|A Good Blog to Read is Black Comix|
|Notice the lack of diversity?|
has a history of sometimes being racially insensitive, but I don't think he's a racist, just sometimes a bit awkward on racial issues. Also, it wasn't just he who decided on killing Goliath, so trying to make it just about Millar when this is much bigger than one man is simplistic.
|Mark Millar, not a racist, just sometimes racially insensitive.|
are often the side-kick, or just a place-holder for the "real" main character, whom is of course some white man. Steel for Superman, Black Goliath for Goliath (one of Hank Pym's alter-egos), and now even the Black Panther--one of the few black characters who was original and carried his own comics--is essentially just watching Hell's Kitchen until Daredevil returns. This isn't even to mention DC comics having a disturbing tendency to kill off second-generation characters that happen to be minorities so the "legacy" hero who is almost always white can reclaim their title. Ryan Choi anyone? At least for now John Stewart seems safe, but who knows...
Trevor Von Eeden had faced. Although another whole article could be written about the small amount of black women in comics.
Back to Luke Cage, he is arguably my favorite super-hero for the simple reason that no matter where he goes or what team he is on, he always cares the most about the average person--the common joe--and not just fighting galactic events, but making a local neighborhood safe. Luke Cage isn't just a black hero, he is a hero who happens to be black, a difference I've written on. He is complex and multi-faceted, can both beat up a bad guy and be home in time to give his daughter a hug and kiss (whom he had with another favorite character of mine, Jessica Jones). Luke Cage is probably the most active black hero in comics today, and even though he doesn't have a true solo title, his work in New Avengers and Thunderbolts gives us plenty of time enjoying Power Man.
Comics have a long way to go toward achieving true diversity and multiculturalism, but things are getting better. Still, when the main thing that sticks with me still is Bill Foster being killed by Thor, it shows that as far as we've come, there is still a plenty long way to go. That's my big essay-post. Have a great rest of Black History Month!