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31 Days of Comics – A Comic That Makes You Cry

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 16, which is A Comic That Makes You Cry.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!

I’ll let you all in on a little secret – I don’t believe that I actually HAVE cried at a comic book before. I know, that’s really weird, but I really don’t remember ever doing so. It is not that comics don’t have an emotional reaction for me, as obviously they do, but I just don’t think that I have ever actually been moved to TEARS over a comic book before. And it’s not like I don’t cry at all, as I do (I literally teared up just, like, ten minutes ago over some viral video I saw on AOL), but I guess I just have always had a bit of a detachment when it comes to written works as opposed to video works. Like the famous scene from Up, I couldn’t help but tear up at that when I saw it in a movie theater, but I bet dollars to donuts that if I saw that same scene written out in a comic book that I wouldn’t cry over it, even if it would still be very moving for me.

So I guess I’ll just name a comic that got me CLOSE to tearing up, like the death of Krypto in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow or the infamous “grape” scene from the last issue of Y the Last Man, or the Roast Beef “Because I Got Depression” Achewood comic strip.

My choice will be this insightfully brutal moment from Joshua Cotter’s brilliant Skyscrapers of the Midwest, where a nerdy young boy in the 1980s celebrates his birthday, likely hoping for some Transformers toys…

I don’t care how happy you were growing up as a kid, SOME of the pain of the above sequence must resonate with you!

Ugh, re-reading it now it is just…ugh, that’s rough stuff.

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I bawled like a baby at the end of Laika.

Well, seeing that smiling robot and knowing it’s going to be returned to the store just depressed the hell out of me. Gah!

For a “good” cry, I guess the end of John Ostrander’s SPECTRE run, where Jim Corrigan finally finds peace. I don’t remember it making me cry, but it did resonate and it was nice to see a tortured character’s story close on a happy note.

That is pretty brutal, in such a low-key way.

For me, it’s usually the death of Supergirl from Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Yeah, the death of Kara’s me welling too, and even more so, her brief appearance in Christmas with the Super-Heroes. Plus, the Silver Age death of the Kents, and the Bronze Age Miraculous Return of Jonathan Kent. And probably lots, lots more …

The epilogue issue of “Grand Guignol” in James Robinson’s STARMAN, with Ted Knight’s funeral, hits me square in the tear ducts every single time I read it.

“Goodbye, Chunky Rice” for all the wins.

The Moore/Veith Swamp Thing’s Funeral. (After Lex Luthor kills Swampy)
I think I was 12 and I cried understanding for first time the real meaning of losing someone close to you.

Besides he wasnt dead at all, I could feel foir real the pain of his girl in the funeral.

Tintin in Tibet.
-but I’m with Cronin on the whole ‘for some reason, prose/comics may move me emotionally, but never produce actual tears the way movies and music can’ thing. I wonder if crying needs a sound-based trigger?

“The Death of Speedy” by Jaime Hernandez; gets me every time.

Oh… and Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson.

Dunno about making me cry, but “What if the Avengers Had Been Pawns of Korvac?” was the first comic I can remember having any emotional effect on me besides being entertaining.

Some of Chris Ware’s stuff, definitely; the part of Maus where Spiegelman talks about not being able to compete with the ghost of his dead brother; the end of Zot! #31 (I think — the Ronnie issue.)

I guess I would have to read the entire comic because i didn’t feel much. That said a great sad comic would be “ASTRO CITY The Nearness of You” .

Sean-Micheal Shook

January 16, 2014 at 7:26 am

I made the mistake of reading “Too Cool To Be Forgotten” a few months after my dad died. I could not stop the tears no matter how hard I tried. I have read it since and I still cry like a baby. It is one of the few comics that survived my purge.

So I clicked on that Achewood link and now I have to go curl up into a ball and sob for a bit. Thanks, Obama – I mean Cronin.

I Kill Giants. The whole series is quite sombre but the last issue is heartbreaking.

The Kid who Collects Spider Man is also quite sad, as is a Spider Man story whose title I cannot recall that features a homeless girl hallucinating that she’s meeting Spider Man as she dies from hypothermia on the street.

Brian, Alex, etc–I think you’re all onto something. Yeah, I’ve teared up quite easily during movies/music, but never during a comic. I can’t recall a novel doing it, either. Something interesting to ponder. Maybe Scott McCloud could write a book about it someday.

