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Tue, Jun. 21st, 2005, 08:03 pm
lisacharly: Stop killing the B-list already!

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Alright, so, deaths in comics. It's not deaths that bug me. I'm all for the occasional tear-jerking goodbye, the death that has a lasting repercussion and brings the team to their knees.

It's deaths done to make a story seem serious that piss me off. Like Northstar's death in Wolverine. What the hell was up with that? At least Nunzio and Christina did something interesting with it afterwards, but we all know gutting JP was thrown in just to make that Wolverine arc seems serious. This bugs me. If it had been a good, decent death, that's one thing. But instead, it was just to add 'impact'.

Furthermore, it's not just Marvel doing this - the solicits for The Intimates #10 suggest death as well (I think it's Sparky or Kefong), probably to help save the book from the bad sales it's getting. Does the public honestly go for deaths like this? Will killing off some high-school kid really help the series where the excellent writing didn't?

I find it strange that instead of character development or even MEANINGFUL deaths, we just seem to get random deaths.

Rant over. For now.

Thu, Jun. 23rd, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)

In my opinion, there shouldn't be a death in the comics, unless of course, there's a really good reason for doing it. Some characters who died didn't pissed me off because I felt there was a good reason for it. But for the writers to kill other characters just because they feel it's a waste of space or other lame reasons isn't justice at all. These characters are the ones that fuel me to read more, even if they belong on a small angle. You can call me weird, but I try to keep track of almost every character who I feel has a great deal of potential to produce an interesting angle. There are other ways that can be done rather than putting the lights out of them.

Thu, Jun. 23rd, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)

Killing a character because the author thinks they're lame just crosses the line for me. Killing characters, at times,can be a powerful writing tool used to drive a character arc and plot forward (like many of the deaths in Hellblazer or Y the Last Man).

A lot of characters that get offed, though, are underdeveloped and are used for shock value. I prefer killing off a major character - because of the relationships that character has had time to form, the emotional repercussions in the comic can be devastating and open new venues. But killing off B-listers to make something 'exciting' and 'shocking' is ridiculous. There is no emotional feedback and there is no real lasting effect. It just pisses fans off.

Most new characters and B-listers are loaded with potential - killing them off is a cheap way of avoiding that. :(

Fri, Jun. 24th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)

Exactly my point. A major character's death would still be understandable. Sometimes, a death of a certain character shows that a writer is trying to prove something (Sandman vol. 10 - The Wake). That too is acceptable.

I still expect a lot of B-listers around to develop, because their angle still interests me. Whenever these writers decide to off them, it just makes me want to choke the shit out of them. I just wish they'd realize this mistake.