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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 

Will a book about marginalized heroes be political?

DC's planning a comic that's supposed to focus on marginalized characters:
Some of the most interesting glimpses into superhero universes have taken place from less conventional perspectives, from the gumshoe detectives of Gotham Central to the blue-collar construction workers of Damage Control. This winter, 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley will reexamine some of the most iconic moments of the DC Comics universe through the personal stories of John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana and Renee Montoya — all heroes from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups.
Strange, I'm not sure Supergirl falls into the category of marginalized and/or underrepresented. I do know that if Extrano, the homosexual cast member of the New Guardians from 1988 is shoehorned into this project while still characterized as such, then it'll be pretty political alright, as it will be if Montoya continues to be retconned as a lesbian, which she wasn't when she originally debuted in the mid-90s. (It was Greg Rucka who changed her in the early 2000s when he launched the Gotham Central title.)

And while John Stewart, Vixen and Katana could make for worthy focus, it won't look good if the planned story is built on the leftist politics common today, yet that's surely just what they have in mind, which won't make this a great product.

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