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Subj: Re: Monica Rambeau = Ms. Marvel?
Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 08:11:07 pm EDT (Viewed 9 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Monica Rambeau = Ms. Marvel?
Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 11:06:03 am EDT (Viewed 264 times)

    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?

Storm's flaw was originally her claustrophobia but that was eventually downplayed. Later on, other writers tried playing up her pride as her flaw.
The major problem, though, was that Claremont couldn't seem to acknowledge how serious her flaws were. The infamous story where Storm has Psylocke alter Havok's memories against his will, Betsy does a bad job of it and causes nightmares that result in Alex's powers going out of control and almost killing Lorna, Alex almost kills Dazzler when the X-Men try to recapture him, and everyone acts like Ali's almost getting killed is *Alex's* fault for defending himself, and not Storm's fault is a classic example.
Sue hasn't had many flaws since Byrne left. DeFalco's "Sue goes Malice and walks around half-naked" period is the exception.


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