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See, I told you they were getting married.

But why, man? I didn't even know they knew each other.


Cause they're black and from Africa so obviously they do. Sure, Storm might've grown up in some little village, and the Black Panther might've grown up as a Prince, but once they moved to America, all that social economic shit was put aside, man. They saw that they were black and they knew they had to have each other.

That's a bit cynical.


See the dude with the big M on his face?

The black guy?


Yeah, him.

See how he's crying?

Quite clearly he thought he was going to get to score with the only other black woman in the Marvel Universe.

There's more than one black woman, dude.


Fuck you. Name them.

...


Yeah, that's right. I mean, look at this, the fucking bridesmaid is white.

There's a black woman behind them.


They can't get married by a white woman. Dude, show some fucking sense. The black community'd be outraged--if this wasn't a fucking comic and they didn't care, y'know?

You are such a cynic, man. Maybe there's a white bridesmaid to show racial diversity--did you think of that?


Well, there is a token Asian, so I guess they're covering token diversity.

Man, don't be like that.


Fuck you. It's ridiculous.

Shit, even Captain fucking America and Iron Man are more important in this picture than the two getting married. Can you even explain to me why they're standing like that?

Sharing a moment?


Dude, don't be an asshole.

Me?


Yes. Quite clearly these two icons of white supremacy--industry and corporate democracy--are slapped into the foreground 'cause Marvel knows that the white fans round the world ain't interested in two black characters marrying. So they've slapped those two on to bring them in, thinking maybe there'll be a fight, or maybe Iron Man will fuck with the bridesmaid, or some such like that.

I'm not listening to anymore of this, man. Seriously. Find a new hobby.

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squirrel_monkey
Apr. 17th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
There's also a token blue person and a token green person.
benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
it's all real token. heh. though i think both those were white before they got changed--so, maybe it's being suggested that no matter the colour, everyone is white underneath.

it's so easy to be cynical with this.
squirrel_monkey
Apr. 17th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Well, if you were really cynical, you would've said that blue and green people are the same as black people -- i.e., non-white; doesn't really matter what color they are, as long as there's color.
benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
it crossed my mind, trust me.
shadowsandice
Apr. 17th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
They look real happy to be getting married and all...
benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
how can yout ell when one of them is wearing a mask?
shadowsandice
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
He didn't go to the effort of putting his happy mask on, did he.
benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
no, no he did not. and you got to wonder about a guy who wears a featureless cat mask to his own wedding...
mariness
Apr. 17th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
What the hell is Storm wearing? Even by comic book standards that's terrifying.

Frankly, I was figuring that Iron Man would get it on with the Beast. You know, so he could say he had sex with the token blue person, so the issue was being politically correct and all.
benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
i believe that dress has been designed by an emmy award winner...
mariness
Apr. 17th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Which doesn't say much for the Emmy's, does it?

Seriously. Bodice wrong. Skirt wrong. Breasts very balloony. Ok, the last probably isn't all that wrong and more about the artist, really. But still.
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benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
But seriously, I've given a lot of thought to the lack of ethnicities in the company books and it is really logical when you think about it. I'd say that the American comic industry is 95% white(and male). These writers probably just don't feel that they are qualified to honestly portray the minority experience properly and that it does the characters a disservice to ignore that part of their life.

that doesn't make it right, though.

i don't know how much the minority experience is portrayed through either of those characters, but given that the x-men was once about portraying a minority experience, i'm not sure i quite buy it. i think marrying these characters together is just a cheap publicity thrill.
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Apr. 17th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
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cool. thanks.
black13
Apr. 17th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
"Quite clearly he thought he was going to get to score with the only other black woman in the Marvel Universe.

There's more than one black woman, dude.


Fuck you. Name them."

Monica Rambeau. Formerly Captain Marvel. Now in Nextwave. Then there's Misty Knight, of Daughters of the Dragon, love interest of Iron Fist. And of Colleen Wing, IIRC.

Anyway, just for the record (and because I feel mean enough to rain on your parade a bit), the relationship between BP and Storm was set up back in the 1980s, in Marvel Team-Up #100. And the first to remember it, introduce it into the Black Panther ongoing series, and set them up as a potential couple, was Christopher Priest (although I'd have to go through my boxes to tell you the issue numbers).

Other than that, I agree that the cover sucks big time. From what I heard of the Post-Priest BP, I'd expect the issue to suck big time.

And besides, the way IM and Cap look at each other, they seem more likely to fuck each other next instead of the bridesmaid.

And of course there will be a fight. This is a Marvel wedding. There are always fights at Marvel wedding.

I'd expect, however, that there are more comics fans concerned: "Does this mean we'll have to buy Black Panther, now that there's an X-connection?"
benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
oh, i know there are more black characters out there in the marvel universe. they're not terribly important like these two are, however. well, maybe bishop is...

i'm sure in the eighties the reasoning for their team up was much the same, though :)
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