Feminist author Chelsea Cain may have become renown in recent times for her eight issue solo run of Mockingbird, which featured the now infamous cover where the eponymous character sported a form-fitting shirt that read “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda”. The comic was cancelled shortly thereafter. Marvel – in their infinite wisdom to court the phantom audience through heavy-handed sociopolitical commentary splayed across their pages in many of their most recognizable books – decided that Cain should be given another opportunity with a separate character, Vision. However, before the book even made it through the distribution chain, Marvel pulled the plug.
According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, The Vision run that Cain was working on was going to be a six issue series themed around The Vision and his daughter, Viv. The series would have centered around the robot dealing with his “woke” daughter.
No. That is not a joke.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Cain explained to them that the book was going to take place after Vision’s made-up family of a white, son, daughter, and dog were whittled down to just Vision and his daughter, where she explained…
“[It was] a father-daughter story [about] the efforts of an emotionally-stunted man to reach out and connect with his ‘woke’ teenage daughter.”
“If that isn’t a metaphor for the comic book business, I don’t know what is.”
It was Marvel’s insistence on hiring in Social Justice Warriors as writers and artists that turned off many long-time comic book fans from enjoying the series and characters they grew up with. There was a massive downturn in sales for certain comic book lines, which resulted in some retailers directing their anger at Marvel for hurting the comic book business with their sociopolitical agitprop.
Eventually a Marvel executive acknowledged that focusing on diversity and SJW-themed topics hurt the sales of the comic book division.
The company eventually replaced the editor-in-chief with a more strict C.B. Cebulski, who then cancelled several other SJW-themed comic books that Marvel had been publishing.
Cain explained to Entertainment Weekly that she had been tapped for the task just after Marvel quietly pulled the plug on Mockingbird, saying…
“At that point, Mockingbird had been (stealth) canceled after issue #3, but I had been asked not to make that public until the eighth issue had been published. They were allowing us to finish out the arc. Tom King’s marvelous run on Vision was still coming out, but he had left Marvel and signed an exclusive with DC, so Marvel obviously knew it was wrapping up. I was asked to tell a Vision story that focused on Vision and his teenage daughter, Viv, who, at the time, had just been introduced into the Marvel Universe. I pitched the idea of my husband co-writing it with me. Marc is a writer, and we once co-wrote an illustrated book called Does This Cape Make Me Look Fat? Pop Psychology for Superheroes. Also, we have a teenage daughter. So Marc brings a unique authority to the subject matter.”
[…] “So by the time Mockingbird ended publicly and Twitter exploded, Marc and I were already working on The Vision. We spent months outlining and negotiating contracts and researching. We submitted an outline for the whole first arc. By September of 2017 — one year ago — we submitted the script for #1. By December we had an artist attached, the amazing Aud Koch, and editorial feedback, and we were off to the races. We’ve been working solidly for the last six months. The first three issues are inked. The first issue is colored. They all have amazing cover art. The series was announced in July. And officially solicited about a month ago. They put it in Previews. They advertised it. Why go through all of that, just to pull the plug?”
A lot of the SJW-themed comic books simply don’t turn a profit. They usually see massive downturns in month-to-month or year-over-year sales. Still, various ideologues insist that companies keep producing Leftist propaganda that only seems to turn off the majority of comic book readers.
#ComicsGate popped up in response, where comic books fans have been funding independent comic book artists and bringing the stories to life that they want to read. Some of those within the industry have been attempting to start blacklisting campaigns to prohibit comic books like Jawbreakers from being sold in comic book shops. Established media outlets like Comicbook.com have also barred all discussion of certain independent comic books being funded by comic book readers.
Nevertheless, comic book fans have already spoken and have clearly shown where they would prefer to put their money… and it isn’t in the coffers of the books that certain Social Justice Warriors are producing.
But even with fans being vocal about keeping said politics out of the comics, writers like Chelsea Cain will continue to push forward with the sociopolitical messaging. In fact, Cain is already working on a new comic for her daughter called Man-Eaters, which is aimed at a female audience and is about a world where menstrual cycles turn teenage girls into man-eating monsters.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)