Resurrection is a Wonderful Idea
August 8, 2005
By Avi Green
I canít understand why some comics readers are so
fussy about characters being brought back to life, especially if
they complained about their being put to death in the first place!
This is something Iíve noticed in a few places, and while it may be
only a minor bunch that seems to do that, I must say that Iím really
surprised. I mean, for heavenís sake, as they themselves sometimes
say, itís only comics!
(Quite a few PC-advocates seem to exploit the argument of ďitís only
entertainmentĒ for the purpose of trying to delegitimize arguments
of anyone who protests against discrimination in comics, and then go
along and throw it away when it comes to their own personal
positions! Not very clever, eh?)
And whatever the no-resurrections crowd, which is similar in some
ways to the no-Mary Jane Watson crowd (and may even be comprised of
the same people! If so, look out!), I just want to say here and now
that Iím glad that itís possible to do resurrections, and that some
that Iíd be very happy if they were done, were.
For example, Psylocke. Her death was unfairly mandated by the Joe
Quesada/Bill Jemas regime, which tricked Chris Claremont into
ďkilling her offĒ before he even realized what they were up to at
Psylocke is Betsy Braddock, twin sister of the former (?) Captain
Britain, Brian Braddock. She first began as a simple white girl with
blonde hair in 1976, then, in the mid-1980s, she was turned into an
Asian girl with brunette hair, the result of an experiment run by
Spiral, who had captured both her and a Chinese ninja named Kwannon,
mistress of a leader of one of the members of the Hand, the ninja
group Daredevil and Elektra trained with, in which both girls had
their body essences switched with one another, and were then
brainwashed into serving the enemy. But they both broke free of
their brainwashing, and turned on the captors, and went back to the
good side again, serving with the X-Men as Psylocke did before, and
Kwannon to join as a reserve member, if anything, under the codename
Some people have argued that the
history of the character is very complicated. But personally, I
wouldnít let it concern me a bit. Because considering that this is
the day and the age of the internet, is it really that hard to
research the characters, and, if entertainment is the main reason we
read comic books, well then, does it matter that much?
I think not.
So Iím very glad that Marvel came to their senses on that, if
anything, ditto Colossus, who was brought back in Astonishing X-Men
a few months earlier. The X-Menís strongman deserved much better
than to be offed solely for the purpose of trying to ďproveĒ that
Marvel can make a convincing death in comic books, when a better
question might be: is anyone really asking for characters to be
And the best answer I have to that is: I donít think so.
If what the public is looking for is simple
entertainment, why should they want anyone to die? Thatís not what
entertainment is all about.
And Iím also glad that, while Iím not happy with the circumstances
through which Donna Troy and Lilith Clay were offed in 2003 in
Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day, Iím certainly glad that they
too are being brought back from their undeserved and needless
deaths. And you know what that means?
It means that, if Donna and Lilith can return, so can Sue Dibny, and
Jean Loring can be exonerated from that obscene frame-up in Identity
Crisis. And likewise, even Agatha Harkness, Hawkeye, and the Vision
will return, as will even Mockingbird, and Scarlet Witch will be
exonerated too. In fact, Peter
Sanderson once said it this way on IGN:
ďIt took nearly two decades, but
finally Supergirl's death has effectively been undone. (Any bets
on how long it will take to reverse the damage done to Sue Dibny
and Jean Loring in Identity Crisis?)Ē
And, towards the end of column #75:
ďYet today, even as the Creepy and
Cynical movement in comics snuffs and degrades yet more
longrunning characters, there are signs of a new appreciation of
the superhero genre's classic traditions. Hal Jordan was turned
evil, then dead, and then into the Spectre, as DC compounded
each mistake with another, yet now, in Geoff Johns' Green
Lantern: Rebirth, Hal Jordan is back, alive, as the Silver Age
Green Lantern. Jeph Loeb has in effect resurrected Supergirl,
making her demise in Crisis not so much a landmark but an
come full circle, the third point I made to CBS News about the
replacement of Bugs Bunny with Buzz Bunny is this: it won't
last. For all I know, Loonatics may be a hit for a year or two,
since it feeds off current trends, like the popularity of
superhero movies, the booming American infatuation with anime
and manga, and so forth. But what if these trends prove to be
merely fads? Tiny Toon Adventures was a variant on Looney Tunes,
and it was actually successful and good, but it has faded from
Sanderson is absolutely correct. Mainly because: not
only are many of these shock value deaths are becoming worse and
worse in their execution, but to leave the characters dead/villified
and thatís that only makes it worse. Not to mention that, by just
keeping on with all of these silly deaths just destroys credibility
of the companies and makes it seem as if theyíre uninterested in
developing the characters, which would be far more welcome than
killing them off, or turning them into villains, another cheap idea
that some would-be comic writers seem to do, because evil is
supposedly more interesting, and easier to depict the characters as.
