Saturday, June 15, 2019 

Marvel launches an app with politically motivated elements involved

CNET announced Marvel's produced a mobile app featuring the PC takes on Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel:
Learning to read and write can be daunting for kids, but with the new Marvel Hero Tales mobile app from Kuato Studios, little ones hopefully can get some help from Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and other Marvel greats.

The free app, available on iOS and Android, encourages kids from 7 to 11 to write their own Marvel stories while developing their language and reading skills.

The Marvel Hero Tales app lets kids follow superheroes like Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, Captain America and Captain Marvel as they "level up" by completing activities such as word collection and comprehension of words.
And yes, as you probably guessed, it's the Muslim Ms. Marvel and Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel they're talking about, and from the picture they provided, Carol appears to be wearing the cowl that makes her look like she's got a mohawk. But of course, it's the character built on Islamism that's really troubling and telling something, because that's basically all she's built on and was intended to represent since Marvel forced it upon their universe 6 years ago. And now, regardless of how low the title sells, they continue to shove an otherwise unproven creation onto their multimedia ventures proper, almost like how Gambit was flung into X-Men cartoons nearly 2 years after his debut, despite not being well written.

If there's any app realist parents would do well not to download for their children to learn from, it's this one with its politically motivated creation involved, and come to think of it, that Carol Danvers would continue to be subject to the poorly developed role she's got is another reason why this app is an injustice to her as well.

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Friday, June 14, 2019 

Wally West "seeks redemption", under a Scott Lobdell script

Barely two weeks or so after Heroes in Crisis came to a most disgusting conclusion, with 3rd Flash Wally West forced into the role of a crazy "accidental" killer, now it turns out this was all a setup for a followup miniseries, written by the mediocre Scott Lobdell, where the former Kid Flash is allegedly trying to redeem himself:
When Heroes in Crisis concluded, things did not look good for Wally West. Once one of the DC Universe's greatest heroes, Wally not only accidentally slaughtered a number of his fellow heroes, he then decided to try to cover it up, framing Harley Quinn and Booster Gold for the deaths, and attempting to travel through time in order to kill himself so he could cover his tracks. The series closed with Wally having been imprisoned by the Justice League, a true low point in the career of one of DC's most popular heroes.

Now, DC's fan-favorite speedster is set to embark on a mission to "find redemption in a cosmos that has fought so hard to destroy him." Under the guidance of writer Scott Lobdell and artist Brett Booth, the six-issue Flash Forward is the next chapter of Wally's life in a reality where his family doesn't exist, and will explore how he'll cope with what he's done.
The only way redemption can truly come about is if the editorial mandate is willing to allow the slaughtered heroes to be resurrected. And it would actually be very stupid for anybody to buy this book, any more than Heroes in Crisis itself, to see how things turn out, unless maybe any specialists can clearly confirm, "heroes resurrected" by the time it's over. Even then, it already sounds irritating enough that Wally would have to "cope". And let's not forget: so long as DiDio's in charge, every dollar you pay for a book published in the past near 15 years only serves to bolster him.

That told, this just made me think of something: Geoff Johns may have brought back Wally to the DCU proper, but...did he restore/reunite Wally with Linda Park? If not, then I'm not sure how anybody could say Johns brought back any hope when he didn't ensure Linda would be back together with Wally, marriage or not. So to say Johns did anybody a favor is reaching pretty far across the table for nothing significant.

And as for Lobdell, given what a weak reputation he's got as a writer, unless he actually intends to redeem Wally for real, and even restore Linda to the fray, I don't see much point in boosting a book he's written. For all we know, this could turn out to be as awful as Day of Vengeance was in 2005. If that's not DiDio and Lobdell's intention, they'll have to work very hard to prove it. But in the end, the point must be made that DiDio cannot continue as head of DC.

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SJWs turn against Chelsea Cain

The Mockingbird writer who made a mess of Bobbi Morse 3 years ago has just learned a certain segment of the left who may not even buy her books won't forgive her for not addressing their insane "causes" in her Image title called Man-Eaters:
Man-Eaters writer Chelsea Cain has deleted her Twitter account following a controversy regarding Cain's usage of tweets critical of her work on the Image Comics title within the pages of last week's Man-Eaters #9.

