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

No journals and we already have six frequent customers. Quite a tally.

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 08:41 pm (UTC)
ungratefulwench

The thing that annoyed me the most about Northstar's death was the writers' attitude to the fans. In an interview with alphaflight.net he said that he thought it was ridiculous that fans were freaking out that he'd killed Northstar because the story obviously indicated that he'd be reanimated. Smug bastard. Who here reads Wolverine? I never have and never will (I think Wolvie is a seriously overrated character) and I would imagine that the fan base for Wolverine and the fan base for Northstar is slightly different...

It pisses me off when creators take things, including their readership for greanted. The Magneto rebirth for Excalibur was also completely unnecessary. And why is Psylocke back? I bought that issue just to see her come back and it was just a case of 'Oh look, Psylocke's not dead anymore.' 'Really? Cool.' And off the went on their merry way again *grumble*

The only back-from-the-death that I can think of as being any good was Colossus' return. From a character-reaction standpoint it was excellent. Both the writing and the art completely captured REALISTIC reactions to someone coming back from the dead (well, as much as it can be realistic anyway!). But, I think the reason for bringing him back and the vague explanation for how he came back were pretty weak.

"Dead means dead." *smacks Quesada*

Fri, Jun. 24th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
thomas_small

I don't mind the resurrections. I do mind Marvel's disregard for the fan community. We're the ones buying their minis and C-list titles, not these fabled 'new readers'.

But if they keep killing off characters, they're going to keep resurrecting them...

Fri, Jun. 24th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
thomas_small

Fuck! Wrong account!

Alright, pretend the below post was from the LisaCharly account, please. :) I've been RPing so long I can't keep my names straight. O.-