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Internet About to Get Really Pissed about Avengers Arena

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Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:30 pm

Internet About to Get Really Pissed about Avengers Arena

But it's not for the reason you think. Spoilers, BTW.

Source: ThanosCopter Newswire

Caution: This Article Contains Spoilers for Avengers Arena #1

Dennis Hopeless has found himself in an unusual situation these past few months. He's been under constant criticism for Avengers Arena, despite the series not being released until this week.  Fans have been in hysterics after learning that the writer pitched the book planning to kill a number of teen characters, many of whom have avid fan followings on sites such as tumblr. However, no one was expecting Dennis Hopeless to engage in one of the most tired, worn out cliches found in horror themed stories, namely killing the black dude first.

A leak has revealed that Avengers Arena #1 ends with the death of Mettle, a newly christened Avenger from Avengers Academy.  The teen hero resembles a giant red, metal skeleton and was romantically paired with Hazmat, a female Asian hero.  Prior to his transformation into his current form, Mettle was Ken Mack, whose mother was Jewish and whose father was of either African or Polynesian heritage.  Mack was depicted with dark brown skin and dreads and was considered to be a "person of color", or in layman's terms "a black dude".

Killing the black dude first is a standard, tired horror trope found in both comics and movies.  While a comprehensive list can be found on, the black guy has been killed first in movies such as Aliens, American Psycho, and Scream 2.  Even comic books have gotten in on the action, with Civil War, Avengers X-Sanction and GI Joe's first fatalities being "the black dude".  

Nowadays, the trope has largely fallen out of favor due to its connection to the casual racism found in many Hollywood studios, who gear their movies towards white audiences.  However, the popular TV show The Walking Dead has recently come under fire for killing off a black male character and replacing him within an episode.  

The Outhouse was curious exactly why Hopeless would open himself for the inevitable claims of racism and anger that will follow in the next day or two.  Having watched Fahrenheit 9/11 the other day, we decided the best way would be to angrily confront him on film.  We sent Jude Terror, the staffer who resembles Michael Moore the most, after the writer.  What follows is the fictional exchange the two shared.

JT: Excuse me, are you Dennis Hopeless?

DH: I am.  Wait, who are you?  Why are you filming this?

JT: [Sticks microphone in Hopeless's face]  Why did you decide to kill the black guy first in Avengers Arena?  Do you hate black people?

DH: What?  I... didn't kill a black guy first!

JT:  We read the comic.  We know you killed Mettle.  Why do you hate black people so much? 

DH:  What?  Mettle's not black.  He's red!

JT:  So you were unaware that he started off as a black guy?  You know, before he became a metal skeleton?  Do you not care about black people?  [Shows Hopeless a picture from Avengers Academy #4, which clearly shows Mettle's dark brown skin color]

DH:  I didn't....what the....oh, fuck.  I just killed the black guy first.  I swear, I didn't mean for this to happen. 

JT:  Wait, did you seriously not know?

DH: I didn't even have a clue.  I just wanted a shock death and liked the imagery of Mettle's blood splattered across Hazmat's face. Shit, shit, shit!

JT:  Dennis, you know that you're going to get crucified by this online, don't you?

DH: Fuck!  Tumblr is going to hate me even more!  Get that camera out of my face!  I need to call Dan Slott and see if I can hide in his bunker for the next few months.

There you have it, Dennis Hopeless, inadverant minority killer.  The Outhouse will keep you updated with further developments as the shitstorm develops online. 

Written or Contributed by ThanosCopter

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Rain Partier

Postby chap22 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:34 pm

wasn't gonna read this before, DAMN sure ain't gonna read it now if the first death out of the gate is my favorite of the Academy kids. what a trainwreck of a book this is going to be.

The Bass

Postby The Bass » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:37 pm

I read it in work today, and I have to say the opposite - the art was amazing, but because I cared SO LITTLE about Metal, his death meant nothing to me. Big whoop.
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Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:47 pm

I don't give a flip about these characters, and personally I can't wait to hand over $4 to see them brutally slaughtered. Go Hopeless!
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Postby mrorangesoda » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:49 pm

The black guy is one of the last to die in Alien...
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Opera Singer

Postby kwiktpyer » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:49 pm

the black guy has been killed first in movies such as Alien

Wasn't the black dude actually the next to last to die?

ETA: dang, beat me by seconds

The Bass

Postby The Bass » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:49 pm

I only ever read one issue of Academy, so I barely knew who they were.
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The Red Stands for Irony

Postby BlueStreak » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:50 pm

mrorangesoda wrote:The black guy is one of the last to die in Alien...

TC was thinking of Aliens, but forgot the "s".
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Motherfucker from Hell

Postby Stalzer2002 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:58 pm

This book really should have come out December 21st. Sure, it's a Friday, but that just seems...right.

Also, the last guy to die in Night of the Living Dead was the black guy.
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Rain Partier

Postby GHERU » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:02 pm

Does it matter that he's Hawaiian?
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Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:34 pm

This thread is a comprehensive collection of all the butthurt this book has caused before even coming out, I'm looking forward to updating the heck out of this thing on Wednesday.

Weep Tumblr, Weep!
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Rain Partier

Postby DMM » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:47 pm

Fuck. This. Shit. I really enjoyed Avengers Academy (I have the whole run). I'll just leave it at that, and won't bother to read or think about them killing those characters off. If anybody really wants to use them in the future, they can just bring them back anyway.
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fieldy snuts

Rain Partier

Postby fieldy snuts » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:03 pm

This is going to be awesome. And with Kev Walker art to boot!
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Eric Ratcliffe

Staff Writer

Postby Eric Ratcliffe » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:50 pm

Guys, read the issue if you get the chance. It's obvious something is not what it appears.

I really don't think anyone is dead and Arcade is up to some kind of trick with what's going on here. Possible VR simulation. :smt102
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Rain Partier

Postby Windom URL » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:52 pm

Yeah, I was afraid of that. :|

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