The series, which is about a world where a mutation causes menstruating women to transform into vicious cat creatures and the government harshly responds to fears over those transformations, has dealt with criticism from the start over the way Cain's writing handles gender within the world. Critics have claimed that Cain presents the world of Man-Eaters as one split between only cis men and cis women. The issue, critics state, is that such an alleged binary approach excludes trans and non-binary men and women. For instance, in a world where menstruation leads to a monstrous transformation, what about men who were assigned female at birth? Pointing to the fact that many of them still menstruate, critics took issue that Man-Eaters did not appear to take these people into account.
This is what's most fascinating about how this miniseries was regarded since the beginning: all these freaks believe Cain must address their agenda even if she didn't want to. Yet if she had, it's a forgone conclusion they would've lashed out at her with the claim that, because she doesn't belong to a specific identity, she's not qualified to address it. In other words, damned if you do and don't.

Fascinatingly enough, Cain was interviewed some time ago by Women Write About Comics (via Bounding Into Comics), and she said:
And can you tell me if/how the book will tackle what this kind of hormone therapy means for characters who aren’t cis?

I think it’s really important to tell stories from a lot of different points of view. This is a story about what it’s like to be a cis gendered female coming of age in a culture that consistently reinforces the messaging that periods are shameful, that our bodies are shameful, and that womanhood—and the biology that goes along with it—is something gross and not for polite company. It’s about rejecting that narrative and making something powerful from it. You don’t have to have a uterus to be a woman. Anyone who thinks that hasn’t been paying attention. But let’s not get lost or distracted here—this is a specific story, about a specific experience—the way that all good stories are. And if I’m doing my job well, I think that anyone can relate to it. I think that someone who is trans knows full well what it feels like to struggle with being defined by biology and by the social messaging that makes us all, at one point or another, feel like monsters.
So on the one hand, she'd stated her crummy little project was allegedly about biological women's experiences, yet on the other hand, she put forth the laughable narrative no one needs a uterus to be a woman. And the 6th issue may have gotten around to pushing that stupid ideology too. Yet it wasn't enough for the left, who turned against her, and gave her the treatment afforded everyone who dares take a position they hate, here being that she's written the book to suit her particular narrative, not theirs. Earlier this week, the same site ran an item by a SJW who even stated:
Insisting that her book is not trying to imply that all women menstruate is one thing, but the implication that all people who menstruate are women is something else entirely — and plays into a societal habit to assume all trans issues are trans women issues. Compounding that issue is Mags Visaggio, a prominent trans woman in comics who came to Cain’s defense on twitter, insisting the book wasn’t offensive and that Cain should be able to write about “her experience as a cis woman” — again, missing the point that transmasculine people were primarily the ones being harmed.
Hmm, sounds like the social justice crowd is also turning against the "dude in a wig" whose books aren't exactly big sellers either. After all the trouble he caused, this is probably what he gets, ironically or not. Oh well.

Anyway, what caused Cain much of the backlash was when she quoted a tweeter in the 9th issue proper, which was critical of her work:
However, in the recently released Man-Eaters #9, both of the reader’s tweets were featured in the pages of the comic, plastered on billboards on the wall of the forced reeducation camps in the book. As the panels blew up on social media, the original reader noted that she was feeling overwhelmed and was turning off her notifications, which is why her tweets have been quoted, rather than embedded, above, in an attempt to respect anonymity as much as possible, even if that cat is already out of the bag, thanks to all of this.
IMO, when you start putting other people's criticism into the pages of the book proper, that actually suggests a lack of faith in the project from the beginning, and makes the story dated even faster. In fact, according to this followup:
...That report ended after Cain offered to bring on transgender sensitivity readers to the book, but noted that she could not pay them, which was not well-received. Cain later said she would speak to Image about obtaining funding for the service. Cain has previously described the production of Man-Eaters as "financially ruinous." Image has found itself in hot water over transgender issues multiple times in recent years, most notable with Airboy in 2015 and Divided State of Hysteria in 2017. Image declined to comment on the weekend's events when asked.
So now, Cain's been derided as a "TERF" (trans exclusionary radical feminist), which shows how far we've come, when it's considered okay for leftists to call feminists radicals. And wolves devour wolves. Her attempts to appease all these characters were to no avail, and finally, she erased her Twitter page. It remains to be seen - will she return, as she did several weeks after supposedly facing a backlash over her poor handling of Mockingbird? This time, the hiatus she takes could be a lot longer than before, though considering how toxic the environment's become at Twitter, maybe it would be better if she just didn't make use of such a weak social media concept anymore.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 

