Things That Turned Out Bad - Did She Really Just Kill That Guy With Her You-Know-What?!

In this column, I will spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren't a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I'll try to stick with stuff that's more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

My buddy Jude D. wrote in to suggest this one a couple of years back. He also then wrote a nice article on Bodies Endangered going into detail about why this particular plot was ill-conceived. So check out his article. It's a lot more in-depth than what I'm doing here.

Titans: Villains for Hire was a weird book. I'll spotlight some other aspects of the book in the future (Arsenal is due his own column, for instance) but for now, let's look at Cinder.

The basics for Cinder is that she was an Italian woman from a well-to-do family that was molested by her uncle. So she then hunts down sex offenders and kill them. When we first meet her, she's killing a sex offender by burning him alive (her power is to turn into walking molten lava) while having sex, so she uses her vagina to attack the guy...

It's a ridiculous sequence. Very faux edgy, which honestly describes much of Titans: Villains for Hire.

So Deathstroke offers her a deal - join his new team and he'll help her hunt down well-protected sex offenders...

So to help with her crusade, she agrees to help murder the Atom...

Speaking also to the weird sexual politics of this comic book, the sex abuse victim's powers work in such a way that she looks like an attractive naked lady when using them...

Because, you know, of course they do.

But perhaps the worst thing about Cinder is that there is so little going on with her as a character. She has a death wish and she is obviously dealing with a lot of trauma issues, but beyond that, she doesn't really DO much in the Titans.

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