The Top 25 Most Shock­ing and Sur­pris­ing Mo­ments in Comics Ev er!

Lots of deaths, an un­likely race, a foxy new girl­friend and a fridge…

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From heroic sac­ri­fice to out-of-nowhere be­trayal, from game-chang­ing new con­cepts to shame­less tear­jerk­ers, comics revel in “Did-you- seethat?!” shock mo­ments. Matt Bielby talks you through our favourites

The comic book uni­verse heaves with shock mo­ments, of course: the un­ex­pected re­turn of a vil­lain, the be­trayal of a friend, the this-can’t-be-hap­pen­ing death of a much-loved char­ac­ter – but most comics go out of their way to make sure that noth­ing re­ally hap­pens too. (Af­ter all, how can Peter Parker re­main a hard-luck ev­ery­man when he’s mar­ried to a su­per­model? He can’t, and pe­ri­od­i­cally all such blind al­leys must be swept aside.)

You’d think this “noth­ing’s ac­tu­ally per­ma­nent” thing would strip comics of their drama some­what, but it doesn’t seem to. The medium’s still packed with “Wow!” mo­ments, scenes or ideas that knock us off our feet. A quar­ter century of our favourites fol­low, but first, a few notes on the list.

The medium’s packed with “Wow!” mo­ments that knock us off our feet

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