Ewing’s disrespect for the Hulk comes about even more in 2 recent examples. First, here’s something on CBR about the 32nd issue of Immortal Hulk, where the character Charlene McGowan’s transsexuality is made more official:
Perhaps the most dangerous weapon yet released by Dario Agger, Xemnu has made it his purpose to alter the memories of humanity and make himself into a popular hero that can in turn transform people into beings like him. But while even the assorted heroes are affected, one regular human might just be the key to defeating it. The Immortal Hulk supporting character Dr. Charlene McGowan just came out as trans — which gives her a slight immunity to mind-wiping, potentially setting her up to be a crucial figure in stopping Xemnu and the false memories he’s forced onto humanity.
Since Xemnu’s arrival, the world has believed a false history wherein the giant white creature is the only major hero worthy of note. But Dr. Charlene McGowan, one of the scientists who has been working with the Hulk and his allies, seems to be the only person who knows Xemnu wasn’t always in the world and that this history is incorrect. Some people feel like there is something wrong with their memories, but no one seems to have completely broken through the influence aside from McGowan. […]
In Immortal Hulk #32, McGowan comes out as trans to Doc Samson — something Samson suspected, but didn’t feel right commenting on. McGowan explains that she first realized she was trans in her youth, and she slowly decided to live her truth, regardless of the stories the world made up about her. Because she’s spent so much of her life being told by others that she’s someone other than herself, she’s developed a natural eye for when people are trying to force their perspectives on her.
And this Xemnu must be a stand-in for right-wingers, eh? The premise certainly reeks of potential anti-white sentiment. The story itself’s a metaphor for Orwellian propaganda assaulting biology, and the McGowan character, who’s probably a man suffering gender dysphoria, is being made to look like some kind of superior figure with the ability to overcome memory erasure. Sounds awfully supremacist, and certainly a classic case of politicized favoritism.
But that’s not the only disturbing problem here. In the following issue #33, Ewing’s retconned Bruce Banner’s accidental/self-defense killing of his abusive father, making it into more of a murder:
The Immortal Hulk has given us some of the deepest insight into the recesses of Bruce Banner’s mind. As he wrestled with the supernatural Green Door and the One Below All, coupled with the emergence of the Devil Hulk and its subjugation of all other Jade Giants within Bruce’s mindscape, bit by bit secrets started leaching out that not even the human side of Bruce could have remembered.
The Immortal Hulk #33 reveals Bruce’s first kill and it’s actually a very ominous moment — because he didn’t turn into the Green Goliath. Yet, it’s a Jekyll and Hyde moment that made his body the perfect host for the Hulk. […]
Samson presses “Bob” about Xemnu rewriting his mind with false memories, but Robert reveals he knows exactly what’s real and what’s not. The mind-control happened to Bruce, not him; that’s why he’s free. This dark persona is mentally robust and is surviving Xemnu’s psychic onslaught. He offers up a sample of how clear his memory is: A shocking moment where he recalls enjoying how he killed his own father.
In Marvel history, Bruce and David got into a tussle at the grave of his mom, Rebecca, because Bruce hated how abusive his dad was towards her. In the scuffle, Bruce tried to protect himself and used his feet to push David off, only for his dad to crack his head on her tombstone and die. The twist is, Bruce did it for spite. He enjoyed it and as “Bob” says, it was premeditated murder. The “dark and strange” persona of Bruce emerged: All human, all angry and knowing the repercussions.
So while Bruce has a gamma Hulk inside him, all these years he had a human Hulk too — one that led to conflict and corrupted him to kill, although it’s something Bruce readily accepted. […]
Well I think this says all we need to know about what Ewing thinks of Bruce Banner, much like Joe Quesada’s ill-treatment of Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson told what he thinks of those two women, Spider-Man and Stan Lee. How is murder, premeditated or otherwise, “human”? CBR is getting worse all the time. All this does is repel Marvel fans in the right frame of mind, while pandering to perverts desensitized to violence. It makes the sensible less sympathetic to Bruce, his own victimization at the hands of his father notwithstanding, and the only spite here is the writer’s own for the late Lee and his hard work beginning in the Silver Age. In fact, it’s also a slap in the face to Bill Mantlo, who originally established the premise in the mid-80s that Bruce had suffered as much abuse as his mother at the hands of his atrocious father.
This also says all you need to know about what C.B. Cebulski thinks of the properties he’s overseeing as Marvel’s EIC, and compounds his lack of difference from Quesada and Axel Alonso. Whatever “improvements” he brought to the table a few years ago after assuming the editor’s role, they’ve mostly fallen apart or vanished entirely, as the mistreatment of the Hulk makes clear. Will Cebulski be replaced, or, will he end up serving as Marvel’s last EIC? It remains to be seen.
Originally published here.