I don’t read any of the titles discussed, but I enjoyed A. David Lewis’ look at portrayals of mortality in a handful of this week’s DC and Marvel superhero comics:
Refreshingly, Green Lantern #25 had something to say about mortality…kinda. That is, this issue concluded “The Sinestro War” where the Green Lanterns’ Guardians decided that lethal force was now authorized. Ring-bearers on both sides of the conflict fell by the dozens (and I found the device of having each ring whose bearer died announce its search for another to be a genuinely impressive flourish). After all is said and done — “the battle’s lost and won” — Earth’s Lanterns pause to consider the enormity of their new situation.
In all seriousness, this is what I would like to see more of. Beings of incredible power discussing how they can and should best apply those powers — what it means to take a life as well as what it means to have that easy capability. Considering that the villain’s whole plot [SPOILER ALERT] was to drive the Guardians to this new lethal measure, this dialogue is a strong and responsible conclusion to “The Sinestro War.”
Or, at least, it would have been if this hadn’t been splashed across its final page: [see “The Blackest Night” ad.
“Across the Universe, the Dead Will Rise.”
Yup, way to butcher your message, DC. We give real thought to death in wartime — now everybody’s coming back!
Lewis also considers New Avengers #25, What If? Civil War #1, Mighty Avengers #5 and (sort of) Justice League of America #15.
This is the sort of feature I wish I’d thought up. Of course, it would require me to read a bunch of blood-and-capes comics, so … never mind.