Marvel hasn’t had a lot of luck with trends.
For decades now, they’ve given us a bunch of series based on ‘that kooky stuff the young’uns seem to like s’much’ with the result that they usually come in at least a year after the trend’s been relegated to the 5 for a dollar bargain bin.
I mean, seriously, ‘Dazzler’? ‘Team America’? ‘US-1’? ‘Street Poet Ray’?
They’re essentially the equivalent of your uncool uncle with the socks and sandals who tries to keep up with the latest trends… or Bob Haney.
But now, they’ve realized that they can use their powers for good instead of evil. By finding really objectionable trends and using their Uncool Uncle powers to wipe them out.
So hooray Marvel, for having not one, but two superheroes who get their powers from self-mutilation. Let’s hear it for Penance of ‘The Thunderbolts’ and Sister Grimm of ‘The Runaways’. Hopefully, this means that the idea that self-mutilation, or cutting, which used to be a sign of serious psychological trauma can no longer be seen as fashionable by bored, middle class white kids who need to express the pain and horror that only having to be home by 11 p.m. or not being bought the car you wanted on your 18th birthday can bring.
C’mon Marvel, keep up the good work. Now, we just need a title featuring a Pro-Anorexic character and someone with Self-Diagnosed Aspergers’.
Do it for the kids, Marvel!