They said they'd do it, and they did it ... maybe. Spoilers ahead!
Genre fans will often utter the hyperbolic cliché "They killed my childhood!" in response to a poorly received reboot or continuation of a classic property. Now IDW's comic book adaptations of some of the most popular 80s properties are actually well received by fans, but the publisher has a childhood body count ... and it's growing.
Barely a month after seemingly killing Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, IDW wants readers to think it's called on the Grim Reaper again, apparently knocking off arguably the most popular G.I. Joe ever, Snake Eyes, in Wednesday's G.I. Joe: Real American Hero #213.
Though, with an arc entitled "The Death of Snake Eyes" can anyone say they didn't see it coming?
You read that right. During a confrontation with Serpentor, Snake Eyes takes a suicide run at the villain with a grenade. Both Snake Eyes and Serpentor are seemingly killed in the blast, with no trace of either to be found in the aftermath.
As for the rest of the Joes, Snake Eyes's protege Throwdown dons Snake Eyes's discarded mask after being disfigured by a robot. Meanwhile, Dusty mournfully relays the news to several Joes while shedding a single tear for his fallen friend.
It's a sad day to be a Snake Eyes fan - though, as with many comic book deaths, his fate is left suspiciously ambiguous, with no body to be found.