Comic book deaths/resurrections always make me laugh.
Poor comic book characters. I think everyones died at least once by now.
Pull list: Amazing Spider-Man, Deadpool, Scarlet Spider, Defenders, Uncanny X-Force, JiM, W&TXM, Swamp Thing, i Vampire, Adventure Time, Snarked, Avengers vs X-Men
The big question is: would Marvel and DC have the balls to kill those characters again? Like Captain America or Superman?
Or will we eventually see an end to the whole "death/resurrection" thing?
Iron Man died at the end of the Crossing, he sacrificed himself because of the three women he murdered while under the influence of Kang/Immortus. There was an alternate universe teen Tony who took his place but after Heroes Reborn Franklin Richards brought back the original Tony with all his memories.
Minor character here but Ariel was blown up by a missile strike on the car she was in in X men Legacy #235. She returned in Legacy #259 after it was revealed she was stuck in limbo after teleporting through the car door but sort of got blew up at the same time.
Good idea for a thread.
A few others that come to mind are from the "supporting character" set. Those folks often stay dead awhile:
Sharon Carter (sacrificed herself on a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission in the 1970s and returned during Waid's run in the mid-1990s when it was revealed that she faked her own death)
Aunt May (died in hosptial and came back a year or so later after it was revealed she never died but was held hostage)
Mary Jane Watson (died in a plane crash, but like Aunt May was really held hostage)
Betty Ross (dead for a decade before being resurrected)
Happy Hogan died during Civil War, is he back yet?
Then there is the other sub-genre of series ending deaths:
You already got Hawkeye, Ant-man, and The Vision. We could add the famous death by Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) at the end of her series after a battle with Morgan Le Fay in which her body died while she was in Astral form. She later returned in the Avengers. I forget how.
And the slightly less famous Iron Fist death at the end of Power Man and Iron Fist. He died of cancer, but it was later revealed in the pages of Namor that was only a doppleganger.
Another sub-genre of reversible deaths is the "pointless death." The Alpha Flights, which you noted, fit in that category. You rightly ignored onslaught because we knew the folks weren't really dead, and ignored the infinity gauntlet deaths because they were reversed in the same story. But we could add the New Warriors who have returned since civil war. I know that Namorita returned when Nova found her off in space. I think she was at the "fault." Blackbolt may have been there too, and he certainly came back recently after his death in War of Kings.
Last edited by Corey W; 04-17-2012 at 03:33 PM.
I know if I were a Marvel writer I would be sorely tempted to revive a character, likely a bit-part character killed off to show how badass the new villain is, like, say, Network, without any explanation whatsoever as a way of mocking unexplained resurrections. Like, the character would be there and be a part of the cast, but every time she showed up another character would point out how little sense it makes for her to be alive. I might end up revealing how it happened if the joke started to get old, though.
Jack Of Hearts
Sadly the one character that hasn't returned and probably should remain the definitive death in the MU.......
Last edited by Sabrewulf; 04-17-2012 at 04:11 PM.
Almost everyone on Earth has died. Baron Mordo caused the whole world to go made and the planet got destroyed in Dr. Strange #12. Strange was the sole survivor, but he convinced Eternity to recreate Earth - not undo the destruction, make a copy. And since Strange has died and come back (something he confirms to Rick Jones in Incredible Hulk #399: Rick "People come back from the dead all the time. I mean, I've come back from the dead. I bet you have too!", Strange "Well ... Yes, I have. But I AM a professional."), that means everyone on Earth has died, bar children born since Eternity recreated the planet.
I think one way to make all of this less ridiculous would be for Marvel to actually come up with an excuse for the multitude of resurrections.
For instance...Roma could say that the heroes of Earth were chosen by her...or some equivalent cosmic-magic entity. And that, precisely because of that, they are special beings and they don't always follow the same rules as regular people. And that she had a finger on all of these resurrections.
That could also explain how some characters got their powers in their fist place. It would make a lot more sense than the "random accident" excuse (Ex: Daredevil getting his powers because he was hit by some radioactive liquid).
Marvel feel free to use this. You don't have to pay me or anything.
Mister Fantastic and Dr. Doom both died when Doom exploded his armor during a fight in the '90s. Turned out that they were in some kind of dimension or something. I know you have Reed there but not Doom. Colossus died to find a cure for the legacy virus but was brought back...somehow that I still don't understand. Wolverine was killed by Death but it turned out ot be Skrullerine that was killed. Multiple Man died when Haven was trying to cure him from the legacy virus. Not sure how he came back. Magik, Cypher and Warlock have all died but came back as well.