Part 3 of Daryll's Brain Meltdown and I begin with...
So let me get this straight, the WWE disassociate all ties with Hulk Hogan because of that racist rant caught on video. OK, I'm a hardcore wrestling WWE and wrestling fan, so let's look at your record with black folk WWE.
-We can only be singing, thieving, dancing, religious, monstrous, or looking for our momma.
-The instant we divert from those paths, they are reinforced within our characters almost immediately.
-A perfect example is wrestling in front of us right now in The New Day:
Kofi Kingston, high flyer and consistent wrestler, can go with anyone in the ring. Is a fan favorite because of that. Cherished because of the athletic stunts he pulls off during pay per views,most notably Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank. Just look him up on YouTube with those PPVs. A victim of de-pushing right when he's hot over the last 5-8 years. NEVER has been in the World Title picture but has held every other title. Most notably was a war he had with A-Lister Randy Orton where he destroyed a stock car belonging to Orton. I know I wasn't the only black fan who thought it would lead to the upper echelon. Instead he was relegated to fighting for the IC and US title again and again.
Big E. Langston, the muscle, got his start with hot fan favorites Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee showed also immediately a great presence on the mic. Then had a brief run as US Champion before he was offered up as a sacrifice to Rusev. Now what is he? A preacher who gets ragged on because he overly sweats.
Xavier Woods, intelligent and athletic, fiery young wrestler who had the idea of The New Day as a group angered at being discounted and overlooked. Now has to be a clapping, dancing, carnival pitchman for the "gospel" faction. Um, yeah. The group is entertaining as "good" bad guys but I wonder how they could be without the old tropes attached to them?
Stones and Glass Houses WWE. Stones and Glass Houses.
As far as the issue goes, we ALL have this within us and at a moment of weakness, it can come out strongly. Now can everyone use this mistake to improve themselves and the community around them? We'll see won't we?
I liked Gods and Monsters but I can get where a lot of the detractors are coming from. The solicitations and advertising that Warner Bros and DC did made this sound like we were going to get a Crime Syndicate type world instead of a "darker" Justice League. If you listen to previous AfroNerd podcasts, I definitely fell into that trap as well but I thought the animation tale was well handled and an interesting start for an Elseworlds run at DC's Animated Universe.
Ant-Man Annual #1 by Nick Spencer and Brent Schoonover & Ramon Rosanas has the legacy of Hank Pym, his relationship with Scott Lang, AND a legacy advancement to the future all on tap. Just in time for enhancing a certain movie now in theaters.
Siege #1 by Kieron Gillen and Filipe Andrade is for all Hickman/Weaver SHIELD, S.W.O.R.D., Young Avengers, and oh yeah, if you been loving A-Force, you might want to flip through this one too. Oh. And poor Hank Pym. You just have to read this one. I not spilling....
We Are Robin #2 by Lee Bermejo and Jorge Corona picks up where the initial issue left off as the team finds itself surrounded underneath Gotham City with a crazed mob. I thought I had a handle on who was calling the shots but Lee Bermejo did it again on the last couple of pages and I all confused....
Divinity by Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine is essentially to the current Valiant Universe what Solar was to the 90's one. However, a Black Russian Male protagonist with seemingly infinite power isn't something you read about everyday. And talk about a memento type story timeline! I read through the trade 3 times and still don't think I got everything straight!
Marvel Zombies #2 by Simon Spurrier and Kev Walker is proof of one thing: Walker was born to draw zombies and horror. It is truly disgustingly gorgeous. And I can't say anything more about the plot because I really don't want to spoil any of the nuggets in this from MODOK to D.....ahhhh! Nearly gave it up!
Book of Death: The Fall of Bloodshot by Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite gave me just what I was looking for in a detailed history AND a very important personal connection/interaction to a future Valiant hero. Now I wonder when the modern day hero will come across the event.
Cyborg #1 by David Walker and Ivan Reis by has been plugged and pushed by us at AfroNerd Radio since we heard about it from Mr. Walker. The first issue is a great setup for the series AND I love Sarah Charles being pushed to the fore as friend/love interest for Victor Stone (again). I am knocking on wood that the quality continues.
Fables #150/Volume 22 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham & a host of others is the end of a fantastic run involving characters of myth, fable and folklore. Without its quality and popularity there would be no Once Upon a Time or Grimm. No Snow & the Huntsman, Maleficent, or Hansel & Gretel. This was fun, heartbreaking, and most of all made me yearn for it to continue. Thank you Bill and Mark for YEARS of quality!
And so ends this blog marathon.....Thanks are who were patient and read through all 3... You know I appreciate the debates, your patience, and time.