I’m not sure what you mean by Benny Hill routine unless you’re referencing the fact that Death Locket (by the way I love the name Death Locket, it’s like an underground band name that people talk about but never invite you to go see because they don’t think you’re hardcore enough) is hanging with the British super team. As of now there are two deaths out of a cast of 16. To be honest with you the death that I felt wasn’t handled well out of the two was Red Raven, it was rather anticlimactic but I’m sure many flyers would’ve tried and it’s more realistic that they die of a fall but she died full speed into a super powerful force field, like a fly in a windscreen. I feel Mettle’s death was quite honorable (if not graphic) , sacrificing his life for the woman he loves. I was sort of thinking that Mettle would be more invulnerable than that, but it sort of supports many theories that this may not be real.
I think what people are so upset about is that the focus of the book will be death and forcing teens and friends/classmates to kill each other. Life and Death are looked at differently in every culture, whether you celebrate life or mourn death. When I was a teen I had to deal with a lot of deaths. My father died before I graduated high school followed by my grandma, a friend that died of cancer, a friend who killed himself, a great aunt, a great uncle, and even my dog (I also had a friend who got a DUI and commited Vehicular Manslaughter, so I did grow up with at least one murderer). And more recently, on Christmas Eve my grandfather died of cancer. I’ve almost died a few times too. And looking at Hazmat and how her character was a hothead exile with an emphasis on boundaries, I think that her reaction is very understandable and realistic. The only person who could be around her just died protecting her, she’s probably going through survivor’s guilt which tends to be very angry. Which sucks terribly but makes sense because most teens coping mechanisms aren’t fully developed. Everyone reacts to death differently, as we all react to threats differently, not to mention that these teen heroes most likely have varying levels of PTSD and are now told most likely you will die soon. All of the heroes are now exhibiting a fight/flight and ingroup/outgroup mentality based off of reactionary fear. These are all very dangerous aspects of society (can you tell I majored in Conflict Resolution? I love analyzing comics).
From a writer’s perspective this seems like one of the most difficult tasks to make successful. Hopeless is turning an age old theme in stories (let alone super hero stories) and selling it with a cast of 16. Approaching it from one character’s perspective each time seems to be a good idea to understand where they’re coming from and then gives even more attachment to the characters. While we’re talking about reinvigorating themes, he’s also reinvigorating one of the biggest joke villains of Marvel. Arcade has been doing his obstacle course, oh look a giant pinball, thing for like forever and really hasn’t sold anyone on his lethality. Hopeless took Arcade and force fed him like twenty rare candies, now fans are curious and the heroes don’t know what to do because the violence that got them to this point in their lives won’t save them. Three things about life I feel he brought to this comic: No one dies dignified, you’ll always find conflict with bad communication and stress, and what makes you think you can trust anyone. To me, I think it’s great to bring these things to Marvel because I personally don’t have any attachment to fictional characters (which is why I don’t have a definite favorite). I read comics for creativity and the impossible, and unless you believe in alternate realities and that 2D creations literally have a life of their own (something very Morrison like), I wouldn’t stress. This is mainstream comics everything comes back in one way or another. I’m busy enough helping improve the quality of life for my friends, family, and surrounding communities to let this bother me.