Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Profile: Wildcat 2

Yolanda Montez, Wildcat 2
First appearance: Infinity Inc. #12, March 1985. She was the goddaughter of Ted Grant, the first Wildcat. Unlike him, she had mutant powers including retractable claws.

Current status: dead

Was subjected to the following act of discrimination: killed in Eclipso #13 by the title villain, along with the second Dr. Mid-Nite.

What’s wrong with how this was done? If you’re wondering where the whole notion of killing off characters that’s become so prevalent today began, look no further than the 1990s. This may have had what to do with a crossover called The Darkness Within, and it was just as bad as the Bloodlines crossover, which featured quite a bit of ugly bloodshed.

And this was all before Zero Hour too.

In a way, it’s also disturbing how Ted Grant, as the original Wildcat, is one of a couple characters who’s outlived his younger peers, whose own potential to develop into their own characters was thrown away.

Strangely enough, in 2006, an illegitimate son named Tom Bronson was introduced for Ted who also had superhuman powers (turning into a werecat!). Well if they could do that, surely they could revive Yolanda as well?

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