Tuesday, November 08, 2005

White men running the world as "The Illuminati"

Marvel Comics has announced a new miniseries about a secret cabal of superheroes who really run the world, and call themselves (not so originally) The Illuminati. They're all white males.

And we thought we were making some progress against sexism and discrimination. Thank God this is just a fictional fantasy.

NEWSARAMA - ILLUMINATING THE ILLUMINATI WITH BRIAN BENDIS: "Most recently, they played a major role in the fate of The Sentry in the pages of New Avengers: Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Namor, Professor Xavier, and Dr. Strange. Together, the five are known as the Illuminati, and in March, Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev will show their history in New Avengers Special: The Illuminati.

We caught up with Bendis to talk secrets, cabals, how it starts to come apart, and similarities. "


At 2:53 PM, Blogger mikevotes said...

I love your observation.

Yes, women and minorities can be part of a ruthlessly evil secret organization so long as their rich enough.

But the dated white man portrayal doesn't really surprise me. Hell, Ludlum was writing Nazi's as villians up until the early nineties.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Cephas said...

But Mike, the point is, these are the GOOD guys. They are benevolently running the world. (That's why the name Illuminati, which I always thought was an evil underworld cabal, was ironic to me.) Anyway.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger mikevotes said...

Sorry. I didn't get it. I didn't read the article link, just what you had written and I missed the point. Sorry.

It's been twenty years since I read/collected comic books. Haven't even opened the boxes in fifteen. It's amazing, I didn't even make the avengers connection. That's how long it's been.

I've got 5,000 old comics sitting in a closet dating from the mid sixties to eighties.(my prime collecting time was mid eighties, but I bought a whole bunch of old stuff during that time.) I've completely lost the frame of reference.

Sorry to miss the point, I'll keep reading, coming back, and try again.


At 10:06 PM, Blogger Cephas said...

Well, glad to know that you're not only a solid commentator/blogger, but also a reformed comic book reader (like me, although I will admit I still pick up a book here and there).


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