@MatKrenz: Yeah, like I said, I understand why people say don't judge it, and to wait. I'm not even sure what I'm doing is judging, per se. I'm simply taking all the evidence I've been given and trying to draw basic conclusions. And so far, absolutely everything, from the marketing to the interviews to Hopeless' twitter remarks/mockery of complainers to the solicits to what has actually happened in the books so far, suggests that these characters will actually die. As Ravager said, "Any development that you give them over the course of the book is rendered utterly and completely moot when they're just going to die in it, making it impossible to tell new stories about them with that development."
So I've been careful about criticizing the actual quality of the book. As much as I'm convinced it wouldn't be happening if not for the success of The Hunger Games, I won't go so far as to say it's "nothing more than a rip-off." And while he has given absolutely no reason for believing it, I'm even willing to concede that there may be a greater purpose to this book than killing off Marvel's undesirables. But so long as that purpose exists, no other purpose -- greater or otherwise -- will exonerate the book.