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Subj: Re: New banner! I know we did BINARY very recently but -
Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 at 01:45:34 pm CDT (Viewed 212 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner! I know we did BINARY very recently but -
Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 at 11:31:50 am CDT (Viewed 225 times)

    I hated the whole Binary thing. It seemed like a recap of Phoenix, and it had nothing to do with her history as Ms Marvel.

Um, no. If it had been a recap of the Phoenix then Carol would have been granted her cosmic-level powers by some cosmic entity or race - as seems to be very popular with cosmic heroes and villains, vide not just Jean and the Phoenix, but also Marvel Boy and the Uranians, the Silver Surfer (and the later Heralds, Terrax and co.) and Galactus, Captain Mar-Vell and Zo, Captain Mar-Vell and Eon, the Green Lanterns and the Guardians of the Universe...

But Carol's transformation to Binary was more of a recap of her transformation to Ms. Marvel - both were very much accidental, the first one caused by the explosion of the Psyche-Magnitron - which fused her DNA with Mar-Vell's superpowered Kree one, the second by Brood scientists subjecting her to evolutionary modification and thereby unintentionally triggering another change which released the full potential of Carol's hybrid human/Kree genes. So becoming Binary had everything to do with her history as Ms. Marvel.

    It might have been all right if Marvel had really done something with the character, but then it turned into a minor blip and Carol was soon back as Warbird and the whole affair might as well have not happened.

You could say that about a lot of things in Marvel history. Still, Carol had these amazing cosmic powers for a decade, which isn't too bad. I think there were two main reasons for this. One was that apart from Claremont, Louise Simonson and Ann Nocenti most of Marvel's writers and editors at the time appear to have felt uncomfortable about having cosmic-level superheroines (this also was, I think, a big reason for the Phoenix being killed off - for instance, the Silver Surfer had been responsible for the destruction of many inhabited planets while he served as Galactus' Herald, but Jim Shooter did not call for his blood, as he did in the case of the Phoenix after she unintentionally destroyed one). Another was that Binary was too powerful to be used as member of the X-Men permanently - she made everybody else look like fifth wheels - and nobody else seemed to have the vision to write the kind of story in which she could have shone. And so later writers (Gruenwald, Busiek, who else was involved?) could think of nothing better to do than to power her down again and turn her into an alcoholic. (Really, being an Avenger majorly always sucked for Carol Danvers). Which is a pity because the 1990s was a time with big cosmic sagas (frequently written by Jim Starlin) where Binary could have been very useful...

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