Finally somebody wakes up to the idea that replacing white male characters with gender/race variations of them is not something that is natural, and actually quite condescending to the readers."If somebody had taken the Punisher, and made him female instead of who he is now - Frank Castle is now Francine Castle - that would piss me off. We've got two choices - well, three, but we're not doing any transgenders just yet. I just don't think of this as diversity, I think of it as just a new character. I think it's great to have a new character. I just don't look at is a diversity thing, because there have been great female characters and great characters of color through the decades."
"We've gotta stay one step ahead, and we've gotta be creating new stuff," said DiDio. "Somewhere along the lines we got scared, and we stopped creating new ideas. We just worried about servicing the same existing audience. We have to be more fearless in what we do - but rather than taking risks with existing characters and upsetting people, let's create new stuff and bring new people in."
"One of the reasons it doesn't work is when you take a character that everyone's known for a long time, and because we want to create that diversity, you say 'I'm just gonna change this'," Romita added. "That's force-fitting, it's retrofitting, and it never works comfortably. The idea is to create new characters...to be judged on their own merit."
Finally somebody realizes that people want to read diverse characters as THEIR OWN characters, to be judged at THEIR OWN merit, and not in the role of FEMALE THOR, or BLACK GIRL IRON MAN or BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA.
If there was any doubt why I'm at DC 100% now, that doubt has faded.