Feb. 4th, 2017

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I have such mixed feelings about the infamous Revolving Door of Death in comics.

On the one hand, yeah, it can make character death feel cheap. It doesn't stop me from enjoying a well-written death for what it is both in and out of context, but it does limit what my brain accepts as a well-written death. And, honestly, even a well-written resurrection or alive-all-along reveal can sometimes end up landing in the realm of, "yep," or, "wondered when that was coming."

But then on the other hand-- some deaths are just not good. Some deaths are cheap in and of themselves. They may rely on poor characterization. They may use a character to make a point that didn't need to be made, or was made badly. They may sacrifice a character for the sake of another character, never mind that first character's own arc. They may give a character a dramatic last stand that doesn't actually make sense under two seconds of scrutiny. They may reduce lower-tier characters to canon fodder because we need to know the stakes are dire but we also need our big names standing tall at the end of the day. They may be outright insulting to the characters they claim and if we're talking about the C-list or below? Yeah, those characters probably aren't going to get a do-over.

So when people roll their eyes or groan over characters coming back-- or being replaced by clones or by alternate universe counterparts, which is something else altogether-- or say they'll drop a title or lose respect for a creator over the same, I get it. Resurrection is a gimmick and can feel all kinds of cheap even when it's written into the fabric of the universe. But when I see a chance for a character to come back from pain and humiliation that the story contextualizing their death didn't justify to me? Even if the circumstances of their return don't push my narrative buttons? You're not gonna see my feelings hurt.

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