| > I'm fiddling with a profile on Leila Davis, the Beetle from the old THUNDERBOLTS series, and it's bringing back fond memories of this character. Boy, did she have a hate-on for Abner Jenkins, the original Beetle. I think it's kind of nice to have gotten a story like hers. The wife of a low-rent (but cool) super-villain (the Ringer) wanting revenge for the murder of her husband, for the humiliation he suffered at the hands of a fellow villain. Redemption abounded when she showed up in T-BOLTS, where I was first exposed to her. She was pretty cool. A chick in giant battle armor. And then she was so horrendously killed off by Gravition, crushed to death like a beer can. Poor girl. Anyone else appreciate her?|
I loved her in Deadly Foes of Spider-Man. Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza would often post on the Thunderbolts board and I often asked for the return of Leila Davis there. When we saw the Redeemers I knew instantly the new Beetle was Leila. In fact I had gotten my hopes the year before when we had thought someone else was in the new Beetle armor other than Abner.
I was FURIOUS when she was killed. I would have quit the book after the issue she died...if it wasn't for the fact that I kind of sort of make a camero in the next issue (Thunderbolts #57). Check out what is written on a rock when that kid hugs Zemo.
I was also furious about the other Redeemers dying too. The new Meteorite was the daughter of two New Warriors related characters I liked...Cardinal and Sprocket. I was sad to see her die without a scene with either of them.