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Subj: Re: X-Men Red #1: THAT's why?!
Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 at 09:50:36 am EST (Viewed 181 times)
Reply Subj: Re: X-Men Red #1: THAT's why?!
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 at 06:15:09 pm EST (Viewed 223 times)


      THAT's why they're called "RED"? For a forced last page gimmick pun?

    No - or at least I don't think so. They're called "Red" because Jean has red hair.

    And remember when I said I got a Supergirl vibe from that page where Jean first arrives? That vibe continued for the whole issue. Weird as this may seem, this book (intentionally or not) is setting up Jean not only as the alpha female mutant but as the alpha female superhero. Even with a movie on the way, Carol Danvers just can't seem to seize that role.

Well, let's see how that turns out. Being the alpha character is not just about having huge and/or kewl powers or being invincible (otherwise Squirrel Girl would be Marvel's clear alpha female \:\-\) ). Carol at least has quite a sizeable track record as a heroine in her own right (and protagonist of various solo series which enabled her to overcome the handicap of being originally modeled on Captain Mar-Vell), while narratively Jean is still largely defined by being one of the original five X-Men and the girlfriend of the O5's undisputed leader as far as her place in the X-Men and the wider Marvel Universe is concerned. Now she leads one of four X-Men teams, but she still has a long way to go to catch up with Storm and various other X-women as an leader, and she has even less traction outside the X-books. (Storm is also a former queen of Wakanda, she has carved out a niche outside the X-books, while Rogue did something similar in the ranks of the Avengers, and Shadowcat was with Excalibur and the Guardians of the Galaxy). If the makers of X-Men Red now want to make Jean the alpha female mutant, I see that as problematic because she never earned that kind of position on her past showing.

Oh, and by the way: IMO Supergirl is AT BEST the beta female of the DC Universe (although e.g. Barbara Gordon might actually have a better claim to that position). Wonder Woman is the alpha and really has been without interruption since the 1940s...

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