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Wednesday, July 02, 2008 

Sue Dibny takes the top spot from Alexandra deWitt as victim

The Topless Robot blog makes a list of several girls who were victims, in a kind of nod to Gail Simone's WIR site (via the Newsarama blog), and it's Sue Dibny, in the blogmaster's opinion, who qualifies as the numero uno victim, if you consider how they hammered the rape elements over the reader's head within practically just 2 issues of Identity Crisis. And that's exactly why, yes, Sue really has edged Alexandra out of the first rank among female victims. Perhaps they should even think to do a list of women who were blatantly and one-dimensionally turned into villainesses, where Jean Loring would surely count as one of the biggest victims, if you consider what went on in Day of Vengeance.

They had a good idea to add the Ultimate version of Janet VanDyne to the list too (on the second page). That Mark Millar, who wrote that regurgitation of a fairly notorious storyline from the Avengers in 1981, would do it just 4-5 issues into the Ultimates, just shows how cheap Marvel's staff were being when they published it 6 years ago.

Alexandra deWitt was around for barely two years as Kyle Rayner's girlfriend in Green Lantern before the editorial mandate tossed her out in the ugly way they did, yet did Kyle ever really develop? Nope, and making Jade his next girlfriend was too easy, instead of introducing a really new cast member. At the same time, Jade never really got much development either.

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