When a character, hero or villain does something heinously evil, or socially shocking, or shown to be a lot more flawed than originally presented. The first and immediate reaction is to what? for the editors at DC, it seems to be too kill them.
When the oh so perfect Powerboy was revealed to be an obsessive, controlling, abusive psychopath, Supergirl went to town on his butt and officially ended their relationship. However shortly after that he was killed off prior to the events of Final Crisis.
Hawk (Holly Granger), shared a one night stand with Powerboy where in which she dressed up as Supergirl for him, and they had if i remember correctly some pretty aggressive sex. Now prior too that I don't recall Ms Granger being anything more than just a some what loose, and drink happy kind of gal. Hardly the worst thing a woman could turn out to be, you would think. Yet, I have to wonder was it more something to do with her bedfellows than anything else that got her the axe, and thus killed in Blackest Night.
Author Light aka Dr Light, was a career criminal. Having had killed dozens of people in his time as a professional criminal, however none of that was really noteworthy in terms of gaining him the eerie of the superhero community. It wasn't until he raped a superheroes wife, that the universe literally turned on him, and the spirit of Vengeance itself came before Dr Light and killed him. WTF? Seriously? It's a shame the Spectre doesn't exist in the real world, because boy would he be busy.
The point is, however with each of these deaths and other similar deaths, does it not cheapen, the value of the character? I mean, it sensationalizes the types of crimes that they committed in the first place but it doesn't do much for for the more serious things good or bad that they did prior.
So what do you guys think?