Thursday, September 14, 2006

Profile: Marrina

Marrina Smallwood
First appearance: Alpha Flight #1 Vol. 1. She was a member of the Canadian super-team AF, plus a guest member of the Avengers, whom Namor was in love with, and when they married (briefly), she became queen of his newly founded kingdom of Deluvia.

Current status: dead

Was subjected to the following acts of discrimination: in Avengers #272, we discovered that she’d suffered from a disease that damaged her face, but which was fortunately cured (following this, she and Namor married). But the troubles didn’t stop there. In Avengers #291, she went insane as a side effect of pregnancy with sea animals(?) and transformed into a colossal sea monster called Leviathan, and two issues later in Avengers #293, her husband, prince Namor of Atlantis was forced to kill her with Black Knight’s ebony blade.

What’s wrong with how this was done? Why did the prince of Atlantis have to suffer two losses of loves? First Lady Dorma and then Marrina as well? I feel that’s going way too far.

I wonder if it ever had anything to do with Roger Stern’s being taken off the series at around that time. Maybe because he didn’t want to kill off Marrina, but TPTB did, and so Stern was ejected and replaced with Ralph Macchio, who wrote the book for about a year. But so far, I have no clear way of telling.

2 Comments:

At 12:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marrina was never the "Queen of Deluvia," whatever that is. She was also not diseased and disfigured. She had always been an alien shape-shifter.

Roger Stern leaving the Avengers did not have to do with Marrina; it was a fight over the handling of Dr. Druid.

 
At 11:09 PM , Blogger Avi Green said...

Umm, are you sure you haven't been misled by some awkward writing on Wikipedia? Because according to Marvel Directory, she was queen of Namor's kingdom of Deluvia, if only briefly. Methinks you need to do a little more studying on the history of popular literature.

 

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