I love comics. I really do. They’re my favorite medium of entertainment, and they really do entertain me (speaking of which, hoo boy, that Hawkeye book from Fraction and Aja? Really great, bro). But there is a certain level of trepidation I approach fandom with because…well, sometimes things like this happen.
This of course being a petition on Change.org to Marvel EIC Axel Alonso to…well, let’s show what below.
The person who started it even went as far to say “we cannot allow these young heroes in training to be killed off, it is an injustice to them and the future of comics,” calling Avengers Arena a “travesty” in the process.
Can fictional characters really have injustices perpetrated upon them? Is it really a travesty when it’s a comic book? I mean, I enjoy comics as much as the next guy, but in the grand scale of things, aren’t there more important petitions to start or sign? It just seems a little off that people feel as if they have ownership over these characters, or that they have the right to guide their path simply because they don’t like where they are headed. These are not choose your own adventure stories – they’re comic books.
I’m sure Marvel, Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker have some sort of plan in the mix, and we’ll all see it before too long. After reading the first issue (have not had the chance to read the second yet), I was impressed by what Hopeless and Walker gave us, and I’m looking forward to what comes next. Given that before this book many of these characters were lost in the “debris pile” the petition starter was lamenting, maybe they should be pleased that Darkhawk and other forgotten young characters are getting some action?
Realistically, doesn’t this petition just seem silly? The world is ending tomorrow, anyways. At least I’m going to go out on a high – I had Mettle in my “first to die” betting pool.