Diversity: The People vs. Marvel

The latest “Issue” right now

Following the rampant changes within today’s society regarding the ideas of race and where we stand when it comes to diversity, is like navigating a minefield. As news outlets and social media find themselves riddled with more-and-more stories of cultural oppression, mass aggression, and a wavering political government. Entertainment though never far from the fray, is now deeper into the fight with unearthed years of racial favoritism and black balling, sets us on the cusp that “nothing is safe anymore.”

As new challengers arrived and ripped away the band-aid of stereotypes, we’ve seen these companies embrace the changes brought on by the millennial culture. Yet with Netflix bringing in more shows that touches on the gender norm and societal issues, and DC Comics writing more pivotal stories that involve characters of different races and ethnicities. Never too far from the cutting edge, Marvel has always used its voice to stay connected with its most seasoned and casual readers alike. Marvel took no time to transition its main roster of legendary heroes to introduce more racially friendly alternates. Introducing us to characters like Miles Morales, the African-American Puerto Rican mixed Spider-Man or the new Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan the Pakistani American from Jersey City. With these changes, Marvel was seen as a beacon of give an opportunity to showcase a new age. Yet Marvel’s core readers found themselves lacking the legendary heroes they’ve grown to love, splitting their readers and drawing a line in the sand.

Diversity Killed Marvel

With 20 New storylines, Marvels readers were split between its core base and the new millennial. The diversity of the new books created a tension that was never seen before, buy was it solely a race issue or just poor planning on Marvels part? With this ever sparking controversy, brought a revamp of Marvel’s lost characters and their best writing up to date. Yet despite the finger-pointing within a continuing divide, not every Marvel story was a breakout hit and it reflected within Marvel’s sales.

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Leading to a backlash from distributors and readers not wanting diversity, to compensate for stories that suffered with extreme plot holes that were force-fed to us on a weekly basis. There diversity made a lot of great characters for seasoned and casual readers, but misjudged readers were thrown into a basket with the small percentage of those who were actually racist. personally I love the great cast of diverse characters, yet due to poor writing and over saturation is what’s caused the decline. Also by alienating the core following with writing off the legendary characters, nor writing a proper origin story for the new characters was a disservice to both sides of the audience.

Pairing of Old & New

A suggested fix would be to pair the new characters with their legendary counterparts, to help ease the reader’s into why they should invest in the new characters. By allowing this relationship to build, helps create a good story for the new character and signifies the “passing of the torch” from the old to the new. Marvel has built a good universe with great characters, and continues to do so within in film and comics. Yet though we see a few issues at hand, it doesn’t stop us from enjoying the hard work they do to bring our favorite characters to life.

Though no matter what side you may fall, we can all say that we enjoy what they’ve done over the years, as they ride the wave to bigger things. I know with time they’ll get the Marvel method right, while maintaining that love they’ve built-in out hearts. “with great power, comes great responsibility” and they’ve always come through.

“peace to the planet, and live awesome.”

Kelby

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How “LOW” can it get?

If you didn’t know by now comics are the new wave medium, from the throwback references within music to their new age appearances as big box office smash hit films. Though there’s nothing like a good punch from Captain America to chin of the Red Skull, or the dark and brooding ways of Spawn. There’s nothing like recapturing the spirit of what it means to be a hero, but Rick Remender’s LOW is not that sparkling book. LOW captures you with the reality of what it feels like to be pushed to your breaking point, all while complemented with the beautiful array of artistry by Greg Tocchini.LOW_Preview_3

Set in a dystopian future that forced man to establish a new way of living under water, the protagonists of the first issues are Stel Caine, who searches for life-supporting planets with robotic probes, her husband Johl, and their children. While the Caine’s are on a routine check of the Salus probes, a surprise attack from priate enemies would change the course of their families lives. Follow Stel into the darkness of the weighted sea as she tries to sort out the pieces of her broken family.

Remender summarized the story as being about “one woman’s optimism in the face of inevitable and true doom”. After reading LOW, for me it was an automatic top runner of books that I must suggest to any casual or seasoned reader.

“Peace to the planet, and live awesome.”

-Kelby-