This post is written by Josh Geist from the group Olaf Lesniak (owner of this website) created called Watchmen. We wanna point out the silly SJW writing in these comics that we think is hurting the way people view comics. Disclaimer! Before I jump into this, I want everyone to know that this is my opinion, you do not have to agree, but please respect my opinion as I will yours. Let’s jump right in to the issue.
The Champions, a group of young heroes taking on social and non world ending threats. The team consists of a wide array of legacy characters such as Amadaus Cho, Miles Morales, Ms marvel, Viv, Nova, and Cyclops. While not a big fan of legacy characters usually, I actually liked them. And the thought of them all on the team together was great. Honestly a great concept. And similar to Sam Wilson, it’s a great idea, but it’s poor in execution of that idea.The team is full of potential. Each individual member is a pretty interesting and likable character. When I saw the lineup, I was disappointed because the legacy characters. But as I learned to accept it, I found out that the characters and team dynamic were actually pretty good.
But I have a few major problems with the series.
Anti Discriminatory themes are discriminating.
Confused be the title? Don’t be, it’s basically saying that every time the comic makes a point to highlight a case of discrimination, it makes a group look bad. Okay, that’s still confusing. Here’s an example,
When the Champions go to stop the fire in the mosque, they make a point to highlight that the cops are allowing and even participating in this evil act. And that the police are participating in other hate crimes.
While there have been a few police officers that actually have done things like that, it makes a generalization of police. Similar to the Americops from Sam Wilson, they make police to be racist, hateful, and downright evil. When if you actually know any police, chances are you know that they’re normal people just like you and me, and they are just as capable of being good or bad as we are.
Do you get it now?
If not, think of how Trump and many other people, will generalize Muslims as terrorists. Well, Champions is doing that to other social groups. Like police, businesses, and politicians. Another part of the problem is that the series is just cringey. Like I can’t go through really any of the stories, without seeing a blatant reference to politics or social issues.
I am a believer that we should explore those issues in comics, as we always have. But recently, it’s been less exploring, and more just shove a one sided message down your throat.
I honestly wouldn’t mind any of this so much, if it was actually a good series. Here’s a list of things other than the SJW issues.
The series has a bland and cliche storyline. I mean, team of young heroes, lots of arguing, an opposite team, rich organizations as the villains. I’ve seen many of these things before, multiple times. (Teen Titans?)
The art is mediocre at best. It seems like the art has just become too cartoonish for my taste. It’s right in between real and cartoon and it’s just poor looking. And even then it just looks sloppy.
I hated her, she was just an annoying character that made me want to stop reading. I hated the character before Champions as well. The series is reaching out to youth, but many messages go right over their head.
The comics feel half baked and incomplete.
I never finish a comic and feel like I read something worthwhile. Maybe that’s just because I’m used to reading older comics that had much more content, but maybe that’s just this comic.
I understand that this series is very young, but it’s old enough to be judged. I am quite disappointed in this series’ effort to entertain and persuade. It just feels poorly written and overall just lame. The political agenda is persistent and annoying when it’s heavily one sided and can be easily taken out of context. Overall this series is a part of why I don’t like Marvel currently. They’re too concerned with making political and social messages, that they forget to make a good comic.
That’s all I got to say for now. Peace out!