Torpedo wrote:Veritas wrote:I'm not sure what you mean here... I don't think you're saying that it would negatively impact you as a reader, or make you think less of the character or the world she lives in, but is what you're saying more along the lines of "It wouldn't serve to better the character or storyline, and would leave the reader feeling uncomfortable?" Just clarifying, because I was a bit confused.
Sorry, I wasn't trying to suggest that being a victim of rape or abuse makes Scarlett (or anyone else, fictional or otherwise) less respectable, less heroic, less anything. I do not believe that's true.
What I do believe is this type of crime (rape, abuse, incest, etc.), is radioactive to characters in serial fiction like comic books. It's something so extreme, so above the normal (ironically life-or-death) situations they find themselves in that it will mutate the characters. Not necessarily bad, nor good, but Scarlett, or Dial-Tone or any other character implicated in this type of story would be different in the eyes of the reader. The stories about her would be different. This would always be in the background, or hanging over her head, and writers would have to address it because it's not something you can drop in one issue and never address again.
There is an infamous issue of Marvel's The Avengers where Hank "Giant Man" Pym slapped his wife Janet, The Wasp. Hank and Jan were two fun, winsome characters going back to Marvel's earliest Silver Age days. Hank was a genius on par with Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man and the Hulk and Jan was the first woman on their premiere team. But that slap defined those characters and still does. However heroic Pym was before and after that incident, he was seen as a scum bag wife-beater. The other Avengers and Marvel heroes had to treat him like an @$$hole, because if they didn't, *gasp* Spider-Man and Captain America are condoning spousal abuse. And Jan was always seen as the victim, and considered pathetic by some because she kept going back to Hank because their origins/powers are inextricably linked so they have to be together.
More recently, a couple years ago DC published a story called Identity Crisis. A lot of people hated this story; for a lot of people, hate probably isn't a strong enough word to describe how they feel about it. I happen to think the story was really good up until the reveal of who the mystery killer is at the end, but I wish it was an Elseworlds/out-of-continuity story. If you're not familiar with it, the wife of a super hero is raped by one of the super villains, and the miniseries follows the fallout of this horrible event. Without giving away too much, within a couple years, the hero, his wife and the rapist villain were all dead in the DC Universe. At the end of another event, Blackest Night, readers expected a lot of their favorite dead heroes to come back to life (Hurray, Aquaman!). But many, if not most, readers didn't want the three victims of Identity Crisis brought back to life because the rape had so thoroughly corrupted their histories that they couldn't continue.
Bringing it back to G.I. Joe, since I realize now that I've strayed quite a bit... I think Chuckles is a good example of this. His murder of Jinx in the first volume of Cobra was incredibly powerful and great to read, but it also set him on a track from which he could never recover. I knew as soon as I saw him pull the trigger that he was dead. I'm surprised it took another fourteen issues to kill him, honestly.
What possible future could Chuckles have had if he was pulled back and reintegrated into G.I. Joe? Who would talk to him? Who would trust him? Of course he was just doing his job, but he murdered his handler, one of their own.
Grant Morrison said "comics are about characters in action". He might have been specifically referring to super hero comics, but I think the idea holds true for the members of G.I. Joe, too. If any of the men and women we've come to love in these stories were victimized through assault or drug use or some other abominable tragedy our real life soldiers have to endure, there is only one way it could come out: bloody f***ing violently. And then you have a whole new set of issues that you have to resolve that can never be fully resolved.
Where is the Facebook "Like This" button for this post. This was a great well thought out answer and very much right on the mark.
And just realized that Hama did deal with PTSD.
When Outback returns from Borovia having been ordered to leave behind Stalker, Snow Job and Quick Kick. He returns to The Pit. He is obviously tired and depressed. And receives a very unfriendly unJoe welcome.
So it is touched upon at least once in the Marvel era.