Okay, I just finished reading the 'war of the Marvel's' storyline, where Moonstone (as the acting Ms. Marvel) tries to keep the identity/costume/etc when Carol Danvers comes back from the dead. And I have to say--Wow, what a disappointing story that was.
Or maybe it's more frustrating than disappointing.
No, actually it's both.
Because, for one, Danvers comes off as an unsufferably sanctimonious bitch. Everything I hate in a one-note-song, one-dimensional character, "I'm a hero and I act heroic and I'm better because I'm better and don't you wish you were perfect like me nyah" character.... arrrrgggghhhh!!!
And secondly, just because Danvers is 'good', she gets to dominate every single battle in the series. Even when Moonstone is sort of kicking her ass, you STILL had the overwhelming sense that nothing she was doing really mattered... because obviously it didn't. Even after getting beaten into a bloody, semiconcious pulp, Danvers LITERALLY just snaps her eyes open, and grins, and comes right back at her like it was nothing.
This is the most blatant example of 'She's going to win because (and ONLY because) it's her book, so let's not even try and write it with any real depth or tension, because we all know how it's going to end'.
Woof. Deep breath.
Anyways, yes, I know Moonstone is the bad guy in that situation, yes, I know that. And yet I can't help sympathizing with her. She did get a little over the top crazy while fighting Danvers--which again is poor writing, considering how she was, just a short while earlier, shown to be really getting into the hero thing, and feeling like she was making a difference as Ms. Marvel. The more she fought Danvers, though, the more upset and frustrated she became, and the more and more psycho her actions became.
I can see that, more or less, given how no matter WHAT she did, that other blonde just kept coming back at her.
And of course at the end, we have to have the ridiculous moment when Danvers not only defeats Karla, but absolutely destroys her by reaching into her body and yanking out the Moonstone.
Yeah, sure. Must be nice to be a freaking GOD so long as you're within the pages of your own comic. And one must never miss the chance to do some high-and-mighty preaching to the poor little bad girl, about how she needs to turn her life around (on pain of death, since Moonstone will die within days if she doesn't do as Danvers says, to reclaim the stone).
I'm sure lots of Ms. Marvel fans will disagree with pretty much all of this; fair enough.
It's just my opinion, obviously. And I'm sad that the far more interesting, far more real/three-dimensional character had to lose, especially in such a stupid, humiliating way.