Monday, February 06, 2006
BHM 6: Shondra Kinsolving
Do not lie. Do not pretend that you do not know who she is. I know you do.
Doctor Shondra Kinsolving is the physical therapist who helped Bruce get better after Bane broke Batman's back. Gods, I hate that stupid story.
Anyway, she just happened to have psychic healing powers; you know, the kind that can magically heal broken backs, since that's pretty much medically impossible? And she had an evil, white brother, which is very embarrassing. I have several myself.
She was also Bruce's lover (or was it just an unconsummated romantic interest? Who can say?). Setting aside the horrendous impropriety of that, it was, as far as I know Bruce Wayne's only interracial romance. Since Bruce can't have a permanent woman in his life, at the end of execrable Bane storyline, she regressed to mental childhood from, I don't know, stress or something. I guess it's better than getting thrown off a bridge.
A smart, professional black woman special enough to snare Bruce Wayne. Very groovy, and I'd love to have her back in his life -- IF she weren't associated inexorably from the worst of Batman in the post-crisis DCU. From her introduction, it was clear she was going to be a deus ex machina of the worst kind, and the collective mind of comic books readership has turned away from anything connected with the entire Bane / Azrael period.
Shondra was last seen trying to steal Duela Dent's Jell-O brand gelatin dessert.