Friday, July 6, 2012

Villain spotlight: Delilah

Delilah. Basically shes your generic sociopathic killer femme fetale who seems mildly aroused by the mayhem she causes. Granted she was pretty cliched, but I still think a lot could be done with this character. Lets take a closer look at her character design. OK so we see her above, in costume, holding a dustbuster/laser gun. Also while not shown here, she had an signature dialogue style. Certain words get fancier font, are colorized and much larger. I don't know how thats suppose to sound. The color and different font makes it seem like maybe she says those words in am extra sexy and/or girly way, but the larger font makes it seem like she would be shouting. Her costume is, well, I'm not really sure how I feel about it. Its sort of good and bad. I like the purple color scheme. It's colorful enough to work well in a comic book while still being a dark enough color to fit well with an assassin. Also I love the Power Girl like boob window. It suffers from some of the typical 90's over design, for instance what the hell are the silver things on her boots? The way she's portrayed in her premier issue is very interesting. Virtually every word out of her mouth drips with sexual innuendo. You get the impression that her girlish charm, sometimes played seductively sometimes seemingly sweet and innocent, keeps her opponents constantly off guard. This would later get down played turning her into a generic warrior woman. It also wasn't helped by the poor art Amazing Spider-man suffered with for a while post Mark Bagley. Also her costume would be tweaked to be less sexy and more over designed.

So with both her costume and personality tweaked to tone down the sexuality what were we left with? Not much. Sometimes writers do this sort of move because they want to flesh out the character into a more multi dimensional person rather then just a sex pot. But if that was Tom DeFalco's intent then he failed miserably. She was just boring. Plus once she was no longer oozing sexuality, her dialogue style made even less sense.  I guess I can understand why DeFalco would want to tone down that aspect of her. Women were being vastly over sexualized in the comics at the time. The problem with taking that from the character was it was really all she had, and he never really replaced it with something else. And that's why you don't see Delilah any more.

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