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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 19

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we continue our special Tear-Jerker Week of cool comic book moments!

Today’s “tear jerker” moment comes from the last issue of the first year of The Invisibles.

Enjoy!

In the first issue of the Invisibles, Dane (the future Jack Frost) is introduced to King Mob during a cool-looking action scene, as King Mob kills a bunch of security guards on route to saving Dane from the bad guys.

Here’s the page (courtesy of Steve Yeowell) (click to enlarge)…

In the last issue of the first year of the Invisibles, writer Grant Morrison turns the genre on its head a bit with a look into the life of a man named Bobby.

We see Bobby’s life, and all the happy times and the sour times (zigging and zagging through time from his childhood to adulthood and back), but the main thing is is that we get to know him, even as we slowly move to the point where Bobby takes a job as a security job.

One last time, we flash back to the point in time where he proposes to his wife

And then we end with the scene from issue #1…Bobby is one of the security guards who is casually killed in #1.

It’s a heartbreaking twist, and a wonderful condemnation on the way that we, as readers, get too used to the violence we see in action stories.

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I saw a story like this once in a Star Wars comic, which detailed the life and political choices of a guy…who ended up being one of the stormtroopers who Princess Leia shoots in the face in Episode IV.

I think that Star Wars story was written by Garth Ennis.

I saw a story like this once in a Star Wars comic, which detailed the life and political choices of a guy…who ended up being one of the stormtroopers who Princess Leia shoots in the face in Episode IV.

Ha! I think I remember that story! In fact, it’s the Klaus Janson-drawn Star Wars comic I was referencing in my comment in this this post.

I’m pretty sure Garth Ennis didn’t write that… It appeared in the 1980s before Ennis had even started his career, I think.

Wow did EVERYONE here read that Star Wars comic? I was thinking that same thing!

Certainly do remember it, but not the issue number, sadly.. Anyone?

That’s a cracking issue of The Invisibles. It’s always good to see Steve Parkhouse’s art too.

“I’m pretty sure Garth Ennis didn’t write that… It appeared in the 1980s before Ennis had even started his career, I think.”

Nope, it was Ennis. The story was “Trooper,” written by Ennis, art by John McCrea, Star Wars Tales #10.
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Trooper_(comic)

Great issue of Grant’s magnum opus. Just a beautiful and tearful issue.

Nope, it was Ennis. The story was “Trooper,” written by Ennis, art by John McCrea, Star Wars Tales #10.
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Trooper_(comic)

I guess that concept was played more than once, then… Because I am talking about this comic.

On second thought, though, mine probably isn’t a perfect fit because it wasn’t really specifically indicated that he ended up being shot by Leia… Just that he became an anonymous, expendable Storm Trooper.

I found it quite affecting back then, though.

Um, yeah, what Comb & razor said…

The Marvel series was the one I was thinking of…

Now that I think about it, I didn’t actually read that comic…my friend who collects Star Wars told me about it when I joked about him buying the series in the first place.

That is a wonderfully executed moment.

Invisibles is full of cool comic book moments, but most of them would require too much explanation. This one is a great choice, and, as it happens every time I see an Invisibles reference, makes me want to go back home and reread it once more.

The issue is named “Best Man Fall”, and there’s a story behind that — it’s named after a Scottish children’s game where boys (always boys) play out death scenes (i.e., storming a machine gun nest with grenades, or whatever) and whoever has the most convincing one wins.

It really is a brilliant single issue.

But — Brian, I think your post is a little misleading! Because the twist isn’t really a surprise — if the reader has been paying attention, it’s clear by page three or so who Bobby is, and what’s coming. And I can tell you, that just makes the story that much stronger.

Doug M.

Yeah, Doug, further details make the issue even cooler, but I figure it’d be best to just give a bare bones explanation of the issue to readers.

And yeah, it is not a total surprise, agreed!

Very good stuff. Great damn series.

my favorite single issue of any comic ever

Plus, it tosses out “Edith said to call him Boody,” a bizarre line which isn’t picked up for a couple dozen more issues with the weird Buddhist stuff and the Hand of Glory. Great stuff.

Reminds of the scene from one of the Austin Powers movies, where they show us the reaction of family of one the nameless security guards working for Dr Evil. Granted, that was a brief joke, but still…wonder if they got the idea from this?

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