Don't read Thunderbolts so: why all the rejoicing? Did Acker and Blacker seriously do wrong by those characters? (Also, Hawkeye is ending too. Ultimate sadness.)
I hadn’t heard about Hawkeye, but I always figured it would build to an ending, so I can live with that.
The thing with Thunderbolts is that I strongly disagree with the decision to relaunch it as a comic about Red Hulk and co. It has nothing to do with Acker and Blacker; I’ve been complaining about this for a couple of years now. I’m hoping the cancellation will lead to a relaunch that is closer to what I think Thunderbolts ought to be about.
I wrote a post recently about what I think makes T-bolts work, so I won’t get too deep into that here. What matters is that Redbolts went in a completely different direction, to the point that I found it unrecognizable. I mean, yeah, it’s a team of assholes breaking the rules, but that’s not good enough. It’s like tuning into Orange is the New Black and finding whole show has been replaced with the cast of Oz—you’ve retained the most basic premise while completely missing the point.
That’s not to say Redbolts is a bad comic, but it’s not a comic I would want to read. And unfortunately, the comic I do want to read can’t ever come back until Redbolts is gone. So that’s why I’m in the strange position of rooting for someone else’s favorite comic to get cancelled.
That guy in that panel is actually Asylum who they used to rescue Blackout from the Darkforce Dimension who they then used to rescue Smuggler from the Darkforce Dimension. Cripes. There's a bit of a redundancy there.
Everybody would be on my roster. (Except Red Hulk, because fuck that guy.)
I was only listing T-bolts we haven’t seen in a while. Everyone’s always “Songbird this” and “Zemo that,” and there’s not enough “Atlas this” or “Man-Thing that”. Of course I’d put Karla on my dream book. I wouldn’t build a dream car without wheels.
Anyway, I like Dark Scarlet Witch (w/labcoat) because it looks like a palette swap of Dr. Crusher from Star Trek. It brought out the “mad scientist” aspect of the character, when up to that point she just looked like “Scarlet Witch cosplayer who got the wrong wig in the mail”. Add a labcoat, and she’s “Doctor Scarlet Witch cosplayer who got the wrong wig in the mail.”
She wouldn’t just fix Fixer’s missing eyeball. He’s a very valuable test subject H^H^H^H^teammate. Plus he’s legally dead, so anything she does to him is technically just a weird autopsy.
When The Avengers hit theaters almost two years ago, a lot of people made fun of Hawkeye and Black Widow because they were regular human beings teamed up with a super-soldier, a man in a flying metal fighting suit, a giant green monster with unimaginable strength, and a god. And it’s true that Hawkeye seemed like he existed primarily as a plot point, but Black Widow, now, she kicked ass and showed some serious depth as a character.
If you’re still skeptical, try thinking of Black Widow this way: She’s an human being without super powers. She’s an amazing athlete with serious expertise in several martial arts. She dresses in black, and wears a belt. She sometimes uses gadgets. She’s incredibly stealthy. Some seriously bad things have happened to her in the past. She doesn’t always exactly follow the law. Sound familiar?
I’m not saying that the Widow is precisely a female version of Batman – there are many obvious differences, most prominently her use of guns and willingness to kill. But I’d be willing to bet that most of the people who scoffed at the Widow’s presence in The Avengers would never dream of saying anything of that sort about Batman. The fact is that Black Widow, as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a terrific character who absolutely belongs with the more conventional superheroes.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Black Widow has a much bigger role in this film than she’s had before, and you get to see just how multifaceted her character really is, as well as see her kick some more very serious ass. In movies, she’s the best argument there has been so far that calling characters like her “female superheroes” or “superheroines” is just silly: she, and they, are superheroes; the fact that they’re female really isn’t relevant.