Too Heavy A Mantle

Marvel has had a string of victories, lately, in the Diversity War.  Ms. Marvel, with its plucky heroine Kamala Khan, has been an unqualified success, both commercially and critically.  The Ultimates continue to plow deeper into the regions of Ditko Space with nary a white male among the crew.  Jane Foster is still doing a bang up job as The Mighty Thor. Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new Black Panther is showing real promise and Power Man and Iron Fist hit the ground running and hasn’t looked back.  But the title that had…

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What We Need Is Guy Gardner…No, Really.

It’s all rainbow flags and pink unicorn farts at Marvel Comics, these days.  Diversity is in full vigor at The House of Ideas.  Captain America is a black man.  Ms Marvel is a Muslim of Palestinian descent. Gays and lesbians are represented on most of the major super teams.  There are no white males on The Ultimates. A-Force looks like it might devolve into a Cinemax soft-focus pillow fight at any moment.  Everything is hunky dory.  So why am I griping? *  I’m griping because things are too perfect.  There’s…

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