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Right-wing bloggers decry Nightrunner, DC’s Muslim ‘Batman of Paris’

This character looks fucking bad ass. But of course, there must be ‘controversy’…

From Robot 6:

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Nightrunner, from Batman Annual #28 (art by Trevor McCarthy)

A conservative blogger who earlier sounded the alarm about the perceived attack on the tea party movement inCaptain America and warned of the “anti-American nihilism” of Watchmen has now turned his attention to Bruce Wayne’s recruitment of a Muslim to be the Batman of Paris.

But Nightrunner, the parkour-trained crimefighter introduced in this month’s Detective Comics Annual #12, isn’t justany Muslim — he’s a 22-year-old Algerian Muslim living in Clichy-sous-Bois, the poor commune east of Paris best known outside of France as the epicenter of the 2005 riots. And that doesn’t sit well with Warner Todd Huston.

“You see, DC Comics has decided that the ‘French savior,’ the French Batman is to be a Muslim immigrant,” Hustonwrites on his Publis’ Forum. “The character’s name is Bilal Asselah and he is an Algerian Sunni Muslim and an immigrant that is physically fit and adept at gymnastic sport Parkour. Apparently Batman couldn’t find any actual Frenchman to be the ‘French savior’.” What constitutes an “actual Frenchman” isn’t entirely clear, but presumably the writer is referring to one of the “Frenchmen of European stock” he mentions later.

 

Huston takes aim at David Hine’s story, which centers on a series of political assassinations that lead to riots by communist union members and neo-Nazis, describing it as “PCism at its worst”: “The whole situation is a misreading of what ails France. The truth is, neither communist Union members nor ‘Neo-Nazi’ Parties are causing riots in France. Muslims are. Yet DC Comics is absurdly making a Muslim immigrant the ‘French savior’?” He accuses the publisher of badly downplaying in Nightrunner’s origin “the seriousness of the actual racial tension in France” and oversimplifying the problems “as mere racism as if that is all there is to it ignoring the fact that Islam is the single most important factor in the strife.”

From Nightrunner’s origin

He isn’t alone in his criticism; he’s merely picking up the baton passed by far-right commentators like Avi Green who, writing last week at The Astute Bloggers — a site dedicated to “exposing leftist propaganda,” “highlighting under-reported news” and “promoting universal human rights” — said, “How about that, Bruce Wayne goes to France where he hires not a genuine French boy or girl with a real sense of justice, but rather, an ‘oppressed’ minority who adheres to the Religion of Peace. And this is a guy whose very parents were murdered at the hands of a common street thug!”

So while Huston isn’t the only defender of the, I don’t know, wounded honor of “actual Frenchmen” in this manufactured controversy, he may be among the most widely distributed. Commentary from his Publis’ Forumregularly appears at other conservative outlets, such as Andrew Breitbart’s network of websites and Canada Free Press. His Feb. 8 column aboutCaptain America #602 was followed by FoxNews.com’s article about the comic’s “tea party jab” which, in turn, triggered more widespread coverage.

Huston characterizes DC’s decision to make “a Muslim in France a hero when French Muslims are at the center of some of the worst violence in the country’s recent memory” as “PCism run amuck.” It’s apparently part of the “PCing of the American comic book industry” that includes the Captain America-tea party incident, the introduction of gay character Kevin Keller in the pages of Veronica, and … Larfleeze? That’s right, Agent Orange.

Andrew Belonsky at Death and Taxes, who was among the first to pick up on the reaction to Nightrunner, views it in light of the recent calls for a boycott of Marvel’s Thor movie because black actor Idris Elba was cast as the Norse god Heimdall:

The Nightrunner controversy differs a bit from the Thor scandal seen earlier this week. In theThor scenario, the Council [of Conservative Citizens] wasn’t saying black people can’t be heroes, period. They simply don’t want to see Idris Elba in a specific role.

“It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin,” they said. “It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves.”

