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It’s not a matter of if, it’s when.
It’s not a matter of when, it’s a matter of how many times and how each death of a major character in a big comic book event becames more meaningless.
Same rules apply to minor characters as well. The True Death of Aunt May – I’m still waiting.
They deaged her! So, I don’t think she’s going to die old age any time soon. :p Which, I actually like. I never understood why they made her so old to begin with.
I’m still waiting for Betty White Origins
Sadly, gutters webcomic only parodied things.
We used to have a saying some time ago that in US mainstream comic books there were only 3 deaths that stuck. Of those only Uncle Ben remains dead today, as Bucky and Jason Todd managed to come back. I guess it is the nature of the US comics model, and I do not mind that much if it makes sense and it does not cheapens a story. I say Jean Grey can come back 100 times and it will still make sense because that is what Phoenixes do, but the (actual) return of Barry cheapened his sacrifice and left a very sour taste.
In several universes (e.g. Earth-982), Ben Parker is alife (and from another universe, Earth-3145).
Comic books are just soap operas. That said, no one really wants to see the super hero die and stay dead.
I know there’s some comics I won’t pick up with a new character in the mask. It might be okay as a temp storyline, but Peter is always Spider-Man, Bruce is always Batman…etc…etc.
Of course, this may only matter to people’s favorites. :p However, I do know I loved Ultimate Spider-Man until Miles took over, then I stopped reading…and hoped one of his clones (maybe even Spider-Woman) took over.
I don’t know about that, remember how Jason Todd died? He died by a democratic process…and an explosion also.
It was actually later found out there as “voting fraud” regarding the Jason Todd vote, but it was too late for DC to do anything about it. One asshole called the voting number several hundred times despite how much money each call cost (50 cents per call, meaning the caller spent over $150 tipping the vote in favor of getting Todd killed).
Their like soap operas but they star “little flying men” and somehow manage to be more realistic
The sad part is no one seems to notice the death of a fairly well known and major super-hero that’s stuck all this time: Captain Mar-Vell. His death in the graphic novel has never been undone, his ghost has shown up a few times (such as when Thanos used the Reality Gem to briefly bring him back to life then sent him back) but he’s never been brought back in truth.
I was about to post about Mar-Vell. Only actual Superhero to stay dead since his first death and it wasn’t a “glorious death”, It was the Big C.
“The Death of Captain Marvel” was, in my opinion, the birth of the Graphic Novel.
“kinda takes *away*”…
So you guys make a “hero back from the dead” joke on the same day as Supervillainous? What are the odds…
On the same day as what?
Meh, “capes never stay dead” is pretty much a staple of super hero humor, so it doesn’t seem that odd.
And that’s one of the reasons villains stay out of jail for killing a cape.
I refuse to believe this is in continuity with the rest of this comic.
Someone with competence? Nonsense.
Competence questionable, but she has a nice butt.
Competence is relative.
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”
Well, at least she has some common sense and is NOT as incompetent as the other supers.
Must be hard to be her in that town.
She could be named ironically. Or she might have named herself that as a result of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Maybe it is a case similar to that of girls named ‘Chastity’?
Or Bestiality Carter*
*Well, it’s like this … The Carter parents were a quiet and respectable Lancre family who got into a bit of a mix-up when it came to naming their children. First, they had four daughters, who were christened Hope, Chastity, Prudence, and Charity, because naming girls after virtues is an ancient and unremarkable tradition. Then, their first son was born, and out of some misplaced idea about how this naming business was done, he was called Anger Carter, followed later by Jealousy Carter, Bestiality Carter, and Covetousness Carter. Life being what it is, Hope turned out to be a depressive, Chastity was enjoying a life as a lady of negotiable affection in Ankh-Morpork, Prudence had thirteen children, and Charity expected to get a dollar’s change out of seventy-five pence — whereas the boys had grown into amiable, well-tempered men, and Bestiality Carter was, for example, very kind to animals.
-Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies, p. 75, footnote
If Odin is in this universe, how about Zeus…
Well, the Spank seems to be pretty competent. At least we’ve seen him actually capturing bad guys. And Gyrognome isn’t incompetent, just mean and obnoxious.
Flying helmet guy
Well there ARE competent heroes in the comic who save the day, the focus though is on the far less competent ones generally (like Mystery Men).
Competent people doing a job make for a boring story. Better to tell the tales of less than competent, emotionally scared asshats.
I wouldn’t say that, plenty of entertaining stories exist about competent people it’s just THIS comic focuses on the characters that are often never seen or only seen to quickly be killed off or told to stop being heroes by the more competent protagonists.
