Victorious Squid wrote:Even for a death issue, it's very ambiguous when the "final" scene comes, for sure. It's so replete with possibilities to weasel out easily, that's one reason (but only one) I say there was so little emotional resonance. I couldn't even convince myself to believe it was a death issue when it gets right down to it.
Even if we saw Johnny eaten and digested and pooped out by the bugs you would still know he's coming back so what difference does it make if Hickman has left it somewhat ambiguous at the end?
In an industry where dead no longer means dead there's never going to be the same emotional resonance as... hell, when was the last death that anyone actually thought would stick?
While Marvel has certainly played this up for all it's worth and have most likely death bagged their way to the highest selling comic of the year I think Hickman has done it because he has a story to tell with it. The same way Bru told stories about how Cap was important after Cap #25, Hickman can do the same with Johnny. To me he's always been a one dimensional character except for the rare occasion of something like Davis's FF: The End where you're seeing a future version of him. To me this seems like the perfect opportunity to maybe advance and grow the character to being more like that than the himbo he's been for the last decade. If nothing else this eventually leads to Johnny's big giant Negative Zone adventure versus the Annihilation Wave which should be epic, IMO.
And for as many Annihilation fanboys as this site has, the reaction to the Annihilation Wave has been the most befuddling thing. The wave in the original Annihilation series was amazingly badass wiping out entire systems, Johnny facing it alone is crazy awesome.