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James Robinson Reveals Secrets of Comics in Shocking Tell-All Interview

Written by Jude Terror on Tuesday, October 18 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

James Robinson Reveals Secrets of Comics in Shocking Tell-All Interview

According to Robinson, character deaths are meaningless stunts whose only purpose is to set up that character's return.

Source: CBR

When superstar writer James Robinson appeared on popular car insurance price aggregator and Eisner Award winning website Comic Book Resources this morning, readers were hardly expecting anything more than the typical CBR fluff interview. What they got instead was a shocking, tell-all expose on the inner workings of the comic book industry. The interview kicked off with the hardest hitting journalism, with CBR asking about the teased return of Namor, who Robinson had killed off earlier in his Squadron Supreme run:

CBR News: This latest arc, which prophesies the return of Namor might have some people looking at your initial arc of "Squadron Supreme" in a new light. Was killing Namor and bringing him back always part of your long term plan for the series?

James Robinson: I saw the reaction of "Oh my god he killed Namor!" And I'm often mystified by that particular reaction. It feels like the reaction of fans who have never read a comic book before. Because obviously Namor was never going to stay dead. I deliberately set that up as a finite death. It wasn't a case of something like an explosive blaze happened and suddenly he was gone. I beheaded him so people would wonder, "How the hell is that going to get undone?"


What?! Namor was never going to stay dead?! A major superhero publisher used a character death as little more than a performance-enhancing plot drug to spike sales and interest, never having the intention of keeping him dead and having that death make a lasting impact?! This is nearly as bad as the time back in 1998 when NBC aired the television special "Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets," shattering the widely-held belief that the sport's bouts were competitive, unscripted events!

But Robinson wasn't done. Not only did he reveal that his own character death was a sham, but he went on to make the completely outrageous claim that temporary character deaths are a common thing in the comics business:

I'm always kind of astounded when people get really angry over the deaths of characters. It's not just me it happens to either. It happens to a lot of people. I don't say this to make fun of fans, but come on guys it's comics! Characters are killed in order to bring them back.


That's right! According to these shocking revelations from James Robinson, *all* character deaths in comics are cheap publicity stunts setting up a future cheap publicity stunt when they return!

For years, we've mocked Comic Book Resources for their reliance on incestuous publisher relationships and blatant PR shilling for "Big Comics," but it looks like that must all have been a setup to gain the trust of comics professionals and exploit it with this mind-blowing interview. It's unclear at this time whether Robinson thought he was speaking "off the record," but we find it difficult to believe that a veteran like himself would be so flippant about Comics' most closely guarded secrets in public like that.

We'll keep you updated on the fallout from this shocking look behind the curtain, including any repercussions Robinson may face from his employers at Marvel for a revelation that is sure to cause massive shakeups in the already fragile industry.


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