FIGHT CLUB 2 Promotional image. Art by me, colour by Dave Stewart. I am the artist of the official comic book sequel to the original Fight Club novel. The comic is written by Chuck Palahniuk himself, and debuts in May of 2015 as a 10-issue limited series. More details here.
Fight Club part Deux! Yes!
The Problem With Swapping
Falcon is one of the first black superheroes to rise to prominence in comics. He had his own identity, his own history, and more importantly was his own hero. By making him the new Captain America they are negating that. They are overshadowing his accomplishments as a original black hero. Now in pop culture he just becomes the minority that’s piggy backing off of identity of his predecessor. He’ll be no better than US Agent.
Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation swapping of a character doesn’t help make comics more diverse. It hinders the ability for the characters Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation to exist without being seen in comparison or competition with the original (essentially lacking any agency). Also an implication of how they market the “new directions with old characters” is treating these new directions like sideshows. Basically using faux diversity as a marketing tool (The View….Really?). It really cheapens the effect, especially because whenever Avengers 2 comes out, we all know Steve and Thor will magically be restored to their WASP-esque selves.
Instead of swapping old characters Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation maybe Marvel (and DC) should create original characters from those backgrounds and promote them. Maybe their staff should be more diverse. Maybe Wonder Woman should wear some actual armor and not a one piece bathing suit. Don’t get me wrong there have been recent series in Marvel to do diversity right. But these newest steps are not doing anyone any favors. I fully acknowledge this can seem like some sort of nerd rage, but I assure you this comes a genuine place. As a minority reader I have always wanted more diversity in my comics, but I want it in a way that celebrates original narratives.