Comic Book Death.

Inexorable and irreversible.

Okay, maybe not, but good for a story in the Daily News, anyway. We’ve even changed the URL to avoid the spoilers, but according to the story in today’s AVENGERS vs. X-MEN #11, a beloved character dies at the hands of another beloved character an event that left its mark on the Marvel staff:

“I got a little teary-eyed when we were scoping out the moment in the room with the series’ writers and editors,” says Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso.

“He needed to be the casualty in this story. There’s no more oh-sh– moment that you can bring than having a REDACTED kill his REDACTED.”

And according to Tom Brevoort, this death will last for more than a few months.b“This is about as serious and lasting a death as you’re apt to get in one of these,” he told the News.

We’ll leave it to ace reporter Steve Morris to report on the history of this character’s death, but Marvel’s once a quarter death quota seems to have been met for this season. And once again the fatal moment has been spoiled to death in a major metropolitan newspaper. You can see the page in question right here.


  1. Sigh. Does anyone really care about this?

    I love Brevoort’s quote: “This is about as serious and lasting a death as you’re apt to get in one of these.”

    So, neither serious nor lasting, eh, Tom?

    This whole series has just bored me to tears.

  2. The sight of that death affected me about as much as the deaths in “Avengers Disassembled” did.

    If the hero doing the killing isn’t himself, how authentic is the emotional beat? Manipulation is manipulation is. . .


  3. What is shocking is that they would kill a character who has already been dead…what three, four times?
    Other are still waiting for their turn to die at least once.

  4. No surprise here, and no real emotion re: the death itself. It’s not the first time, and this instance has been telegraphed ever since the first round of Marvel NOW! reveals rolled out.

  5. It’s not a big deal to us because we’re jaded old readers but it made the news and it’ll sell to newbies and lapsed readers thinking they’ve made an investment.

    Marvel will make more money, as will retailers. It’s a business.

    It’s a shame we’ve seen it all before but in the context of this story it seems they’ll put a new twist on the aftermath, if images from Uncanny Avengers are anything to go by.

    Eventually the deceased will be back, probably having absorbed some of the Phoenix force himself, for another news headline and another 12 part limited series. So it goes…

  6. I haven’t followed the X-Men for quite a while, so for me, the surprise in seeing that page is learning that that character is alive, since he was dead the last time I read the book.

  7. What would be completely shocking is if they DIDN’T kill any hero in an event. Seriously. If everyone just made it out okay. That would blow my mind.

  8. Down to 1 mainstream superhero comic on my pull list…and that’s Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man.

    Haven’t bought this few of the “Big 2” since 1998.

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