Handling Deaths Properly In Comics


It’s nothing new that readers have a problem with handling most deaths in the comics they read. But there are books out there which take the idea of it and make it something either meaningful or entertaining. (possible spoilers)

Now the biggest issue we have here is when a death can’t be accepted when it is one that you are attached to. Now we all know that no death is really permanent unless that death really has a purpose to serve, so it’s something you can pass off or actually react to. But the question is how you react to it. Some deaths are for shock value, some really have meaning and leaves a lasting impression on the direction of a story. Now we also know

Avengers Academy, these youngsters aren’t just killing each other, and not all killed die as monsters. This book questions what line you will cross to stay alive, what it takes to be a hero, and how easy it is to kill when that’s the only option. While these are still your favorite heroes lives on the line, nothing has changed as to their demeanor or who they were before they stepped into this game. Even in their dying breathe they can be more than what can be expected from them. The Deadpool Killology has been nothing but slaughter and Deadpool doing what he does best. Sure it may be more spectacle than substance, but that is the point and why it is so entertaining. It takes the best part of Deadpool and makes something which keeps you at the edge of your seat.


Suicide Squad makes a story which makes death shocking yet meaningless all at the same time. A team of expendable cons who put their lives on the line for the shot at getting back to their lives earlier than their sentencing. Twist being that they aren’t to die, they are brought back and forced to serve their service as a part of the team. This is death, but something that has shock value in which you find thrilling. Over-the-top, yes, but that’s what they deliver on. Then you have those like Damian Wayne’s death, sad yet even as a kid he died a hero that he aspired to be. Nothing wrong with that and something you can’t take from him.

death of spider-man

When handled correctly death in comics isn’t something you have to be angered about. Not everything is just losing another life, it’s about how that person died. Not the manner, but what that person died as. Peter, both Peters of Ultimate and 616 died as heroes that you could only admire. You can make the though thrilling, meaningful, playful, it never has to be as bad as you think it is. Never just on the surface does it always have to be the hero or character you grew up with being spat on. They are who they are and to be put in a position where their lives are in danger is what they signed up for. Being a hero is their occupational hazard. Progress calls for progress, and death is just another step.

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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