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Uncanny Avengers #5: Call Me Alex: The Controversy Of Being Human

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 03/29/2013 - 3:56pm

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I was surprised. Really.

I thought sure the internet scuttlebutt on the forums after the release of Uncanny Avengers #5 would be about either Jan's dispute with Rogue over the placement of Professor X's portrait in Avengers Mansion vs. a picture of the original Avengers, or (more likely) Rogue's killing of longtime Avengers villain (and Wonder Man's brother) the Grim Reaper-- and on TV, in public if you will.

So what to my wondering eyes did appear on the boards but diverse opinions on diversity, on Alex's press conference speech about the derogatory (in Havok's opinion) term "mutant," of more especially how the label seems to remove those with the X-gene from the human race.

Now anyone who has read any X-book for any length of time (and especially during the golden Chris Claremont years with stories like "Days of Future Past") knows how the mutants (sorry, Alex) have suffered as a separate society in America and all over the globe, although I do agree with Wolverine's earlier statement that there is no such thing as a mutant "community" in the Marvel Universe.

Xavier's Dream is for "mutants" to live peacefully alongside the other diverse forms of humanity in peace.

And yet, on the boards, Alex's statements have taken him from Scott's poor (maybe obscure) little brother to being termed everything from Superman to Hitler.

As a fellow reviewer said, I cannot speak to individual readers' opinions on diversity because I am a straight male Caucasian, but I can speak to what Havok was saying because I have known the character since he was created.

In our world, most "minorities" (another offending M word, IMO) have been looked down upon by the extant majority, whether it be in the modern day U.S.or in Africa, where indeed those humans of dark skin also made slaves of neighboring tribesmen of the same skin hue.

In the Marvel Universe, those humans with the X-gene have really not been looked "down upon" so much as looked "up" to, feared and hated because those without said gene may be, like the Kree, at evolution's end, on the way out as a species.

Or just plain feared and hated.

I think really only Magneto (and maybe the Toad in the early days, lol) believed that "Homo superior" was indeed a separate, superior species. And it may have been just propaganda to Eric himself.

What Alex was saying to the public at large is that he is human and you are human, no matter your genetics, your skin hue or if you open your egg from the bottom or the top.

I am human. You are human.

Don't call me a straight male Caucasian.

Hey, call me Byron.

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