With that in mind, the closest I’ve come is during the ORIGINAL Death of Superman, from the SIlver Age. The innocence of the usual hero fare coupled with a death like that is quite a gut punch. Moore tried to approximate this with the death of Krypto, and he succeeded somewhat. Still, stuff like The Super Comrades of All Time can probably never be equalled again.

One last thing about Krypto– It’s also interesting how the death of another species can often affect us so much more easily than the death of our own. It even happened to Calvin when that little bird died. Remember that one? Sniffff…

There are a few candidates, but the one that first came to mind is Order of the Stick #496 (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0496.html). Rich Burlew balances comedy, drama, character development and pathos very skillfully in his long-running webcomic, but this particular episode, where one of the characters meets someone in heaven, made me cry openly with its mix of joy and sorrow. The last panel is an incredible moment.

@Matthew: The end of Zot! #31 definitely got me too. As did the close of Zot! #36 – basically everything from when Jenny sees the hospital and realizes Zot is in there to the end of the issue.

@Mr. Cronin: Great choice. Those moments where parents have to face up to their child not being a child, children have to disappoint their parents, and children feel that disappointment and guilt at such a situation… we’ve all had them.

LouReedRichards

January 16, 2014 at 8:20 am

Well no points for originality, but I’m going with The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man. It get’s me every time.
But yeah, the Krypto bit in Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow always get’s me too.

The funeral scene for Mister Miracle in JLI is also good. It’s been years since I read it but I remember Orion at Scott Free’s tombstone to be a very moving moment – it also had a great cover!

I tear up/cry at the drop of a hat though, it doesn’t take much to get me going.

@mrclam – good call on the Calvin/Bird thing, I had totally forgotten about that.

Over the years a lot of comics have made me cry. Until about five years ago, these instances were scattered and maybe rare, but since then it seems that comics have tapped into this magic sorrow button for me. Just some kickass emotional comics out there now.

For me it all started with Thor 362, when Skurge holds the bridge at Gjallerbru. It’s just such an epic, sacrificial, redemptive moment for the character. So well drawn and so well conceived. The moment from late 1985 proved to me that comics could elicit deeply born emotional responses, that they could touch even if momentarily, the wonder of the human spirit. It would be years until I’d be so moved again by the form.

In the early 2000s, I believe I got a bit watery at Ted’s funeral in Starman. Also, probably at least pretty mopey at points in Jimmy Corrigan. But then came the late 2000s.

The grape scene in Y: The Last Man. “Got another one” in Town of Evening Calm. Jameson’s eulogy article in Ultimate Spider-Man during the time he was thought dead before they really killed him 25 issues or so later. That one chapter in Book 1 of Cross Game. The Asuna-wakes-up chapter in the final volume of Negima. That Animal Crossing webcomic about the mom who died of cancer. And this panel from the entirely excellent-and-devastating Three Shadows.

Oh, and that chapter of Daytripper where Bras dies while on book tour. Boom. I was solidly devastated forever across like the whole last six pages of that chapter. Maybe when I get home I’ll scan a page or something.

But at the end of the day, as heart-thumping and gut-wrenching as any of these examples might be, they’re all amateur hour next to Twin Spica, the 12-volume manga series from Vertical about a 15-year-old girl who enrolls in Japan’s first space school with the goal of becoming an astronaut. Almost a volume doesn’t go by that doesn’t at least once rend your heart into wooded, tetanus-soaked splinters. This book holds WMD levels of sorrow. I read the whole thing in Starbucks, where I had anime-rivers of tears streaming silently down my face. And strangely, it’s weird that the saddest, most hurtful book in the entire world should also be such a joyous exploration of the human spirit.

@LouReedRichards–
Uh, I erred. I meant the one where Calvin finds the little raccoon. It’s 6,7,8. The moving bird piece is also here. I somehow confused the two in my mind.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/times-calvin-and-hobbes-broke-your-heart

There’s a scene with Lord Fanny in The Invisibles vol.1, Issue 15. It shows her at the lowest point of her life. She has just been savagely beaten and raped by deranged socialites at a costume party. She is on the verge of giving up on life. That’s when her goddess Tlazolteotl comes to her, and Fanny re-strengthens her resolve. She says to herself:

“I will crawl through shit. I will take all the filth of the world and turn it into the purest gold. I will rise from darkness, shining like the morning star.

Illuminated woman am I, says.”

Every time I read that scene, I tear up a little.

