I’m generally of the opinion that the world would be much better if I ran it. (What? Like you’re not?) This principle applies to panels, and all of the things said by all of the people on them.
It applied especially to the Sunday Conversation With Dan Didio panel at Comic-Con. I generally like these panels very much because they leave aside the usual slideshow of covers that we will be seeing in eight months to two years and the painfully awkward questions. Instead, they’re a bunch of people talking about comics. Dan Didio generally does a great job of moderating the responses from the audience, and a panel of comics professionals cuts in with funny commentary. It’s a really enjoyable panel.
One of the questions this year was, “What was a big ‘wow’ moment you’ve read in comics?” That was where the panel spiralled down from something fun into the realms of what I can only describe as extreme unacceptability. Every single reply was “When ____ got killed.” Every one.
People! Stop encouraging them! We just barely got them to stop playing darts with the members of Young Justice! Maybe it’s a question of when you started reading comics, but to me, standard character death that comes with every single big event is the most predictable and un-’wow’ thing in the world. You can practically set your watch by it. How were any of those people shocked?
But what’s more, one of the other questions was, “What do you like to read in comics?” My answer? Fun. A lot of it. I want to have a blast when I’m reading. I want the characters to have a blast. I want the comic I’m reading to be so much fun that if you gave the reader the option of falling through the paper and joining the characters, they would do it in a heartbeat.
I don’t know if the panel was Bizarro World or if I’m truly that alone in preferring comics in which a hero’s death isn’t the most memorable event. Aren’t there so many better things to remember? And if there aren’t, shouldn’t there be?