Marvel put and then pulled cover art above for the new embodiment of Ironheart aka Riri Williams, the 15 y-o black girl successor to Iron Man.
But the artist, J. Scott Campbell has received some backlash for his depiction of the not-yet-legal hero as being ‘sexed up’.
And, the first rule of Internetdom, don’t defend the indefendable, or apologise for intent. But Campbell tried his best and the internet responded with a flurry of images of how Riri should look under the umbrella hashtag #TeensThatLookLikeTeens. Some of which are pretty dope.
Like this one:
#inktober #day19 #Flight *phew* The Debate's done & my twitter comics feed was nuts. Riri didn't look like a 15 yr old, or the kid she was based on. Well… there was a lot of problematic bs going on, so I decided to take my hand at it. #Riri #Marvel #IronMan #Ironheart #blackgirlmagic #blackhair #blackgirlnerds #girlsinstem #blackgirl #comics #superhero #inktober2016 #scifi #tech #teensthatlookliketeens
“You win internet. But what do you think? Sexed Up? Default drawing style for the difficult rendering that is the female form? Is it just the cocking of the hips? Not enough reference images without journeying to the dark underbelly of the internet? Let’s hear it in the comment section or Twitter @TheActionPixel