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Subj: Re: Monica Rambeau = Ms. Marvel?
Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 11:06:03 am EDT (Viewed 274 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Monica Rambeau = Ms. Marvel?
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 09:13:53 pm EDT (Viewed 15 times)

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    Much of that seems to be that she's a bit too much of a "flawless" character for most writers. She has a very expansive powerset, she's a trained law officer and former Avenger who therefore lacks the "rookie" hook, and she never developed an interesting non-costumed life to generate drama.

    On the other side of things, no one's really found an alternate powerset for her that wasn't rather generic (super-strength, energy blasts). She's a difficult character to use in the Marvel Universe, where the flaws and oddities of the heroes most often drive the stories. What are Monica's flaws and oddities, other than the comically insane personality Ellis gave her in a humor-based series?

Omar, how does Jean Grey fit into your theory? She was fairly prominent in between Inferno and Morrison's run and I can't think of many flaws she had in that period. The only major one was her temper and I can count on one hand the number of times that it caused problems.

It's an interesting point. Marvel has a lot of strong, flawless female characters, such as Monica, Storm and Jean Grey. Jean is dead, Monica is in permanent limbo, and no one since Claremont seems to have any idea what to do with Storm.

On the other hand, we also have the flawless, insanely powerful Susan Richards (regularly featured forever). I can't think of any flaws that she has, except perhaps to be too protective of her children (and therefore she often gets cast in the role of the archetypal mother). Readers love it when Sue cuts loose and gets bad-ass with her powers. Why can't Monica have those moments?

"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." – Albus Dumbledore
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