Seriously no one has yet mentioned We3? I bawled. BAWLED. Throughout the entire second half.

OMG! I know! I made the mistake of reading We3 on the bus when I first bought it and got to be the crazy person crying on the bus. That’s the one that brought me to full on tears, but there are a few honorable mentions that got me close. For the Man Who Has Everything, Superman and his “son” at the Kandor crater. Krypto in What Ever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. Basically every version of the destruction of Krypton. Though this one ironically was less sad in the latest movie because they split the three moments (Jor-El and Lara’s goodbye to their son, their last moments together, and the planet going boom) between three scenes. It ruined the impact for me. Another one that always hits me is the end of X-23: Innocence Lost.

So many here I would second…

The Boy Who Collects Spider-Man
Finale of Y: The Last Man
We3
Thor 362

All of those brought me tears.

Never read the Achewood one or Skyscrapers of the Midwest but those are just brutal. Especially Skyscrapers because I can remember a very similar situation in my childhood.

As for ones not listed yet… The last issue of Hitman. It’s the kind of tears that are both sad and happy if that makes any sense.

The end of Hitman made me cry, not just for the content, but because it was the end of Hitman.

“ASTRO CITY The Nearness of You” .

I can get teary-eyed just thing about Skurge holding the bridge.

A big part of that Skurge-at-Gjallerbru moment for me is due to Christine Scheele’s colouring. She does such a tremendous job colouring Simonson’s art and the yellows, oranges, and reds on that page just really sell the moment for me.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/skurge6.jpg

LouReedRichards

January 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

@clam

haha, yeah that’s funny I was thinking of the raccoon sequence instead of the bird one too.

It’s been years since I’ve read any C&H. I guess should pull a couple of the volumes I have left out and read them again.

There were a couple of scenes that used to make me cry in old Marvel comics when I was a kid, and the thing is, I think both of them were meant to be funny moments.

In the first Bob Layton Hercules miniseries, Herc gives some big tough alien in a space bar “the gift of battle,” punching him out of the blue for no reason, and the big guy collapsed in tears, sobbing “What did I do to make you hate me?!”

There was also a moment in a Busiek issue of Power Man & Iron Fist where a kid was horrified to find out that a vigilante he hired to get his bicycle back from a bully had shattered the other kid’s kneecaps, crippling him for life. Both of those little moments used to make me cry, though I don’t think they were meant to at all.

A few have made me come close: Thor #362, Wolverine Weapon X #16… the Nightcrawler eulogy issue, and in Vault of Horror #31 the Feldstein/Orlando adaptation of Bradbury’s “The Lake.”

The abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl, September 2008, when Townsen …
Of course you have to read it from the start to have any kind of impact.
http://abominable.cc

Yeah, I’m with LouReedRichards and Seth. I cry while reading comics all the damn time. Most of mine have already been mentioned (Krypto’s the big one), but I’m sure I’ll think of something. I know I was just tearing up at something I read on the train home from work the other day…

Oh yeah. This is a newer, currently ongoing series so SPOILERS…

The scene in Volume 2 of “Saga” where Marko’s father dies while his wife and son are out of the room, just when he was about to tell them he was sick. And the thing that kills him is that he’s protecting his newborn granddaughter, and his last words are how beautiful her eyes are.

Pardon me, there’s some dust in my eyes…

Locke and Key. Pick an issue.

I don’t think any comic’s made me cry.

But I was very saddened by the abortion in Scalped.

And I’m pretty sure the one and only issue of Garth Ennis’s “Crossed” got me pretty upset (vaguely recall someone mercy-killing their own kids..? I don’t think about it much).

And I finally read Steve Gerber’s run in Essential Defenders and was really depressed by #21, where Hulk trashes a family’s house and leaves the father destitute and in tears. I was waiting for a standard Avengers-type “Tony Stark will pay for the damages” resolution but nope. And then, when we see the family a few issues later, with their house in the process of being rebuilt, Hulk does it again. And again, no resolution, the Defenders just say “let’s get the f— out of here…” Dr. Strange didn’t have a single spell he could use?

One of the bluntest examples of writer-as-cruel-god I can recall.

Let’s see, Michael Moran’s final “Kimota” in Miracleman was another sad moment…

I’m sure some comics made me happy too, but I’ve gone on long enough…

Only issue of Garth Ennis’s “Crossed” THAT I READ is what I meant to write.

