By Hawkeye446 19 Comments
This is a blog I have been thinking about for a little while. There are two main things I want to go over here, but really the topic is larger than that.
To begin, one of my favourite characters Jocasta has recently become even more appealing than she used to be. Now, I am not exactly sure why I have become so 'addicted' to this character, but she is readily my 3rd favourite as of late (pushing Wonder Woman down a notch).
A wise friend of mine has said that it is perhaps that, as she is a Android, and happens to look so.. 'Inhuman' and robotic, and yet she manages to be so compassionate and caring.
This got me thinking some more about the way Robot's, Androids and Synthetic Humans are portrayed in comics. Another Example is another Marvel classic, the Vision. Now, The Vision is much more well known to the comic world. He has been a necessity to the Avengers for a long time. In the beginning, when I first began reading comics, I started off with these older Avenger Comics. Now, The Vision was never too appealing, being this Android that seemed quite cold. However, I sooner found that the Vision is something far from that.
This leads me to another epiphany. It seems as if I have a 'thing' for somewhat 'uncoventional' characters. Saying his, nearly ALL characters have their own quirks, but.... For example, similar fitting to the Vision, Wonder Woman was often portrayed as a 'colder' character. Not understanding humanity to the same degree as another character, and yet, Diana seemingly cares more for the average Human than any other hero...
Back to the point though, a character like Jocasta completely fascinates me. Created as a bride for one evil robot, using the mind of yet another one of my favourite characters, Jocasta shows some amazing charactorial qualities that contrast brilliantly with her stark Steel body and odd form.
A great example of this for me was in Marvel Zombies 3. Jocasta takes her orders to let NO zombies through to a teleportation room. Jocasta, being a stiff for instructions says "Yes sir" and seemingly seals the door with her laser-powered eyes. No sooner does she do this than a couple of good-guy soldiers start rappa-tap-tapping at yon chamber door. Jocasta begins to evaluate herself. Does she open the door? Defy her orders? Or does she leave them out to be snacked on. The Jocasta I know and love opened that Darn door, and my heart melted. Not only did she rescue these soldiers, but she managed to rip the door off it's hinges and mow down those Darn Zombies.
This was a marginal moment for her character; in my opinion. It showed her real personality and made me fall in love with her. I can only commend Van Lente on his writing there.
To continue with the point, Jocasta was shown in a 'human light' even more consistently through out the story. She and her past love managed to reunite within this story too. Suddenly, I did not just see the Strong-Hearted; Metallic Jocasta, but also the love sick teenager. It made me really appreciate her. Not only that, but, getting to the SECOND point of this blog, Machine Man hinted at some Robot Sex. Now, not to take this far from the weep-worthy and appreciative praising points and all, but I was thoroughly amused by the concept of Robot Sex...
And on that degree, it showed me not only how much of a strong female character that she is. Not simply iron-clad and ass-kicking, but humorous, caring and beautiful in more than one way.