Friday, April 11, 2008

The Two American Avengers

Okay, let me see if I've got this straight: Columnist and author Hannibal Tabu has a great bit where he equates the Mighty Avengers to Republican super-heroes and the New Avengers to the Democrats. In my Iron Man comments, Damon Owens and I have gone back and forth about whether Tony Stark was every a good fit as a dem (I feel it was never a good idea, myself,) but I think we can all agree his recent orientation has been fairly hard core Neo-Con. As of right now, this is how I see the historic Avengers dividing up under the current U.S. polemic...

Red State
  • Thor (still, though currently more of a maverick.)
  • Hank Pym (Skrull or otherwise)
  • Wasp (c'mon, WASP...)
  • Swordsman (all guys with moustaches like that are...)
  • Vision (always seemed like an establishment type in adverse circumstances)
  • Black Knight
  • Black Widow
  • Moondragon (even with the lesbianism, a total Shannon Doherty)
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Wonder Man (embezzlement? failed businesses? all he needs is a coke habit...)
  • She-Hulk (though clearly a moderate)
  • Firebird (you know those evangelicals)
  • Moon Knight (where did he fall in the Civil War again?)
  • U.S. Agent (Marvel's Guy Gardner, after all)
  • Human Torch (Golden Age)
  • Darkhawk
  • Namor (this guy will invade New York if you so much as spit in Atlantis' direction)
  • Mister Fantastic
  • Quasar
  • Sersi
  • Justice (a felon, but he's got that vibe...)
  • Triathlon
  • Captain Britain (voted for Thatcher, I suspect)
  • Spider-Woman (still)
  • Sentry
  • Ares

Blue State
  • Hulk (obviously soft on crime)
  • Captain America (R.I.P., and Bucky appears to have been a pinko for decades...)
  • Hawkeye (sleeps with felons and Commies...)
  • Quicksilver (oppressed minority)
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Hercules
  • Black Panther (total progressive type, and a certified mutie lover)
  • Mantis
  • Beast
  • Falcon
  • Tigra (what is it with animal characters and liberalism...?)
  • Photon
  • Starfox (the Bill Clinton of super-heroes, sadly sans actual charisma)
  • Mockingbird
  • War Machine
  • Living Lightning (a queer Latino? unless he's deeply self loathing...)
  • Spider-Woman II (single mom)
  • Machine Man
  • Invisible Woman
  • Doctor Druid
  • Spider-Man
  • Sandman
  • Crystal
  • Thunderstrike
  • Firestar
  • Silverclaw
  • Jack of Hearts
  • Ant-Man II
  • Luke Cage
  • Wolverine
  • Echo
  • Dr. Strange
  • Iron Fist



DamonO said...

Tigra was very much pro-registration, even going so far as to serve as a double-agent/spy so that she could rat out the anti-registration forces. Plus, she's a former cop, and after the well-deserved beating she took at the hands of the Hood and his minions, I'd say she's very much Republican.

Firebird, while very much a spiritual person, seems more concerned with helping the sick, poor, and afflicted. In other words, a true Christian who cares less about moralizing and more about relieving human suffering. She's probably a Democrat, if anything.

Diabolu Frank said...

I thought I read somewhere about Tigra wavering on her stance? I read a loaner copy of "Civil War," a good six months back, so my memory is a fuzzy. I'm not sure I ever knew Tigra was a cop. I mostly remember her as a rampant whore, so it saddens me to now associate her with Ann Coultier.

I can't image that Jesus would have anything but disdain for either political party in the U.S. Neither embrace values beyond self interest. That said, Firebird could go either way, but it seems to me she'd delude herself into "compassionate conservativism" due to the moral issues they claim to embrace. Actually, Cathy fell into that camp, as she was very good about making regular donations to her church when it came to social ills (food, clothes, toys, and even tithe.)


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