When Krypto dies in What ever happened to the man of tomorrow I find incredibly sad. Not just because well Krypto Dies! But it feels like the death an era that was filled with so many fun and silly stories. An innocence being swept aside for a more realistic time. Ah, the silver/bronze age….when comics were just comics :)

@Stephen: Oh dear god, yes. The little girl. I’m misting up just thinking about it.

Any comic Rob Liefeld does. Kidding kidding, actually the closest I came to crying while reading a comic was when I read Sand Chronicles. It’s about a girl that when she was 12 her father left the family and then her mom commits suicide and she tries her best to deal with it and ends up becoming just like her mother when she gets older, working herself to exhaustion and becoming suicidal.

We3 and I Kill Giants were the first that came to my mind.

way back, the dead of Cypher in New Mutants was pretty brutal.

and fables: Cubs in toyland had its moments ..

Skurge’s death still makes me tear up just by thinking about it, and We3 has so many moments that get to me.

The scene in All-Star Superman #10 with the girl on the ledge has me sobbing helplessly every time I read it.

I’d have picked Pride of Baghdad. Can’t think of a comic that ever made me cry, but that one probably came the closest.

Ultimate Spider-Man “The Death of Peter Parker”

“I did it. I saved…….” Right as Aunt May is holding his battered body alongside all of his friends and neighbors.

Up until that moment, I was sure that Bendis was pranking us and had a cop out.

Absolutely heartbreaking. Other ones of note that made me well up: Death of David in Strangers in Paradise and Rocket Raccoon’s words at the end of Thanos Imperative: ” Why’d you have to be heroes?” At the memorial for Star-Lord and Nova.

I have to put in a word for Stuck Rubber Baby. I’ve read a lot of comics, and while a few have made me tear up, nothing but that has made me weep such that I left water marks on the page. If you’ve read it, you know which page I mean.

MarkR called it: Goodbye, Chunky Rice. The scene with the puppies is the most heartbreaking sequence I’ve ever read in a comic.

Someone mentioned Gregory IV in the comments to another 31 Days… post. The scene in which the fat child is talking to his grandfather about candy made me tear up. It’s one of the only scenes in the book in which he’s not being bullied or berated or lashing out, and for some reason it got to me.

Many many because I’m a big ol softy, but I most recently got choked up at the part of Calling Dr Laura where she finds information about her dad on Facebook. Also the part of Rutu Modan’s The Property where the character has to tell a man that his son who he never got to meet is dead and now they’ll never meet. I’ll cry at parent-child heartbreak/tragedy just about every time.

I would have to go with Grant Morrison’s last issue of Animal Man. That final scene with the flashlight just floored me.

I Kill Giants.

Daytripper. Almost every issue dammit.

Parts of “Building Stories”

We3

So yeah, lots of stuff people have written about.

For the sarcastic response:

One More Day herrr derrrrrrr.

The last page of Flash #350. Especially because I read it a few years after I’d read both Flash #276 and Crisis #8. “And they lived happily ever after. For a while.”

The last issue of “The Human Race,” the three-part Flash story by Grant Morrison where Wally has to race his childhood imaginary friend or Earth dies. The scene where Wally’s little friend makes his sacrifice is heartbreaking.

More joyous, the finale of “Return to Krypton, Part 2.” Superman and Krypto are powerless on Krypton. Krypto gets shot, and Superman think he has died. There’s a moment where he’s just sitting in the shadows, holding his dog. Cue next issue, Superman, still powerless, is facing off against Xon-Ur, some Kryptonian zealot. By this time, Superman has interfaced with a computer and figured out that Krypton is just a simulation built to lure and kill him. Xon-Ur, part of the simulation, asks Superman what’s he learned from the computer. Superman bitterly says, “love kills.” Xon-Ur pulls back his fire sword to attack Superman…and Krypto leaps in and just mauls the hell out of him. It’s the perfect shift from hopelessness to “holy crap, yeah!”, and it gets me every time.

And I don’t even like dogs.

I could name so many stories here but the one that always makes me cry is COIE #7. Kara’s death scene and then that final page are perfectly portrayed. I must have read it a dozen times in the past 30 years but it always ends in tears.

I was really in to Hitman but stopped reading comics before it finished, figuring I’d finish the titles I was reading in trades down the line. Except DC didn’t collect Hitman until recently, but I was curious to read how it ended. I swear, that last issue was so sad a somewhat detailed plot summary on a geocities site made he cry.

