Following the release of what’s being pegged as an ultra-political comic book tale under the Secret Empire run, Marvel will reportedly scale back on Social Justice Warrior propaganda in their mainline comic book series starting later in the autumn.
The report comes from Bleeding Cool, who noted that retailers and comic book fans have not been happy with the regressive left-leaning topical matter pushed hard and heavy in Marvel’s comics as of late. They write…
“I am told, as Marvel brings back the X-Men line with a bang, to expect a return to more of a status quo for titles such as Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and more. A more familiar looking Marvel Universe by the autumn – although, just as with Captain America, as classic-look-characters return, expect new characters to keep a number of their books.
“I am told to expect that Secret Empire will be a bit of a last hurrah for this kind of storytelling from Marvel for a while. A little how Marvel writers were told to get the use of the Marvel 616 dimensional nomenclature out of their system before it was done away with for good…”
The move came after various comic book store owners penned open (and closed) letters to publishers about how divisive comic books have become thanks to the infiltration of SJWs into the writing teams of the big comic book makers. Even artists like Frank Cho and Milo Manara have been caught in the cross-hairs of Social Justice Warrior brigades over their imagery being “too sexualized”, even though it’s all been par the course for the last 25 or so years of comic book art-styles.
One store owner in particular shared his letter to Bleeding Cool on February 3rd, 2017, where Phil Boyle of Coliseum of Comics in Florida wrote…
“To be crystal clear, we provide entertainment. We are not mouthpieces for any polarizing cause nor is our shelf space for rent to any organization, left, right, or center. If you want to support fighting cancer or bullying, all good. No one is fighting for worse cancers or more bullying. If you want to put Planned Parenthood or the NRA on my stands, you’re getting no traction in my stores. We are not for sale and we’re not going to undermine our store’s tranquility for your cause-of-the-month.
“Get your politics off my stands. Get political figures off the covers. Get poorly disguised villains out of your books. Get back to telling stories that don’t remind people of the vitriol and bile being spewed from every direction; we have enough outlets for that.”
Couldn’t agree more.
Previously, comic books used to have social commentary without the preaching. These days, it’s all preaching without the commentary.
A lot of people who aren’t hard left-wing Liberal nuts have expressed disenfranchisement from that side of the partisan table. Moderate-Liberals, moderates and bipartisan Libertarians have been cast out of the social order of the hard-left’s Social Justice regime, and sadly that regime has taken a strong foothold in comic books, movies and video games… especially comic books, though.
In the gaming industry, SJWs learned that gamers are a lot more vocal about protecting their industry. While sites like Polygon, Vice, The Verge, Kotaku and everyone from the GameJournoPros continue their anti-gaming crusades against their own audience, the publishers and industry organizers have decided to bypass journalists by doing things like opening up E3 to the general public. Such a move caused various game journalists to whine and cry online about real gamers having access to the E3 trade show for the first time in many years, signaling a move away from publishers relying on SJW media outlets to cover their games. Comic books haven’t been so lucky.
Many top name super heroes were co-opted with third-wave feminist propaganda, like Thor; or bogged down in Democratic talking points like Captain America; or overrun with open-border advocacy like X-Men.
If you agreed with the politics then you’re right at home… if you didn’t? Well, it was basically take it or leave it.
The problem was that it has become a staple in almost all of Marvel’s top name brands to push far-left SJW propaganda. Instead of making new pro-Social Justice Warrior heroes, they decided to co-op the heroes who were already popular, since reboots of heroes like Mockingbird failed to garner an audience when it full feminist.
Maybe they’ll continue to make new heroes spouting the SJW propaganda, and maybe they’ll eventually garner an audience, but fans of the old heroes shouldn’t have to give up their favorites so people who don’t read comic books can virtue signal SJW inculcation as some kind of societal victory.