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YeezusWept
YeezusWept - 10/21/2014, 5:31 PM
That's nice.
pickleweasel2
pickleweasel2 - 10/21/2014, 5:33 PM
Holy gimmick Batman
GuardianAngel
GuardianAngel - 10/21/2014, 5:33 PM
GuardianAngel
GuardianAngel - 10/21/2014, 5:34 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if some of the assholes on this sight get angry at Marvel for this.
Jordanstine
Jordanstine - 10/21/2014, 5:34 PM
Bless the children
Jordanstine
Jordanstine - 10/21/2014, 5:35 PM
@guardianangel

True. Probably didn't even read what it's all actually about.

Good for Marvel.
Dingbat
Dingbat - 10/21/2014, 5:41 PM
Seems Gimmicky, but good for those kids and Marvel.

Remind anyone of Biclops though?

Dinotron
Dinotron - 10/21/2014, 5:42 PM
That's pretty cool

Unfortunately I already see an idiotic post smh
MarvelWeiner
MarvelWeiner - 10/21/2014, 5:43 PM
What's next, superheroes for every possible disability? I myself have one and a very serious one, no lie, but last thing I look for in any medium is a character that looks like or has the same disability as me, just my opinion...

BlackPhillip
BlackPhillip - 10/21/2014, 5:44 PM
This is pretty cool. Now, they can make a Drax comic for the autistic kids.
TheRedCondom
TheRedCondom - 10/21/2014, 5:44 PM
That's why Marvel is the best! Superb for the kids, they'll love this
GenerationX
GenerationX - 10/21/2014, 5:45 PM
Whatever...
Schmoopy
Schmoopy - 10/21/2014, 5:52 PM
Well Daredevil was initially for blind kids but you can see why that didn't work out...
dcmarvel10
dcmarvel10 - 10/21/2014, 6:03 PM
Good for those kids and good od marvel to do something like this.
JAC
JAC - 10/21/2014, 6:03 PM
Cool, but this is (unfortunately) nothing more than a marketing gimmick. Still nice nonetheless.
Desrow
Desrow - 10/21/2014, 6:07 PM
"Just wait until they announce Captain Down Syndrome"

Bekss
Bekss - 10/21/2014, 6:09 PM
So these days everytime some person/company/etc. does something for someone is just a gimmick?

I'm sure Marvel think they'll do millions out of this.
TheOverlord
TheOverlord - 10/21/2014, 6:17 PM
Back in the West Coast Avengers days, Hawkeye's hearing was damaged and he had to wear a hearing aid for awhile. Marvel learned that his ordeal had a HUGE positive influence on young kids who had to go through the stigma of wearing a hearing aid at school. Since then, they've worked with hearing-loss charities to create these role model heroes. It's a really positive thing. Hawkeye still stays involved in the cause as well.

ZEN69
ZEN69 - 10/21/2014, 6:19 PM
Let's just hope it was a good comic, and not some half butt free day type comic. They is free for a reason.
TheOverlord
TheOverlord - 10/21/2014, 6:22 PM
Also, the other hero behind Iron Man is "Blue Ear," who uses a high-tech listening device (a super hearing aid) to fight crime. He's one of the previous heroes Marvel created for this cause that they support.



(If you see "Marvel Custom Edition" on the cover, it's a tip-off that it's a marketing or charity tie-in.)
SuperCat
SuperCat - 10/21/2014, 6:35 PM
@ Desrow

Ditto!!!
McGee
McGee - 10/21/2014, 6:57 PM
His hearing was sooo bad, his vision allowed him to see through walls, clothes, flesh and into the future.
BatmanIsBaddest
BatmanIsBaddest - 10/21/2014, 7:37 PM
"Marvel keeps being amazing."
Don't oversell it.
patrat18
patrat18 - 10/21/2014, 7:52 PM
"Just wait until they announce Captain Down Syndrome"

LOLOL
jmartinez986
jmartinez986 - 10/21/2014, 7:53 PM
@batmanisbaddest

the "keeps being amazing" line was more of a nod towards them going out of their way to help charities.
Blue Ear, the first hearing impaired super-hero they created was in response to an email they received from the mother of a kid who had become dissenchanted with having to wear a hearing device. why? i dont know. but to help them out, marvel decided to create a deaf super hero.. and now they have created another one.. granted they are in one-shots but that speaks volumes to me of how they are helping out.

here is the full Anthony Smith / Blue Ear story
http://marvel.com/news/comics/20223/iron_man_meets_blue_ear
jmartinez986
jmartinez986 - 10/21/2014, 9:08 PM
@antoineflemming

Blue Ear was actually created before Marvel and the organization teamed up. Also, Blue Ear is a grown up characterization of Anthony Smith, a kid who - suffers of a genetic chromosome abnormality that has affected not only his ear development and hearing, but also his heart and speech.
therefore Blue-Ear was made to resemble a device similar to Anthony's.

Afterwards, marvel and the provider for the kid's hearing aid got together and threw an event to honor him.

“When Christina told us about Anthony, she taught us about some of the unique challenges that children who wear hearing aids face,” Rosemann said. “When our friends at Phonak heard about how the Marvel heroes helped him, they realized how together we could help spread the message even further.”

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/comics/20223/iron_man_meets_blue_ear#ixzz3GqMTN6ZZ
BatmanIsBaddest
BatmanIsBaddest - 10/22/2014, 3:01 AM
@jmartinez986
I retract my statement.
Spock0Clock
Spock0Clock - 10/22/2014, 6:16 AM
Go on, guys. Let the haterade flow.



It's just a publicity stunt that might make some kids slightly happier in this cruel and unforgiving world that will have absolutely zero negative impact on your life.

Go ahead and bitch about it.
Spock0Clock
Spock0Clock - 10/22/2014, 6:38 AM
Let's not pretend that this is a new thing, or that this particular version of it is more clumsy than previous ones. Lest we all forget Whiz Kid?



Personally, I have no problem with this sort of thing at all, but (like some have mentioned), there's a certain cringiness to having the character's disability be their gimmick. Daredevil has been around (and popular) for so long that people tend to just accept that he began as a stereotype of "lose one sense, the others grow stronger to compensate". 40 years of character development and a dash of Frank Miller, and people forget how awkward that origin really is.

So, all I can really say is, I hope they find a way to make Sapheara an awesome character so that she has a broader appeal beyond just being an "educational/representational" hero, because even now people (both hearing and the deaf) can be pretty hard on young kids who get cochlear implants. Maybe if their first exposure to it is a badass in the comics, some of that stigma may be blunted.
EhMaybeSays
EhMaybeSays - 10/22/2014, 7:33 AM
Guess what? He's not an X-Man
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