I am STILL Not Impressed.
Punchy wrote:Plus, there's a sense of tension that most comics lack, the constant threat of death may be a little cheap, but it's effective.
"A cynic will say the main use of bringing in C-listers is so you can kill them off, creating a sense of 'change' without really affecting the universe in any way, ruining the attempt to make an Anyone Can Die
and Tonight Someone Dies
atmosphere when the only real deaths are these characters. Same with a Sacrificial Lamb
"This is a double-edged sword. It certainly can be shocking and emotional to fans of the character, but remember... the main people who recognize
these characters are the same people who will be most angry if you kill them off, whereas those who do not recognize them will not care. Thus, you toy with the emotions of they who are likely to be your most dedicated fans.
"Since newer characters tend to be more C-list than older characters, and also tend to include more females and minorities, this may lead to Women In Refrigerators
and Bury Your Gays
. Another disturbing tendency in the comic book industry is to use teenage
super-team characters as this. It works dramatically because of the impact of a child (or young adult) dying, but is over-used to the point where the Teen Titans actually hang a lampshade
on this frequently. Similar young teams the New Mutants and Legion of Super-Heroes also fall victim to this with regularity."
Call me when they're killing off Spider-Man (the REAL one), the Hulk, and all of their other BIG NAME characters, and KEEPING them dead for GOOD. Only then will "the constant threat of death" begin to mean anything.