I thought so.
This is all part of yet another comic book event (or stunt) and showcases the absolute failure of most comic book writers. Not only that, it’s been done before, with Peter Parker no less, and it’s old news.
I think that writers and comic book companies should have a set of rules to follow when they decide to kill off a character. And since I’ve suggested it, I might as well provide the rules.
So here they are:
The Writer’s Rules for Killing Off A Fictional Character
1. Don’t kill off a character unless you intend to keep that character dead. If you still think it’s a good idea, think about why you created that character in the first place, what role they fill, and what will be lost when they are gone forever. You cannot bring them back! Doing that cheapens the death and dilutes your brand.
2. If you want to kill off a character, and then revive them for the purposes of a story, pre-plan the conclusion in advance. The “death” must be used as a plot device to supplement your own original ideas, not as the only plot point, or overarching theme of the story. It’s been done too many times to ever be original. More importantly, you must not advertise your story as “The Death of a Character” if you know they are coming back. Readers don’t like being lied to.
3. If you still want to kill off a character off, advertise it as “The Death of a Character” and then bring them back as part of a marketing stunt, think up a better story and win over readers with quality writing. If you can’t think up a story that doesn’t involve a marketing event, you are not yet ready to write original fiction.