I have to admit, it shows me just how little attention I paid to superhero comics 1987-2000, because honestly? Okay, we're going to go into fanboy shit here. Apart from Superman dying and Coast City being blown up--which I only knew by reference anyway, not from direct reading(DC, in its "events," never stops making reference to these incidents), I knew none of this.
And if I were reading superhero comics then I'd have never looked at it. Because if I see the name of Dan Jurgens I usually avoid it anyway. I learned that back when he was first on the Superman comics, whichever ones he was on. His work has the quality of being relentlessly ordinary, and goes on about fanboy shit I just do not care about. Reading a Jurgens comic is a lot like listening to the guy in this film, except that the guy in the film is funny. I remember having a glance at ZERO HOUR in the store and then putting it back, feeling sorry for Jerry Ordway. So I'd have been unlikely to pay attention anyway.
So I really didn't know any of the stuff this guy describes.
Well, till now.
But what it really underscores for me is this: all this crap happened and it DOESN'T MATTER. Wait long enough in superhero comics and NOTHING matters.
Which begs the question: why bother then?
By the way, this isn't what broke death in comics. What broke death in comics was the return of Jean Grey.(whose death was what made death in comics a sell point to begin with; few recall this, she's been dead and come back so many times now--how strange, with a name like Phoenix) And as I recall, her death was completely justified, grand, dramatic, and emotionally heart-wrenching; and something that just felt unthinkable at the time. While her return--in X-FACTOR, I think--came off as an afterthought. Also, this "coma" resurrection plot device was also first used there.
"Eternity with Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me and this pencil." - E. Blackadder, 1791 Questionable
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