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Terry M (Ditko Fan)

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PostSubject: CNN defends gimmicky Death stunts and reboots   Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:43 pm

You could probably make the argument that gimmicky or stunt death stories happened all the time in old comics, but in the old days by the end of the issue everything was back to normal. Nowadays a year or so is pretty standard.

My problem is that if every character goes through the same gimmicky year or so, long death experience won't homogenize the characters? If they all take turns dying, only to return. What can truly be said about the experience. Isn't that what everyone complained about the DC universe back in the silver age? They were all the same square jawed do-gooders? Now the personalities are not necessarily the same it's just the stories that are.

Or is this just a latter day development to Joseph Campbell's monomyth, adapted to account for the seemingly endless serials that comics are despite the reboots. The comic book answer to the hero's journey having an ending used to be the imaginary future tale, or later called the elseworlds tale at DC. But now it would seem it's devolved into just another similar challenge, that even heroes of the same pantheon's must share, the hero with a thousand faces, is now the hero with a thousand deaths in comics .

Deaths, hookups, reboots: Why comics thrive on dramatic twists
By Henry Hanks, CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/13/showbiz/comics-plot-twists/?hpt=en_c1
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PostSubject: Re: CNN defends gimmicky Death stunts and reboots   Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:37 pm

Ditko Fan TPM wrote:
You could probably make the argument that gimmicky or stunt death stories happened all the time in old comics,

Yep, they had to start qualifying all the hyperbole with, “Not a Dream! Not A Hoax! Not An Imaginary Story!"
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