Does "Hellboy in Hell" Finale Signal the End of Mike Mignola's Time With the Character?
Here’s an interesting supporting character who ultimately suffered from a bit of Women in Refrigerators syndrome.
Randy Cartier was a former agent of the Canadian Secret Service who was part of a group designed to hunt down this really bad dude named Kyle Wolfbridge. In the ensuing fight, Wolfbridge killed her Cartier’s husband and wounded one of her best friends. She responded by (she thought) killing Wolfbridge. Her refusal to play by the rules got her fired from her job.
So she ended up as security chief of Aric’s Orb Industries where she joined the greedy/weak Ken Clarkson as forming an interesting pair of supporting cast members for Aric at Orb Industries. Ken would be the slimy, Cousin Larry, of the group, while Randy was the tough as nails Bethany Cabe type.
She assisted Aric on a number of missions…
And for a time, she was even given the X-O Manowar armor by Aric to use while he was away.
When he returned, the pair became lovers.
It did not last, which was highlighted during an incident involving the (still alive) Wolfbridge.
They clearly still had feelings for each other, but before they had a chance to get back together, Randy was tortured and killed by a villain trying to hurt Aric (the villain also killed Ken).
And get this, I kid you not, I promise that I did not know this until I checked the credits (Bob Layton wrote Cartier’s early appearances and Jorge Gonzalez wrote the bulk of her issues, including when she got the armor), but guess who wrote the story where the female love interest of a superhero was tortured and killed to screw with a superhero?
You can’t make that stuff up.
Layton ultimately returned at the end of the series to sorta make up for it all, but I’ll likely get to that when reach an upcoming letter (I wonder which one? :)).
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