By my count, we have now killed or seemingly killed Lady Jemith Jennaci three times in this comic. (Man, she has it rough.) I will say, visually speaking, this is my favorite one. (We didn’t actually SEE either of the other two times. The first time, it was recounted in a conversation between Jasoom and Hunter. The second time, we just saw her body, hacked in two.) Will this time stick, do you think?
Actually, I have to say that I grow very thoughtful whenever it comes to the disposition of one of our female characters. I fancy myself a feminist and I try really hard make serve that I serve my female characters as well as I do my males ones…but I’m also a dude. When you look across my body of work, I like to think my feminism shines through, but Hunter Black, taken by itself? Maybe not so much. I certainly had to be pulled up short with regards to certain decisions that certain characters made, and being pulled up really tightened up and expanded the story in what I hope are wonderful ways. (It hasn’t all played out yet, so I’ll just have to remain vague at the moment.)
I wish we lived in a world where I didn’t have to be extra careful when I kill off a character because it’s a female character, but we do, so I do. Of course, death is a different kind of circumstance in fantasy…who’s to say that Lady Jennaci’s story is done? (I mean, Will and I are, but we’re not saying one way or the other…yet.)