It has been a little more than a couple of weeks since the death of a particular member in Fantastic Four #587.
Admittedly, I thought the death would have been Sue Storm – however, that is all now in the past.
Johnny Storm – the Human Torch’s death, although unexpected by me and I am sure millions of others, came with mass media hype, as well as controversy. “Why did Johnny get chosen to die?” “Is this just another Marvel cop-out?” “Do deaths in comics mean anything anymore?”
All of those are excellent questions and may spawn debate in later posts here. All of these questions came up after Johnny’s death was announced to the world – first by the Associated Press, followed by Marvel a couple of hours later. For me, the day of the comics release, I was warned on my Twitter that the AP leaked who passed in the book. I vowed to not look at the internet all day in order to avoid finding out Johnny’s death.
But do you know what? That seemed impossible. Not to avoid the internet, but that it was everywhere. On the radio, on the television – this “death” was announced world-wide.
Admittedly, this is great for Marvel, but what about the little guy? Me. I did not own a copy of the book yet, and here the whole world was spilling the ending to me. Of course, I found out before reading the book – but I felt plagued by the fact that it was spoiled to me.
Unfortunately, and as I posted in an earlier blog, it seems as if no one cares about comic books unless they are in movie format. And although that is fine, it seems when some event as BIG to the comic reader’s comes out, the rest of the world boosts in excitement to tell everyone. What happens in result are all of the questions with the media hype and controversy which I listed above.
But my biggest question has to be, “Why is it okay to spoil comic book endings and not endings to anything else?”
To compare, when Harry Potter novels came out, sure – there were internet spoilers everywhere. The last thing the news did though, was promote the ending to the book. No one announced on television that Snape killed Dumbledore.
As for another example, any movie critic or person who, well, sees a movie does not immediately make press releases or discuss the ending to the movie. They hold enough respect to the unsure reader or viewer to not reveal any major plot points. I can give this example to almost any movie (unlike Titanic).
But I, the individual amongst millions who actually read comic books was spoiled by everyone who hardly ever reads comic books. Is it “fair game” to talk about something publically once it is released? Probably. However, given all other mediums of entertainment, comic books once again got the butt-end of the deal.
I cry foul and ask again:Why?
Keep on Space Truckin’!