A reader writes:

Your comment "It always amazes me that writers don't get the power of dead characters" kinda bothers me.

You're assuming that what drives this storyline, and by extension most storylines in which dead characters come back to life, is the writer.

At Marvel and DC this is often not the case. Big event storylines are often the product of decisions at the editorial level, with writers told what the final result will be and given leeway as to how that will make it happen. Blaming the writers for the meaningless of character death in the comics is like blaming the assembly line workers for a badly designed car.

I'd argue that a "written by" credit makes you responsible--Grant Morrison gets the credit for his run on X-Men. That said, given the influence of editors, I'd say this is fair.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.