Excellent question

I did a book report back in high school on the Icewind Dale trilogy.
Yeah yeah, Drizz’t — sue me.
Anyway, the whole point of the paper I wrote (and by the end of the thing, it was well-and-truly a ‘paper’ and not a report) was the nature of race and role stereotyping and the affect that has on the individual.
My teacher gave me an A, and suggested that I was, perhaps, reading more meaning into the books than the author had really put there. I asked her how that was different than any other book that anyone had ever read, and she dropped it.
My point: Dave did something very similar here, and asks really good questions — digging past what’s right for the big Marvel story of the year (an outcry for the regulation of Superheroes) and asking the hardest question of all: what would be right in the really real world.
I have more to say, but I pretty much said it over there.

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  1. And said it quite well.
    This isn’t the first time the story, as such, as been told — Watchmen posits something similar happening in the 60s/70s, and The Golden Age (and DC’s folding of that story into their mainstream history) has the supers of the WW II era “retiring” more or less once HUAC started demanding identities and the like. But this is probably the biggest confrontation of the subject in some time in the mainstream right-now of comics, and its ramifications will probably be around for some time.
    And, if nothing else, Speedball’s dead. So it can’t be all bad.

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