Marvel’s Anti-Cop Propaganda Push Ends in Failure
Law enforcement advocates rip 'shameful' comic series pushing Black Lives Matter rhetoric
Marvel Comics’ push to turn its titles into platforms for pushing the radical, anti-police narratives of Black Lives Matter is failing.
In an interview with The Verge published on Saturday night, Ta-Nehisi Coates said that the comics giant has canceled “Black Panther & The Crew” — a spin-off series from Coates’ main “Black Panther” run, co-authored with poet Yona Harvey — after only a mere two issues were published. Coates cited poor sales as the main factor behind Marvel’s decision.
“Given a chance to vote with their pocketbooks, the American public rejects the lies about law enforcement that the media and activists have foisted on them.”
The spinoff series featured a ripped-from-the-headlines plot in which the Black Panther works with a group of other black superheroes — The Crew — to solve the murder of a black civil rights activist who died while in police custody.
“Ta-Nehesi Coates may be the darling of the liberal elites in publishing houses and college campuses, but comic book readers have a better BS detector for separating fact from fiction,” said Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.”
“The Black Lives Matter movement and its now defunct comic book representation are fictions that grotesquely misrepresent the real threats in inner-city neighborhoods,” Mac Donald told LifeZette. “It is violent criminals, not the police, who are the villains, as the thousands of law-abiding residents of high-crime areas who beg for more police protection know through hard experience.”
“Black Panther & The Crew” may not be the only Marvel title doubling as a Black Lives Matter leaflet to be experiencing sales trouble. Another Black Panther spinoff, “Black Panther: World Of Wakanda,” also appears to be on hiatus or canceled, as no new issues have been scheduled for publish following the title’s initial six-issue run.
“The role of Black Lives Matter ideology in this is anything but ‘comic.’ It’s tragic — and it’s shameful,” said William Otis, a professor of criminal law at Georgetown and former Special Counsel to President George H.W. Bush.
“It would be a good thing if black lives actually mattered to Black Lives Matter, but apparently this is not to be,” Otis told LifeZette. “BLM ought to know that the leading cause of death among young black males is murder. What the movement should be doing, then, instead of the comic book business, is advancing programs that reduce the murder rate,” Otis said.
The Black Panther titles are just a few of the many recent Marvel offerings to feature a heavily politicized, left-wing character and storyline, most of which have been coldly received by Marvel’s readership.
“What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity,” David Gabriel, Marvel’s senior vice president of print, sales and marketing, told online magazine iCV2 in March at the Marvel Retailers Summit in New York City.
“We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character — people were turning their nose up against [it],” Gabriel said.
"Ta-Nehesi Coates' 'Black Panther & The Crew' series, with its preposterous representation of a brutal police state determined to destroy blacks, was a fitting representation of Black Lives Matter delusions; it is equally fitting that the comic-reading public, both black and white, have consigned those delusions to the economic dust heap," said Mac Donald.
"Given a chance to vote with their pocketbooks, the American public rejects the lies about law enforcement that the media and activists have foisted on them for the last two decades," she said.