Which superhero must die?
I’m planning a role-playing scenario set in the DC Universe where the heroes (members of the Batman Irregulars) are sent by Batman to investigate the murder of an established superhero.
The question is: who should the dead superhero be?
I should explain that this is set in the pre-52 version of the DC Universe (bar a few tweaks that aren’t relevant for this) complete with convoluted history spread over many decades. The key change is that events of Blackest Night mean that the dead stay dead. There are no crappy three-issue superhero “deaths” in my game; death is final.
Whoever the corpse on the floor is, this is it for that hero.
I’ve already discounted a few potential candidates:
- The Big Three. Killing off Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman would be campaign-changing events and that’s too large a scope for a simple scenario. Besides, they’ve died too many times already. Killing them again is just no fun
- Members of the JLA and JSA. Both the Justice League and Justice Society will want to investigate the deaths of their own members and not leave it to a two-bit group of Batman trainees. Ex-members are fair game though.
- No unpowered heroes. Any member of the bat-family could be killed by a sniper bullet, car accident or really bad dose of pneumonia. This needs to be a hero who is more than human. I want the players to be left asking How? as well as Why?
- Must have a secret ID. This is a murder mystery, and the first thing they will need to find out is who the victim is. The rules out any hero with a public identity.
- Not Guy Gardner. Too obvious. He’s the guy everyone wants to kill, and for exactly that reason he should live. John Stewart or Kyle Rayner, on the other hand….