And it didn’t take the death of an emo Russian to pull it off.
All too often do we hear complaints that mainstream comics focus too much of their energies on copying real world events than they do maintaining the childish escapism the genre was created to provide. Examples are plentiful: Marvel’s Civil War, DC’s The Movement & The Green Team, Tea Party Presidents in Deadpool, teen bloggers, etc. All of these examples can fall under the umbrella of “grim and gritty” stories that has become the primary paradigm that has dominated comics over the past decade and a half.
None of this is new, during World War II comic book characters routinely fought Nazis, in the 60s they fought for equal rights (I assume, although Superman is such a douche no one knows where he lands), and in the 1990’s Marvel Comics aped the AIDS crisis with the (mostly) mutant specific Legacy Virus. Released as Stryfe’s final revenge (his legacy), the Virus killed scores of mutants, some of whom are still dead, for no apparent reason since he was a mutant (why did so many evil mutants in the 1990s hate mutants?) with the same random methodology we have come to expect from the spread of HIV.
Finally, this weekend, we saw some good news in regards to
the Legacy Virus HIV as an infant born with the virus was, according to all accounts, cured. Think on that, HIV cured without having to sacrifice a fan favorite (for whatever reason) character. This is great news for anyone who has, or pretends to have, a soul and here at the Outhouse, the Universe’s most sensitive website, we want to make it clear that we are not mocking HIV, AIDS, people with either, people who know people with either, or Latino Review (in this article). Instead we think that it’s time for the real world to do more to catch up to the comic book universes.
How is it, in 2013 that we still have yet to cure the common cold and yet I can’t think of the last time a super-hero needed NyQuil. Why aren’t our armed forces training in a Danger Room? Our space program is insulting to the likes of the Starjammers, Fear Agents, and whatever it is Deathstroke is up to in the New 52.
Maybe it’s because everyone bonds over hating the
blacks mutants, but race relations seem pretty good in the 616 and even the Red Skull had to change his message to brainwash New Yorkers into becoming hate filled asshats. Compare that to the real world where, just recently, Oberlin College, in Ohio, had to close the campus for a day due to racist/homophobic douchenozzels. You don’t see that kind of crap in Arcadia. You know why, because X will cut a mofo, that’s why!
So, scientists get on it, make the world better – or at the very least more interesting – by making it like my comics. Or, and this is probably easier, comics stop replicating the real world and go back to being the escape from this shithole you are supposed to be.
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RU, or as he’s known in the writers’ room: the cute one, is relatively unappreciated in his time. RU’s YouTube show, RUviews is watched by literally multiple people every month and his Outhouse articles have helped line many a bird cage. Before you send RU a message, he knows that there are misspelled words in this article, and probably in this bio he was asked to write. RU wants everyone to know that after 25+ years of collecting he still loves comic books and can’t believe how seriously fanboys take them. RU lives in Akron Ohio (unfortunately) with WIFE, ‘lilRuRu, and the @DogGodThor. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, & even Google+ (if anyone still uses that).
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