12 Jul 2011

HE DIED?

The Human Torch: Now Deceased.
I don't know about you but personally, I like my heroes and main characters alive. It bugs me when (In the name of creativity and shock value) a writer decides to kill-off the main character. This goes for comic books as well as screen. I feel so cheated and upset like, why did I get on this journey with you if you were going to end up dead?
You might as well have died at the beginning and passed the torch to one of these guys who arrived at the conclusion with us.
I am still grieving the death of The Fantastic Four's Human Torch. He was one of my favourite comic book characters, period! As far as screen is concerned, I have mixed feelings towards Troy and Gladiator because they were brilliant films. Among my all time favourites in fact,  but in Troy, the untouchable hero met his demise at the hands of a snivelling little... Well let's just say I wasn't happy with that turn of events. Neither was I when Maximus Decimus Meridius went to the afterlife. Prison Break on the other hand was a total waste of my time. I invested more than two years of my life into that show with no reward or refund. He dies? Michael the god of all that is clever and scheme-ish  dies IN A PRISON??? The irony was not lost to me but neither was it entertained.
The reason I'm discussing this is that I'm not happy with the events at Marvel Comics where some of my favourite heroes are being killed-off by writers. I know the agenda was shock-value but I have to say, it really sucks. Right now I'm sure some readers are thinking, "Its reality. Battles have casualties and people don't live forever."
I find this funny because we are talking about flying men and people who read minds among a vast array of "special" creatures. Why do we get past the premise and buy into a crazy concept but refuse to overlook the little things?
Superman Rescuing a Crashing Plane.
Superman, making his long awaited return to Metropolis, flew into the sky and caught a plane preventing it from crashing into a sports stadium full of fans, players and the media. Wonderful coincidence; however, his catching of the plane by its nose and placing it down on the field was not realistic. The way the plane was held, it would not structurally be possible to "place it down" without it breaking in half due to the weight of the rest of the aircraft... Hmmm... DID YOU FORGET THE FLYING MAN THAT "CAUGHT" THE PLANE MID-AIR? Or is it fine because we all got past the premise of him being an alien with powers from another planet?
It's quite interesting, this science fiction thing. People are willing to buy into the looniest of concepts but demand realism afterwards. The popular anime show called Bleach has often suffered the same criticism. People wield swords with the power to level an entire city and powers beyond your imagination but the show is not realistic because the main characters never die. Really people? That's why the show is not realistic? Because I could think of a whole other list of reasons why. You should have gotten a clue when he got stabbed with a sword and there was a "power transfer" ritual which turned him into a Deathgod. Maybe if you were keen that would have been your first clue.
Typical Bleach Battle.
We embrace a world of fantasy with only the most basic elements of our reality but we want realism. I fail to understand why I should follow a comic book or series for three years only to conclude it with death. What did all the events before mean? What did all the fun, personal growth and life lessons mean to this character if it all ended in tragedy? I could get that from any history book without the distraction of visits by flying men. Well, except the Wright Brothers of course.
So where does science fiction end and reality begin? I'm genuinely curious.