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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Even Tin Cans Make Me Cry

Skeets' second death (the little guy "died" in both Countdown to Infinite Crisis and 52) made number #3 on the list of Cultural Kalocin's personal top ten emotional moments in comics. No surprise: they're mostly deaths. While I might be able to laugh at someone who gets misty-eyed over Solomon Grundy's change of heart in Justice League Unlimited cartoons, I find his attachment to Skeets entirely emotionally healthy.

Of course, this made me wonder why Skeets' demise late in the series carried more emotional impact that Booster's own apparent death in issue #15. Was Booster's death too early in the series? Or have we as an audience become so bored by the revolving door of hero deaths that we're only affected when minor and supporting heroes die? Despite Skeets' multiple fatalities, those are the deaths that usually "stick," and are therefore more meaningful and resonant. (And, yes, I'm looking at you, Ted Kord.)

You can read Cultural Kalocin's list here.

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