It’s a discriminatory, myopic view, yes, but not nearly as narrow as the one The Astute Bloggers trumpet. Green and his colleagues assume Muslims can’t be heroic because they’re inherently villainous and out to spread “Islamic supremacism.”

Nightrunner’s introduction continues in Batman Annual #28, in stores this week.

Santa Doesn’t Smoke

A new Christmas mix from Beck

Santa Doesn’t Smoke by planned_obsolescence

(Source: beck.com)

Will It Be A Blue Beetle Bait And Switch?

This was just posted at Bleeding Cool. Nice, in a weird way, to see DC semi-acknowledging the mishandeling of their minority characters…by making people think they’re racists yet again just so they can yell at you for being judgmental instead? Whatever, man…

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Those who have seen the new DC solicitations for March can be in no doubt. Yet another minority character getting bumped off. Outrage outrage outrage. And what’s even worse is that it’s a spoiler. The current Blue Beetle is about to snuff it.

"It’s the calm before the storm in issue #21. Beetle is dead, Max Lord has Checkmate and the hunt for Wonder Woman has begun. But Booster Gold has given up after losing another friend to Max Lord, and the JLI is left without a leader!"

As if. This is a bait and switch, so that DC can, at some point, go “see! see! He isn’t dead! And you all thought he was. We’re nice to our minority characters… now. How could you think anything but?”

With a Blue Beetle comic series and a possible TV series in the offing, this was never going to happen. And you went and fell for it… well some of you, anyway.

It’s funny because she’s been sweating and grinding her teeth for a whole day making a huge force-field and probably giving herself hemorrhoids. Namor is fucking cool.
from Fantastic Four #586, by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting

It’s funny because she’s been sweating and grinding her teeth for a whole day making a huge force-field and probably giving herself hemorrhoids. Namor is fucking cool.

from Fantastic Four #586, by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting

"Games of chance". These little dudes are adorable.
I know they’re intelligent lifeforms but I still want a Moloid as a pet.  Is that racist?

from Fantastic Four #586, by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting

"Games of chance". These little dudes are adorable.

I know they’re intelligent lifeforms but I still want a Moloid as a pet.  Is that racist?

from Fantastic Four #586, by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting

Oh man, I live for this kind of shit.
from Fantastic Four #586, by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting

Oh man, I live for this kind of shit.

from Fantastic Four #586, by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting

These people are shockingly stupid. As much as I would laugh at it, I can see how religious nuts could maybe make the jump to being against Santa. But the jump to Santa being a fag who rapes children? That’s one huge jump, people.

And again, gay men have no interest in your kids. 

I would be very inclined to call social services from these people making their children sing lyrics about Santa raping them. I would also like to throw cum-filled ballons at them all. Cum from fags. Faggy cum filled ballons.

I’m both a huge fag for Broadway and a huge nerd for comic books, yet somehow I still think the whole idea of the Spider-Man musical is ridiculous. I’ve been far more interested in the behind-the-scenes chatter about all the massive problems they’re facing, yet I kept thinking “I wonder what these problems actually look like!?!?!?”

Problem solved. Thanks, Taiwan!

(Source: nma.tv)


“Front Page of the Day: Seattle Weekly pays tribute to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with a same-sex spin on Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic V-J Day photo.”

Reblogged from northstarfan

“Front Page of the Day: Seattle Weekly pays tribute to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with a same-sex spin on Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic V-J Day photo.”

(Source: thedailywhat)

Here our pal Thor is having a roll in the hay during the dark ages. I doubt they had condoms in the dark ages, pal, so make sure you pull out!
from Thor: Wolves of the North #1 by Mike Carey and Mike Perkins

Here our pal Thor is having a roll in the hay during the dark ages. I doubt they had condoms in the dark ages, pal, so make sure you pull out!

from Thor: Wolves of the North #1 by Mike Carey and Mike Perkins

pt 1:

pt 2 And yet people wonder why Northstar’s default attitude toward Alpha Flight was “Go fuck yourself”.  (From Alpha Flight #42)

Wow. Heather Hudson is a total homophobic bitch, seriously. Northstar get’s raped and manipulated and that’s your response?

