- Posted by Johanna on March 15, 2007 at 7:24 am
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
I haven’t been paying much attention to Marvel’s Civil War story, because I’m not interested in this type of mega-crossover superhero event, and I was disappointed by how badly an intriguing premise was wasted. These days, I find it significant only for what it says about how comic business is currently done, especially the interactions between publisher, distributor, and retail outlets.
So I was surprised, when flipping through one of the “oh, darn, we ran out of space, let’s put out another one-shot to tie up loose ends” comics, to find something I could agree with the writer, Brian Bendis, on.
Yep, that’s Iron Man saying “It wasn’t worth it.” I know that the writer is attempting to bring some emotional weight to the much-promoted death of a major character, and I feel sort of scuzzy repurposing his work, because inside the fictional universe, I agree with Iron Man. But I couldn’t resist — since it sums up the burnt, jaded feeling that so often accompanies such a major superhero comic promotion.
Creators and companies are much better at the launch and middle of such things than they are at endings… and it’s a side effect of the serial format they’re wedded to, that you don’t ever want the ride to stop. But it has to, or you can’t get the feeling of excitement again at a new start. True endings, periods of reflection, are necessary for good literature.