One other thing I should have mentioned before - to my knowledge, NO ONE has ever ACTUALLY died in one of Arcade's Murder World games.... EVER... Which is odd considering how often he's popped up with a new Murder World. Even when it "appeared" that someone had died in his games, you find out at the end of the issue, or arc that it never REALLY happened... So, I honestly think that, even though it appears that some of them have died, I don't think they really have... I like Mettle... When he died I think my reaction was, "huh..." But I knew then, he'd be back... and that's assuming that he really did die... But I doubt any of them are really going to die....
HOWEVER, you'll be happy to hear that I did not and will not purchase any of this series...Someone I know is buying it and I just read theirs... I don't want to purchase it because I think it's going to be one of those things like "Age of X" that really makes no difference whatsoever....I do think this whole series will be much adieu about nothing...
Also, I want to be clear on this; I don't think they should die either. I agree with you on that. But DC and Marvel somehow think it's interesting when the characters die... If death meant anything in the comic book universe (if it was ever permanent) then yes, I'd feel bad for the character that died. I might even feel sad for them. The way I felt sad when Borimir died in the L.O.T.R... or when Sturm died in Dragon Lance, or when Rue died in The Hunger Games... but in all of those novels, those characters died and stayed dead, so it meant something. It had an impact... But if I knew they were all just going to come back all the time... pfffft...
okay.. actually... There is ONE character in A.A. that, if she dies, I'll be a little ticked off... Cammi... I've liked her since the days that she hung out with Drax... But even if she dies...She'll be back...EVERYONE comes back eventually... Except Uncle Ben.
Well, Hopeless has been outrageously candid about stakes being real and a lot of actual death happening in the book. It's almost the only driving point of the series, honestly -- most people I know who are currently enjoying it have intimated that the book would be a lot less interesting to them if it turned out to be a simulation. They want real death to happen to these characters or they'll feel like they wasted their time. Now obviously the author's not going to show his hands up front and say "don't worry guys this is all fake," but at the same time everything about the way he and Marvel have pitched this suggests that they're making Arcade a force to be reckoned with and they're proving it by really killing characters.
At this point, I'm overtly trying to take the book down on behalf of all fans who have characters they care about. I don't know squat about Cammi, so she would make my list if I made a list of "who would I be okay with Marvel killing off?" But I don't like that way of thinking, and I think some solidarity between people would do us all a lot of good. Because if we save all characters, we save our favorites as well. But if we all just stick to defending our favorites, then we'll likely save no one at all. Obviously there's a great chance we'll still save no one. But I'm still going to stick with the one that has the greater potential. At the end of the day, if Nico, Chase, and Laura survive I will probably get over Arena, just because they're the ones I've bothered to get to know. But if they die -- and especially if Laura dies -- then I've promised myself (and, in the letter I'm sending to marvel, I promise them) to quit Marvel altogether. I don't care if they bring her back in a year, or five. I don't want to support a company that is so nonchalant with the emotions of its readers.
I get what you're saying about being on the "fringe." At least, I think I do. You're saying that these characters aren't popular enough to die and be brought back. That's what you're saying, yes?
Yes, that is what I'm saying. I suppose, though, given what I just said, the likelihood of them possibly coming back doesn't really matter.