"Comic books shouldn’t make political statements!"
I’ve always hated that mentality when it comes to comic books. Why? Because it tells me that the person reading the comic has no idea what the fuck they’re talking about. They’re so stuck in their own little bubble, they haven’t even realized that the very first comic books were pretty much all about making political statements.
Superman and Captain America were “superhuman” individuals, created by Jewish men during World War II. Captain America was literally created by a super soldier serum, and all around the “perfect” human in the eyes of the Nazis. And what was he doing? Killing Nazis.
The X-Men was created during the civil rights era, and their struggle was supposed to represent the struggle of PoC, women, and GSRM.
Comic books were born out of political statements. So if you sit there and say, “they shouldn’t make political statements,” all that tells me is that you don’t agree with the political statement, and therefore you feel uncomfortable.
And if you think that a Muslim female superhero is a “political statement,” ask yourself, “why? Why is it a political statement?” Ask yourself why our society is structured in a way that a Muslim superhero, whether the Green Lantern or Ms. Marvel, is a big deal.
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