December 24, 2010

Ho-hum

Soccer Dad brings me word of this: 2011 is bringing a death to the 'Fantastic Four' family.

The series -- about a group of space explorers given various superpowers after being hit by cosmic rays -- began a new era for Marvel Comics, signaling the start of their wave of Silver Age characters, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man and many more.

Now, nearly 50 years later, the company has announced that the series' current story arc, "Three" -- the next-to-last issue of which hits stores Wednesday -- will result in the demise of one member of the iconic superhero team.

Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort made it crystal clear: "A core character from the series, whom you've seen in the [2005 and 2007] films, will be no more," he told CNN.

*Sigh* remember -- No. One. Cares. Anymore.

Posted by Hube at December 24, 2010 08:29 AM | TrackBack

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Oh, come on, Rhodey. After the "deaths" of Captain America, Bruce Wayne, Superman, Jean Grey (three or four times), and so on, why are you falling for this?

Posted by: art.the.nerd at December 24, 2010 11:44 AM

Um, what makes you think I am?

Posted by: Hube at December 24, 2010 11:49 AM

At one time, I think it was official Marvel policy that once a character was "officially" dead, he stayed dead. That was the policy regarding Bucky Barnes and Baron Zemo, and I think actually it was more or less adapted to apply specifically to them two characters. I say this because there were all kinds of deaths during and after this period, but it didn't take long for them to experience some kind of miraculous revival that you could see coming a mile away. Before long, of course, Bucky was revived. Was Zemo?

The most absurd thing actually is these characters have been around so long, their continued crime fighting careers have already made them the stuff of absurdity. Hell, Nick Fury would have to be all of ninety.

Posted by: ThePaganTemple at December 24, 2010 07:18 PM

By the way, does anybody remember the Green Lantern issue, when Jade was the featured Lantern, and she fought the pedophile department store Santa that molested her as a kid? I think the name of it was Ghost of Christmas Past or something like that. I was thinking of doing a post about it, but can't find a review of it. The only thing I found was a picture of the cover. I remember her forming this cool dagger out of green energy and the guy was like "gulp". HaHa That's all I remember real well, I just thought it would make for a heart-warming Christmas post.

Now I'm just curious as to why there's such a lack of information about it. Was it considered a terrible story or something?

Posted by: ThePaganTemple at December 24, 2010 07:24 PM

Briefly, changing the subject: just wanted to wish you guys at Colossus a very Merry Christmas this year, and in lieu of a Christmas Card, I'm sending you this, courtesy of the US Marines.

http://kavips.wordpress.com/2010/12/25/merry-christmas-from-afghanistan/

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: kavips at December 25, 2010 05:05 AM

By the way, I'm going out on a limb and guess the FF member being killed off is the Human Torch. Since there's a movie franchise in the works, there's probably some tortured logic at work here about the dangers of encouraging kids to play with fire, probably the same reason the Torch was not included in the old cartoon series (he was replaced by a cute little robot).

Posted by: ThePaganTemple at December 25, 2010 12:15 PM

kavips: Merry Christmas to you, too!

Posted by: Hube at December 25, 2010 03:51 PM

P.T.: Yep, Zemo was brought back. And the going bet is what you said -- the Human Torch will be the one killed.

Posted by: Hube at December 26, 2010 08:28 AM