I was killed off in a comic book once. I mean, once officially — I’m sure I’ve been drawn by comic book artists in the background with a piano dropped on my head a number of times. But it was the CSI: Dying in the Gutters comic for IDW by Steven Grant and Stephen Mooney that saw me murdered by Greg Rucka. Um, spoilers. I have my death scene original art on the staircase wall. The kids find it most amusing.
But I never went as far as Deadpool‘s Scott Koblish, who, in a new volume The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish, has envisioned his own mortality repeatedly.
Over many years, he has been illustrating his own demise for many years in four panel black-and-white comics.
He’s the one person struck by a comet, suddenly overrun by a pack of baboons, resting under the precarious rock tipped by a single bird, or the target of his daughter’s (of course homicidal) teddy bear come to life.
Though it’s always Scott on the receiving end, the comics capture the irrational feeling we all have that everything can go very wrong in one irrevocable instant. Slapstick, surreal, and eerily plausible, with extended scenarios and pops of colour throughout.
For fans of Dumb Ways to Die, this makes a great present as a passive-aggressive threat to someone on the internet. Out on May 1st.