I think it goes without saying that being a superhero means you have an insanely dangerous job. And you may, in one occasion or another, bite the dust and die. But not to worry, chance are you’ll come back to life again somehow!
Comic book deaths are always so fun to go through, because in one timeline a person dies and then in another they come back to life but are evil, or the timeline gets completely changed and it all never happened. Either way, in the moment, these top 10 deaths below really hit me hard. And btw, Jean Grey will not be on this list, because she annoyed me to no end, and I was kind of glad when she died…the first 3 times.
While there have been many versions as to why Supergirl no longer fights along side her cousin Superman. For me, the most relevant time is when she sacrificed her life for him, allowing Sups and his friends to escape unharmed. This was her most defining moment.
Colossus changed a lot during his time with the X-Men, from being a Russian farmer, to having an adorable crush on Storm, to then becoming a key member of the team and beginning a relationship with Kitty Pryde, Colossus was the gentle giant we all loved. Then came the Legacy Virus, a virus that specifically targeted mutants. Beast eventually developed a cure once Colossus injected himself so that he would have a sample to synthesis a cure with. Talk about taking one for the team.
8. Damian Wayne
Damian Wayne is one of my fave DC characters, and it’s mainly due to the fact that he constantly battles between what his father, Bruce Wayne, tries to teach him as Robin and what his mother, Talia al Ghul, and grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul have instilled in him since childhood. Damian definitely blurred the lines between the question of “to kill or not to kill”, but it was heartbreaking when he was eventually killed. Especially since Alfred took his death the hardest, blaming himself for Damian’s early demise.
7. Professor Xavier
The Avengers vs X-Men crossover event certainly had much debate to the story line, and while Xavier has died many times before, this one stuck out to me the most because he was killed by Scott Summers, a man that looked up to Professor X and saw him as a father figure and mentor. Scott was under the influence of that pesky Phoenix Force, and was forced to do the one thing that I’m sure he’ll regret for the rest of his life.
6. The Flash – Barry Allen
Barry literally disintegrated frame by frame until there was nothing left. Barry was one of my favourite versions of the Flash, so I was pretty upset. This also marked as the first time DC killed one of their main characters ever in comic book history. RIP Allen.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, Superman died. And not like in that ridiculous Batman vs Superman film. In the comic, the Man of Steel died in the arms of his true love Lois Lane, which only managed to make it that sadder. At the time, this was an iconic moment, as Sups represent the biggest name in comic book history. And love him or hate him, I think he probably still holds that mantle to date. Yes, he was eventually resurrected, but it was still sad!
4. Captain America
For those of you that don’t know, in the comic version of Civil War, Captain America dies thanks to Iron Man turning the other cheek when the government parades Cap around like a criminal. He gets assassinated and Tony sits next to his dead body admitting to his old friend that all this just wasn’t worth it.
3. Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker’s first girlfriend before ending up with Mary-Jane. And if you ask me, I think they were better matched for each other. What’s so sad/tragic about her death is that it’s another one that is indirectly cause by Spidy and has never changed. Just like his Uncle Ben, Gwen dies and stays that way. Trying to save her from falling due to the actions of the Green Goblin, Spider-Man attempts to rescue Gwen by webbing her leg to break her fall, but inadvertently snaps her neck instead.
2. Jason Todd
Writers decided to take a poll on whether or not the new Robin, Jason Todd, should be killed in the next issue. And thanks to one guy voting a ridiculous amount of times yes, he was beaten to death by the Joker, with Batman arriving only seconds late to save his sidekick. This destroyed the Bat family, especially when he was brought back to life as a slightly insane and evil character the Red Hood.
Krypto was Superman’s pet dog that was also blessed with super strength. As someone who recently lost my cat this year, this story hits a little too close to home, so I will be brief. Krypto sacrificed himself to save Superman, and while he’s dying, Clark hears his last howl in pain and is unable to do anything to stop it.
Which comic book death hit you the hardest?