So what made you choose Carol as the... I guess you could call it, main focus, of so many of your efforts? What is it about Carol that makes her so rife for parody, do you think?
There’re some things that can’t be explained, but I will try.
On a base level, writing assholes and bullies it’s just fun to do, and Carol is canonically a pretty uptight, talk-shit get-hit kind of character, so the parody does nothing but enhance those characteristics.
Beyond that, I’ll never get tired of saying it, and I
don’t care if people don’t believe me (like that angry anon weeks ago): I like
Carol Danvers. I actually consider myself a fan of the character. Now, none
(NONE) of her ongoing comics were ever above the “decent by american superheroes
standards” (a low-tier decent), but still, Ms. Marvel v.2 was one of the first
cape comics I started following, my gateway into this
horrible obsession hobby
I have now (Sana Takeda’s beautiful artworks and covers caught my attention),
so I think I owe the character a bit.
When Kelly SUe DeConnnick’ ongoing was announced, I was actually intrigued! Yes, that’s the truth. Then of course we all know what happened. When I started doing my edits, the Carol Corps thing was still blowing strong, and my mockery was a rejection of that whole thing. They tried to hammer this asinine plot point “The whole world loves Carol Danvers” and I kept saying, no, no, no, this is stupid.
Carol Danvers can’t have fans in universe, Carol Danvers is PATHETIC. She’s a bottled up sack of self-loathing and anger. That’s why I like her.
Look at the already mentioned Brian Reed’s series, the very first big attempt by Marvel to push her: at the very core of it all, it’s the story of a person having an early mid-life crisis, waking up one day knowing that for thirty+ years they literally never lived up to their true potential (House of M and all).
And an issue that always springs to my mind is New Avengers #15 (2006) by Brian Michael BEEEENDIIIISSSS. Most of the story is narrated by Carol in form of blog posts. It’s really melodramatic stuff, she talks about her day, her powers, who she is, what she does, the people she knows and there’s this little detail added at the end of each caption: “0 comments”. An apparently inconsequential detail that makes the whole thing pitiful and disheartening.
So, here’s the reason I really like Carol Danvers: every superhero has a tough life, and she had one hell of a life as well, but she so often fails in such an incredibly mundane way that I can’t help but actually relate to her.
Plus, y’know, she kills aliens without remorse.