Quote:Axel Alonso is gone. Bendis is gone. Both are big proponents of having diverse characters. Bendis sheparded Miles Morales and Jessica Jones. Axel Alonso sheparded Ms. Marvel, the new Captain Marvel, the Reyes Ghost Rider. Now they're gone and the guy who said that "Diversity doesn't sell" and who argued with Bendis and Alonso in public about it, is still there. Oh yeah, and they hire Ron Richards, a serial abuser and harasser in a VP role. And with CB Cebulski coming in as EIC who wants to bring back old 1980s Marvel, with no real vision...it just strikes me as Marvel hustling to not reach out to new and different voices. Cebulski is an expendable part of Marvel...he's going to rely on marketing to tell him to edit comics. And the guy who said, "Diversity doesn't sell" is going to be throwing out interesting stuff for same old, same old.
Quote:Don't get me wrong, plenty of things to not like Axel Alonso and Bendis for: Secret Empire is top on my list of "WTF?" But this strikes me as "We are going to end up fridging and obscuring a lot of minorities and women soon."
As long as the ones they fridge are the new characters and not old ones like Rhodey I'm fine with it.
Next time they do a diversity push they can actually include their established characters like Misty Knight instead of benching their classic characters in favor of new teen versions.
Lets be perfectly frank here, they killed of Rhodes because there was no way that they could promote Tony Starks new black friend if his old black friend was still on the block.
If ever there was a male equivalent of 'women in refridgerators', Rhodes death is that.
How diverse is that?
Diversity at Marvel has become a marketing tool, not the moral responsibility it should be.