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Tropes vs. Women: Women in Refrigerators

A couple of notes from me:

  • In addition to death of trope-naming death of his girlfriend Alex DeWitt, Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern) has also had two other WiR incidents. During Infinite Crisis, the death of Kyle’s girlfriend Jade causes him to adopt the (more powerful) identity of Ion. The death of Kyle’s mother during the Sinestro Corps War triggers his transformation into the supervillain Parallax. (How Kyle’s current girlfriend, Soranik Natu, will be brutally killed remains to be seen.)
  • Allow me to play continuity cop for a moment and point out that Stephanie Brown didn’t become Batgirl until after she was brought back from the “dead.” Still, her not getting a memorial in the Batcave like Jason Todd was pretty f’ed up. (This oversight was explained after it was revealed that she didn’t really die and Batman goes “Yeah, I totally knew you were alive. That’s why you didn’t get a memorial. Lulz.” However, that doesn’t explain why Jason Todd’s memorial remains in tact after his return.)
  • I’m not sure it’s exactly fair to classify Big Barda’s death as WiR as it was part of the larger story where all the New Gods were killed. (That Big Barda was found dead mysterious fits the mysterious deaths of other New Gods, both male and female.) On the other hand, Mister Miracle’s role in Jim Starlin’s Death of the New Gods miniseries does seem to fit the trope, so I’m torn.
  • The video skips one of the most terrible WiR stories in modern comics. In Brad Meltzer’s god-awful Identity Crisis, Sue Dinby, wife of the Elongated Man, is murdered on his birthday. The Elongated Man discovers her mangled, burnt body lying next to her present for him, a pregnancy test revealing that she was pregnant with their first child. Later in the series, Sue is revealed in a flashback to have been raped by the supervillain Doctor Light. The series ends by revealing that Sue was killed by the Atom’s ex-girlfriend Jean Loring, whose mental breakdown is used to advance the Atom’s character development. Maybe Meltzer should stick to writing hacky paperback thrillers.