Seriously, comics. I go away for two days, and you let [Name of Character Who Dies in Avengers Vs. X-Men #11, Voided In Case It's A Spoiler Still] die again? Just join me under the jump so we can talk about this, okay?The death of Professor Charles Xavier is one of those things that might have had more impact if it wasn’t one of those things that keeps happening and never seems to stick; presuming that the intent this time is for it to stick, longterm readers – who, these days, are a significant portion of the audience – have been through this at least once before, and are probably already expecting there to be an out somehow (My guess? Xavier has projected his mind inside his son David’s, and will become a supporting character of sorts in the relaunched X-Men: Legacy series). It’s also something that feels somewhat less meaningful than it should given Xavier’s relative lack of prominence in the X-Books over the last few years; knowing that he was headed for the big Mansion in the sky, you’d have thought that he would have made some more appearances in recent years, coming back to a position of importance within the franchise before his big finale.
And, yet… As much as I like the character, it’s hard to fault Brian Michael Bendis’ assertion that he has more importance/value dead these days, especially when Bendis is bringing the original X-Men to the present day – Stranding them without their mentor (and with one of their number responsible for his death) is a great set-up to explore, and one that’s so logical that it only makes sense that he wouldn’t be around for the start of All-New X-Men. I find myself wondering what will happen to the rest of the characters if his death sticks and his legacy is actually explored, and find my interest in the X-Men franchise slightly rekindled as a result. Despite my traditional cynicism, could this be the big comic book death stunt that actually… gulp… works?