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THIRTEEN SHOCK-ENDING STORIES!
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(13) "Judge Death Lives!"
PUBLISHED IN 2000 A.D. # 224 (1981)
Written by TB GROVER, Art by BRIAN BOLLAND

Four Dark Judges stalk Mega-City One! Judge Fear can terrify people just by staring into their eyes! "Gaze into the face of FEAR!" he tells Judge Dredd.
SHOCKLINGLY, Dredd replies...


(12) "So You're Faceless!"
PUBLISHED IN HOUSE OF MYSTERY #173 (1968)
Written by JACK MILLER
Art by JOE CERTA

Years ago, Martian Manhunter used to have a back-up feature in House of Mystery where he was portrayed as a kind of super spy. Taking the identity of Marco Xavier, a dead criminal, Manhunter infiltrated a spy ring lead by the elusive "Faceless." This storyline ran for years, then Manhunter finally cornered Faceless and pulled off his mask! To his great
SHOCK, Manhunter discovered that Faceless was actually...


(11) "Betrayal"
PUBLISHED IN CAMELOT 3000 #7 (1983)
Written by MIKE W. BARR
Art by BRIAN BOLLAND

In this new take on the old Camelot story, legendary lovers Tristan and Isolde are still lovers -- but in this version of the story, the formerly male Tristan has been reincarnated as a woman! In the old days, this would have been the set-up for a tragic, impossible "love affair" that was never to be fulfilled. After all, we knew comic books weren't going to portray lesbian love, even if the lesbian lovers were supposed to be a woman and a man reincarnated as a woman. Shades of "Victor/Victoria"! However, one night, Tristan and Isolde meet to discuss their situation, and,
SHOCKLINGLY...


(10) "The Creature"
PUBLISHED IN NEXUS #19 (1986)
Written by MIKE BARON
Art by STEVE RUDE, JOHN NYBERG

Where did Nexus' awesome fusion powers come from? Hints had been dropped for many years, since the very beginning of the series, but now it was time to reveal the true source of the mighty one's powers -- which lay in the center of Nexus' adopted home planet, Ylum. Nexus and his girlfriend, Sundra, find a huge underground cavern, and are
SHOCKED to discover the source of Nexus' powers is really...


(9) "Sacrifice" (Part 4)
PUBLISHED IN WONDER WOMAN #219 (2005)
Written by GREG RUCKA with BERGANZA and JOHNS,
Pencils by MORALES, LOPEZ, DERENICK, JEANTY, and KERSCHI
Inks by PROPST, BIT, VINES, PETRECCA, and NELSON

Superman, possessed by the now evil Maxwell Lord, goes on a rampage. He wrecks half the city, and even beats up Batman! What to do? Wonder Woman captures Lord and places him within her magic lasso. "How can I stop you?" she demands of Lord. "Kill me!" he responds. In days gone by, WW would have given a trite soliloquy about how if she was to kill she'd sink down to the villain's level and bla bla bla. But there's no long soliloquy. Instead,
SHOCKLINGLY...


(8) "A New Lease on Death"
PUBLISHED IN STRANGE ADVENTURES #215 (1968)
Story and art by NEAL ADAMS

"This man who was just murdered is our hero. His story begins one minute later!" So read the blurb on the cover of Deadman's first adventure. But who killed Deadman? That's what Boston Brand, a.k.a. Deadman, had to find out. He finally did track down the man who ended his life, a killer know as the Hook. Being cut down in your prime by an assassin is bad enough, but the bizarre reason the Hook had taken Brand's life was nothing less than
SHOCKING...


(7) "A Flash of the Lightning"
PUBLISHED IN CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #8
Written by MARV WOLFMAN
Art by GEORGE PEREZ and JERRY ORDWAY

We all knew that during DC's epic "Crisis on Infinite Earths," some superheroes would die. Of course, we knew DC would never terminate any of their big guns -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern -- but for the sake of drama, someone had to go. Fans spent months guessing which second-tier heroes would bite the dust, and then came Crisis #8, featuring a tragic, heroic death that would continue to haunt the DC Universe for decades to come. Which of DC's hundreds of "second-tier" heroes died in this issue of Crisis? The
SHOCKING answer was...


