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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: Whatever Happened To MoonDragon Anyway?
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 10:51:49 pm EST (Viewed 13 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Whatever Happened To MoonDragon Anyway?
Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 01:18:58 pm EST (Viewed 199 times)

    You know, it's kind of irritating that the "we hooked up" retcon has become a default move to instantly create character connections without having to do something radical like actually show them interacting with each other; and in the case of Moondragon, it doesn't even make sense. Her shtick in the Avengers was that she imagines she's a god who has little in common with anyone short of other gods. Hawkeye's pretty much the last person she'd sleep with.

It also doesn't work because it's hard to imagine a time period when this would make sense from Hawkeye's perspective. Clint first met her briefly during the 140s of Avengers, next encountered her during the Korvac Saga when she pissed him off by tampering with Pietro's mind, next encountered her when she mind controlled his friends into battling each other, then Moondragon raped Thor and Clint married Bobbi.

    Really, it's almost always the opposite of good characterization to suddenly bring in an old hookup as a plot device. When She-Hulk slept with the Juggernaut, as "funny" as a lot of fans found that -- me included, for a while -- in retrospect most of its effect is that it makes Shulkie look like she's not even vaguely serious about her legal career what with "sleeping with a client" being a disbarment offense and all, which in turn kind of diminishes one of the character's more distinctive elements. (Compare Matt Murdock, whose ethical problems around his legal work is never used as a punchline but rather as a source of intense drama.)

It was also the beginning of the portrayal of Jen as a "slut". Previously she'd had a single one-night stand with Starfox after an extremely stressful mission. Before long, she was so irresponsible she got kicked out of the mansion.

    The previous nadir was the retroactive reveal of the Sentry-Rogue relationship, which was creepy given that the writer apparently didn't realize a) that the Sentry had been established as in a committed relationship for pretty much all of his history by Bendis and b) that Rogue was extremely inexperienced with intimacy at all because of her powers and had huge hangups that a retconned sexual relationship sort of stomps all over to no good effect.

Not to mention that Rogue was written as not old enough to vote until about the Mutant Massacre.


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