More signs of Marvel movies' lurch to social justice

With Stan Lee no longer around, Marvel surely, as I've thought before, views this as the perfect opportunity to take a social justice direction, and might make a movie starring the Muslim Ms. Marvel:
After Carol Danvers launched Captain Marvel to success with her own live-action film, hype has never been higher for the heroine. Fans around the world are ready to go higher, further, and faster to honor Carol — but she is not alone. Kamala Khan hasn’t been sleeping on the job, and it turns out Marvel Studios is rather interested in Ms. Marvel.

And thanks to a recent interview, fans have learned Mindy Kaling has been in talks with Marvel Studios about the project.

Recently, MTV News spoke with Kaling during a recent press tour, and it was there the actress confirmed she’s spoken with talent at Marvel about the much-wanted Ms. Marvel adaptation.

“I think the people I’ve spoken to Marvel about it are so excited about the character and I think that they’re trying to figure out what to do with it, and, I told them I would help in any way because I truly love her.”

Continuing, Kaling said the people she spoke with were very interested in Kamala’s character, and there are new avenues in which Ms. Marvel could be explored.

They really seemed interested, and I think they will probably do something. Now that there’s like this streaming service with them, it might be something like that, but I think they understand how much there is the excitement.”

[...] In the past, reports have surfaced about Marvel Studios' interest in Ms. Marvel, but nothing definitive has ever been said about an adaptation. Last year, executive producer Kevin Feige said plans for Kamala would cultivate naturally following the debut of Captain Marvel, saying, "We wanted to get Captain Marvel out there first so that there is something for a young Muslim girl to get inspired by."
When he's that blatant about it, you know there's trouble abound. I wouldn't be shocked if quite a few staffers at Marvel's studio are indeed interested, only because of the ideology/Religion of Peace being the component, and nothing to do with story merit whatsoever. Over the past year, their politics have become more noticeable, and this is the culmination of the leftism they've kept bottled up and wanted to bring to the fore for a long time.

In that case, the timing couldn't be better for moving away from Marvel movies.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

X-Men movie franchise may have gone downhill, but this Federalist writer's description of Jean Grey is atrocious

The latest X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix, may be a new live action take on the Phoenix storyline from 1979-80, and may be as horrible as various critics have claimed it is, but I find the way this Federalist writer approaches the material irritating, and it misses some of the elements that were established back in the day. First though, let us comment upon this paragraph here, which says that:
Every fan frustrated by the botched continuity and inconsistent quality of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise should be delighted that any future films featuring the characters will be produced under the Marvel Studios banner, now that Disney owns Fox.
Umm, maybe not, if the artistic failure of Captain Marvel says anything. There's already been strong hints the Marvel movie franchise will be shifting to SJW themes, and that's why for some, Avengers: Endgame may be the last they'll go for. Now, here's the contentious point of the review:
Isn’t Jean Supposed to Be a Killer?

In the comics, founding X-Men member Jean (played here with morose disinterest by “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner) kills five billion aliens by causing their sun to supernova when she uses it to re-charge her Phoenix powers. The tragedy of the tale is that Jean, even if under the influence of uncontrollable urges, really is responsible for the act. What she has done attracts the attention of no less than three alien empires that jointly put her on trial for genocide, resulting in a huge trial-by-combat between all of the X-Men and a host of alien heroes that takes place on the moon.

The movie throws all of that away except the name of the murdered alien race (the D’Bari). Ruining the impact of Jean killing everyone on a planet, the movie blames its destruction on a fiery space-blob bizarrely referred to as a solar flare. A handful of D’Bari survivors (huh?) have followed it to our neck of the galaxy, hoping to harness its energy and resurrect their race. After Jean ends up absorbing the blob’s immense power during a Space Shuttle rescue mission, the D’Bari bunch—led by the coldly albino-looking Vux (Jessica Chastain)—goes after her to extract it.

