Villains take the cake when it comes to their ability to induce fear in comics. But just because they cause most of the death and destruction doesn't mean they have the monopoly. As it turns out, wild weather in comics has played an important role in many comics through history, destroying cities, aiding heroes and villains alike, and causing all kinds of problems for comic book characters. From weather manipulation to unavoidable natural disasters and battles with space creatures, there have been some great examples of weather in comics as scary as any villain.
Some storms seemed minor but caused major changes, either by introducing us to characters like Captain America or helping kill characters off. There were storms that came across as metaphorical, standing for inner unrest or showcasing a character’s strengths and then there were the storms that just flat out ruined entire cities. Keep reading to see examples of the craziest weather in comics.
The Ultimatum Wave Kills Millions Including Some Key Heroes
In graphic novel Ultimatum, Magneto gets a hold of Thor's hammer and uses it to flood the streets of New York City with the most ferocious tidal wave ever. In the wake of this disaster, several key comic characters die. Among the dead are Cyclops, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Professor X, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, the list really does go on and on. Ironically, even Magneto himself died from the aftermath of the disaster.
Batman vs. An Earthquake
When a disastrous earthquake strikes Batman's Wayne Manor, Gotham City gets twisted in more ways than usual. This colossal quake, which was simply the work of nature, hit a 7.6 on the Richter scale and left Gotham crumbling and abandoned. For the year that followed, Gotham and its Dark Knight grew even darker as the city became overrun with villains.
On the bright side, Wayne Manor got a much-needed makeover, the Batcave revealed its multiplicity and No Man’s Land, the comic book crossover based on the experience, brought Batman into the 21st century with a whole new style.
A Winter Freeze Puts Captain America in a 70-Year State of Suspended Animation
It must have been a super harsh winter for World War II soldier Steve Rogers, a skinny, ill-fitted patriot who so desperately wanted to march with the troops that he agreed to participate in a government experiment. Shortly following a spell of injections of “Super Soldier Serum," this soon-to-be hero, who would go on to become Captain America, was frozen in a blustery winter freeze for 70 years. This intense winter blast preserved his body in a state of suspended animation and when he was later awakened by Thor and the Avengers team, his physique was still in tip-top shape and he was ready to take the world by storm.
Captain Cold Impales Chillblaine on an Icicle
If you're not a fan of crazy, intense weather, you might want to stay away from Captain Cold's sister. At the very least, you should probably refrain from killing her.
While not exactly a weather manipulator by trade, Captain Cold can do wonders with his freeze gun, especially when angry. So, after Chillblaine kills his sister in cold blood, things get a tad bit icy. In the end, Captain Cold impales Chillblaine on a jagged icicle that was just one layer of a winter storm he doled out to exact revenge on his arch enemy. He did eventually murder Chillblaine, but only after torturing him half to death.