Friday, July 06, 2007

Profile: Firestar

Angelica Jones, Firestar
First appearance: when Angelica first appeared, it was as a cartoon character in Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends in 1981. She made her debut as a comic book character in 1985 in Uncanny X-Men #193, and even got her own miniseries about a year afterwards. There may only be a handful of characters out there who went from cartoon to comic, but of all those to make the transition, Firestar was probably the most successfully developed. She’s been a member of the Hellions, New Warriors, Avengers, and was even the paramour of Vance Astrovik (Marvel Boy, Justice).

Current status: it seems that she’s quit superheroing?

Was subjected to the following act of discrimination: Civil War says it all. As if it weren’t bad enough that her relationship with Vance appears to be over, she retired from crimefighting because she didn’t want to be subject to the Superhuman Registration Act.

What’s wrong with how this was done? No true development as a heroine came out of this for her, instead, there was only tossing her into limbo. I can’t say I’m happy with how her love affair with Vance ended either.

That she would retire from being a superheroine is just symbolic of the defeatism evident in Civil War.


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