Marthor wrote:GI Joe characters should be in a timeless universe. The characters should be updated to modern equipment and modern events, but not age themselves. This is how James Bond is done. James Bond is always 35 yrs old, but he's been around for decades and decades.
DDP started off on the wrong track having the characters aged near retirement at the beginning of their run. They later abandoned that and went timeless in the middle of their run. IDW can start off timeless right from the beginning.
As far as "deaths", DDP went over the top on that....way over the top. GI Joe is a suspention in time with infinate room to add to the story. Having main character deaths only kills part of the story and disrupts the suspension in time. Death is a very, very linear finality and main character deaths should be largely avoided in a timeless universe. (e.g. - James Bond will never die)
Fyrefly wrote:They should be completely reinvented and updated. The conflict of choice for the last fifteen to twenty years has been the Middle East, and that will likely be a conflict of choice for some time to come (if not the focus of Armageddon).
michaelpatrick wrote:While I agree that the Joes should remain timeless there are still some positives about aging them just a little. For example, Bazooka. I thought it added to his character that he became out of shape and had to work hard to get back to being his old self again. That happens to people everyday and added a bit of realism to his personality. No, I don't want to see old geezers running around with walkers and wheechairs, but they should age at least a little. It's comic book time, you can stretch it as far as you want and still make things believable.
michaelpatrick wrote:I do have to disagree on there being no deaths in the Joe world, though. Again, it is a comic about war. People do die and I like to see that aspect of the comic. I think it presents an opportunity for a little bit of shock factor as well. When characters die and it is done right and unexpected it only adds to the stories. I mean, what do you expect? For everything to be solved and tied up all squeaky clean by the end of the comic with a safety message for kids at the end? How is that G.I. Joe?
michaelpatrick wrote:I am in the minority but I think Lady Jaye's death was good. It added to Flint's character.
Fyrefly wrote:Lady Jaye's death - the concept and the storyline and the aftermath - was one of the dumbest moves ever made.
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