No, no he isn't. Marvel has made it clear that he and characters like The FF, Deadpool, Etc. are MuTATES. And throughout the years it's been hinted that the spider bite may not actually be the source of Pete's powers, but may be supernatural (The web and all of that)
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Same with Avatar/Last Air Bender, folk. I definitely understood, and supported the outrcy of the Asian/Inuit communities when it came to the casting decisions. But as far as that abomination of a film went, I was more disturbed by it's blatant disregard for all things truly DB than by having a white Goku, though that played a part in my disdain as well. I get that Goku's an alien and him resembling a homo sapien of any ethnicity is an astronomical stretch, however, there was never a single doubt in my mind as I watched the show growing up that Goku was in fact Asian. He was based on a famous Asian folk legend and I can't really see him as being anything else. I mean in the anime/manga world. The only people who's ethnicity is clear are really blacks due to the over exaggerated, almost racist ways we are portrayed. Generally it's assumed by Japanese readers/viewers that the characters they are seeing are Asian, specifically Japanese unless noted otherwise by the story.
I tend to like the way the villains are portrayed in the films more than in the comics (Bullseye/Dr. Oc being) examples. At the end of the day we gotta recognize that comics are nonsensical at their core (at least the cape and boots stories are). Therefore People running around in spandex suits is normal, acceptable, and to be expected in their universe. I'm all for villains wearing suits, as long as they're not too stupid looking. A perfect example of this would be your boy Electro up their. Pretty cool, powerful villain. Lame, lame, lame, lame LAME ASS outfit, folk. One of the worst in the history of comics.
Yes it matters, make the character who they are in the comics, that's what I'm paying to see and that's what people are expecting to see. Whatever their ethnicity is it should be reflected by the casting. Example, Lucy Liu should be cast as Psylocke and not Angelina Jolie (fine as she is). And while I think MCD's portrayal of Kingpin was on point, it was distracting having a black actor in the role, and I'm saying this as a black man. To people commenting on Nick Fury being black in films, well that's based on Ultimate Nick Fury who was literally based on Jackson. In fact marvel's films borrow more from the Ultimate U than from 616 continuity. Also, to those that said DC/Warner did a bad job of explaining the Corps must not've watched JLA/Unlimited or any other DCAU property very closely.
I more than understand some people's frustration with Hal Jordan, not John Stewart being the Lantern in the film. Many people have come up seeing Green Lantern as a black man & have never cracked open a comic book in their life to see otherwise. Many people, blacks especially are speaking from the perspective of individuals who have routinely been under/misrepresented in all forms of media for centuries. Their/our frustrations are understandable. I really question the choice to go with Jordan seeing as the general populace seems to connect GL with Stewart and Reynolds is looking to screw this up royally. Also if it was about filling seats then it was in their best interest to attract that general audience with Stewart. Comic fans pre or post Rebirth were going to show up regardless.
I actually dislike the concept itself, and not just because it goes against the Ideology of Batman. Green Lantern Corpse works because it plays into the fundamental nature of the entity. The GL's are a intergalactic military/police force. Same with the Nova Corps and other such entities. But the idea of a solitary hero (be it Batman, Sups, Flash, Wolverine, Dare Devil, Spider-Man, Iron Man) doing this is just utterly daft to me. I'm sure this won't last, so I won't complain all that much about it. Instead I'll just chill, read the other Bat books and avoid reading Inc until the series is inevitably canceled.
Let's hope you're right, honestly in the past two years I've seen Bats jerked around A LOT. Being easily my favorite character of all time, that wasn't easy to sit through and point blank, I'm past sick of it. I hate this Inc. idea but I would've been more willing to give it a shot had it not been in the hands of Morrison. I love Grant, really do. But can't cosign his mainstream comic works since his initial JLA days. And this guy I've been reading, for me, just isn't Bruce Wayne/Batman. You want a "heroic" Batman, cool. I'm all for that, keep the Brave & The Bold issues coming but leave the "Real" Batman out of it.
Green Goblin/Iron patriot, Blade, Elektra, Black Widow, Dominio, Daken (long as he's not a clone), Dimitri, RIVAL SCHOOLS Characters!!!, Jin, Tech Romancer Characters, Power Stone Characters (seriously Capcom comin' slack, folk), Sagat, Rolento, Hellion, Cyclops, Cable, PROTOMAN, Thanos, Nova, James Barnes as Cap/Winter Soldier, War Machine (and keep making him different from Starks), Drax, Loki, Odin, Akuma, Gouken, Urien, Q, Sakura, Colossus, Juggernaught, Luke Cage, Hawkeye, Bullseye, Task Master, The Kool-Aid man (Look it up, Marvel had the rights to Kool-Aid comics....), X-Man, Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, Cloak & Dagger, Psylocke, Angel/Arch-Angel.
AGREE ON POINT TWO!!!
Honestly this was a down issue for me for multiple reasons. First, I don't like Johns' inane portrayal of Barry in this Book. I could've swore JT Krull's accursed name was no where on my cover. part of why I'm not reading current GA stories is because of his gross mis-characterizations of some of my favorite characters (Roy Harper especially) but NOTHING has been worse than his bastardization of Barry Allen. Since when was Barry such a judgmental, sanctimonious prick?! Pretty sure he MURDERED reverse Flash, never had such a negative (nearly hateful) view of GA, and the deciding vote to allow him to remain in the League was cast by... guess who?! Oliver mo' Flushin' Queen!!! It's shame to see Johns' present Barry in the same way as that hack in this issue. Reading his dialog in this issue was just, well, painful for me. This IS NOT the Barry Allen I grew up with or the Barry Allen I've been reading since his return. I swear this guy is from the same universe as Miller's All Star Batman...honestly I've never seen a writer have two such disparate takes on the same character, in the same week.
Also, honestly NOTHING HAPPENED IN THIS ISSUE, aside from the last page which I won't spoil. G-Man, that "big reveal" on the Indigo tribe has been painfully obvious to me for a while. It's even strongly hinted at toward the end of Blackest Night, folk. And that little "Clash" of the Corps toward the end of the issue had about as much tension to it as a Saturday night sissy fight. Ultimately this is the worst Green Lantern Issue I've read during this Run. What's so great about Johns' writing is his ability to take "traditional" heroes and add the right amount of pathos to them to make them relate and appeal to a modern audience without being deconstructionist. But in this issue, none of that is present to me. I honestly think that this issue (and a few Brightest Day Issues) serve as proof that DC's having him mass produce titles is having an adverse effect on him.