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The Most Important Deaths in Comic History

Whether they were victims of an assassination, caught in the crossfire during a superhero battle, or simply died of natural causes (which actually happens in comics much more than you'd think), all of the deaths in comic books have some impact big or small. Even those characters that only last a few issues. But which comic book deaths are the most important? This list has the deaths that have rocked comic-dom to its core, as ranked by the community.
This list is about those big ones, those with enormous impact, those that are still felt in the pages of their respective books to this day. Deaths so important that they effect the very fabric of the hero's identity and have made their way into popular culture in general as well.

Vote up the most important deaths in comic book history below. The deaths that forever changed the world of comics and beyond.
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    In comics, death equals resurrection, and no one knows that better than Jean Grey.

    The Dark Phoenix Saga from 1980 is a tale of absolute power corrupting absolutely. A few years prior, X-Scribe Chris Claremont decided to turn one of the X-Men's weakest members into its most powerful. Jean was piloting the damaged X-Jet back to earth and after being exposed to fatal levels of radiation, she is forced to use her full psychic and telekinetic potential, killing her, and birthing the Phoenix.

    After a few failed attempts by the Hellfire Club to brainwash her, she starts to lose her grasp on reality. Now referring to herself only as the Phoenix she begins terrorizing space, eventually destroying an entire inhabited galaxy by consuming a star. Realizing the terrible things she's done and that she can't control this immeasurable power, she kills herself to protect her X-Men and the rest of the universe.

    Now, she's come back from this "death" countless times since (always in varied and different forms, as technically the original Marvel Girl died as soon as The Phoenix was born), but this was such a huge event, that it arguably re-shaped how death is handled in comics. It was genre redefining.

    It was also a brilliant commentary on power, innocence, and love, in a setting with infinite scope, which is what comics are all about.

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