November 08, 2007

Some talk about Moonstar

A college student doing a paper on Native comics asked me the following questions about Danielle Moonstar:She's one of my focal points, but the only issues I've been able to find on her are from the mid-1980s New Mutants arc."Arc"? I think she was a member for most or all of the NEW MUTANTS run. That would mean issues #1-100 and annuals and specials.

She also appeared in X-FORCE occasionally. Here's a partial list of her appearances:

Danielle Moonstar/Appearances

And here's a narrative of her history with the major milestones:

Danielle Moonstar
I was wondering if you'd read any of them, and if so, what your take on them was (you mentioned more recent issues where she apparently leaves the X-Men; I'll need to look into this).I read most of her appearances in NEW MUTANTS and some of her appearances thereafter. I think the HOUSE OF M: THE DAY AFTER mini-series was her biggest role recently.
To me, she seemed like one of the better characters, as she was given depth, a leadership role, and actual space in the comics.Yes. You should listen to my audio commentary at:

My audio commentaries

Also see:

Why So Many Cheyenne?

Basically, Moonstar has some heft as a proud and angry activist type. She's more than one-dimensional. But if you look at her Cheyenne background, it's paper-thin. She isn't much more than the generic mystical or shamanic character.
However, she still had a few areas that struck me as stereotypical, and in issue #41 ("Mirage v. Death: Showdown"), a decent number of Coloradans spend time harassing her as the "Injun" or "Redskin."I imagine the average reader would realize these terms are slurs from the context. But I was almost 30 when I read that comic, and I don't know when I've read it since. I can't say how a youth who hadn't heard these terms before would react to them.
Is it still considered very offensive if the language is used to depict racist characters, or is it assumed that the characters are oriented enough towards good or evil that the readership (particularly younger readers) can know that they're not casual terms?If I understand you, I'd say the latter.


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