Yeah, I'm no fan or gore, either. However, I was thinking of all those mainstream B-movies and TV series that had all those things I mentioned without having to actually show everything explicitly. Implied action and just peril without pay-off are both standard forms in theatre, literature. and cinema. I'm sure for comics as well although... I haven't read a lot of comics, to be honest. For me, the peril is key, not the demise.