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Monday, November 05, 2018 

Karen Page's death was a mistake, but the MSM won't admit it

In this sugary column on the Fort Smith Times-Record about scenes in the Daredevil TV show drawing from the comics, the 1998 death of Matt Murdock's former secretary Karen Page is brought up:
Q: Does Father Lantom die in the comics, too?

A: No, he’s doing quite well, thanks for asking. But he’s a supporting character in “Runaways” and “Cloak & Dagger” comics, not “Daredevil.” It’s unlikely that he’s even met Matt Murdock in the comics.

However, his death on TV did occur in the comics – to someone else. In “Guardian Devil,” written by Kevin Smith (“Clerks,” “Chasing Amy”), Bullseye impaled Karen Page on one of Daredevil’s billy clubs. Since that death has been, um, let’s say, “used up” on the TV show, Karen’s future may be brighter there than in the comics, where she’s been dead for 19 years.
And all because there's a certain segment of alleged audience who think such an awful story by such an overrated comics and screenwriter has to remain as is with no reversals, because otherwise, nobody would take fantasy-themed comics "seriously". And this is a comic that saw Elektra Nachios revived a few years after her death at the hands of Bullseye. But everyone apparently seems to think resurrection is a problem, not death. One of the very few stories I know of to defy that idiocy was in the pages of the Hulk in 1994, when Rick Jones made a deal with the Leader to revive Marlo Chandler, after she'd been stabbed to death by a psychotic woman who'd kidnapped and held him hostage in her basement. I figure because the Hulk's world - even before Peter David - was so filled with bizarre fantasy elements, that's why the editors allowed such a tale to be brought to light. But really, all creations at Marvel/DC are as part and parcel of the sci-fi genre as the next one is, and that's why it can't just be selectively applied.

And the press, naturally, remains uncritical of how things are handled, and that's why Karen, sadly, may never have her fate in Kevin Smith's needless story reversed. Unlike Hornhead, whose recent encounter with the afterlife is obviously going to be reversed, no matter how mortal he himself really is. That's one of the biggest hypocrisies in how mainstream superhero comics have often been handled, where the star of the show can be awarded new leases on life, while the co-stars, by sharp contrast, never get the same, if at all.

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1. I'm not sure the guy who writes the vanilla "Captain Comics" syndicated column qualifies as the "MSM."

2. He doesn't take a stance on Karen Page's comic book death, but instead merely compares and contrasts the third season of "Daredevil" with the source material.

And you don't think what happened to her in Born Again (the comic book storyline) was a mistake?

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