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    Default Poll: What Was the Most Shocking Death at the Hands of a Superhero?

    What Was the Most Shocking Death at the Hands of a Superhero?

    There was a time when heroes killing villains -- or sometimes other heroes -- was a genuinely shocking turn of events. CBR wonders, which of these you feel is the most surprising example of a superhero taking a life?


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    Miracleman killing Johnny Bates.

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    Sentry

    You see an Eisner Award winning writer, a guy who wrote Powers, Ultimate Spider-Man Daredevil, Sam and Twitch...now reduced to writing crap you might see on a public bathroom wall

    1Because now you knew Bendis really f*cked up as a writer, there was no going back here...is Bendis watching too much breaking bad or something

    2Because it looked like something from a sleazy torture porn movie like Saw

    3Because Sentry is.....what the hell is he? he's really a Miracleman ripoff disguised as a Superman ripoff wearing pisscolored clothes...Sentry is supposed to wet his pants in stare downs not go Hannibal on people....no wait he's some japanese tentacle porn creature, no he's galactus, no he's the biblical god.....after all this time, ten plus years of writing nobody knew what the hell Sentry was supposed to be

    4Because Sentry gets the wrong guy, Sentry is supposed to take out Bullseye the guy who molested and murdered his wife Lindy, but Sentry kills the wrong guy

    6Because Siege comic was in total contradiction to Sentry Fallen Sun, helping both Bendis and Jenkins win the worst comic of the year awards

    7Because Sentry attacked his own team mate - double WTF.



    runner up Wanda for exterminating most of the mutant population like a WW2 she-devil, Hal Jordan can also be pretty insane

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Beast Of Yucca Flats View Post
    Miracleman killing Johnny Bates.
    Exactly the first thing that popped into my head.

    Of course, it's nowhere to be found on the poll. Evidently the first thing that popped into the minds of the people who made the poll was some crap involving The Sentry. smh

    What the Sentry did wasn't shocking. It was predictable.

    And the fact that people would think the Sentry was shocking is itself... predictable.

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    Totally agree with the Miracleman option. First thing that popped into my head followed by Wonder Woman vs. Max Lord and Max vs. Blue Beetle if you count Max as a one-time "hero".

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    Joe Grendel killing off The Pantheon.
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    I didn't realize there was that much neck-snapping in comics.
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    Mockingbird letting the Phantom Rider fall to his death, especially as it went directly against the cliche of a woman who has been sexually assaulted needing the be saved (usually by a man). Bobbi saved herself and she did it by letting the scumbag who raped her fall to his death at the end of their fight. Shocking and badass.
    Bobbi Morse: has been on three Avengers teams, worked for SHIELD, evaded the Skrulls for years, received the super soldier serum and Infinity Formula. Still not even a limited series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreadstar View Post
    Joe Grendel killing off The Pantheon.
    That was beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkingbird13 View Post
    Mockingbird letting the Phantom Rider fall to his death, especially as it went directly against the cliche of a woman who has been sexually assaulted needing the be saved (usually by a man). Bobbi saved herself and she did it by letting the scumbag who raped her fall to his death at the end of their fight. Shocking and badass.
    All these years later, I still believe that Mockingbird was probably justified in doing what she did to the Phantom Rider, letting him fall to his death. A major aspect of this story that people seem to ignore when arguing "she took the law into her own hands" is that she was stranded in the 19th Century Old West. Were rapes even prosecuted back then? In any case, her husband Hawkeye was incredible insensitive when he found out what happened but, then again, Clint Barton had consistently been shown to be a pretty sexist, oblivious character when it came to the feelings of women. I do wish Steve Englehart could have stayed on West Coast Avengers because I would have liked to have seen where he would have taken this storyline.

    That said, I voted for Superman executing the Phantom Zone criminals. Extremely drastic, yes, but they had murdered several billion innocent people. They deserved what they got. And subsequent stories did very clearly demonstrate that Superman carried a lot of guilt over his actions for some time to come, so it's not like he just shrugged it off and moved on.

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    Agreed with those that think Miracleman's (Marvelman, whatever) killing Johnny Bates should be on this poll.

    I voted for Hal Jordan killing Sinestro, as that really showed how far gone/possessed Hal had become. Yeah, he mangled other GLs, but the personal nature of him killing Sinestro really put things in perspective. Him killing Killowog was just unnecessary after that.

    But Wonder Woman killing Max Lord was a pretty shocking one, too. Especially considering all the fallout that resulted from it.

    The Sentry killing Ares just seemed like Bendis were giving us a reason to be ok with Thor abruptly killing him. Not that a whole lotta people would have complained about killing off Sentry anyway, but still...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bh123 View Post
    All these years later, I still believe that Mockingbird was probably justified in doing what she did to the Phantom Rider, letting him fall to his death. A major aspect of this story that people seem to ignore when arguing "she took the law into her own hands" is that she was stranded in the 19th Century Old West. Were rapes even prosecuted back then? In any case, her husband Hawkeye was incredible insensitive when he found out what happened but, then again, Clint Barton had consistently been shown to be a pretty sexist, oblivious character when it came to the feelings of women. I do wish Steve Englehart could have stayed on West Coast Avengers because I would have liked to have seen where he would have taken this storyline.

    That said, I voted for Superman executing the Phantom Zone criminals. Extremely drastic, yes, but they had murdered several billion innocent people. They deserved what they got. And subsequent stories did very clearly demonstrate that Superman carried a lot of guilt over his actions for some time to come, so it's not like he just shrugged it off and moved on.
    Oh, Bobbi was definitely justified in letting the Phantom Rider die. Not only was he a rapist, but he was trying to kill her so that they could be together forever in the afterlife--and death didn't even get rid of him! What a creep.

    Clint acted like an asshole when he found out, but at least he learned his lesson and was sorry for the way he acted (thankfully Clint's character development is the sort that sticks), it's just a shame the person he said sorry to the first time turned out to be a Skrull.
    Bobbi Morse: has been on three Avengers teams, worked for SHIELD, evaded the Skrulls for years, received the super soldier serum and Infinity Formula. Still not even a limited series.

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    Not sure it's the most shocking, but Superman killing the (powerless) Phantom Zone criminals was quite possibly the most moronic killing by a superhero ever. Truly awful ending to a terrible story, in which supposedly intelligent characters acted like complete idiots. Terrible way for John Byrne to end his run on Superman.

    As for most shocking, I agree about Miracleman killing Johnny Bates. I remember that better than any other scene from the Miracleman comics.
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    Spider-Man "accidentally" snapping Gwen's neck.

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    The one that has always stuck with me is from Gaiman's Eternals miniseries from 2005. When Zuras tracks Sprite down on the train after he had caused all that mischief. The have a brief, heartfelt conversation. And then Zuras calmly reaches over and snaps his little neck.
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