Superheroes And Mortality

Superheroes And Mortality

Sometimes it's best to let go of our favorite characters.

We all hate it when our favorite characters get killed off. It may seem that the story can hardly continue without them, but it may be best if it does.

Comics in the 1990s often focused on long story arcs and crossovers, and Superman was no exception to the trend. The writers behind his four monthly series had planned for Superman to finally marry Lois Lane in a 1992 story arc. However, DC Comics decided to put the story on hold to coincide with a similar story on the Superman TV show of the time, Lois and Clark. The writers suddenly had to figure out what to do with an entire year of Superman comics. What started as a joke during the writers' planning sessions led to one of the most famous arcs in comics history: "The Death of Superman."

Over the course of a seven-issue story arc, they pitted Superman against the unstoppable killing machine Doomsday. The two fought halfway across the country until they finally beat each other to death and Superman died in Lois Lane's arms. The story was followed by the "Funeral for a Friend" arc, in which the DC universe mourned Superman's absence, and "Reign of the Supermen," which featured four characters competing to carry on Superman's legacy. However, the character was simply too integral to the DC universe to stay dead. Thanks to a combination of advanced technology and his alien physiology, Superman bounced back about a year after his death.

Major character deaths had been rare in comics beforehand. However, the comics industry realized that high-profile deaths didn't have to be permanent, and could be great for sales. Since the early '90s, half the superheroes worth mentioning have been killed and resurrected. Even characters killed years before "The Death of Superman" have returned in recent years. Death in superhero comics has simply become too reversible, and doesn't carry much weight anymore.

This trend is due in no small part to the challenges of a serialized medium. The most popular heroes have been appearing in comic books non-stop for decades. Readers require major, dramatic events in order to stay interested, but tend to react poorly if the status quo is upset too much. Killing a hero provides a momentous event, and bringing them back reestablishes the comfortable norm. As superhero films shift from standalone blockbusters to chapters in larger stories, similar tactics have been employed in recent movies as well.

More recently, DC and Marvel have taken an interesting approach to reintroducing dead characters. DC introduced a new version of Superman in their company-wide 2011 reboot. The rebooted Superman proved to be less popular than the previous incarnation, and was thus killed off quite definitively. Through a series of events too convoluted to get into here, the pre-reboot Superman reappeared, now accompanied by his wife Lois and their young son, Jon. Similarly, Marvel killed off the main version of Wolverine a few years ago. Rather than resurrecting him, they've chosen to focus on Old Man Logan, a version of Wolverine from an alternate universe in which he is the last hero alive.

This strategy preserves the finality of death, and allows these characters to break free of the status quo. Obviously, this solution will get equally tired as resurrection if overused as much, but it's a step in the right direction.

Cover Image Credit: DC Comics

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Quality Testing 5 Different Dollar Store Makeup Products

Do you really get what you pay for, or is the bargain actually a great deal?


The dollar Tree boasts the slogan, 'Everything's 1 Dollar!" a price that beats many, if not most, other stores price-wise. I've found, through some of my many expeditions in this store, that there are a lot of hit-or-miss items there. I decided to experiment with the makeup, and see if it is worth it. I put the items that I tested down below, with a detailed description of my opinions. Some of them are really good, while others...are not. It's worth it, to splurge for quality on these items.

L.A. Colors Eye Shadow Palette

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This is hands down, my favorite makeup product from the dollar store. The palette I chose, 'Nude' has a lot of different colors that I really like, and that are easy to blend and merge so you can get a look like the image above. It's actually my favorite eyeshadow that I've ever owned, and it looks so good on. I love the palette because the colors are very easy to control the application of. It doesn't go on too thin, and if you add too much, simply brush it down a , it blends in. Applying the eyeshadow is easy and simple, too. It glides on nicely and doesn't clump. The one issue I have is that it smudges a little after a while. It's good for daily routines, just make sure you're glancing at your mirror every 2 hours or so, to catch it before it smudges, and blend around the edge with a finger or brush.

Colormates Mascara

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This mascara is not bad as a starter, or for practice...or for a dollar. But if you want it to look professional, I wouldn't recommend it. The mascara isn't a bad color and isn't a bad consistency. The problem is that it clumps a lot, and makes eyelashes look thinner than before. It's definitely not the worst product, but I wouldn't say it was the best either.

L.A.Colors Brow Powder

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I'll admit, I'm not the best judge of this product. I don't do anything to my eyebrows, and I'm not sure how to do anything to my eyebrows. HOWEVER, I can say that this product was not my favorite. The quality was good, as it didn't wash out easily, and stayed on for a long time. What I didn't like about the product was the fact that the two colors given looked fake. They didn't look like real colors. They also went on too thin to look natural, and too thick to look feminine. When I applied it, I Still like a guy. My eyebrows were thick, and looked painted on, even though my normal eyebrows aren't like that at all.

L.A.Colors Liquid Eyeliner

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Liquid eyeliner is not my friend. I have a couple of different brands, and I still can't seem to get a straight line. That being said, I wouldn't recommend this product. My biggest issue is that it's too liquid-y. It doesn't drip, but the stick catches a lot, and then it pours off the brush into bumpy lines. I also don't love this product because the stick is uncomfortable, and has little control.

L.A.Colors Pencil Eyeliner

Finally, at the bottom, a product that I do not recommend at all. This one is much easier to use than the liquid liner, but I still don't love it. The pencil's product does not come off easily, so I end up pushing much harder than I would like to and feel safe doing. The pencil also, when wet, doesn't let any of the eyeliner out. You have to let it air dry before it will work again, which is really annoying when working the inner eyelid. The pencil is my least favorite product because it feels unsafe to use, is annoying, and never seems to work well.

As you can see, bargain hunting is no picnic. There are some obvious fails, but other products are pretty good. I'd use most of these again, but the bottom two, the eyeliners, I would say go to a higher-end store and get the quality that they would sell. Still, this was a fun experiment and pleasantly surprised me with the quality of the products. Follow the link here next week, and I'll show 5 products that I would NEVER recommend you purchase.

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