Hey! Before I forget, it's Adopt a Black Dog Month! Y'see, it's hard to find a home for black dogs because they just aren't as popular. As a result, a lot of sweet, smart black dogs get euthanized every year simply because of the color of their fur. In fact, many shelters will put down a black dog right away because they are so hard to place. So, as an owner of two wonderful black dogs, give them a second look the next time you find yourself in the market for a dog, ok?
It's no secret that I believe they shouldn't bring dead characters back, ever. Yeah, I know why you shouldn't bump off Batman for good and all that other stuff, but if there's no finality in death, even in comics, that takes a lot of the excitement out of it. That being said, raising the dead makes for awesome comic reading:
If a comic promises to bring temporarily resurrect a bunch of dead guys, I'll buy it. It doesn't matter if I've ever read the comic before, if they are going to give us a glimpse at what happened to a character post-mortem, you can slap it on my pull list (although that's a hard thing to explain to my local comic guy: "Yeah, I don't want the issue if the dead guy is coming back for good. Only if it's a temporary thing. And it doesn't matter which dead guy it is, either. As long as he's going to end up dead again when everything is said and done.")
It's not only fun because you're interacting with the dead, but it generally involves a final shout-out to a b-list character (because if they were a headliner, they wouldn't have been bumped off in the first place). So Avengers v1 #131 could have been the best issue ever. It even gave us a bit of Fun with Out of Context Dialogue!(tm!):
But, since it was a Marvel comic, we had to sit through romantic angst between an android and an otherwise-forgettable martial arts chick:
Wow, that was pretty steamy stuff, wasn't it? Hide this issue from your parents, kids!
And while I'm not a huge fan of Iron Man (although the movie is bringing me around), he spoke for us all here:
What, Vision? You say you'll shut up about your love life? Thanks!
My main gripe is that time spent on android/boring chick love was time that cut into Zombies:
See? That was the last panel, and we had none of the promised Zombie fighting! Someone owes me reparations!
Well, I'm taking the high road. Here's a shot of Thor smacking Frankenstein's monster from the next issue:
Yeah! Get thee hence, creature! FWING!
See you tomorrow!