Heroines of WOCtober: Jennifer Takeda
Jennifer was a normal teenage girl until she got really nasty superpowers - her body produces radiation and all kinds of poisons, forcing her to wear a protective suit at all times. She was recruited into Avengers Academy, a group of superpowered students under the tulleage of Henry Pym and other veteran B-Lister heroes, and given codename Hazmat. But even that had a cruel twist to it, as they quickly discovered Avengers didn’t take them in out of hope they may become a new generation of heroes…but out of fear they’ll become next generation of villains. Still, it wasn’t all that bad, over time Jen even developed a relationship with Mettle, a teenager trapped in a monstrous, metallic form (with an added insult to injury in that it made him, a black Jewish man, look a lot like Red fucking Skull).
Nothing of relevance happened with her since that book ended in 2012 up to the end of 2018
Nothing at all.
OKAY, FINE! I’ll tell the truth. She was ut in two books after Avengers Academy ended - Avengers Arena and Avengers Undercover. it’s just that…these books suck Donkey Kong’s konkey dong and I wouldn’t recommend them to my worst enemy. And their treatment of Jennifer is awful. As in “let kill her boyfriend and pin on her series of traumas for the sole reason to excuse hooking her up with Bland McOneStepRemovedFromisekaiProtagonist Blatant Writer Self-Insert” awful. Skip that shit.
Anyway, this year Jennifer has been brought back in new and ongoing Captain Marvel series, where Carol Danvers takes her under her wings and Jen has been series regular in that book.
Avengers Academy - the essential book for Jen fans.
Captain Marvel - Jennifer’s return to being well-written after too many years
Amazing Spider-Man #661-662 - Written by Avengers’ Academy writer Christos Gage, when Spidey takes a spot as a guest lecturer at Avengers Academy.