By Squares 37 Comments
Anyone else sick of seeing Moonstar run around like a total badass? Seriously, anyone?....No?
Too bad. I, for one, am reeeeally, really tired of Danielle Moonstar. Sure, you could argue that it's not fair that I complain about being sick of her, having gone out of my way to read series she's involved in, but that's coincidental; I just happened to begin my foray into reading comics with the original run of New Mutants, and it seems like whenever a series involves Illyana Rasputin for any length of time, Moonstar ends up in it as well. At any rate, I do have reasons for announcing my distaste, and not all of them can be blamed on bad writing. Well, at least not on one case of bad writing.
Danielle Moonstar started off as a complete ethnic stereotype. On the first three pages of her comic debut, she ends up not only cursing the 'white man', but is seen cuddling with a goddamn cougar for absolutely no real reason. A COUGAR. As of my knowledge, that still hasn't been explained. You don't show a character snuggling up to a ferocious wild beast without proper goddamn explanations! Also, this may be legitimately due to her apparently all-consuming need to constantly express her sense of cultural identity, but throughout the run of New Mutants, Moonstar wore a dress like...twice. Not really a good point, until you consider that the New Mutants went to freaking galas on a regular basis, and the only time I can recall seeing Dani in a dress is when she got kidnapped by Viper (It was a really nice dress, actually). What did she wear to the fancy dress parties? What appeared to be deerskin pantsuits. Ethnically appropriate pantsuits, at any rate. It's not that she didn't like dresses; the young woman made her love for dresses known on at least two occasions.
During the second run of the New Mutants title (later re-named New X-men), Danielle became a teacher at Xavier's. My immediate response to that concept was wondering exactly what she taught, but that's both beside the point and never revealed. It's in this series that Dani displays a fairly worrying lack of self-control and actually ends up causing Necrosha. When trying to recruit Elixir, Dani and her 'team' (then consisting of Wither, Wallflower and Sofia Mantega, if memory serves) end up facing off against a group of Reavers in New York. Wither gets 'carried away' and ends up (almost?) killing one of the attacking Reavers, and Dani, after having made the minimum required effort, decides that the only way she can stop Kevin from killing his assailant is to show him his greatest fear. It turns out that Kevin's greatest fear was accidentally killing everyone he loved (via touch), and Dani's illusion turns him into a sobbing wreck. Throughout the rest of his storyline, Wither is haunted by this vision. At any rate, he apologizes to Dani (in the middle of breaking down into tears) for losing control of himself, and all she can think to do is tell him to 'put his damn gloves on', actually throwing them at his feet in the process. Wither is now effectively cut off from the one person who is supposed to look after him, to mentor him, because she decided to scare the crap out of him instead of, say, distracting him with an image of his greatest desire (that's how her powers work). Later, after Elixir gets in trouble for snapping Magma out of a coma (which led to her fleeing in confusion), Dani yells at him before even attempting to hear anything he has to say ('Amara was like family to me, and now she's gone! GET OUT OF MY SIGHT!').
And then she loses her powers. I have to admit, I was hoping she'd disappear from the series after that, but noooo. She just got guns and did that whole Valkyrie thing again. Good lord, I hated the Valkyrie thing. So now we get to watch her run around like some half-assed rambo-esque action chick? All I can say is wake me when it's over.