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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: Cage, Storm and Minority Heroes
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 07:37:45 pm EDT (Viewed 136 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Cage, Storm and Minority Heroes
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 05:29:12 pm EDT (Viewed 9 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.

The latter two incidents are the ones I'm thinking of. It's worth noting that Forge spent virtually all his later appearances regretting the initial incident whenever it came up, and that the Adversary plotline was played as his redemption for it.


      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.

That still doesn't explain why Hudlin screwed up as he did. And white writer Don McGregor was able to write a believably flawed T'Challa in his famous 1970s work on the character. It's always seemed to me that Hudlin wrote T'Challa as a somewhat utopian African-American ideal of African heritage in relation to America, while Priest and McGregor wrote about superhero dealing with comparatively realistic African politics.

T'Challa, of course, was an Avenger, making this all on-topic \:\) Also, am I alone in thinking Killmonger would be a pretty good addition to the Masters of Evil whenever the Panther's on the Avengers? Brains, resources, and it'd be great to see him fight someone like Cap given that he's T'Challa's physical equal or even superior. He's a lot more interesting than Man-Ape, whom even Priest couldn't make especially interesting.

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