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Motor Crush Comic Will Not be Sold by Some Retailers Because of the Black Female Lead

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This is the kind of attitude the current climate in the US is breeding: The open contempt for things that are based on POC content. According to Bleeding Cool some comic shops won’t carry the new comic Motor Crush by Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Brenden Fletcher, the same creators who have successfully revamped Batgirl, have a new series out and published by Image comics.

The team behind the critically acclaimed revamp of Batgirl returns with an exciting sci-fiaction-adventure series! By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush. Featuring Part One of ISOLA: PROLOGUE by BRENDEN FLETCHER and KARL KERSCHL!

Digital : $3.99
Print: $3.99

The admission comes to Rich Johnston from proprietors who readily state the refusal to sell a comic with a black female character. And it’s not that they are racist or anything, but they know their customers wouldn’t be interested in this comic, so why bother.


And you’ll note that in making this decision the people or their stores are not named, speaking in anonymity.

There is an understanding that a new property carries a higher risk of failure than a more familiar/traditional comic, the thinking is not to invest too heavily on the new because of this. And there are comics put out by the Big 2 with POC characters in the lead: Ms. Marvel and The Green Lantern Corp feature a Muslim and Latina. But to completely dismiss a new title based on the lead because she is black?


We are just at the beginning.

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