Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014
by Paul in x-axis
There’s a concept in literary theory called paratext, which (as I understand it) is basically everything that isn’t strictly part of the text proper, but still frames the text, and affects the way you read it. The packaging, the promotion, the design, that sort of thing. All things that can prime you to respond to the story in a certain way.
Event stories like “Death of Wolverine” are all about the paratext. If Charles Soule’s four-part story had simply appeared, without prior publicity, in issue #whatever of an ongoing Wolverine series, and if the continuation of that story had just appeared in issue #whatever+1 of that same series, all without any pretext of cancellation, the audience reaction to the final page would be very different – it would, pretty much, be that the story’s clearly not over, so I wonder how Wolverine is going to get out of this one.