I still tear up every time at Aunt May’s death. Bringing her back after such a great send off made me so mad that I haven’t bought an issue of Spiderman since.

“The Last Bounty Hunter” – just the thought of Jonah Hex dying and his corpse stuffed and mounted as part of some run-down amusement park. All of this written during the middle of his own successful book’s run and still the definitive death of Jonah.

Like Brian comics don’t often move me to tears so the best I could come up with is Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Kid on Earth. Matt Kindt’s “3 Story” and Daytripper are also equally emotionally devastating at times.

I am pretty sure that the only time I cried from a comic was when I was a kid, Wolverine 75. The letter he writes to Jubilee to say goodbye really got to me. I knew even then it wasn’t permanent, but it was a powerful moment. (At the time, anyway, I won’t reread it as an adult because I assume it isn’t as good as my memory.)

Though it never made me cry, the reunion scene in “Who is Donna Troy?” (NTT #38) always gets to me.

Amazing Spider-Man #400 was the first.

Lone Wolf and Cub has a number of absolutely heart-breaking moments.
The Hunger Town, where Daigoro gets a puppy.
And the one where Daigoro plays with the samurai under house arrest and on the day he’s to commit seppuku, it rains and he keeps watching the spot in the hedge that Daigoro always appears in, praying that the boy won’t come.

Even typing that made me sad.

I think I’m too cold hearted to be brought to tears by a comic.

That said, I Kill Giants, Animal Man, WE3 and Gregory IV: Fat Boy all moved me.

One story that hasn’t been mentioned yet is “To Kill a Legend” from Detective Comics #500. The Phantom Stranger gives Batman the chance to save his parents on an alternate Earth. The ending, where the ironic circumstances of Batman’s intrusion are shown, gets me every time.

I remembered the Spider Man comic with the homeless girl. It was the Friendly Neighbourhood Spider Man Annual backup story by Peter David and Colleen Doran. Between that and the Death of Jean DeWolff Peter David probably wins the award for the most heart-wrenching Spidey writer.

Everything Craig Thompson for me…but now I really want to read Skyscrapers of the Midwest.

I want to echo the fact that I teared up at AMS 400. I haven’t read it in years, but remember tearing up at it.

I was also annoyed when they brought Aunt May because she just seemed so superfluous. It didn’t make me want to stop buying Spider-Man, only two things have ever done that, but it was a shame that such a great story was undone.

BTW, the two things that made me stop were Peter is a Clone and the Byrne revamp.

Surprised no big time old school ones like the Death of Gwen Stacy or Jean Grey have been mentioned. But there is something to be said about the visual. Reading the baby dying in Walking Dead didn’t really move me; just the sight of an empty, bloody car seat does me in on the tv show. I’d have to jump on the death of Aunt May bandwagon too. Can a really bad comic be sad? Identity Crisis one is sad just because of what it does to Ralph, after he tells his story of his one true love. Manipulative trash, but how they gut the characters guts me too. Catwoman giving up her baby for adoption. And we forget now with all the kids running around, but when Sue Richards has the miscarriage, it was shocking at the time.

I guess once you become a dad different things make you sad.

The death of one of my all time favorite fictional characters in Runaways Vol. 2

The final arc of The Boys absolutely tore me to pieces, as did Preacher before it. Neither is a book one would typically think of as a tear-jerker.

the comic story that i bawled most at of course was the end of the dark phoenix saga where jean winds up after giving scott that speech about how if she lost it dark phoenix would win whacked herself. that and what ever happen to the man of tomorrow alans moore sending superman off to be rebooted after coi. brutal espically what happens to every one including krypto.

The very end of Touch. The romantic angle is satisfying, but what always gets me is the last scene with the coach. For most of the series he’s acted like a total asshole and for much of the series the characters couldn’t tell if he wanted to ruin the team or make them stronger. Later on in the series, we discover his intention was the former, but he keeps helping them out despite himself and just hopes that his harsh but effective training makes them give up. When in the end it is reveal that the players knew he was going blind and they give him the winning ball signed by all of them… good, that always gets me.

“Death Of Captain Marvel”……’Nuff Said……

“Death Of Captain Marvel”……’Nuff Said……Two others come to mind…..”Clan Apis” and #50 issue of The Defenders, with Jacob Fury giving his eulogy to the LMD Nick Fury and eventually killing himself……Heady stuff….

