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LOL! Marvel cancels anti-police Black Lives Matter comic due to poor sales

Affirmative action baby Ta-Nehisi Coates's bid for comic book social justice goes down in flames

By Daniel Greenfield, Special to Bombthrowers

Aspiring racist comic book writer and McArthur genius grant recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest bid for comic book social justice sold so badly that even Marvel couldn’t justify keeping it afloat. And Marvel will keep anything social justice afloat. Maybe Coates needed more Muslims.

Black Panther & The Crew focuses on the title character who is joined by other black superheros like Storm, Luke Cage and Manifold. Set in Harlem, the superheros try to fight police brutality in a city dominated by robotic cops. The gang also looks into the death of a character named Ezra Keith, a civil rights activists who died in police custody.

This exciting premise, strangely enough, didn’t sell well. There are plenty of black people who buy comics. But Coates’ market has never been black people. It’s white lefties and apparently they don’t buy enough comics. Or maybe Coates’ turgid prose is even worse in comic form.

The Black Panther spinoff teamed Coates with “poet” Yona Harvey, one of Marvel’s desperate efforts at diversity.

The lefty crybullies at Gizmodo are furious. How dare Marvel cancel a comic that no one wants. But it’s telling that Marvel canceled this turkey after two issues. It’s not hard to see why. Black Panther and the Crew was predictable Black Nationalist pap with superheroes that no one cares much about plugged in. The cover featuring Black Panther fighting Captain America summed up the worldview.

Good riddance.

But it’s also hard to miss the historical irony of Marvel assigning a character created by Jack Kirby, a creator whose politics were rather libertarian, and who was treated badly, being handed over to affirmative action baby Ta-Nehisi Coates who is given every possible privilege and aid, but still fails.

That’s what real privilege looks like.

This article first appeared at FrontPageMag.



  • In fairness, there are a lot of shoddy white poets bouncing around academia, but Ms. Harvey’s work is exactly as bad as expected, just as the praise for it is exactly as over-the-top as the praise for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ super-thin, tedious oeuvre.

    Lots of references to Hurricane Katrina and Trayvon Martin and not much else. Professor Harvey apparently worships Winnie Mandela and wrote her into her comic book heroines.

    I wonder if she includes the part about Winnie’s propensity for lynching her political foes.

    Any college freshman could write the Harvey poem, below. It isn’t about ability: it’s only and everywhere about identity. Academia has, ironically, devolved into a phrenologist’s snow-globe.

    The snow
    we don’t mention
    clings to your boots & powders
    & puffs. & poof. Goes.
    Dust of the fallen. Right here
    at home. The ache
    of someone gone-missing. Walk it off
    like a misspoken word.
    Mound of snow. Closed door.
    I could open it.

    Or maybe just, you know—
    brush it off.

    Then what? The snow
    on the other side. The sound
    of what I know & your, no, inside it.

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