The debate over sexism and Eurocentrism in superhero comics simmers constantly, an easy charge for cultural critics and fans alike. Yet, the fact that superhero comicbook struggles with questions of race and gender bias should not be a surprise.
Focusing a Black History Month spotlight on the nature of the American Dream, do illustrator and comics legend Jack Kirby's wrestlings black identity in his Black Panther character prove groundbreaking? Or simply the reenactment of his own identity politics?
While Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis both shuffle off darker roles in their recent past to become the core of ABC's new No Ordinary Family, the show itself might prove exceptional in its use of simple social structures in a time of a collapsing middle-class.