In other words, the screenplay eliminates the dramatic impact of Jean causing mass murder on a global scale, as well as two incidents of her furiously destroying alien starships. Petulantly crashing some helicopters and wrecking a few police cars onscreen doesn’t exactly compare.
I'm sure the film's as awful as they come, but seriously, why oh why does the guy sound like he wants Jean to be a murderess? Speaking as somebody who's as much a Marvel fan as the next, I don't. To me, the whole idea of turning a character we're meant to admire into a mass killer is disgusting, and I feel the same way about Hal Jordan too, recalling the notorious Emerald Dawn story that began in DC's Green Lantern 14 years after Claremont's decidedly overrated tale. Some may not realize it, but tales like ED were influenced in some way or other by the Phoenix Saga, and that's why, even if Claremont's story has merit on its own terms, it was still a bad influence in the long run.

There's an interesting bit of back story to the whole Dark Phoenix Saga's development from back in the Bronze Age the Federalist writer hasn't mentioned, but could be eyebrow raising for their audience: Claremont and Byrne originally wanted to depict Jean getting off with barely a slap on the wrist for her annihilation of the D'Bari, but then-EIC Jim Shooter's moralist side intervened and insisted she be put to death altogether for the evil deed she shouldn't have been forced into by the writers in the first place. (Update: the Hollywood Reporter's got some more on this.) On which note, let's put aside the questionable idea of shoving a pretty girl into such a loathsome role for a moment and ask: why would you think you're providing real food for thought by making it look like several billion innocent lives don't matter because they're space aliens? Doesn't that risk making it look like all the National Socialists and communists who cost millions of lives in real life are also just "misunderstood" dolts who "didn't mean to"? What kind of morality or logic is that? If Claremont and Byrne had gone through with the original path, the whole "power corrupts" view would definitely be meaningless.

With that told, I can't understand why Shooter had no issue with allowing Jean to be put in such a filthy role in the first place, and didn't at least ask that a new character be introduced to fill the planned spot. Taking established characters and using them for such premises is another idea that's gotten way out of hand today, regardless of whether the developments are in the present.

And this also suggests the writer's not properly familiar with what followed about 5 years after Dark Phoenix, when it turned out it was really a formidable alien life form that took the place of Jean, and the Fantastic Four found the real Jean cocooned on the bottom of the ocean floor. And I guess he never celebrated the idea Jean would be exonerated, and you'd be able to root once again for a character who was meant to be rooted for. I don't think it would be good if Cyclops had been put in a Phoenix-style role either, but what if he had been? Would the writer complain about that in sharp contrast? Shudder. I also decidedly take issue with this:
Complaining that nothing resembling the very unflamboyant outfits worn by the team appeared in print until decades after “Dark Phoenix” was published may sound like nitpicking. Still, no one could argue that Jean’s original skintight bodysuit, bold phoenix chest logo, and saucy low-slung hip sash in the 1970s comics weren’t preferable to these more utilitarian and unisex uniforms. When it comes to vintage Marvel characters, garishly vulgar and distinctively outrageous garb beats looking like a NASCAR pit crew any day.
Seriously? When the character's been turned into a murdering villainess? This may be just personal opinion, but I myself find the idea of depicting evil as sexy disturbing. It'd be a lot better if he'd talk about why hot outfits look far better on heroines than they do on villainesses.

Considering how much hard work Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had to do to conceive Jean Grey and the X-Men in the first place, that's one more reason why I think it was tasteless to turn Jean into a lethal monster. I will admit though, that the way she and Cyclops were reunited at the expense of Madelyne Pryor a year after Jean's return was dismayingly sloppy. Scott just dumps Pryor - who later becomes Goblin Queen before dying - to rejoin with Jean. And Jean wasn't exactly her own agency as a result. At least they exonerated her, and that, IMO, was a positive step.

Since we're on the subject, here's some interesting news on Daily Wire about one of the stars of the new Dark Phoenix movie:
The latest installment of the "X-Men" series, starring "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner, who recently made headlines for joining the boycott of Georgia over its "heartbeat bill," is flaming out at the box office, managing a disappointing $33 million in its opening weekend amid ice-cold reviews. In fact, "Dark Phoenix" has earned the unwelcome dual distinction as the worst reviewed film in the X-Men series and the worst-performing in its opening weekend. [...]

As The Daily Wire reported a couple of weeks ago, Turner along with her "Dark Phoenix" co-star Jessica Chastain announced in a recent interview with Sky News that they both signed a letter with dozens of their fellow Hollywood stars pledging to boycott states that enact strict abortion laws, particularly Georgia, the third-largest film production state in the country.

