So I've gotten a good handful of interesting messages since I posted the first part of my America review a few days ago. . .
First, thanks for reading!
BUT. . .
I think I might need to clarify a few things.
Some of you think I might be just a LITTLE racist and anti-gay based on my America review and a Terminator review I did a while back (Enemy of My Enemy).
I'm NOT against "diverse" characters at all. One of my favorite Marvel titles was Captain America: Sam Wilson. I actually wish that Marvel would have had the guts to KEEP Sam Wilson as Captain America. Over at DC, the lesbian version of Batwoman introduced in 52 and still a major character in the DCU is one of my favorite characters. Back at Marvel, I really like Doctor Aphra. . .which stars a bisexual Asian (?) woman.
Just three examples. . .but the difference being that there's more to those characters than being Identity checkboxes. Their race/sexual orientation is PART of the character. . .not THE character. Diversity isn't the problem. Pandering is the problem.
ALSO. . .
My stepson is gay and happily married. I walked him down the aisle wearing a hot pink bowtie and danced with his husband at the reception. I'm a straight white guy that generally votes Republican, but that doesn't mean I have to be an @sshat when it comes to people's right to pursue their own happiness, even if it happens to be much different than mine.
ON THE "RACIST" FRONT. . .
My first wife was Puerto Rican. I have a daughter with her (the same daughter that had the America comics for me to review in the first place). Enough with the racist crap.
IN CONCLUSION. . .
Part of the reason why America even lasted as long as it did was that it got glowing reviews from "professional" comic reviewers who didn't want to call it out as a pile of pure stinky crap because they KNEW they would get called racist and/or homophobic.
I'm neither racist or homophobic and I'll say it again. . .America is crap. NOT because of the race, gender, or identity of the main character, but because it's written by an inexperienced writer that was hired ONLY because of her race, gender and identity.
Settle down, people. It's just comic books.