Welcome back to The Rundown, our daily breakdown on news stories we missed from the previous day. Have a link to share? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org people are raging over a speech Havok gave in Uncanny Avengers #5, to the point that Rick Remender made a rather…imaginative response to the negativity coming his way.
I’m going to focus on this for most of the Rundown, as it’s something that’s been bothering me. Confession: I am a white male. That hardly defines me as a person, but it is a fact. When I say this, you could easily say that I don’t know oppression or anything, and that’s fine. But I am sick to death of people creating issues when there aren’t any. Do comic fans really think that by getting Havok to say “the M-word” instead of mutant, that Remender is uncovering a secret racist agenda he’s been harboring for years? That’s what it seems like when I read articles and tweets about it. It seems every day people are upset for some reason when there hardly is one, simply because they clearly choose to be upset. Choosing to imbue words with intent when there may or may not have been any is a fools activity, and a complete waste of time. Why spend all of your time being upset over something that you read in a comic? Do you not like how Remender phrased it? Don’t read the damn comic. Don’t assail the man for writing something that offends you – get thicker skin, pick up a comic more to your taste and move on. That goes for TV shows and movies and music and god only knows how many other things.
If anything, be upset with Remender because you found the scene to be poorly written. But don’t put your agenda onto his writing as you see fit.
Granted, Remender certainly could have handled things better on Twitter – he was being a wee bit confrontational – but sometimes people forget these people who we (the royal, crazy we, not the Multiversity we) sling death threats at and call names and disparage are simply people like you or me. Sure, they write books with Avengers in their name, but when you rip on them on Twitter and their phone is blowing up with messages calling them racist, I’d imagine they get pretty angry. I know I would. I can’t say I would tell everyone to drown in hobo piss, but I’m not that creative. That’s why Rick is the writer, and I’m not.
I’ve interviewed Rick before, and he was nothing but a good guy. I’m not saying that interview defined him, but I can say he doesn’t seem the type who would be writing comics to infect the world with some sort of villainous agenda. He’s writing comics he wants to read, and comics that are fun for him to write. If you have a problem with that and you can’t get over it, that’s your fault for not just moving on.
– In significantly happier news, The Mary Sue links to some pieces artist Vicky Trochez created that reimagines Parks and Recreation characters as DC superheroes. The results are sublime, as someone who loves Parks and Rec. Also, can someone explain to me why everyone reimagines Parks and Rec characters as other characters? I love it, but it seems to be a thing.
– Is The Sixth Gun TV show crossing over with Game of Thrones?! No. But Oni Press Publisher Joe Nozemack did share an awesome photo of him hanging out with George R. R. Martin on the set of the now filming Sixth Gun pilot. Totally badass, I say.