FANTASTIC FOUR #381-382: Reed Richards Dies (again)

IMG_1789Reed is killed (see below).

Invisible Woman doesn’t believe it.

Neither do we.

The death of an icon like this is just too hard to take seriously when it happens every 50 issues or so.

That’s the problem with comics in the 1990s: The stakes can’t be death like this.  It’s gotta be something else that makes us care.  Either the story is so wild and crazy that we just want to be on for the ride (like the runs of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, John Byrne, and Walt Simonson), or it’s gotta be a believable death (like Susan’s miscarriage in FF #267).  This kind of thing just can’t get me going.
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