Every writer of any franchised superhero fantasizes about killing the hero
off... it's somewhat narcissistic to do, because if it succeeds it is sure
to be remembered in the annals of comicbook fandom (often not favorably, btw).
Comic geeks have a term for this. It's called a "retcon"--a return
to continuity--essentially, when the story jumps back into the regular
continuity from another story that would've changed the character's
life forever. Interestingly whole comic series also reboot, and parallel stories
are created where the characters are rebooted--just like in the movies when a
movie is "remade" with some fresh version of the classic hero. This
became such a problem in the DC comic universe that they actually ran a comic
event (about 20 years ago) where all the parallel universes were consolidated
into a single stream of continuity, and certain heroes were destroyed and others
had versions that were dropped... comics are a funny business, but ultimately
it's the mainstream characters that stick the test of time. Spiderman won't be dead for long...
No mention of when Swamp Thing died? Which led to a resurrection by an
up-and-coming Alan Moore (who eventually went on to write V for Vendetta and
Watchmen).Regardless, I wish they would let the classic superheros
age and die. How many times can you rehash 50-80 year old source material? Comic
Books and Graphic Novels have moved into much more diverse genres as well, not
just superheros.I think an aging Peter Parker would be interesting,
just like an aging Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Returns.