Ok, one more……”Farewell Moonshadow”……Sniff……

For some strange reason with all the other books that could have done it over time, the first issue that actually made a tear run down my cheek was the death of Colossus in Uncanny X-Men #390 . The comic book afterlife had not quite become the revolving door that it seems to be now, and maybe I was just emotional that day as I re-read years later it and did not have anywhere near the same reaction… though perhaps it was knowing that it was only temporary long after the fact. I hate to give Lobdell a ton of credit as his work is typically uneven, but in this case it was a well written book read at just the right time.

I’m coming to this late but Top 10 #8 by Alan Moore, Zander Cannon, Gene Ha and Todd Klein. The accident that Peregrine supervises is all at once tragic, funny, enlightening and hopeful.

Sheesh, those pages from Skyscrapers of the Midwest are heartbreaking. Bonus points for being sad not because of something terrible happening (such as say, someone dying), but for something really sad.

Anyway, personal picks for me would be some of the later issues of Zot! (for some reason the final issue always gets me going) and the Dark Phoenix Saga. That being said, I’m part of the don’t-cry-from-comics crowd, so they really more just affected me strongly than made me cry.

I actually cried from the recent issue of Injustice where Nightwing died. Batman losing his son in that series hurt more than his biological son in the ‘real’ world.

But the first comic I remember making me cry was an issue of Spiderman (Peter Parker 118) where he tried to save a mutant kid from SHIELD but then… (I won’t spoil it).

Y: The Last Man: Whys and Wherefores. Specifically when Agent 355 is shot.

man…good question….The funeral for Ted Knight in Starman ALWAYS tears me up.

BUT 2 books by John Byrne makes me actually cry. FF #285 ‘Hero’ about a boy who had crappy parents who wanted to be like his hero, Johnny Storm, and caught himself on fire and died. Johnny was sooooo upset and retired until te Beyonder of all people told him ‘ It wasn’t because of you that Tommy Hanson died…it was through you Tommy Hanson lived!”

The other (I forget the issue number…#260ish ‘A Small Loss’ Sue Richards is about to give birth but there are complications due to her powers and the baby being conceived in the Negative Zone. Reed finds various radiation specialists to help…he realizes he has only one hope….DR OCTOPUS!!! Doc is in jail but is moved by Richards plea for help. They fly through the city but a Bugle Spider-Man billboard throws Octopus into a rage and the 2 fight. Reed and Otto come to an understanding and race to the hospital….only to be too late…the baby died minutes earlier….

Also Kurt Busiek’s recent ‘Thoughts on a Winter Morning’ made me bawl like a baby

I almost never cry reading or watching anything. But I cried right on the pages of the final Ampersand scene in Y: The Last Man #60 and I know I’m not the only one.

The moment in Jimmy Corrigan when his dad abandons him at the Worlds Fair.

“Kid who collected Spider-man”. I still pull that one out 30 yrs later

The ones that really got to me were books I read as a kid. Some of these have already been brought up but, anyway, here goes:

Amazing Spiderman 400: I was at a Mark Bagley signing recently and had him sign it and he started ranting about how he didn’t care what John Byrne thinks, Aunt May is still dead…I tend to agree.

CoIE 7: The death of Supergirl is also the best Supergirl story.

Superman 75: Ratings stunt though it was, the death of Superman was well written and, even knowing he’d be back before long, it still got to me.

Superman/Batman Generations: The scene where the Wayne’s choose to go to the theater knowing they will die so that Bruce will become Batman.

Kingdom Come: Magog’s breakdown and confrontation with Superman after the destruction of Kansas…it was a powerful moment that illustrated the difference between the modern heroes and the classics.

X-Men 30: The wedding of Scott and Jean was the culmination of decades of stories and I thought it was great…especially because it didn’t dissolve into the usual super slugfest such events usually become.

A few more recent honorable mentions:

Identity Crisis: Not a huge fan of this one (though not a total hater like some) but Ralph’s reaction to Sue’s death and Ray Palmer’s reaction to the identity of the killer were pretty powerful moments.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis: The death of Ted Kord by Max Lord was like the death of one of my favorite comic eras from childhood.

Infinite Crisis: Death of Earth 2 Lois Lane…I don’t cry at comics anymore but “Superman always saves Lois” nearly got me.

Blackest Night: Didn’t care much for most of this story but the return of the dead heroes at the end with Hawkgirl restored as Shayera and Aquaman snapping Mera out of her Red Lantern rage was handled very well.

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