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Subj: Re: She Should Have Stayed Dead?
Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 at 02:27:34 pm EDT (Viewed 192 times)
Reply Subj: Do You Think That Betty Should Have Come Back, Or That She Should Have Stayed Dead?
Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 at 07:59:50 pm EDT (Viewed 199 times)

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I haven't really read the issue where she died, but I'm not sure if bringing her back was really necessary. She's a human character, and characters like that usually stay dead (Think of Gwen Stacy, Karen Page, etc.), so I say that she should have stayed dead. And didn't they turn her into Harpy or the Red She-Hulk after that? I also think that her coming back kind of diminishes the relationship and enmity between Bruce and Emil (The Abomination.). And Ross and Emil too, for that matter. The "Dear Betty." storyline in Hulk #24-#25 is the perfect example of the two truly having an arch-enemy relationship. Does anyone know if PAD intended for The Abomination to be her killer? I heard as much, but I'm not sure what he had planned. It certainly gave Emil a step-up. So, I would say that she should not have come back, but it seems that a lot of people weren't too happy with her dying the first place.

I think it would have been better if she had stayed dead.

Given what we know now, that editorial postscript shows who's really in charge these days when it comes to the book.

Storywise, aside from the Red She Hulk stuff (which I enjoyed, but others did not) there wasn't a lot of ways her staying would have made things fresh. We already know editorial prevented them from having a baby.

Her death would have given Bruce an opportunity to try and grieve, something he rarely does given his upbringing. It'd force him and Ross to deal with things, for better or worse. He could eventually move on, and hopefully they could have brought back Kate Waynesboro one day to shake up the book again.

The reveal that Betty was in stasis was about as an insult as PAD's Tempus Fugit was, IMO. The only real difference is the popularity of one versus the other. It's why I'm never a fan of those type reveals.

Anyways, yeah, wish she'd have remained dead, it was a poignant send off much like Jim Wilson which is rare for characters these days.

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