"There's a letter going around that I signed saying I'm not going to work in any state that denies rights for women, for the LGBTQ community, for anyone," Chastain told the outlet. "I'm not going to work in a state that discriminates."

"I signed it too," Turner added. "I have yet to tell my agents I signed it. They're going to be like: 'What? You can't work in these states?' Yeah, I can't work in these states."

When asked about the stringent anti-abortion laws of the primary filming location of "Game of Thrones," Northern Ireland, Turner did not try to defend her decision to film there for years, saying only, "There was a lot of work of 'Game Of Thrones' there, so luckily we're moving on."
It probably had little or nothing to do with the film's failure, but I think this is one more reason I'm not sorry to see this 2nd film adaptation go down in financial flames. The whole story is already one of the cheapest wellsprings any screenwriter could look to for "inspiration", and there's plenty of other, better stories out there in comicdom that would make better source material for a screenplay. The Dark Phoenix Saga is one tale of its sort that's got to be put to bed already.

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Monday, June 10, 2019 

How will Max Lord be portrayed in Wonder Woman movie sequel?

I looked at this Bounding Into Comics item about the upcoming WW sequel, to premiere next year, and which is set in 1984. Now it's understandable some find it fishy that Gal Gadot, in the titular role, could be wearing full body armor, which I don't think the Amazons ever wore before or after Crisis on Infinite Earths, but what's also alarming is whether the Justice League's benefactor from the late 80s, Maxwell Lord, is going to be in a baddie's role:
A report indicates that Trevor is able to return to the land of the living and look like he hasn’t aged a day despite around 40 years passing due to the machinations of the villainous Maxwell Lord, who might be played by Pedro Pascal.
If they're basing Lord's characterization on how he was portrayed in the mid-2000s circa Infinite Crisis, that hateful crossover existing only as an excuse to kill off Blue Beetle Ted Kord (and later to see WW snap his neck, for which she then gets condemned by Superman and Batman), then all I can say is they went very cheap for their "wellspring". Did I mention the Countdown special where the destruction of Lord took place in 2005 was co-written by Greg Rucka, Geoff Johns and Judd Winick?

In fairness, it could be BIC is the one sloppily citing Lord as though he was a villain, when a little fact-checking would show he was anything but that when he debuted around 1987. But, if WB really did inject Lord into the role of a crook per se in live action, they've compounded a horrible wrong, one I don't think needs any bankrolling for.

Now, as for the advertised costume for WW, here's the picture director Patty Jenkins is promoting:

I'm honestly wondering what's the big deal about this? Why all of a sudden a modest costume for WW? I noticed one of the commentors at BIC said:
Umm... Errr….. Are they Captain Marveling us here? Dicking with the past and leaving us lots of questions about how the effects of this movie that should change the future movies don't change anything? I get nervous when movies are inserted between other movies.
It may be that the traditional costume will be present in the sequel. But if it's not, or it's marginalized in favor of this insult to the intellect, that'll be a slap in the face after the success of the first film, which showed a solid majority accepted the classic bustier costume and thought it acceptable for young girls too. What would suddenly make them cave to PC and worry everyone with an outfit that's more modest/covered up than any armor worn by the Amazons in prior WW stories?

And again, if Max Lord's been done an injustice in this upcoming film sequel, it's uncalled for and sullies the earlier Justice League stories from the late 80s.

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Sunday, June 09, 2019 

Devil's Due continues with their liberal propaganda

The UK Guardian says Devil's Due Publishing is putting out more of their pro-Ocasio-Cortez propaganda, seemingly in defiance of DC's request they not publish a cover they thought was too similar to Wonder Woman, and it's even more galling than before:
After getting into hot water with DC Comics for an issue in which congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez looked a little too much like DC’s Wonder Woman, independent publisher Devil’s Due has hit back with a replacement cover – in which “AOC” looks remarkably like Supergirl.

[...] Now Devil’s Due has released a replacement cover that it is calling the Cease and DCist edition. This time, AOC is depicted in an outfit that references the DC character Supergirl, Senator Bernie Sanders resembles the Green Lantern, and congresswoman Ilhan Omar echoes Batman. “A parody of a parody! Yet still somehow less of a parody than Washington!” says the cover. “Don’t be MAD. This isn’t about any actual DC superheroes.”
No, but the political figures they're using are still some of the most reprehensible around, and putting them in outfits meant to resemble famous comics characters is loathsome.

