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Nitz the Bloody

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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: Cage, Storm and Minority Heroes
Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 07:11:23 pm EDT (Viewed 97 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Cage, Storm and Minority Heroes
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 03:50:39 pm EDT (Viewed 111 times)



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    Storm did things that you, me, and many readers saw as revealing deep character flaws, but I'm not sure Claremont intended or imagined them to be such. For one thing, other characters didn't seem to care much, and a few of them strike me as misguided attempts to present Storm as tough and decisive that went a bit too far. Alex, for example, joins the team in #219; Cyclops and Maddie don't behave as if Storm recklessly almost killed them in #175; and 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.)


Off-topic, but I think that Scott and Maddie gave Storm a pass because Mastermind was making the X-Men see a resurrected Dark Phoenix. In fact, to the X-Men's knowledge, Cyclops and Xavier were left comatose, and the Avengers, FF, and Starjammers were killed with the rest of Manhattan. Once Wyngarde was apprehended, they saw little need to harp on what Ororo did or didn't do right under his influence.

And this is a great discussion, so I'll keep it on topic by mentioning IMO one of the best African-American characters in Marvel's stable; Jim Rhodes. While he did fall into the aforementioned extremist territory in that awful Dark Reign series, overall he's neither a model minority nor a blaxploitation stereotype, and acts based on a very individual yet very staunch moral code. In fact, Rhodey's one of the few Marvel superheroes who was a hero well before he was super, and truly earned his right to wear an Iron Man suit (as opposed to getting the power by chance, and then choosing to be a hero due to altruism and/or guilt).





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