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King Zeal

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Smithville Thunderbolt

Subj: Re: Superboy?
Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 08:18:11 am CDT
Reply Subj: Re: Superboy?
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 at 12:09:34 pm CST

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> But both of these are intended to be realistic.
>
> Comic books are not.

Well, the reality is that the creators today are trying for a realistic approach (though sometimes to a fault I think). Many creators today are novelists and screenwriters, and they apply the same methods to their comic writing as they do to their other work.

> Comic books are not novels or movies. I'd like to have one safe place.

That's certainly understandable, and my suggestion is the get the DC books based on the animated properties. There is certainly no shortage of them. Over on the Marvel side, I highly recommend the Marvel Adventures line. You'll get good stories without death or excessive violence. And of course, there is always Silver Age collections.


> > But both of these are intended to be realistic.
> >
> > Comic books are not.
>
> Well, the reality is that the creators today are trying for a realistic approach (though sometimes to a fault I think). Many creators today are novelists and screenwriters, and they apply the same methods to their comic writing as they do to their other work.
>
> > Comic books are not novels or movies. I'd like to have one safe place.
>
> That's certainly understandable, and my suggestion is the get the DC books based on the animated properties. There is certainly no shortage of them. Over on the Marvel side, I highly recommend the Marvel Adventures line. You'll get good stories without death or excessive violence. And of course, there is always Silver Age collections.
>

I have different reason for hating death in comics. Right now, I happen to have the misfortune of having my favorite DC character (Kon-El) and my favorite Marvel character (Steve Rogers) dead. These are two characters that I have spent years of my life reading, and still find myself enjoying their adventures, even if the writing isn't great all the time.

I personally find it insulting when a character gets killed because "there's no more stories to tell". That's ridiculous. Hal Jordan just took part in a wonderful storyline. (Sinestro Corps War) The X-Men just renewed interest in their exploits with "Messiah Complex", and Kurt Busiek's Superman is an enjoyable read. The idea that the characters have no more stories is utterly stupid. It's the writers who don't have anymore stories.

Death in comics is a curse. For example, even if a writer came up with a good story to tell about Kon-El, he can't. If DC doesn't keep him dead for a while, his sacrifice meant nothing. And when they do bring him back, they have to spend time explaining his return rather than just telling the story. And since everyone knows that comic book death is seldom permanent, what's the point in dramatically killing off a character anymore?


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