Saturday, February 17, 2007

Profile: Marlo Chandler-Jones

Marlo Chandler-Jones
First appearance: The Incredible Hulk #347, 1988. She met Rick Jones, whom she’d later marry, through her first meeting the Hulk at the time he was rendered gray-skinned, in Las Vegas, where she worked as a call girl for a friendly casino owner who’d hired the Hulk as a security agent (under the name "Joe Fixit"). She also became a good friend of Betty Ross-Banner’s.

Current status: working as a talk show host(?)

Was subjected to the following act of discrimination: in 1992, she was murdered by Jackie Shorr, a psychotic woman posing as Rick’s mother, who’d once worked at the orphanages he’d lived at when he was a teenager, who was planning on killing him in her basement, but was later brought back to life when Rick made one of those Faustian deals, this one with the Leader, Sam Sterns, to use some technology he’d built in order to revive her. It worked, but she remained mindless for at least a few weeks before returning to full normal.

What’s wrong with how this was done? Not that much, except for the fact that I find it awfully annoying when they depict a woman as being the master planner behind what led to all this in the first place, namely Shorr, the former employee at Rick’s orphanage in Arizona. It really irritates me whenever that kind of a stereotype is featured. Are there not men who’re psychotic, and could do things like that too?

Was there anything good to come out of this? Marlo has since regained her life, little the worse for wear, and continued with a career she and Rick took up working on talk show hosting.

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