Crystal: Supremely Powerful or Relationship Fodder?

#1 Posted by MrMiracle77 (1659 posts) - - Show Bio

So, Crystal.
 
I like Crystal.  For starters, she shares a name with my actual wife.  She has control over the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water.  By all rights she should be supremely powerful.  The combination of those powers should make her the sum of characters like Human Torch, Hydro-Man, Terra, and even some components of Storm's powers as well.  Next to Black Bolt, who can destroy at the speed of his own speech, she's easily the most powerful Inhuman.  
 
So what happened?  When introduced, she fooled around with Johnny Storm.  With the Avengers, she married Quicksilver.  At some point she had a retroactive affair with Sentry.  Now she's been handed off to Ronan.  Its like she's become the bed-hopper that some writers wish Sue Storm was.
 
So is Crystal doomed to arm-candy status?  Will the day ever arrive when she comes into her own and has non-relationship based motivations?

#2 Posted by Korg (11931 posts) - - Show Bio

First of all, she had a relationship with Sentry? How incredibly lame of whoever wrote that. Secondly, to address the actual point, I think Crystal is finally becoming more than a significant other. Her relationship with Ronan is one of mutual respect. I would even say she is the dominant personality in their relationship. She's also being built up as a political force right now, with the Kree people taking quite a liking to her. I think she will be heading the opposition against Maximus and Medusa during The Thanos Imperative.

#3 Posted by MrMiracle77 (1659 posts) - - Show Bio
@Korg: 
The whole Sentry affair happened during the Civil War issues of New Avengers.  He was visiting the Moon as a getaway and the two of them had a spontaneous revelation about the whole thing.  I don't think Bob ever told his wife.
#4 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4165 posts) - - Show Bio
@Korg said:
" First of all, she had a relationship with Sentry? How incredibly lame of whoever wrote that. Secondly, to address the actual point, I think Crystal is finally becoming more than a significant other. Her relationship with Ronan is one of mutual respect. I would even say she is the dominant personality in their relationship. She's also being built up as a political force right now, with the Kree people taking quite a liking to her. I think she will be heading the opposition against Maximus and Medusa during The Thanos Imperative. "

I am gonna have to agree with Korg on all the above points. Her relationship with Ronan was arranged to show the unity of the Inhuman Elite to the Kree people. Now I am not sure if that was always the plan for her, but it would make sense. Throughout history kings would allow a princess to wed an enemy to turn that enemy. It is just easier then having to wipe them out, if anything this shows how wise Black Bolt trully was.
 
Long live King Black Bolt!
#5 Posted by CosmicSpiral (5470 posts) - - Show Bio

And Ronan does have feelings for her, even if she chose the marriage out of political unity. It's odd how she is usually paired with vain characters, she doesn't seem like the type that would be attracted to them. 

#6 Edited by Shrekpop (30 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nova`Prime` said:

" @Korg said:

" First of all, she had a relationship with Sentry? How incredibly lame of whoever wrote that. Secondly, to address the actual point, I think Crystal is finally becoming more than a significant other. Her relationship with Ronan is one of mutual respect. I would even say she is the dominant personality in their relationship. She's also being built up as a political force right now, with the Kree people taking quite a liking to her. I think she will be heading the opposition against Maximus and Medusa during The Thanos Imperative. "

I am gonna have to agree with Korg on all the above points. Her relationship with Ronan was arranged to show the unity of the Inhuman Elite to the Kree people. Now I am not sure if that was always the plan for her, but it would make sense. Throughout history kings would allow a princess to wed an enemy to turn that enemy. It is just easier then having to wipe them out, if anything this shows how wise Black Bolt trully was.  Long live King Black Bolt! "
wasnt it Medusa that accepted the married ? To make sure the Kree would help them resuce Black Bolt from the Skrulls
#7 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4165 posts) - - Show Bio
@Shrekpop: To be honest I am not exactly sure about anything while Black Bolt was a prisoner of the Skrull, I didn't get back into comics until right around the end of Civil War and then I was just reading Punisher and Nova. But the arranged marriage happened during the WoK and like I said above that happened right after Attilan and the Inhuman Elite arrived on Hala. Although from what I can tell about Medusa I doubt she would want anyone outside of the Inhuman Elite to help with a rescue of Black Bolt, she seems to be a rather big isolationist when it comes to the problems of the Inhuman Elite.
#8 Posted by Cherry Bomb (3189 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree, They've focused more on her relationships than anything else. I'd love to see her be more involved in the action and maybe join a superhero team again. [: I'd love to see her kick butt.

#9 Posted by Mutant God (3081 posts) - - Show Bio

And she cheated on Quicksilver.

#10 Posted by Cherry Bomb (3189 posts) - - Show Bio
@Mutant God:  :O who with?
#11 Posted by Mutant God (3081 posts) - - Show Bio

Some guy name Norman Webster 
and she flirted with Black Knight.

#12 Posted by PowerHerc (85153 posts) - - Show Bio

Relationship-wise; she's bad news.
#13 Posted by Primebonnick (2706 posts) - - Show Bio

you know you have a point they do throw her as relationship fodder at times. She has such potential i don't mind the ronan marriage since it is a reminiscent of political marriages, which will help both the kree and inhumans cope.

Still i never got her relationship with quicksilver, much like the she hulk and jameson marriage. Albiet i did like the whole affair with her and sentry

#14 Posted by micahparadise (493 posts) - - Show Bio

i just need a good writier to give more show of her formidable abilities. its only recently she hasnt been shown as the "damsel in the distress". When she was apart of the avengers roster, it seemed as though she always was knocked unconscious or simply doing sideline work. I do agree, she could be a very powerful inhuman next to blackbolt if some writer will take more interest in her and bring her more to the front line. Maybe in the new inhumanity stories she will be a more central focus

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