December 7th, 2015
There’s Korean Hulk now, but you probably knew that.
I have a piece over at Acculturated arguing that there’s a difference between replacing/reimagining a character for multi-cultural purposes (Spider-Man, Thor, Ms. Marvel, just about every stunt-casting done in the last five years) and creating new characters (Jessica Jones). My ur-example of a great character replacement which has nothing to do with political correctness: Ellen Yindel.
The new breed of comics fans present as more squeamish about Frank Miller’s TDKR — the most common knock I’ve seen, not necessarily from SJW types even, is that they “feel” the book is vaguely “misogynistic” (though can’t explain why, precisely). I put this down to a Gestalt shift, not far afield from the Voxen & freshly minted Ivy Leaguers being struck dumb or at least unable to articulate What Is Wrong with “Mad Men” or “Game of Thrones” (or Sam Peckinpah movies). They are so marinated in the Clintonian diversity/abortion/”Buffy”/”Alias” ethos, they fumble for words when confronted by actual normal masculinity (N.B. that GoT is an unsteady standard-bearer here, freely borrowing on po-mo & camp traditions).
Anyway Miller to me never seemed like a “conservative” — more of a Truman Democrat; which, by the lights of globo-meritocratic Kids Today, is practically the same as a KKK Nazi pedophile, I realize
Well, hell, I guess it’s time for me to reread THE DARIK KNIGHT RETURNS.
That was a really good piece at Accultured. Thanks for writing it.