately. OTOH, the whole Neutralizer thing was treated as *worse* than it was, since Forge basically invented the device to stop an alien invasion. And the less said about Ellis's "Forge goes nuts and Beast kills loads of people but it's never mentioned again" story, the better.

    As to positive minority portrayals: I'd go with Priest's Black Panther, who was a hero who fell due to a flaw straight out of classical tragedy.

Interestingly, maybe it was easier for Priest to write T'Challa as flawed because Priest was black himself.

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