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Sunday, October 26, 2008 

Torture in Ms. Marvel #32

Previously, we had a strange case of torture in Nightwing. Now, there's an even more disturbing case of it in Ms. Marvel's new series. This blog's got a picture from this disgustingly graphic tale, an attempt to update Carol Danvers's origins for the modern age.

Honestly, I think they blew it. If the villain featured really smashed her arm with a sledgehammer, and bashed her up as badly as it sounds, she'd surely be in a wheelchair today. This really stretches credibility, because there's no signs in any of the past appearances she made that I've read that suggest or imply that she ever got gored, nor that she ever had prosthetic replacements for her damaged limbs.

In the origins established for Carol years before, she led a career as a spy for US intel, penetrating Soviet territory alongside Wolverine and the Thing. But while at one point, she did get captured by the KGB and was tortured, I have a hard time believing whatever she went through was as bad as the gore in this issue of Carol's new series.

I've got a suspicion, however, that this issue might feature anti-war sentiments, and if Carol, in this update, is really depicted as a fighter pilot assigned to Afghanistan, then that does stretch some credibility: does the US military actually assign its female members to frontline combat, no matter how well trained they are in physical battle? Making her a spy behind enemy lines was believable, but making her a frontline fighter before she became a superheroine sounds contrived.

And the violence here was uncalled for.

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