April 08, 2014

First as tragedy, again as farce.

DC killed Superman. Remember? (And then he got better.)

Marvel, not to be outdone, killed Reed Richards. (And then he got better.)

Well, I think we've reached the preposterous limit of this trend: Archie Andrews is going to die heroically.

How much you want to bet that he, too, will get better? Maybe not; they're going to end the comic too.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 11:59 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 They're only ending the comic book in which the characters are grown up. (My guess is that it wasn't selling well.) The comics with the characters as teenagers will continue.

Posted by: Jonathan Tappan at April 08, 2014 02:34 PM (IgcpA)

2 Previous comment notwithstanding, if he doesn't die in bed with a smile on his face all these decades have been a waste of time.

Posted by: Ben at April 09, 2014 07:57 AM (Oftf2)

3 *blink*  When did Reed Richards die?  I don't recall anything about it, other than a vague memory of him and Sue both being believed-dead for a while back in the 80s, well before the whole Death of Superman dealie.

Not that I disagree with your point at all.  The various comic companies since Death of Superman have had to fight the temptation to use really cheap deaths to drum up attention.  I think its *finally* starting to swing around again, though:  even the writers themselves couldn't take the "every quarter, someone will die" editorial edict at Marvel seriously.  Hence why Johnny Storm's "death" was used more as a means to do a solo "lost in barbarian land" plot than anything else.

Posted by: metaphysician at April 09, 2014 01:24 PM (3GCAl)

4 I wonder why it is, for comics, that "marketing" almost always equals "spoilers".   

Prime-time TV serials don't end with "tune in next week, when Bob dies."  Same for anime.  Movie trailers (comic-book-hero movies excepted, sometimes) don't tell you how the movie ends.  Novel trilogies end books on cliffhangers, not spoilers.

Is there some other media I'm unfamiliar with (daytime soaps, or something) that has to tell the audience what's going to happen in advance to get them to buy in?

Posted by: Mikeski at April 09, 2014 02:06 PM (Zlc1W)

5 Frankly, the thing I hate most in comics these days are huge, every-title crossovers.  They derail the story I AM following, and I'm not going to be tricked into buying fifty titles I don't want to read.

Posted by: Mauser at April 10, 2014 12:59 AM (TJ7ih)

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