10.05.2006

Not quite dead yet...

Part of the magic of fiction, especially comic books and cartoons, is that no one need ever stay dead. I'll list some of the resurrections writers have managed of the years, for better or worse. Can you guess the character before clicking? Be warned, that what can be seen, cannot be unseen, so click with care.

1) Beaten to death by a large artificial alien life form on a single-minded path of destruction. Later revealed to have survived in a deathlike coma, his body stored in a regeneration unit powering one of four beings impersonating him.

2) Recovered from a mysterious coma long enough to tell her superhero nephew she knew his secret and spend one last week with him. Subsequently died of a fever, presumably natural causes. It was later revealed that the woman who died was an actress altered to look like her while she was held prisoner by the bad guys.

3) Presumed to have fallen over a waterfall to his death, along with his arch nemesis, when his sidekick follows two sets of footprints and finds a note. Body is never found, and it is later revealed that he faked his death to fool his other foes.

4) In a moment of seeming defeat and uncharacteristic humility, his arch enemy, lying battered after battling an alien menace, reaches out his hand for help. When he falls for this and tries to help the villain up, the villain seemingly activates something on his armor which disintegrates them both. A few months later they turn up in another dimension where they had been teleported.

5) Fatally wounded during a decisive battle with the general of an opposing army. Body later stolen and briefly reactivated, only to end up inert once more, drifting in to a sun. Retrieved by human astronauts, unfortunately along with spores that trigger a psychological plague of hate. Restored to full function once more by a member of the race which created his kind.

6) Pilots a small craft with explosive charges into an alien construct on the verge of destroying a planet. Perishes when his enemy rigs the craft so he cannot escape before a huge explosion. Adrift without a body, one of his allies later finds a blank new body and telepathically guides his essence into it.

7) Plummets to his death in icy waters while disarming a Nazi bomb plane. Cold water interacts with serum in his blood stream, freezing him in a state of suspended animation until an amphibious prince finds him being worshipped by eskimos, and hurls the block of ice into warmer waters where it thaws, only to be retrieved by a team of superheroes he will soon lead

8) Beheaded by a powerful sword wielded by one of his foes. Later revealed to be an alien brain residing in the stomach portion of a humanoid simulacrum, and thus still alive.

9) Body cremated after injecting himself with a lethal cure for a virus that would kill him but save others. Later revealed that an alien switched his body with a clone at the time of his death, and revived him while his double was cremated. Kept prisoner for research purposes until teammates discovered the truth.

10) Bled to death after arms removed in an attempt by an enemy to retrieve powerful weapons that could only be removed upon his passing. Consciousness preserved in an energy form sponsored by a cosmic being, long enough to defeat his enemy, reattach his arms, and reenter his body, redesigning his costume in the process.

I’ll stop at ten for now, but who knows? This concept might not really be dead...

7 Comments:

Blogger b13 said...

After a year or so of the Spiderman Clone series I gave up on comics :( but I bought a house :)

10/05/2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger MCF said...

I imagine the Clone Saga to be a common breaking point for Marvel collectors around our age. It led me to drop all the Spidey books I was buying, and I continued buying Avengers and X-men up until the Onslaught crap a few months later that removed all the mainstream heroes to the Heroes Reborn universe, as an excuse to bring back Liefeld(bad idea) and Lee(better idea). Then I stopped completely and started spending all my money on my girlfriend.

I don't know if that was the right call or not. I still have my comics....

10/05/2006 11:43 AM  
Blogger Kev said...

I got 1, 5, and 7. 6 was on the tip of my tongue - I knew I recognized it - but couldn't quite place it...

10/05/2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

Only one, but since I wasn't a comic book kind of guy, I'm proud.

10/05/2006 8:02 PM  
Blogger Otis said...

I'm not sure which is worse for killing characters off, comic books or soap operas.

10/05/2006 10:38 PM  
Blogger The Unseen One said...

Be warned, that what can be seen, cannot be unseen

Oh, I beg to differ. ;)

10/06/2006 8:16 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

I got most of the Marvel ones. I didn't get Quasar... the main thing I associated with him dying was with the Ultimate Nullifier basically blowing up in his hands during the Infinity War. I don't know a lot about Quasar, though.

I get tired of them killing off and bringing back characters left and right. Just kill a few off and leave 'em dead, for Pete's sake. It's not like we're really going to miss, for instance, Hawkeye. In the current Annihilation storyline they just killed off the Super Skrull, and I hope they leave him dead because... well, just because Super Skrull sucks! He looks stupid. Make somebody's death stick, damn it, even if it's just this moron. Otherwise killing off a character is meaningless!

I'm not even sure if they'll make the current deal with Spider-Man being unmasked stick for very long. I think it's a good idea and they should explore it, but comic book readers often respond terribly to change, so I look for Reid Richards to restore Peter Parker's secret identity with a Fantastic Selective Memory Erasing Gadget by the end of the current Civil War storyline.

And, yes, I still buy and read comics. No, I won't stop. Yes, I know I should. No, I don't care.

10/06/2006 3:30 PM  

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