I don't think Devil's Due is doing any favors for their reputation by sugarcoating and sensationalizing all these nutty leftist politicians. At worst, they've become an embarrassment to comicdom.

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Friday, June 07, 2019 

Stan Lee's ex-manager is still unremorseful about abusing him

Keya Morgan, the ex-manager of the late Marvel legend, predictably pleaded not guilty on his day in court:
Stan Lee's former manager has pleaded not guilty to charges of elder abuse against the Marvel Comics legend.

Keya Morgan is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in goods and property from the superhero creator, whose estate was worth an estimated $50m (£39m).

The New York-based memorabilia collector also faces five counts of elder abuse, including false imprisonment, fraud and forgery. He denies all of the charges.

[...] Los Angeles police said in a statement last month that in June 2018, Mr Morgan removed Lee from his Hollywood Hills home late at night and took him to an apartment in Beverly Hills in a bid to convince the comic book creator that he was in danger.

Lee's family obtained a restraining order against Mr Morgan after the incident.
He surely never even told Lee's relatives and buddies he was moving him, which only compounds Morgan's image as an abuser and criminal now. And that's why his career in memorabilia should now be over. Morgan would do well to just change to a guilty plea, and take responsibility for wrongdoing.

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Paste magazine is closing their comics section

According to this entry on leftist Comics Beat, the website of Paste magazine is jettisoning their comics division:
It’s a sad day for the industry. Paste Magazine comics editor Steve Foxe revealed today via Twitter that at the end of June, the outlet will shut down its comics section. Although there may still be comics coverage under the books vertical, the section dedicated exclusively to comics — with an editor and staff writers to support it — will no longer exist. This is a definite loss for the comics community, as Paste has built up a portfolio of insightful criticism and news coverage about the industry.
IIRC, they've been one of the biggest apologists for poor quality, and that could include politically themed stories, like what Mark Waid's got in store at Humanoids:
If superhero comics have a responsibility to reflect our real world, then superhero comics featuring teenage characters have more to reckon with than ever before, including the seemingly omnipresent threat of school shootings. Per Education Week’s tracking, there have been at least 13 school shootings resulting in injuries or deaths this year, many of which barely make national headlines now due to how often a tragic event like this occurs. Marvel Comics’ Champions series (perhaps clumsily) tried to tackle this wave of violence in a special issue last year, and now Humanoids’ nascent superhero universe is confronting gun violence in schools head on with Ignited, their first ongoing shared-universe title.

Written by Mark Waid and Kwanza Osajyefo and drawn by artist Phil Briones, Ignited opens on the first day back at Phoenix Academy High, where returning students and faculty are still haunted last year’s horrific attack. Friends and colleagues were lost to senseless violence, and some of those who survived underwent changes—they Ignited, gaining supernatural abilities they barely understand.
The challenging question regarding this project is - what exact angle does it take? Does it make any calls for gun control? If it does, it's not in the promotional material I've seen so far, and if Paste's comics department won't comment on it, that just explains why it's not such a big deal they're folding it. Waid himself stated:
The events of Ignited are based on real-world tragedies, and we don’t take that lightly. With that in mind, we’ve reached out to kids nationwide—some now adults, because that’s how long this national tragedy has been going on—who have been directly involved in these shootings and given them free rein in our editorial pages to write about whatever they want—their stories, their solutions, their hopes for the future. Their voices deserve to be heard.
But, what if it's just voices on the left that are heard? What if nobody makes a call for better school security at the entrances to the buildings? And, why does a book about a serious issue come with a fantasy theme? I'm honestly not sure if that's the best way to handle real life issues. Certainly not if the story comes with a liberal bias. At least the site does admit Marvel didn't handle their Champions story so well. When political issues overtake entertainment so blatantly, it's no wonder the politics won't work any better than the entertainment themes.

And when a site is as tilted against the audience as Paste could've been, it's no loss if they drop their comics section. Nor will it be any loss if Comics Beat folds someday, as they've proven to be one of the most otherwise dishonest, establishment-supporting news sources around.

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