No Right Explanation

No Right Explanation
Why Death Is Dead

Firefilm | 13 Aug 2012 14:09
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Last week, the guys debated which superhero had the best death, and this week they continue the debate in print for your reading enjoyment.

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Chris: Some days I feel really bad about "cheating" when it comes to No Right Answer. This is not one of those days. Oddly, when the three of us, those being myself, Kyle, and Dan, sat down and hammered out some episode ideas, I had no clue that we'd end up doing an episode about the worst superhero death. More surprisingly, I had no clue that I'd be representing Knightfall before the day was done. Part of this was because I was 100% in Death of Superman's court as, without a doubt, it is one of the most anti-climactic and shoddily written pieces of comic book fiction ever. I'm surprised there weren't more slips in the episode as half way through I swear I forgot which side I was on. I blame Kyle entirely for this since he was going to take Knightfall and then switched before the camera went on.

So let's talk about other horrible superhero deaths, shall we? A lot of people were super quick to point out that Captain America's death at the end of Civil War was the worst, but to that all I can say is, meh, I thought it was good. I also liked how Bucky came back and what's been done with him in the current Captain America books, at least through Dark Avengers (that's about as far as I've gotten in current Marvel continuity). When Cap died, essentially using his last act before the special time gun was fired into his gut to save someone else from getting shot? Yeah, that hit a sweet spot for me.

A lot of other commenters mentioned Batman's actual death at the very end of Final Crisis, a book that's not worth your time to really find fault with since it's so convoluted and bonkers that it hurts to read ... though what was I supposed to expect from a DC Crisis book? Spoilers: They're all garbage. I shall now allow for angry comments for the next paragraph.

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Okay, glad we got those out of the way. Let's talk Jean Grey, yeah? Loved her first death at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga. That's the book that made me a fan of the Uncanny X-Men in the first place, so you're not going to make me say anything negative about the whole thing. I haven't read much about her numerous rebirths and subsequent deaths though, so I'm just not able to form an opinion, though the fact that her name is Phoenix should probably disqualify any anger in that department.

I'm not sure if A Death in the Family was brought up much if at all to the extent that I expected since that would have been my choice to go against Death of Superman, assuming Kyle hadn't confused the hell out of me at the last second (sorry Kyle, I'm being unnecessarily pissy. I'll make up for it later). The death of Jason Todd after The Joker realized his weaknesses were crowbars and explosions (and poor issue sales) isn't exceptionally bad as the death is pretty brutal. It's the immediate aftermath that bugs me, plus the incredibly mind-screwing retcon of "Superboy Prime punches time" to fix everything. Guh, that's an episode for a different day.

It doesn't look like we'll be doing an episode on the Best Superhero Death for a while though since I'd either have to go super obscure, or I'd just piss everyone off with my blind love of Captain America (cradle me in your arms, Chris Evans). Assume until further notice that your choice in that non-existent debate is the only correct one and I think we'll all be happier for it.

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