|Not pictured: Pacman
Over on scans_daily, there was (surprise!) a pretty spirited discussion about it, with a lot of folks chiming in that, outside of Anitun and maybe one or two of the others, there's not a lot of Filipino cultural influence on the team. Warrior One's costume looks to be a modified version of the traditional dress of the Aeta and Mighty Mother is probably a cute reference to how much power the mother wields in the traditional Filipino family, but the rest are heroes that basically look like you could drop them in as new Avengers and they'd be okay. It really surprised me that people were asking for characters that were more deeply tied to the culture, instead of pleased that the characters weren't reduced to one-note references to mythology or history, as usually happens with non-American heroes.
There's been a lot of backlash against this, of course; it feels just a touch racist to boil a culture down to its mythology and to the cultural signifiers that are most visible to outsiders. Think about what an American superteam that consisted only of American cultural and mythological figures would look like: Captain America! The Screaming Eagle! Paul Bunyan! Manifest Destiny! The Cowboy! Burger-Man! NFL Pro! Uncle Sam! And their kid mascot, Apple Pie!
Huh. I kinda want to read that book now.
Anyways, getting back to the point, I thought at the time that Triumph Division was actually a fine balance between using cultural elements to design a team, but not letting them dominate the design. There were one or two characters very strongly tied to Filipino culture, another couple with more tenuous ones, and then several that were pretty sort of standard characters: a magic guy, a martial artist, a power armor guy, and a Superman type. All in all, it seemed like a good way to honor the culture.
However, a lot of the folks that were unhappy with the loose ties on scans_daily and elsewhere were actually
|Regardless of the answer, though, Batroc stays.