When Marvel released their new title "All New All Different" lineup they made sure it was diverse. Marvel included a large number of ethnic and female superheros on the roster. Superheroes of colour like Miles Morale, Sam Wilson, Blue Marvel, Red Wolf are now mainstream characters. They also had the female roster in Jane Foster, Medusa, A-Force to name a few.
However, have DC followed suit? As most comic book fans know DC have introduced their new line in "DC YOU". There new line is basically the same for the majority of the roster. We still have the same mainstream superheros in Batman (temporarily Commissioner Gordon), Superman and Wonder Woman.
Now I applaud DC with embracing female mainstream superheros like Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Starfire, Hawkgirl etc. For many years it was just Wonder Woman carrying the torch for female superheros. Characters like Starfire and Canary getting Solos is a great move.
I think that DC have followed suit with their diversity. One great thing that Marvel have done is to properly represent the demographic society of today. It's no secret that we live in a multicultural world where colour is represented in every country.
DC YOU have embraced diversity in their roster. I think that DC made a fantastic move in creating a black Superman in Val Zod. However, his first appearance was met with the inevitable backlash from fans who thought that it was inaccurate to have a black Kryptonian. However, Val Zod has been a great character in Earth 2.
Then there is the mainstream superheros of colour in DC YOU. We have We are Robin first. We are Robin is a story that focuses on Duke who we first saw in Batman Zero Year. We see that Duke is a foster kid who starts being a vigilante.
And finally Cyborg is getting his title. Cyborg is a great character who deserves a solo title. He has been a prominent part of the Justice League and other characters. Cyborg is a character who is exciting and challenging due to his accident that he had. However, his powers and intellect makes him a great role model. Having a smart but strong black superhero is a great thing!
Now apart from embracing hero's of colour. DC have followed it with sexual orientation. Now I know that there are heroes who have been gay from a while back. But the difference (to me) is that the hero's are mainstream superheros that are gay. The one character who defines this is Midnighter. A ruthless anti-hero who resembles The Punisher. Midnighter is a strong character who is openly gay. Well done DC for keeping him that way. Then we still have Batwoman, Alan Scott, Todd Rice etc. Having openly gay characters in comics is a positive message.
So just like Marvel I applaud DC for making their roster diverse. Some believe it to being forced but it is a move that needed to be done. I always love diversity in comics because when I was younger I felt out of place playing Batman or Superman. That is what is like for many children of colour. Although we are all human, there is the false stereotypical views that white males are the only mainstream superheros. Now with characters going mainstream like Duke, Val Zod and Cyborg, Children of colour can play without feeling awkward. The same goes for gay superheroes. There are many gay people who love comics. However, there was a lack of gay mainstream superheros out there. Granted there was lesbian characters (still not enough) but openly gay characters were short. Midnighter is a fantastic start. To have a popular character and still keep him gay is a noble move from DC. I can not imagine ten years ago that move would not of happened. In all honest,, Midnighter's sexual orientation might of been changed. I am glad that there are more female superheros apart from Wonder Woman.
Well done DC.