Some may argue that comics are better than books. They’re quick to read and they come with images. But it’s not really important as both provide a new world for us to thrive in every now and then. With books, our hearts thump quicker than ever when the author begins the action. With comics, our eyes open wide and our jaw drops when a page or panel reveals something too hard to handle.
Every once in a while, artists and writers manage to catch us off guard with moments that we never saw coming. This is actually quite a feat since, with comics, while the possibilities are endless and anything could happen, the audience's knowledge of beloved characters makes it easy to predict the fate of them.
Fans have seen everything from a character’s very untimely and sometimes gory death, a big revelation, a couple finally shipping. It’s a plethora of emotions during moments like these and we can’t get enough of them. Decades of issues from Marvel and DC are home to a lot of these jaw-dropping moments. All are good, but some are just so darn unforgettable.
The moments below are from DC and Marvel issues, both old and new, and were really unexpected to happen, even from die-hard fans. Don’t expect any moments brought about by fan choice, like the victors of the DC vs Marvel comics and the death of Jason Todd at the hands of Joker, since the shock factor is really not present anymore.
15 Aunt May’s New Significant Other
We’re all familiar with how Peter Parker and Aunt May lost Uncle Ben. Some never saw that coming but an even bigger surprise was when Aunt May moved on from being a widow and found a new significant other. The ultimate surprise was when it was revealed that the new guy is Doctor Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus. Who would have ever thought that sweet Aunt May would rebound with Doc Ock?
14 Blob Eats The Wasp
Yep, you read that right. The huge and flabby mutant The Blob was seen munching on the lifeless body of The Wasp. This gruesome and shocking comic book moment happened during the Marvel: Ultimatum event.
13 First Case Of Woman In Refrigerator
After coming home from a day’s worth of galaxy protecting, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner received more than what he bargained for in the superhero line of work after seeing his girlfriend Alexandra DeWitt dead and gruesomely stuffed in a refrigerator. There have been a lot of cases of superhero loved ones dying, but not came close to the brutality of this.
12 Watchmen No More
In the last issue of Watchmen, Ozymandias was revealed to be the big baddie all along. He was responsible for the death of thousands in New York, the death of The Comedian, the accusations on Dr. Manhattan and the framing of Moloch. This isn’t the shocking moment, it’s what happens after that which is shocking.
11 X-Men And Dark Phoenix
In a world were mutants aren’t that well received by the common folk, the X-Men band together to create a loving community of their own. Aside from their numerous run-ins with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the X-Men’s biggest challenge came from one of their own members, Jean Grey.
10 Bye-bye, Adamantium
In the 300th anniversary issue of the Uncanny X-Men, everyone's favorite mutant, Wolverine, suffered a rather gruesome fate. After many encounters with Wolverine, Magneto did the unexpected and brutally ripped out all the Adamantium in Wolverine’s body.
9 Jason Todd Back From The Dead
We’re all familiar with the harrowing tale of how Batman’s boy wonder met his gruesome end at the hands of the Joker. Crowbar, bombs and a warehouse. It took a while but DC brought back Jason Todd. His first resurrection turned out to be a sham, as it was just Clayface pulling a cruel joke on Batman.
8 Spider-Man Reveals His Identity
Marvel’s first Civil War arc was home to a lot of surprises. One of which came early on in the series when Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, reveals his true self to the public in a bid to reveal his agreement with the Superhero Registration Act.
7 When Joker Met His Match
The Clown Prince of Gotham loves to wreak havoc wherever, this includes Metropolis. In the first issue of Injustice, Joker made Superman kill Lois Lane, who was pregnant at the time, by using a drug that made Kent see things differently. In the eyes of Kent, Lane was Doomsday. Kent took “Doomsday” outside Earth and into space. He only knew something was wrong when he could no longer hear Lois’ distinct heartbeat.
6 Even Spider-Man Fails
It’s a well-known fact that the damsel in distress is always saved by his knight in shining armor. The Amazing Spider-Man #121 contradicts the fact. This issue aptly titled “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” presented how Peter Parker’s sweetheart met her end.
5 Death Of Superman
Superman is the exact personification of the term superhero. Aside from having inhuman abilities and capabilities, Superman is perhaps one the most just and righteous superhumans in the DC universe. Many see Superman as this unbeatable being, but everyone, including Clark Kent himself, has a Kryptonite.
4 America’s Fallen Hero
Civil War is one of the biggest comic events from Marvel. A lot happened in the Civil War arc, but the aftermath saw the death of one hero that not a single fan could’ve seen coming.
3 The Man Who Broke The Bat
This very popular moment in DC comic history showed us that even the world’s finest can be defeated. In a trap set by Bane, Batman faced off several baddies including Poison Ivy, Mad Hatter, Scarecrow and many more. Batman then had to face the overly muscled and obviously powerful Bane.
2 Hail Hydra?
For decades, comic fans have looked up to Steve Rogers. He’s basically the symbol of patriotism. He has dedicated his entire life fighting evil and, most important of all, Hydra. Captain America’s war against Hydra is the exact representation of good vs. evil. But, all those years of believing in Roger’s cause where put to no use with two words said by the Captain himself: “Hail Hydra.” Um, excuse us?
1 The World’s Biggest Gladiator Match
Taking the top of this list is the iconic battle at the end of The Dark Knight Returns. It was a battle between Metropolis’ Man of Steel and Gotham’s Caped Crusader. The battle itself isn’t a big shock, as the event leading up to the battle built the hype. The winner of the battle and what happens after is the big surprise to us.
As good he is, Batman is clearly no match for Superman. What puts him at a bigger disadvantage is that he was already old. With the help of his gadgets and Green Arrow, Batman was able to surprisingly defeat Superman. Moments after beating Superman to an inch of his life, Batman suffered from a heart attack that killed him. We then learn later on that it was just an elaborate plan, but to see two of the biggest superheroes down like that is quite shocking.
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