Comic book superhero fans love to argue. Who would win in a fight – Superman or the Hulk? What’s the best agent for size/mass change – White Dwarf fragments or Pym Particles? Does death in comics really matter?
Death in comics is one of the bigger points of contention amongst superhero fans. While characters like Obadiah Stane, Roger the Homunculus and Gwen Stacy remain in the grave, others like Superman, Mockingbird and Bucky Barnes have died and since returned. The inconsistency spurs debate amongst fans, journalists and pros alike. In worlds where metal bracelets deflect bullets and middle-class kids from Queens gain the proportionate strength of a spider, does death hold any meaning? (more…)