Not so. It is quite possible to make goodness interesting and to
depict the goodies very well indeed without even killing them off,
if thereís a talented writer involved, and if the company provides
the right freedom to do so. Of course, itís not just the publishing
companies that are the problem. Even readers who side with the
pessimistic option are, and the reason why good and life arenít
interesting to them is becauseÖthey donít want it to be.
I really wish therefore that readers who seem to have a pessimistís
viewpoint would please try to understand that itís just what they
themselves say it is, that being comics, and that goodness and life
can be just as interesting, even more so, than death and evil. But
then, who knows, maybe in time, they will.
Farewell to the Lionís DenÖfor now
This is to be the last entry on my Lionís Den website for now. Not
forever, so I guess you could say that Iíll just be going on hiatus
for awhile, but for now, I feel the need to take a rest from this
part of my freelance career in writing and deal with some
Ever since when I first began to build websites three years ago,
beginning first with Geocities as the place where I first
established this site, Iíve really enjoyed it very much, writing
away, and realizing in time that I wasnít the only one. Even Arthur Chrenkoff, the
Australian blogger, as I learned, loves writing too, and man, does
he have some very good stuff in his turn too.
I suppose I may try some blogging myself too for a time. But Iíll
never abandon the amazing world of web-building, thatís for sure.
While Iíve never specialized in serious bells and whistles, I can
say this: Iíve really enjoyed what Iíve learned, and Iím going to
keep on trying. You can be quite sure of that. Iíve already built at
least three comic book fansites, as a matter of fact, and I intend
to make sure to keep going with those too.
And if thereís something that I learned over the years, itís that,
while I may have enjoyed reading the works of people like ďCaptain
ComicsĒ years ago, that doesnít mean that I should be relying on
them alone for things like good comics opinions and coverage. Nope,
itís the internet and the blogosphere that I should.
And now that I think back on it, it wasnít Captain Comics that
helped me to really appreciate comic books for what they were,
whether from DC, Marvel, or even the sadly short-lived CrossGen, nor
in fact was it Paperback Reader or Hero Realm either. Rather and
quite the opposite:
It was me.
When comic books stores began to
open up better in Israel in the past few years, and I was able to
get myself both pamphlets and trades more easily, and to check out
all the wonderous, amazing stuff produced over the years more
clearly, I realized then and there that, even if they were
well-meaning in what they said, and even if they lauded good stuff
in what they wrote, Captain Comics, especially Captain Comics,
simply didnít do the stuff he/they talked about justice.
Reading all those great pamphlets both old and new, and also the
trades, plenty of which I've even reviewed right here on this
website, I realized that the best of the best was even better than
what they said, and that, most importantly of all, and something
that they didnít even mention, was that it was done with a heart and
sincerity, something lacking in a lot of comic books today.
And thatís why, when it comes to comics coverage today, thatís why,
simply put, it is the internet and the blogosphere that should be
relied upon, not just simply ďmainstreamĒ media services. Nope, itís
the discussions of the simple members of the comic-loving public who
should be. Because they can know what it is that makes comics work.
I also got to give my thanks to Somee
Web Hosting, whose services were by far the best of any free
web service Iíve ever hosted my website on when I moved from
Geocities to bigger webhosting services. Of all the ones Iíve been
with, theyíve lasted the longest, and theyíve had some of the best
support staff, and the best online webmastersí resources too.
And I certainly hope that theyíll last for many years to come as a
webhosting service, free and/or paid. I found their services to be
among the best Iíve come across, and for that, Iíve got to recommend
their services to many others as well.
So for now, I guess itís time to conclude, until the next time when
I do hope to make a return to webmastering. And when I do, who
knows, maybe I will have to give the really advanced forms of
webmastering a try.
So good luck, and godspeed to everyone reading, and let us hope for
the best in the world of comics, and that we can really help to
shape their future for the better. And, if there's any really great
way that I could sign off, here, it's with this cool picture of
Donna Troy and the many lives she's had in the DCU.
Copyright 2005 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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