Everything dies eventually. Whether it be humans, animals, or plants; we all die. Except… if you live in a comic book universe.
Death happens in comic books also, but it is never final. And if it is, it is a very rare case. The Fantastic Four, Marvel’s first family, have been all over the news recently since one of the beloved members of the Four died in the end of this past story arc. *SPOILER* Johnny Storm *SPOILER* died fighting a horde of monsters. But, as always right he/she “died” the door closes and he/she “dies” off panel. So, you don’t see him brutally murdered, but it also leaves it up to the creators to eventually bring he/she back in the future. (highlight the blank space for the name if it already hasn’t been spoiled for you.) Is it a good thing to kill off people’s favorite comic book characters and bring them back countless amounts of times? Shouldn’t they just stay dead? Well, I know the answer of course is no, because the publisher makes money off of these characters each and every month. Even so, will the death issues ever stop? I’ve been reading comics for roughly four years now and I’ve read several death issues of some of my favorite characters. Captain America, and Batman just to name a couple of the more popular ones have helped the companies sell more issues. It’s just getting to the point where you have to read several issues of other comics that deal with that characters death, just to have the character come back in 6-12 issues. So, through all of this you’re missing out on creative new story lines that writers could come up with; instead your stuck with characters mourning. On top of that, at least bring the dead characters back in a some what plausible manner. The traveling through time to get back to your body has been overdone. Using a Lazerus Pit has been over done as well. Marvel is getting ready to rev up a new event in my favorite comic book series; the death of Ultimate Spiderman. Why? Why kill him off? It’s been roughly two years or so since the last major even in the Ultimate Universe that killed MANY of that universe’s characters. Spiderman was thought to be dead in that entire fiasco as well. So, once again we went through several issues of mourning in a mini series, just to find out that he wasn’t dead at all. Now, so they say, they’re going to really kill him. Yet, one thing I will say about the Ultimate Universe is that most of the characters that have died have not returned from the grave. Which is a good thing in the long run. I can see what they might do with Ultimate Spiderman in the future, but is it really necessary? Captain America, Batman, Iron Man, Johnny Storm, and now Ultimate Peter Parker? It’s really getting out of hand to the point of where it’s purely a money grab from the companies. I’m sure I am forgetting several other characters that have died in 2010 and now, but I hope this fad can end sometime soon and that we as readers can get back to just enjoying good story arcs and plots.