I wouldn’t call the more competent people protagonists. They’re just other characters. Some of them could potentially be considered antagonists, along with the villains.
A protagonist is the focus of the narrative, the force that drives the story. Just because someone is a hero, that doesn’t mean that the character is a protagonist. Hell, in Macbeth, the protagonist is Macbeth, who is definitely a villain. Macduff, the ultimate antagonist, is the good guy.
Don’t forget that the Super Villains here do less damage than the so-called heroes, and an invader villain is a very capable and competent Mayor.
And hell, some of the heroes, like Asstronomus, are bigger assholes than some of the villains.
That’s because like in real life the heroes run the range of possibilities and not every person in a ‘help others’ profession is friendly, kind, courteous, etc. some are jerks (just look how many jerk doctors we have on TV, and that’s not even counting Emperor Jerk House).
Forget jerk doctors on TV. My wife has been seriously sexually harassed by three guys in her life. All three of them were surgeons. They do important work, but a huge percentage of surgeons are complete assholes.
Or like in Worm, have competent heros AND villains.
Heh, not quite as subtle as the last resurrection joke. There was one a year or two ago. Two heroes sitting in a bar, talking about how horrible it was losing some teammate.
“So, what are you doing this week?”
Going bowling with that teammate.
It would be a pain in the ass to find in the archives, though, since it was a one-shot.
It was on Jan 29, 2015, and called “Grieving”
That’s the one. Cool. Thanks.
So I’m assuming her superpower is to be a bit more competent then all the other superheroes in this city? I guess that would make a difference
I’m sure there are plenty of competent super heroes. The comic just doesn’t focus on them, since they’re boring.
The Spank, Mary Sue, Arachnidude, Flying Fox Man, & The Banana seem pretty competent
Flying Fox Man is the only one I would really count. You could add in Alex, though. She seems fairly competent, even if she’s fairly new to this. Her caper with Eva was her first.
Alex is fleshed out sufficiently to be a main character in her own right by now. Hopefully we’ll see more of her. It would make sense for her to start hanging out around the LoSRH headquarters, since she’s already stayed the night a couple of times onscreen. Mary Sue has been seen in the house a few times, and Alex has a bit more to contribute to the story, I think. If Laser Pony gets to have his girlfriend stay the night regularly, there’s no reason Eva shouldn’t get to have the same … even if Good Girl will probably continue to call it “having a slumber party.”
… and I won’t detail where my mind went, after briefly contemplating the three-way pillow fights. My mind generates its own fan-service.
The Spank and the Banana are just very infrequent joke sources, not people that tie into any real stories. Besides, we’ve never actually seen them do anything. We’re mostly just assuming competence because of a lack of evidence to the contrary.
Arachno-Dude is just one of the guys in the bar who hang out with Laser Pony from time to time. Mary Sue is really just attached to Laser Pony, not someone who goes off and does stuff on her own.
Well, there’s the declaration that The Banana is one of the best supers in Shitropolis, in that one newspaper article. I guess we can assume that he rarely screws up, based upon that. He’s made very few appearances, though, since he’s just a single joke with no depth.
Heck, by just not going… well… bananas, like the rest of the guys on property damage, he can certainly be called an above average hero.
True. How many blimps has The Banana accounted for?
It would be quite devious if competence revealed she can come back from the dead anyway, but kept that fact secret so her companion can use that hidden potential he thought he could never muster, because it was a all in preparation when he gets recruited after the credits…
Judging from that guy’s symbol I’m guessing he made a “deal” with that what shall not be named, but know this “hero”
ELOO LV ZDWFKLQJ
The “Revolving Door in Comic Hell” strikes again..
With uncle Ben as the greeter.
And Nicholas Fury as the Chauffer.
Nicholas Fury died?
“I’m sure it was all part of her plan. She’s just that competent…”
Am I the only one that thinks, the price she paid for her resurrection was a cup size?
Yep, thst’s the “health indicator” for female heroes.
Wonder how it is for the male counterpart, one inch less per ressurection maybe.
Death is cheap, which is a good thing because funerals are jolly expensive.
Sadly I have to agree on that.
death being cheap only means you get more funerals, so I dunno if it’s a good thing.
It is is you are a funeral director.
Basically Marvel in a nutshell.
But hey, at least it’s not “Akame ga Kill”.
What? Everything was a dream?
Ugh. I’m on a public computer and it won’t allow me to get to the next page. Censorship strikes again. (This is why I prefer books.)
Hmm, that computer has a content filter for furries puking up hairballs?
Why is his chest logo an eye of providence? Is he Illuminati Man?
In a city like Shitropolis, there must be at least two dozen Illuminati factions vying for control.
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