(6) "The End of Mr. Mind!"
PUBLISHED IN CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #26
Written by ???????
Art by C.C. BECK, PETE COSTANZA

At 24 issues, it was the longest Golden Age story ever told, and also one of the whackiest and wildest. Captain Marvel versus the Monster Society of Evil, a group composed of Cap's entire rogue's gallery and then some. The physical appearance of the Society's leader, Mr. Mind, was not revealed until almost a year into the story -- causing a sensation that fans still remember to this day! Because Mr. Mind was far from a typical evil mastermind, the revelation of his identity was nothing less than
SHOCKING! You see, reader, Mr. Mind was actually...


(5) "Watchmaker"
PUBLISHED IN THE WATCHMEN #4 (1986)
Written by ALAN MOORE
Art by DAVE GIBBONS

Alan Moore's Watchmen was full of shocking moments, but for me, Robby Reed, creator of this blog and author of this article, one of the MOST shocking thing about this series was its portrayal of Dr. Manhattan, a man who has the God-like power to rearrange atoms.
This power was certainly not new to comics. From Captain Atom to Element Lad to the Molecule Man, similar powers had been displayed by others for many years. But it took Alan Moore to dramatize the surprising impact the existence of a man with such powers would truly have on the world!
For example, Superman helped the Allies in WW II, but it still took many years for the Allies to win the war. That's because even a super-powered being couldn't have that much effect on a war, right? That's what we had previously thought -- but in the Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan ends the Vietnam War in mere months after our enemies witness this
SHOCKING sight...


(4) "The Battle of the Baxter Building"
PUBLISHED IN FANTASTIC FOUR #40 (1965)
Written by STAN LEE
Art by JACK KIRBY, VINCE COLLETTA

The evil Dr. Doom has taken over the fabulous FF's headquarters, the Baxter Building, and now the FF have to reclaim it -- without their fantastic powers! Reed manages to invent a ray that restores the team's powers, but in the process Ben Grimm is turned back into the hideous Thing. Although the FF defeat Doom, Ben is furious at being made into a monster again. He doesn't blame Reed, he blames Dr. Doom! And what does Ben do to Doom?
If this were a DC book, Ben would simply walk away and let the cops handle the clean-up, as the FF walked into the sunset. But because this was most definitely a Marvel book, that isn't exactly what happens. Instead,
SHOCKINGLY...


(3) "And Through Him Save a World"
PUBLISHED IN GREEN LANTERN #89 (1972)
Written by DENNY O'NEIL,
Art by NEAL ADAMS, DICK GIORDANO

In this thinly-veiled retelling of Christ's story, an activist tries to stop the production of a jet plane that will harm the environment. He "crucifies" himself in front of the jet's engine, and when GL and GA try to rescue him, they're captured and "crucified" alongside him. He dies on the cross. Later, GL's girlfriend tells him, "Progress must always claim its victims."
SHOCKINGLY, an enraged Lantern turns to the plane and...


(2) "Last Hand"
PUBLISHED IN DAREDEVIL #181 (1982)
Written by FRANK MILLER
Art by FRANK MILLER, KLAUS JANSON

In an issue that hit fandom like a bombshell, Bullseye goes up against Elektra. "One wins, one dies," the famous cover blurb says. But of course, that was just the usual hype, right? Sure, Bullseye and Elektra might have a knock-down, drag-out fight, but we knew that Marvel wasn't really going to kill either one, no matter what the cover said. Then we turned the page, and saw,
SHOCKINGLY...


(1) "A New Science of Life"
PUBLISHED IN ANIMAL MAN #19 (1989)
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by CHAS TRUOG, DOUG HAZLEWOOD

All of which brings us to the most shocking comic book moment that I, Robby Reed, have ever experienced. Animal Man is on a Peyote trip, courtesy of Grant Morrison. He's confronted by the original Animal Man, who is somehow aware that he has been replaced in DC continuity by the new, Morrison-ized Animal Man. But WHO can be doing this? Then, suddenly, A-Man perceives the hidden power that is controlling his destiny. He cries out! His
SHOCKING exclamation...

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