Saw the article on the new diversity at DC
. I don't honestly care that much about the lesbian Batwoman; that could sort of go either way, though I my guess would be tipping more towards titilation than not. I did, though, sort of chuckle at the new Chinese superteam
; if you're going to design a group with the express purpose of creating diversity, you might, you know, want to do more than rehash old stereotypes.
I mean, c'mon: the Mother of Champions, who can, and I quote, "birth a litter" of superhumans every couple of hours? Why not just call her the Yellow Horde and be done with it. And no less than four characters who look like folks with homes on Zu, the Magic Mountain?
This is like having an JLA made up of three cowbowys, Scarface, and two rappers (which was, the lineup of JLA Detroit, of course). And I'm not even touching the whole Ghost Fox Killer design, what with the whole "exotic erotic" thing it has going on; I'll leave that for Rose
, maybe. This whole concept is diverse only inasmuch as appealing to all stereotypes about a culture, not just some, is diverse.
And besides, why this urge to tie "foreign" superheroes to their source culture? I mean, a well designed character--one who grows organically out of his setting--has no choice but to incorporate his culture. DC's Starman, for example, was an exploration of a specific location, a specific culture, as much as it was a story of a superhero; more importantly, it was those things despite the fact that Starman himself was pretty generic in terms of character design, in a Heroclix-y "what can he
do" sort of way.
Why not a Chinese Starman instead of yet another rehash of the Seven Chinese Brothers? The biff-bam-pow bit isn't where diversity comes from, and which is why, maybe, Batwoman has more of a chance than does the Great Ten; homesexuality isn't central to the Batwoman concept in the same way that "being Chinese" is to the Great Ten.
Usual caveats, I suppose. Execution is everything, and there may be legitimate story reasons for the designs. Maybe the designs are preliminary, and maybe I'm overreading. Grant Morrision is involved, which doesn't suggest stupidity, though perhaps he's reaching his Bendis point at DC. We'll see.