I love all forms of entertainment: movies, television, music and of course comic books. I love to sit back and read a good comic book. In a comic book you get a good mixture of drawing and writing. I wish I could tell you that every comic book I’ve read was great and that every aspect of the comic book industry is great but it’s not. Nothing is perfect and there are a few things about comic books that can be very annoying.
One of the most annoying things about comic books is a character’s death. I know what you’re thinking if you’re a comic book fan, “but comic book characters never really die.” That’s exactly my problem with death in comic books. In comic books it is a common practice to kill off a character, usually as a means of selling comics but later that character will be brought back because the fans will demand it or because the comic will change writers and that writer really wants to use that character.
Personally I feel when you bring back a character that has been killed it pretty much ruins the entire storyline in which they got killed. It also diminishes any future deaths. Captain America was the most recent comic book character to meet his fate but really why should I care? If ninety-nine percent of comic book characters that die come back then why should I care that Captain America died when I know he is going to be back in six months, one year or two years later.
Honestly I think most death of comic book characters aren’t really that good in the first place. As I said before many of them are just ways to sell comics and aren’t actually a great read. Off the top of my head only Phoenix, Superman and Gwen Stacy were memorable deaths. A character’s return from death is usually even worse. As much as I liked the Death of Superman story the return of Superman was just really, really bad. The only return of a dead character that I can remember being good is the storyline where Joss Whedon brought back Colossus.
I also don’t see why comic book writers can’t just leave characters stay dead. I understand why Marvel would want to kill Captain America and why DC would want to kill Superman, because those are huge events. Obviously you can also understand why they would bring them back because you can’t go without those characters. But I don’t understand why minor characters can’t stay dead. I don’t understand why members from large groups like the X-Men or Avengers can’t stay dead. Jean Grey has died and come back to life several times. I love Jean Grey, she’s one of my favorite X-Men but can’t she just stay dead? Aren’t there plenty of other X-Men to write about? If the comic book writer is that good can’t he come up with new characters?
The death and return of characters in comic books just really bug me, what’s the point of writing a really compelling story and then later undoing the whole thing? I’d love to be Editor in Chief of Marvel or DC Comics one day and just tell all the writers if there is some character they want brought back they better do it now because under my watch every comic book character that dies stays dead.