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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Musings on Death (The Character, not the Fact of Life)

Just to expand on my last idea from a previous post: I wouldn't like to see a published story with Death of the Endless meeting one of DC's established characters at the end of their would take Gaiman himself, or another writer on his wavelength (and there are damn few of those), to pull that off without coming across as a cheap stunt. On the other hand, it's fun to imagine that final encounter. Witness Bully's envisioning of Booster Gold's post-final moments (even though it turned out Booster was not quite as dead as he appeared).

Another thought about Death: While she's been friendly, supportive, and sympathetic to everyone she's met, I can't recall there ever being a scene where she's taken a genuinely bad person. I don't think she would treat them differently (she's not judgmental), but it does raise the question...what exactly would she say to an evil person while still being true to herself? What did she say to Everyman?

Also, it's been established that the Endless' trademark "looks" are influenced by the viewer's perceptions...Nada saw Dream with African features (though his skintone remained the same), and J'Onn J'Onzz saw him as a Martian diety. Their clothing is also generally suited to the mortals' perceptions, for instance, Death's dress (which was probably as casual for its era as the goth outfit is today) in the first Hob Gadling story. On the other hand, Scott saw Dream as we do, and not in a Kirbyesque costume, so Barda undoubtedly met the Death we're all familiar with.

But what about the aliens of the DC Universe? With all those casualties in the Sinestro Corps war, there must be thousands of variations, with each species/culture meeting their equivalent of a "gothette." It would certainly make for an interesting artistic experiment to visualize the endless looks of, I just can't help but smile when I imagine how she appeared to Ch'p when she met him.

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At 6:46 PM, Blogger zhinxy said...

Awww... Ch'p?

Acorn Pie and a big smile?

Keep your fork, you beautiful little squirrel...


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