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John Phamlore

In Reply To
The Overlord

Subj: I think of The Hood as the Internet's Mary Sue villain
Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 08:47:37 pm EST
Reply Subj: Why is the Hood's gang so boring and unimpressive?
Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 03:31:52 pm EST

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Am I the only who thinks the Hood's gang is really boring and unimpressive so far?

A lot of these villains are supposed to geniuses as well (like the Wizard) so why would they all serve the Hood?

It seems like these villains jobbing to the Hood to make him look cooler. Besides Hood and maybe Jigsaw, none of these villains have displayed any personality in this group. They all come off as minions, instead of characters with their own personality.

It be easy and far more interesting to give these villains some personality and have some group interaction. Some of the thug villains would be impressed with the Hood because of intelligence and the fact that he is a product of the streets, however others should have their own agendas:

Wizard could be the "starscream" of the group, secretly planning on overthrowing the Hood after he has done all the leg work, Purple Man as the scary psycho everyone kinda dislikes and who has only joined the group for kicks, Jonas Harrow as the one who is merely interested in pursuing his agenda of advancing his own bizarre experiments and stays loyal because he believes the resources from this group will help in this cause, etc.

This group should be far more interesting than the way Bendis writes them. This group is completely unimpressive.

I agree with your points, but I think Bendis must be writing things as they are for some effect. I have the idea that The Hood has been transformed by Bendis into the Internet age's Mary Sue, the superbeing the reader can project to in the story.

The Hood is a such a character for the Internet-connected reader in particular because on the web one can read Bendis's careful explanation that The Hood's assault on Tigra was not supposed to have sexual assault overtones. Also one can be filled-in on The Hood's backstory to see how he has been changed in his depiction from his creator's vision to Bendis's, from a nineteen year old kid struggling somewhat unsuccessfully to transitioning to full adulthood with adult responsibilities who catches one superpowered break to Bendis's version of someone who is able to inspire fear in hardened Marvel supervillains, many if not all who have served time in prison.

The Hood is therefore in some sense us, the reader, inserted into the story. The heroes are beyond what I think most of us can even imagine relating to, even the more street-level ones like Spider-Man or Wolverine. The Hood right now is the reader given just enough, so far not well-specified, power to be able to play one's role in the story, doing things that the reader would think of doing. And by having The Hood be among villains, not sharing feelings reflects in some sense anonymity on the Internet.