That’s what I see in DC Comics these days. Its the same tune over and over again. Character X is killed off for a cheap thrill. But once they are dead, they are no longer available to be used in stories in the regular universe. Sure they might pop up in an alternate reality or a flashback, but they have no future.
Donna Troy Troia/Wonder Girl
Ted Kord Blue Beetle
Wally West Flash and family.
Vic Sage The Question
Ralph Dibny Elongated Man
Bart Allen Impulse/Kid Flash/Flash
Una (one third of Triplicate Girl)
And that’s not everyone. You say, "Wait, Nightwing isn’t dead". No, but if you have read any of the commentaries, he was supposed to die in Infinite Crisis. You say, "Donna and Wally came back." Yes, they did, but was it fair for DC to put us through the agony? There is a rumor that the last few pages of the Titans/Young Justice Graduation Day story was rewritten to have a way for Donna to survive after such an outpouring of fan support for the character.
Ice died. DC admitted doing that was a mistake. We still waited for over a decade to get her back. Metamorpho ‘died’ in Morrison’s opening JLA arc. It took over 5 years to get him back. Hal is back. Barry is on his way. But now Kyle and Wally look like they have targets on their foreheads. "Redundant", Nightwing was called. Well, now that entire generation is redundant. They stepped forward and moved into the spotlight. But the originals are back. and now they look like cannon fodder. Dick, Wally, Garth, Donna, Roy, Kyle, have you read the recent Green Arrow story and seen what they did to Connor Hawke?
The Question. Vic Sage. Was NEVER more popular than when he was used in the Justice League TV show. DC can make any claim they want. It was the TV show that made Vic Sage a star. So what did DC do? They used him to headline a weekly series and killed him in its pages. The TV show could turn some folks onto comics. But they will find twisted versions of the characters they saw.
Ted Kord. There had to be another way. Another way to retire Ted and move the Beetle name to Jamie Reyes. Jamie’s solo title has been good, but the world seems so much colder without Ted. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/07/02/365-reasons-to-love-comics-183/
Firestorm. Ronnie Raymond helmed a comic for 100 issues when I was a teenager. Superboy. Connor Kent carried his own series for 100 issues. Nightwing has an ongoing series right now that is past 100 issues. And DC’s reaction to all 3 is "kill them off"?
I’ve heard DC say the reason we feel so much for these characters is the way these stories are written. I say nay. The current writers and artists responsible for killing them off get no credit. It is the creators across decades of stories which built the characters up that made us care about them.
Captain Atom, who really deserved a chance to be in a real JLA, to sit at the table with DC’s other big guns, is turned into a villain of the worst kind. Captain Atom, the Question, Blue Beetle. 20 years ago, DC had bought the Charlton characters and merged them into the DCU. Their plans for them were so big that "The Watchmen" was rewritten to use variations on them. Now DC seems to have abandoned the originals. I wonder how the creators of Milestone will feel if DC decides in a few years that their characters are "uninspiring", and need to be "updated"?