Nuadha's Tale

Ignorance can be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it. -Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Di Another Day
That's the title of Peter Milligan's upcoming storyline of X-Statix, the "edgy" spin-off of X-Men. In it, he introduces the newest mutant to the Marvel Universe, Princess Diana. It's not a joke and he's getting a lot of backlash for it. I've never read X-Statix but I've read some of Milligan's other stuff and this is not that suprising. He's replied to the critics in an editorial for the Guardian.

I don't know what to think of this. I don't believe that because someone is dead that they become hands-off for writers and if he tells a good story by this, what's the harm? Is this any different than Saturday Night Live's episode of the X-Presidents where the X-Presidents (G.H. Bush, Reagan, Carter and Ford) were traped by evil aliens and summoned their secret weapon back from the grave, Dick Nixon? Maybe people are more appalled because this isn't a spoof or maybe it's OK to use Nixon because he was such an asshole. I can't see people getting this pissed off about someone doing a story about Abe Lincoln returning as some sort of superhero, so what is it about Princess Di? She's loved by the masses, but so was Elvis Presley and that hasn't stopped writers from using him. Is it because she's "royalty?" Something about this seems wrong to me as well, but I can't say why.

[edit- It seems Marvel chickened out and has pulled the Princess Di story at the last minute.]


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