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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 

Seriously? Trump "changed" Green Arrow?

Inverse is blabbering all about how Donald Trump's led to the latest volumes of Green Arrow becoming more political, and in this case, definitely not for the better:
Of all the heroes in the DC Universe, the Green Arrow has historically been the most fervent mouthpiece for liberal politics. Now, as the first year in Donald Trump’s administration comes to an end, the writers of Green Arrow are doubling down on the Emerald Archer’s aim against the headlines.

In October 2016, writer and novelist Benjamin Percy told Inverse he was introducing “a certain orange-faced candidate” into his Green Arrow series for DC Comics. The character, Nate Domini, soon appeared in the six-part “Emerald Outlaw” saga, as an entrepreneur-turned-politician who rode a nationalistic, xenophobic platform to win Seattle’s mayorship.

[...] But it wasn’t the end. A month later, Trump won, and suddenly Percy’s caricature had become reality. Ten months later the Oregon scribe is doubling down, committed to making Green Arrow the most politically-charged superhero book in DC’s library.
And this time, I'd say, it's really bad news, because undoubtably, Percy has no intention of concentrating on meaty issues like the threat of jihadism looming over Europe, and little or no chance he'd confront the Weinsteins littering Hollywood. Back in the day, when Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams worked on Green Lantern/Green Arrow, it may not have been perfect or the best thing to do, but at least some of the topics they brought up were built on more sincere concerns and issues, including the problems with drug addiction in society. Today, that hardly seems to be the case.
“I have a mandate,” explains Percy, “Every issue should somehow connect to a social justice issue we’re facing right now. Every issue should have a connection to the headlines.” In the past year, Green Arrow has explored stories resembling Black Lives Matter and the Dakota Access Pipeline. Although those headlines arose towards the tail end of Obama, the events of the past ten months are guaranteed to show up in the coming future of Green Arrow.

“Anything that pops up in social media, in newspapers, the editors and artists and I will all go back and forth and find ways to channel it into the series.”
Anything? So far, all I'm seeing is little more than blatant leftist-influenced topics marking their work, with the BLM topic bound to be dealt with as dishonestly as the MSM did a few years back. The only mandate Percy's got is akin to the editorial variety, or, the leftist type. And look what else he's been doing:
“I was harkening back to that classic Green Arrow storyline, from the Dennis O’Neill/Neal Adams era,” says Percy, who in 2016, seized a reset at DC, dubbed “Rebirth,” to remake Oliver Queen into a true representative for the oppressed. “He was a playboy socialite. Even when he decided to become Green Arrow, it was almost a hobbyist decision. As Black Canary pointed out, how can you fight the man if you are the man?”

So last year, Percy stripped away Oliver’s fortune, placing him in roughly the same tax bracket as the people he protects. “By humbling him, he was able to empathize with those he hoped to serve and protect.”
So once again, Oliver Queen's been put back in the status of a guy who lost much of his fortune, but this time, it's less likely they'll tackle any planned issues honestly. And how is it impossible for a guy to empathize with the designated crowd if he's a millionaire? If that's the case, then Bruce Wayne shouldn't be rich either. Reading this, you'd almost think they didn't fully realize Queen had lost his riches before and was reduced to middle class. However, I wouldn't be shocked if this time, there's little chance he'll be shown as religious or respectable of Christianity, recalling the 1973 story where he spent time at a monestary after he'd accidentally killed a criminal.
And in “Hard-Traveling Hero,” Percy sought to humble Oliver Queen even more. In the multi-issue arc, Percy placed Oliver into an ethical “gauntlet” against individual members of the Justice League. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, even The Flash all butted heads against the Green Arrow, an effort by Percy to re-cement the Emerald Archer’s principles. By doing so, Percy believes, the Green Arrow has once again earned his place in the DCU.
But has Percy earned his privilege to write any mainstream superhero? I don't think so. Here's more proof why it's ill-advised to overlook DC's leftist leanings, and the whole notion you have to be economically poor to understand people living in the same is laughable.

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Someone needs to mention to these folks with the infantile politics that the wealthy of Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley and NYC are all on board with the SJW program. That includes mega companies like Time-Warner and Disney. It would be far more realistic if Green Arrow remained a left wing millionaire who attended Clinton fund raisers where he and his pals like Weinstein grabed some ass while talking about helping the down trodden and oppressed. Trump was put over the top by middle class former Democrats.

Mainstream SJW comics are more than ripe for satire. Too bad there seems to be little evidence of such happening.

In the 1980s and 90s, under Mike Grell, Green Arrow was a right-wing libertarian. Chuck Dixon politicized the book even further, having him fight rabid eco-terrorists.

One of the last O'Neil / Adams stories made use of Christian symbolism, the crucifixion; neither that one nor the one that followed about Ollie going into the monastery was hostile to Christianity. The loss of his fortune tracks the tv show.

Batman is someone who believes that crime is a personal choice and a moral failing, disregarding any theories that social conditions can breed crime among the poor and discriminated-against. He does not exactly believe in reading criminals their rights before interrogating them. That places him on the right wing of the political spectrum, at least in the past few decades. He is also an environmentalist; I would place him as a traditional ethical conservative, more John McCain than Donald Trump and definitely not Steve Bannon or Richard Spencer.

The Weinstein scandal isn't a left or a right wing thing. As the President of the United States has said on tape, rich, powerful and ugly old men can use their power to abuse young and vulnerable women whose career depends on them. That is true in politics and in all corporate spheres, not just the entertainment world, and it applies to Republicans as much as Democrats.

"The Weinstein scandal isn't a left or a right wing thing. As the President of the United States has said on tape, rich, powerful and ugly old men can use their power to abuse young and vulnerable women whose career depends on them. That is true in politics and in all corporate spheres, not just the entertainment world, and it applies to Republicans as much as Democrats."

Indeed. I read Mark Leibovich's "This Town", which kinda confirms all that happening in DC. Also, I'm old enough to remember all the Packwood jokes during the 90's.

Meanwhile, DeConnick says how Cap has always been a SJW:



She also goes, "Don't like my politics, don't read." Already doing that, ma'am, but when most comic books have interchangeable lefty writers anymore, that "Just change the channel" logic only goes so far.

The Weinstein scandal IS a left wing thing. All the men being accused of sexual harassment and rape are all leftists who have solidly backed feminism and Democratic party candidates with fund raisers on a nearly monthly basis. They give lip service to woman power and you go gurlism while grabbing pussy of young women who can either say no and stop working or say yes and continue. This kind of wide spread harassment can only take place in Hollywood, where the men are on the same side as the media that could have exposed them a long time ago, but refused to do so 'cause it would have helped the right. I recommend reading Howie Carr's book "Kennedy Babylon" which illustrates the process humorously. Instead of the Kennedys, it's now all of Hollywood.

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