When I was at Boston Comic Con, I stopped by to chat with Cliff Chiang who told me there was a young man who was a fan of the blog looking for me. I never met with him at the show but did catch up with him in my quest for guest posters for my vacation week. I soon pieced together that this was actually a young writer for Boston University whose writing on other topics had caught my eye. Please meet Jon Christianson, who today writes about female villains.
“Why can’t female villains stay villains?”
That statement, made by Grace Randolph during her Between the Pages webshow, brings up the curious conundrum of why so many of the already few female villains never seem to stay on “the dark side” for long.
Catwoman went from being one of Batman’s greatest foes to being one of his greatest allies. Black Widow started out as a Russian spy, Black Cat intended to be more evil before meeting Spider-Man, and Emma Frost, Scarlet Witch, and Rogue all got their start opposing the X-Men. Since the New 52 reboot, Poison Ivy is now on the Birds of Prey and Silver Banshee has been hanging out with Supergirl. What is going on here.