|psychicsaphie (psychicsaphie) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-09-03 20:22:00
|Entry tags:||char: blue beetle/jaime reyes, char: miss martian/m'gann m'orzz, char: red devil/eddie bloomberg, char: wonder girl/cassie sandsmark, group: teen titans, publisher: dc comics, title: teen titans|
Teen Titans 74
Do not click unless you want to be spoiled.
So when we were last left with the Titans, blah blah prison break, blah blah distractions, blah blah, the Calculator has a huge plan going to mess with the Titans. Lots of foreshadowing about a Titan dying, and it was pretty clear from Origins and Omens who.
The problem is the Titans left the situation at the prison without realizing there was a severely injured metahuman with nuclear powers slowly going critical, so that it wasn't even noticeable until after they left and got into the fighting elsewhere. Eddie was informed of this fact via a "government agent" that turns out to be the Calculator having rerouted all communications from the Tower.
Trap or not, calculated or not, this guy is going critical. The others are fighting for their lives, so Eddie does what a Titan does and powers or not, pulls his own weight.
Wonder girl goes to beat the snot out of the bad guys, Amazon style, but stops raeging and doesn't do anything she'd regret.
And ultimately... they learn from it. Rather than it destroying them like the Calculator intends, they deal with it.
And I have to say, I've severely disliked this trend as Titans being expendable canon fodder, I'm sick of characters dying in general, but... I was very happy with how this turned out. Eddie went from being a kid sidekick to a kind of useless lump that couldn't hold down a job, to someone so desperate for a family and to be a hero that he sold his soul for superpowers to be able to be a Titan--and then who refused to be useless when he lost those powers. He had a hell of an arc, and came a long way from being something of a dorky foob wannabe.
Recently, the Titans have gotten chumped. Random, pointless deaths all over. In making a comparison to the Legion of Superheroes, recently, to a friend, I pointed out that when Legionnaires die it is typically in a blaze of fucking glory, and how it's much more satisfying. Yes, people just die sometimes, and no, not everyone can have a heroic death, but you still expect one every once in while, and after a string of pointless ones, it gets tiring and seems like all they want is a gore-splosion. These are heroes, dammit. Even if death is swift and surprising, they still would likely give the finger to evil as they go down.
And here, Eddie just carries a walking nuke away, gets himself bombarded by a ton of radiation, carries the dude even as it burns him horribly, and kind of flies right into his death with a smile on his face, and a loyal "They'd do it for me"--with all the faith in the world that they would, and without a flinch. And even if he'd known it was a trap, since it was the only way to save them, and communication was cut off, you know he would've done it anyway.
I would've liked more time with the Red and the Blue, but I was happy with this. It wasn't a chump death--it was a send off, with the characters dealing afterward by not dwelling in angst, but deciding to fight harder, learn from their mistakes, stick together, and make sure his sacrifice to save them all wasn't in vain.
He believed in the Titans, and it ends on the note of them trying to believe in themselves. THAT is how you do a death if you're gonna do one.
So, RIP Eddie. Thanks for dying in an attempt to make the Titans suck less. It probably won't work because the new writer sounds utterly vapid ("Static is special because he’s the male version of me – Pasadena, California as my Dakota. I was this kid growing up, except for the whole big bang explosion-turns-you-into-a-super-hero-ab