One Will Die: The ComicsAlliance ‘Second Coming’ Death Pool
For months, the house ads for “X-Men: Second Coming” have been promising us that “one will die,” and I’m pretty sure they mean someone a little more notable than Meld.
As for figuring out just who’s on the fast-track to the pine box express, that’s a little trickier, but now that the cast has been assembled in “Second Coming” #1, we can at least make an educated guess, and that’s why today, we’re breaking down the odds on who’s going to which of the X-Men is going to meet their permanent end. Well, semi-permanent until the next crossover, anyway.
Which brings us to the only reason I don’t just end the article here and call it a day: Nightcrawler’s such an obvious choice that he’s crossed over into that nebulous gray area where he could also be the obvious fake-out. But then again, considering this is a comic where a sexy teen girl stabs a dude in the face on-panel in a blood-soaked close-up, I’m probably pretty safe without second-guessing its subtlety.
ODDS: 1 to 1
It would work symbolically, too: Cable embodies the gritty, gun-toting aspects of Marvel that they’re trying to get away from with the upcoming Heroic Age, and if there’s really going to be a storytelling shift away from fatalism, having Cable sacrifice himself to ensure that the dystopian future he was raised in never happens would be the best possible way he could go out.
ODDS: 3 to 1
But still, those factors might work in his favor, too: He’s one of the original X-Men, but since he’s been flying so far below the radar lately (so to speak), Marvel might pass him over in favor of a death with a little more emotional impact. Not that deaths of comic book characters in general and X-Men in particular can have all that much emotional impact at this point anyway, but they’ll probably be angling for someone a little more heavy.
ODDS: 5 to 1
I don’t think it’s very likely: Scott Summers already has one (fairly recent) death on his record and it would be a shame to see all this time guys like Matt Fraction have spent developing him into a leader who’s at odds with even his own teacher go to waste. Even so, the fact that the ads have promised that “One Will Die” and “One Will Lead” puts a pretty uncomfortable spotlight on the guy that’s actually leading already. If the Phoenix really is returning as Hope — and we have no reason whatsoever to think it’s not — it could set up an interesting game of cosmic phone-tag, where Scott and Jean’s deaths and resurrections just keep missing each other, and seeing a mourning Emma Frost in charge of a younger version of the Phoenix could make for some good stories.
ODDS: 10 to 1
X-23 is, as I’m sure you’re aware, Wolverine, except that she’s a sexy former teen prostitute in a halter top, which means that it’s slightly more okay for the fanboy to transfer his affection onto her. In other words, she is basically a license to print money. She’ll be just fine.
ODDS: 50 to 1
For one, she’s currently in the middle of her own solo mini-series, “Pixie Strikes Back,” which is generally a get-out-of-dying-in-a-crossover-free card. For another, if Marvel really wanted Pixie dead, they would’ve killed her off a couple of years back when they were pretty much slaughtering the rest of the cast of “New X-Men: Academy X” left and right. And thirdly, having a cute, pink-haired girl with fairy wings get violently murdered during the year when Marvel’s celebrating their female characters and putting out “Girl Comics” in an effort to reach out to women is the most monumentally bad idea since the invention of the bee sandwich.
ODDS: 100 to 1