Jan 09, 09
Read in January, 2009
Man, if you have a story where a white guy saves a whole community of black people, and where a different black guy is totally grateful to a different (though related) white guy for saving his life and also teaching him important lessons about life, and where there is a black woman who's been on a police force for a long time but a white guy rolls into town, takes over the police department, and doesn't promote her- but gives her a totally sweet gun, so she falls in love with him and respects him as an officer, it doesn't make your comic book somehow not racist that you depicted the KKK as buffoons, or that, y'know, the heroic white paragon of american masculinity character is *nice* to black people. Is nobody else noticing this? Every person of color in this book is totally rescued by a white person, who we're then told deserves all the respect and deference he's given. Race has been pretty fucked for the whole series, but I feel like it boiled over in this one.
I keep wanting it to say something really interesting or insightful about its main theme- american masculinity- but all it keeps saying is that american masculinity is defined by a bunch racism, misogyny, a sense of entitlement, and violence. Which is fine, you're allowed to write that story (and I'm allowed to bitch about it), it's just frustrating when it gets framed as edgy. Y'know? It's the frame where "fuck political correctness" means "seriously guys, straight white men are oppressed more than anybody else."
So fucked I took stars off reviews of previous Preacher comics. Still gonna read the last one, though. I thought about buying this whole series when they came in, but I'm totally stoked I didn't.