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On Preteen Girls, Time Travel and Bare Midriffs

Written by ThanosCopter on Tuesday, April 30 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

On Preteen Girls, Time Travel and Bare Midriffs

ThanosCopter examines the effects of time escapades on female characters' clothing.

One of the biggest stories to come out of C2E2 this year was X-Men: Battle of the Atom, in which X-Men from the past, present and future will all fight each other to determine which team reigns supreme (or something like that).  As I've been eating crow from preemptively criticizing the ridiculously premised, but fantastically executed All New X-Men, I'll refrain from pondering why Marvel continually feels the need to pit the X-Men against one another over and over again, but there was something else that caught my eye.

That's an adult version of Molly Hayes, the prepubescent powerhouse of Runaways.  And this is what her current version looks like.

I guess it rubs me the wrong way that Marvel's figured out a way to turn a fun, non-traditional character like Molly into yet another midriff baring, humongous boobed character.  Sure, she's built like a bodybuilder as opposed to a model, but her powers always seemed to operate independently of her scrawny physique.  Now, she's just looks like another version of Caitlin Fairchild.  Oh well, at least she's wearing pants.

Of course, this isn't the first time that Marvel's used the passage of time to add boobs and midriff revealing clothing to their young girl characters.

Here's Layla Miller pre-time travel.

And here's her after.

Now, this isn't a knock on Peter David's run, as I think that Layla's one of the most complex female characters this side of a Terry Moore comic.  But, her time in the future did seem to give her an interesting fashion sense.

Going back a little further: we have the occasional Marrow, who first appeared as a Morlock child.

Marrow after living in an accelerated dimension for a few years.

She also has a costume design in which her natural bone growths act as a sort of push up bra, leading even the notorious lothario Gambit in shock.  Oh, the 2000s were a simpler time for comics, weren't they?

Marvel does seem to have a funny knack for finding ways to inevitably sexualize its younger characters.  Bringing in romance and whatnot into these characters' lives isn't something that should be frowned upon, but I don't understand why they always end up wearing skimpy clothing and low hanging pants.  For example: Cassie Lang.

And during her first appearance in Young Avengers, although in Marvel's defense, she does get a more modest costume almost immediately after she flashes her midriff and lacey thong.

Probably the weirdest example I found was Katie Power.  Sweet, innocent Katie Power.

And here's her all grown up, from Power Pack: Starting Over.

I wonder, did the artist cry a bit when he wrote that?

So, what's my point in all this?  I dunno, really.  It's just an odd and mildly creepy trend on Marvel's part, but even I'll admit that it's probably entirely unintentional. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to wipe all these images off my computer before my wife starts asking awkward questions. 


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