Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Nitz the Bloody

In Reply To
Mr Sinister

Subj: Re: I'm gonna go with 90s Jean.
Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 01:07:52 pm EDT (Viewed 309 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I'm gonna go with 90s Jean.
Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 05:36:56 am EDT (Viewed 260 times)

    And no other comic character falls under this? Come on now. Most of them are absurdly muscular men or incredibly slender amazons, which most comic readers are not, but would probably like to be. Most of them can do or be things the audience cannot possibly do, but would very much like to be able to do (flying is a popular choice, it seems). Spider-Man, especially when he was a teenager, fell into this category, and one can also argue that he fell into this category when he was married to Mary Jane, an absurdly attractive supermodel/actress. Jean is hardly unique in this respect.

Ideally characters have other traits to make them rounded personalities, flaws and quirks that keep them from being one-dimensional escapism. The "classic" Jean doesn't have these any substantial fashion.

    As opposed to what? Being dressed like a stripper like quite a few other female characters?

Jean's costume leaves nothing to the imagination, but covers her so as to preserve her chastity. It's part of the character's fetishized purity-- see also the fact that she's the mother of several Summers children that never actually came out of her womb, thus preserving her virginity.

    Plenty of mutants' powers are completely invisible (Magneto's powers, for example), and plenty of characters have only a few defining character flaws. Batman, for example, is basically a nut with parental abandonment issues when you get right down to brass tacks. And Superman, the most enduring superhero ever, barely has any aside from "I'm the last of my race".

You say that like it's a good thing.

Also, it's worth noting that even many of the other mutants who have invisible powers have identity markers that keep them from being identified as normal. Magneto, for example, has pure white hair. So does Storm, which is even more notable in contrast with her skin tone. Colossus is utterly huge even without his metal form. Wolverine is short and abnormally hairy. And Cyclops has to wear protective eyewear 24/7.

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