…And I’m not feeling it. Like, I get he’s got major star power, and a reputation for diverse writing, but, like. He’s still the guy who’s responsible for Wanda Maximoff getting nothing but shitty stories about her mental health for the last decade. He outed Bobby by throwing bi folks under the bus.
He also profits off of writing diverse stories that could’ve been told better by POC & queer writers. There’s a tangible difference between a white guy writing diversity and someone writing #ownvoices; for example, Sina Grace’s Bobby feels distinctly more natural than Bendis’s or Hopeless’s, because Grace is gay and knows the score.
It’s good, I guess, that Bendis wants to write diverse stories, but his star power means that writers who could be doing #ownvoices books wind up shut out, because the big companies want to attract old readers with a writer they’re familiar with, rather than taking a risk and actually advertising and marketing for a new writer or #ownvoices book. Black Panther & the Crew, the first time Storm’s ever been written by a black woman, got no marketing or press attention, and got cancelled after two issues. You know Marvel wouldn’t gave treated a Bendis book that way.
It’s a systemic problem with the industry, and I feel like there’s not a lot we can do about it besides supporting writers and titles that are #ownvoices specifically, and talking about this stuff online. As a result, Here’s a screenshot of my tweet thread of recs; all are #ownvoices, and all are fantastic:
So, to reiterate, it just means that if Bendis winds up on Action Comics, I won’t read that book anymore until he leaves. I hope he doesn’t get the book, but I admit I’m a little nervous about it. I don’t want to see him write my trashcan favorite, frankly, and don’t trust BMB in general.
Overall, I’m concerned, but I’m not gonna waste much time getting angry about it. Instead, buy #ownvoices books and write your own! Make art, and support art you love and see yourself in.