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Monday, December 29, 2008

It's All Karma, Really

Poor Janet Van Dyne. Killed off (?) in the last issue of Secret Invasion. Now, killed off aparently in the Ultimate version as well. What IS it about the Wasp that makes her such cannonfodder? She was even killed off once before, way back when they had that whole Secret thing with the Beyonder and all of that. Nobody noticed, and she showed up again, none the worse for wear.

I cannot help but think however, that in this latest "death" that Janet probably brought it upon herself. In fact, she's probably the one character who is the MOST to blame for the entire run of Marvel events, so in my view, she deserved to die. Not that I think that she really DID die, not for one moment. She's whisked off to another dimension by Thor? No big deal, knowing Jan, she's probably running the joint, and will be invading earth in a few more months herself.

Janet after all, is the one who was responsible for the whole House of M. SHE'S the one who while lying around gossiping with Wanda, couldn't keep her big yap shut about Wanda's imaginary kids. SHE'S the one who brought up the whole crazy mess with Wanda in the first place. Indirectly, she's responsible for the deaths of Vision, Hawkeye, and the second Ant-Man.

House of M, and its whole "No More Mutants" thingie, then led to Civil War. Civil War then led to Secret Invasion. Not to mention all the craziness going on with the X-Men recently. All because Janet couldn't keep from flapping her gums.

Jan has always been a bit on the...flighty side anyway. She's the one, who after losing her father, had Henry Pym...a man not completely working with a full deck of cards ANYway...experiment upon her, giving her wings, a sting and the ability to shrink. He also inadvertently made her more powerful than himself, which had to contribute to his own self-esteem problems. She spent her time buzzing around trying to trap Hank into marriage, or flirting with all the other members of the Avengers, when she wasn't designing hideous costumes and fainting.

Then there was this.


Yes, Janet tricked a crazy man into marriage. Mainly to score off of the other Avenger women, if my memory is correct. Remember, Hank was so nuts, he thought that he had KILLED HIMSELF! Or at least his alter-ego. Jan knew this, and played along with it. It's actually hard for me to decide which one of them was more psychotic. Later of course, poor Hank had a really bad day, and slugged her, which was a VERY terrible thing to do. And was lableled a wife-beater for all eternity. Funny, Reed has been shown smacking Sue around on a regular basis, but never got the same treatment. Anyhoo...they get divorced, then they get back together, then break up, then get back together, then get the Ultimate treatment, where he REALLY beats her up, then they get back together, then the Skrulls give her some weird potion to make her give people germs or something, and Thor blows her into another dimension.

But I'm sure she'll be back. Just remember...if you are lying around a pool, engaged in idle conversation with Janet Van Dyne...LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Or you too, will be responsible for the next Marvel Event. A face worse than death.


At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Pete said...

She's made up for it by showing an amazing amount of survivalism in the Marvel Zombies franchise.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Oh, I'm not denying that Jan is remarkably...resilient. Just crazy.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...

I was talking to Jan when Jean Loring showed up. AAAAAAAZGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous TotalToyz said...

Oh my Schwartz...Janet Van Dyne is the Marvel equivalent of Jean Loring!!

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I'll be sad if she really ends up dead. I actually really like Jan despite her flaws.

Though everything you said is totally true, particularly the tricking a crazy man into marriage thing. Hank Pym is one of my favorite characters of all time, and it still hurts that he got such a bad rap for how things went between them even though he had the legitimate excuse of being insane and she was incredibly manipulative and spent a lot of time being an enabler for his bad habits.

Also, too true about Reed. He's way more of a jerk to not only his wife, but to everyone, than Hank ever was. But then, Hank is sort of the MU's born loser. (What is it with me and characters who just can't win? Guy pretty much fills the same role in the DCU, only Guy is strong enough to rise above, and Hank never was able to.)

At 6:20 AM, Blogger googum said...

Even though I'm a big fan of old school Avengers--I had to break my legs finding back issues of Marvel Triple Action before all those Essential volumes came out--since I read later issues first, I'm more used to Jan being a pretty polished, professional superhero. She might still go to parties and design way too many costumes, but when it's go time, she's on point.

I'm working on a post with some old Wasp figures, that may generate a little more sympathy for Jan. Maybe. No promises.

At 6:45 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I never even thought about the parallels between Jan and Jean Loring! However, to be honest, as annoying as I find Jan (and I DO) she's not quite up to Jean's level of batshit insanity.

I've rather liked Hank, but in an exasperated way. As in, "Oh for Heaven's sake, just wise up already" sort of fashion.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger notintheface said...

Guy isn't the DC equivalent of Hank; he's more like Clint Barton.

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Rich said...

My goodness. Jan and Jean? Perhaps Identity Crisis was actually an Amalgam crossover event in disguise, and those footprints in Sue's brain were actually the Wasp's?

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Duskdog said...

I stand by my Hank and Guy comparison (particularly in that they've both been treated like dirt when they were mentally ill)but Guy and Clint certainly have better parallels in a lot of respects. Right down to the relationship with their respective big brothers!

I really ought to do a post about that sometime.

At 7:31 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Hmmm...I never really thought about comparing Clint and Guy before. Clint does have a lot of machismo and a rather abrasive personality, and I had completely forgotten about his rotten older brother, but he seems also to have an easier time of it in the Avengers than Guy ever did in the Justice League.

And Ice is SO much cooler than Mockingbird.

At 2:54 AM, Blogger sexy said...



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