"Sharks from Beyond Time"

An excellent entry from the AlphaFlight.net wiki (which exists, btw):

“The Sharks from Beyond Time were enemies of the Tribe of the Moon. They were prehistoric sharks that had the ability to fly. No information on their history has been uncovered. They were defeated by the Tribe of the Moon ten thousand years ago.”

Santa Wars III: The Heroes Fight Back

From Ty Templeton’s blog: 

#10

What delightfully synchronicity that this issue of Top Ten is the first of a Top Ten list.  One wonders if Mr. Moore is secretly manipulating me with wizard magicks.  ( He can do that, as he’s a licensed warlock in Suffolk-on-Thames-shire, or wherever he’s from. ) What I’m trying to say is that Alan is foreign so he probably doesn’t celebrate Christmas and that’s why he’s the one to get the authorities involved in stopping the spread of Santa before it’s too late.  HANDS up, Kringle and spread ‘em.

#9:

Again with the Brits and the Santa-hatred.  It’s one thing to be arrested by the delightful characters from the series Top Ten up above.  There’s an arrest, a

booking, a bail hearing, and Santa’s out on bond. 

 

But once Father Christmas goes up against the Judges of Mega-City One, there’s little chance he’ll ever see the grossly polluted light of day again.  Ten years in the iso-cubes and Santa will be chewing his legs off, just to feel something resembling emotion.  And to make it all so, so much worse, after he’s  served his time, after he’s crawled back from the hell that is the penal system of this dystopian future – Dredd will arrest him again – for littering if he has to.  These two covers are only but a sampling of the many times Dredd and Claus have faced each other over the barrel of a gun in their ongoing relationship.  Ho-Ho-Hold it right there, PUNK.

#8

We move up a notch in the actual fighting department.  Here, the Hulk tries to grind the bones of Santa to make his bread.  I love that the cover suggests that Santa is the most requested villain of all, but surprise…!  On the inside, that’s referring to someone else.  I know the Hulk is pretty strong, and normally you’d bet on him…but Hulk only gets stronger the MADDER he gets, and who can stay mad at Santa?  Even a Santa taking swipes at your head with a crowbar…

#7

This seems so innocuous and friendly at first glance:  Superman is innocently trying to push the big fat Kringle-man down a small chimney hole with the power of his god-like fist.  It’s almost adorable, right up until you consider that Superman can punch his way through mountains, or diamond mines, so in about two seconds that gently applied fist is going to explode out the back of Santa’s colon, turning the chimney into a drainage sluice for the elf-man’s innards.  I respect Superman for taking up the battle against St. Nick, but he should tone it down a little before there’s burst intestinal tracts all over the roof.

#6

Speaking of putting brand new holes in people, dig this moment of torture/fetish porn from the good people at DC.  Ah, Tommy the Hitman.  You were a feel-good romp from the first issue onwards (even in your  BLOODLINES debut!) but you rarely reached the heights you reached when you asked Santa to suck your shiny metal pistol.   Never did you seem more like a man.  Making the guy in the red suit cry was a nice added touch.  What a baby.  Won’t suck on a gun.  Pussy Claus, I call him.

#5

Speaking of fetishes…There are some things, once seen, that you cannot un-see, and the  above cover is one of them.  In fairness, this image isn’t about fighting back against Santa…this fight is long over and the spoils of war have begun.  I’d feel guilty about showing you this ultimate moment of Santa’s surrender if he didn’t look so darn okay with the whole thing.  But any way you slice it, a subdued and hogtied Santa, is one we’re all safe from, which makes this woman a hero.

#4

I’m pretty sure that’s blood all over Lobo’s knife, so we’ve moved up from implied maiming to full-out maiming.  Comics got so sophisticated in the 90s that even teenagers started reading them.  This thing sold through the roof, and through the drainpipes, and out the back of the garage when it came out.    Don’t settle back into your comfy chair just yet… the Santa-fighting’s about to get worse.

