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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Oh, maybe that's the problem
Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 01:57:06 pm EDT (Viewed 268 times)
Reply Subj: Oh, maybe that's the problem
Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 10:55:39 am EDT (Viewed 13 times)


      The flawless thing has always been my problem with her. I think Stern went to a great deal to create a highly competent, fairly powerful, emotionally stable, respectful team player who was in no way a negative racial stereotype. And for that he should he be commended. But on the other hand he made her all these things but to me he never made her interesting. She seems to have a lack of interesting quirks, idiosyncrasies, peccadilloes or whatever you want to call it.

    I said below that I didn't think her being flawless was the problem, but I wasn't taking her race/gender into consideration at the time.

    Look at Storm, for example. She at least appears regularly but she seems to be treated like a sacred cow. Never been killed off before to my knowledge (unusual for X-Men characters) and I think the worst thing that's happened to her was her losing her powers, and Claremont only did that just so he could say "See? Look how tough and cool she is even without her powers." It's usually her teammates who are dragged through the mud while she's always the rock.

    I suppose it's possible that since Stern went to such painstaking lengths to make Monica wonderful that nobody else is comfortable doing anything interesting with her for fear it might be perceived as them "wrecking" a perfectly good minority character.

The thing is I think she has a very interesting and unique powerset. She can turn into anything within the electromagnetic spectrum...visible light, infrared light, ultraviolet light, radio waves, x-rays, microwaves, gamma rays etc. That's why I'm not a fan of changing that aspect of her. I love her powers (as a nerd who collects lasers I would love to have her power).

To me it's just that she's bland. I don't find any other fault with her but that one...but that one's kind of a deal breaker. She's not sarcastic or "sassy" (I'm sure black women have come to loath that word). She's not incompetent. She's not obnoxious. She's totally pleasant personality wise. She is a good team player both as a leader and a follower. Her powers are both impressive and unique. I just don't think writers know what to do with her personality. If you gave Monica a problem she would either solve it to the best of her ability without really complaining or she would accept that the problem wasn't one she could really solve and move on from it without much guilt. She strikes me as someone who is hyper competent...she isn't someone who has a complicated train wreck of a life she can't manage like Peter Parker.

On the one hand Monica is the exact type of person who SHOULD have super powers. On the other hand she has the exact type of personality that is ill suited to being a leading character because she's too perfect.

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