Marvel Again Betting on the Idea That We Want to See Beloved Characters Killed

Have you been a fan of any of the teen superhero comics at Marvel over the past few years?

Well good news! Some of your favorite characters are going to be brutally murdered!

Behold the upcoming Marvel NOW! series Avengers Arena, which apparently exists solely to pit young teen characters into a Hunger Games-like battle royale, where writer Dennis Hopeless actually seems to brag in this interview that characters are going to be killed.

Everybody come read about the killings!

Amongst those on the killing floor are the casts of Avengers Academy and Runaways, with random appearances by Darkhawk, X-23 and Cammie from Annihilation. The story is that the villain Arcade takes 16 kids to Murder World and then sets them about killing each other. The comic will be drawn by Kev Walker.

Fuck this comic.

Seriously, fuck you, Marvel Comics, you blood-thirsty, mindless drones of corporate marketing. I didn’t read The Hunger Games, but I’m pretty sure from watching the movie that one of the underlying themes was that having children kill each other as entertainment WAS A BAD THING! If you’re going to just steal the concept, isn’t it the height of irony to then completely miss the point!?

Who reads this vomit? What kind of budding sociopath reads a comic where the major draw is that fan favorite characters are going to be brutally killed?

Whoever they are, they should just go back to strangling cats and ripping the wings off flies.

About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on September 13, 2012, in Avengers, Comics, Marvel and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Yeah, I can’t say I’m excited for this. Lots of cool characters who don’t deserve to die.

  2. I think it is funny that the writer’s name is “Hopeless.” Also if Ricochet or Prodigy dies I’m retiring from comic books and I’m gonna go figure out what Dubstep is.

  3. Really? They cancel one of my favorite series ever in order to kill off characters from it in a Murderworld? Dammit, dammit, dammit.

    • They will teach you to fall in love with their characters!!

    • I have to wonder who this is meant to appeal to. Fans of the characters aren’t going to want to see them killed off, people who don’t care about the readers aren’t going to care enough to read about them dying. Fans of Arcade and X-23 are the only ones I can imagine being interested in this. And that doesn’t strike me as a big market.


  4. Wesley Highbarger

    They couldn’t just do another run on The Runaways and put the Avengers Academy on a Young Avengers title. I even went to Marvel’s website because I thought this was a joke, now I hope I’m dreaming.

  5. Darkhawk is the only character in that group that i care about. I grew up reading his series and have the entire run. Won’t look forward to his death, but i was more upset when Nova died a few years ago so i’ll deal. I couldn’t care less about any of the others, I’m not familiar with Runaways, and the AA kids never grew on me, so…
    I think you’re wrong with your sociopath comment though. I think its possible this comic could draw readers interested in the premise but unfamiliar with the characters the same way Hunger Games did. (though this comic is obviously more a ripoff of Battle Royal than anything) Perhaps those people that are actual fans of the characters and know them well, and still read this new comic with interest in seeing their beloved characters die, could be labeled ‘budding sociopaths’, but whatever. Don’t get me wrong, i agree with you, i think it’s a bad idea. I’m just giving a less passionate view i guess.

  6. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. Seriously, what the hell. Comics are allowed to be fun! This is just… *headdesk* This is why I won’t buy most comics. They build up characters I love, then kill them off in stupid over-dramatic pointless ways.

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