No More Calling Them Mutants – Uncanny Avengers #5

The concept of "political correctness" or as some people used to call it, "politeness", is that you don't set out to offend or use language that might unnecessarily offend if you can help it. Derivations or synonyms used to describe someone's natural state as if it were somehow less, inferior to that of the speaker, simply by being.

Often these terms may have originally been descriptive without any negative loading, but over time and through multiple uses in the school playground or the adult equivalent, languages changes and gathers invective.

The X-Men comics have often used allegory to address such prejudice, with "mutie" being the original epithet, with Kitty Pryde once comparing it on panel to the N-word, recently succeeded by "genefreak". But "mutant" has generally remained descriptive in the comics. Uncanny Avengers #5 seeks to change that…

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There you go folks. We have to call them all "Alexes" now. It's political correctness gone mad! Damn dirty Alexes.

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Currently hosting an exhibition by Des Taylor.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #5
MARVEL COMICS
MAR150698
(W) Rick Remender (A) Daniel Acu?a (CA) Kris Anka
• The truth that will shatter the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
•  War between the Low and High Evolutionary.
•  An Avenger has to choose between his friends and a perfect future.In Shops: Jun 24, 2015
SRP: $3.99

UNCANNY AVENGERS #6
MARVEL COMICS
DEC150747
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Dave Meikis, Scott Hanna, Mariano Taibo (A/CA) Carlos Pacheco
• Deadpool and Quicksilver take a break from the Uncanny Avengers' secret mission to help the NYPD out of a jam.
•  And after the tragic events in Boston, the Inhumans have a serious beef with the newest Avenger, Synapse.
•  Plus: The odd and tragic fate of the Avengers Mansion is revealed!
Rated TIn Shops: Mar 02, 2016
SRP: $3.99

UNCANNY AVENGERS #7 ASO
MARVEL COMICS
JAN160784
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Mark Morales, Guillermo Ortego (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
AN AVENGERS STANDOFF tie-in!
•  The Uncanny Avengers come to the aid of S.H.I.E.L.D. during a manhunt.
•  The team makes a shocking discovery about an ally.
•  What does it all have to do with the mystery unfolding in Pleasant Hill?
Rated TIn Shops: Mar 09, 2016
SRP: $3.99

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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