BREAKING: Marvel Pretends Character Death Is News

By Rob Bricken in Comics
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:22 am
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I'm so irritated that I have to report on this, as it's pretty much the least surprising thing ever. But no, the New York Daily News is reporting it, so all the nerd sites are reporting it, and I'll be the one who looks like the asshole if I don't mention it despite the fact that -- no, wait. This is a spoiler for Avengers Vs. X-Men #11, which comes out today, so I'll put it  allafter the jump. (Via Comic Book Resources)

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OH SHIT PROFESSOR X IS DEAD AGAIN FOR LIKE THE 80TH TIME WELL FUCK ME WITH NIGHTCRAWLER'S TAIL IF THAT DON'T BEAT ALL

It doesn't. It beats nothing. Professor X dies (or seemingly dies) almost as much as Jean Grey. It's not even a plot point anymore. It's goddamn Kenny from South Park. Here's how Marvel is pretending this death is slightly more interesting than all the other times he's died:

• Because Cyclops, as a member of the Phoneix Force, kills him. "He needed to be the casualty in this story. There's no more oh-sh-- moment that you can bring than having a son killing his father," said Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.
• Because it's going to "last," apparently. "This is about as serious and lasting a death as you're apt to get in one of these," said Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.
• Because Professor X is complete unnecessary nowadays anyways. "He was this thing that was just floating around the X-books, with not the same amount of gravitas that he once had," said writer Brian Michael Bendis.

I respect Bendis for admitting that Professor X is hardly necessary when 9/10th of the world's mutants are all grown up, but seriously, fuck this "news." Tell you what: If Chuck is still dead in five years, that will be worth reporting. Call the Daily News then.

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