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Tom

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TJ Burns

Subj: Re: Because she's got the kind of power that's really hard for someone that isn't really, really good to write without taking over the story.
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 11:52:17 am EDT (Viewed 18 times)
Reply Subj: Because she's got the kind of power that's really hard for someone that isn't really, really good to write without taking over the story.
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 11:07:34 am EDT (Viewed 367 times)



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    Which is why very few Marvel writers since Stern have been able to use her... they just aren't good enough to figure out how someone with her power levels wouldn't beat anything a villain threw at her.



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    This is unfortunate. Stern's Captain Marvel (If Marvel wants me to stop calling her that, bring back Mar-Vell to stay and we'll talk.) is one of the best female Avengers, and it's a genuine shame that we got her brainwashed by HATE in Nextwave and her characterization hasn't come back yet. I miss her.



I'm not sure I agree. Quasar, for example, has a pretty impressive power set but people continue to use him. But I think your theory works in another direction. I think her character arc and the fact that she developed into a competent, female leader is what held her back.

Comic writers tend to shy away from female leaders because the traditional "Captain America Screaming Orders" role doesn't work well with a female(even in the real world female leaders tend to be less rigid and more willing to set a direction without giving specific orders on how to get there). So it's much harder to right for them (especially since most comic writers are male)

This is true of a lot of female characters. The (female) Wasp for example was established as a pretty competent leader yet the only one to really use her in that capacity after Stern was Busiek. On the FF side Hickman is the first person to ever really put Invisible Woman into a leadership position even though her character clearly suggests it (She's intelligent, assertive, etc...)

Plus you have characters who seems like natural leaders who never get put in the role. Why hasn't She-Hulk ever led a team?

Bottom line, once a female gets to the point where her character shows real leadership skills that character usually gets relegated to the dust bin.