Robert Kirkman on Invincible #100′s death – and what it has to do with superhero comics as a whole. There are spoilers, so it’s under the jump:
I like to play with the familiar tropes of comics with “Invincible.” That’s been our motif over the last six, seven years. I think comic readers have grown a little bit tired — or at least I have, as a fan — of the whole, “Hey, the main character is going to die and we’re going to do six months worth of marketing about the fact that the main character is going to die and then at the end of that story the main character is going to die which is the thing we’ve been telling you for six months and also we’re going to bring him back in six months anyway so this whole thing was kind of ridiculous.”
I thought it would be really fun and a different way of doing things if I did the marketing and made everybody think the main character was going to die and then the main character did die — but instead of waiting six months, I brought him back in the exact same issue, so the character didn’t actually die at all.
The statement I was trying to make — and I guess it’s up to the fans to judge whether or not it worked, and maybe it didn’t — I just wanted to say you can do a monumental, series-changing issue without killing off the main character, or doing something extremely drastic. Let’s try to tell an interesting story, let’s try to do something different with the characters. Killing characters and bringing back characters has gotten to be a bit too much of a crutch in superhero comics. I thought it would be a little bit of fun to play with those tropes.
Hear hear. I’d love to see death put to bed as a fake threat for DC and especially Marvel for awhile.