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Today, we look at my favorite character from an unsung Valiant title.
Jane Ngo (Calamity)
Jane is part of the superpowered group, The Troublemakers.
The Troublemakers is made up of Christine and Zach Helvin, Parker Matthews and Jane Ngo, who have the following powers:
Christine is always a LITTLE better than anyone around her
Zach is basically Speedball
Parker is invisible to technology
and Jane is a lot like the Scarlet Witch, in that she projects a chaos field around, making lots of crazy stuff happen around her.
Writer Fabian Nicieza tried to make the book both humorous AND topical, by addressing various “real” problems, such as teen sex…
The sex issue was actually kinda bizarre, as Christine’s powers make her better than anyone around her, right? So when with a boy, her hormones are driven higher than his, causing her to want to have sex REALLY badly. Now that I think about it, that was a bit of an iffy plot idea by Nicieza.
The book was fun and Kenny Martinez’ art was pretty good. Then Nicieza had one of the team get murdered by a random drive-by shooting.
After that, the book got a little weird (the dead character might return!), and by then, Valiant was in trouble, and the series ended with #18.
Still, it was definitely fun while it lasted!!
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