#3

It seems like another simple “someone’s threatening Santa” cover, but if you’ll look closely to the bottom right, and read the threat Jonah is giving the beloved St. Nick, you’ll notice that Hex has already killed a Santa before this cover began.  Lobo may have stabbed his Santa, but Hex ended the job with a smoking piece of Second Amendment Manhood.   Now we’re talking.

#2

More Second Amendment Solutions!  Let’s pray that the chainsaw can help in the battle if the shotgun proves ineffective.  I’m not sure how well Ash is doing against this zombie Santa, but he’s got the right attitude about his weapons choices.  There’s no way for this fight to go down tidy and you have to embrace it…someone’s losing vital parts and getting sprayed with guys -  it’s WAR damnit.  This is what the WAR ON CHRISTMAS has always been about:  Bloodshed and lethal force.  Only the strong are surviving.

#1

This is where the War on Christmas actually began.  This adorable premise of the child snapping Santa’s leg clean off in an inhumane bear trap ran afoul of the authorities in Boston back in 1954, where the local district attorney asked shopkeepers to voluntarily remove this spin-off (rip-off) of Mad Magazine from newsstands as it was deemed damaging to kids if they read it.  It was never legally banned, but it was morally shunned in record numbers.  MAN, that’s cool.   And this was all of twelve weeks before the famous “Seduction of the Innocent”  Kefauver hearings in Congress, that led (in a roundabout way) to the Comics Code Authority.  So even though we fought back against his evil onslaught, Santa was still there to bite the whole industry in the ass.

Tomorrow, we kill Santa dead, and end his mission, once and for all in…

SANTA WARS 4:  He knows when you’ve been sleeping WITH THE FISHES!

Ty the Guy OUT!

Click HERE for WHERE SANTAS DWELL:  TOP 7  MONSTER SANTAS

or Click HERE for WHEN SANTAS ATTACK!  TOP 7 HOMICIDAL SANTAS.

Here now, your comic book Santa moment of zen:

Yup.  The Panic #1 Christmas cover was a stolen idea – one that didn’t seem to have  corrupted any youth when DC ran the original gag 18 years previously.  In fact, no one noticed or even remembered.  Sigh…

Racist morons urge Thor boycott over casting of black actor as Norse god

from the Guardian

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A US white supremacist group has called for a boycott of the Kenneth Branagh-directed superhero movie Thor on the grounds that a black actor has been cast in the role of a Norse god.

The Council of Conservative Citizens is upset that London-born Idris Elba, star of The Wire and BBC detective series Luther as well as a number of Hollywood films, is to play deity Heimdall in the Marvel Studios feature. The group, which opposes inter-racial marriage and gay rights, has set up a website, boycott-thor.com to set out its opposition to what it sees as an example of leftwing social engineering.

"It [is] well known that Marvel is a company that advocates for leftwing ideologies and causes," the site reads. "Marvel frontman Stan ‘Lee’ Lieber boasts of being a major financier of leftwing political candidates. Marvel has viciously attacked the Tea Party movement, conservatives and European heritage.

"Now they have taken it one further, casting a black man as a Norse deity in their new movie Thor. Marvel has now inserted social engineering into European mythology."

The site chooses to ignore its target’s thespian talents, referring to “hip-hop DJ Elba” in apparent reference to the actor’s career in East End nightclubs more than a decade ago. Elba himself addressed the casting issue earlier this year, pointing out that “Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers”. He continued: “That’s OK, but the colour of my skin is wrong?”

Branagh’s decision to cast non-white actors as citizens of Asgard stands in apparent opposition to a one-time policy on Peter Jackson’s forthcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. A British woman of Pakistani origin complained last month that she had been turned away from a casting session for being “too brown”. The offending crew member, an independent contractor, was later sacked.

Thor, starring the Anglo-Saxon-looking Chris Hemsworth in the title role, and Jewish actor Natalie Portman as his love interest is due to arrive in cinemas next May.