Move over, Superman. Don't listen to the purists and naysayers who think comic book heroes should be paragons of virtue. You don't have to be a strapping, clean-cut mama's boy to be a comic book hero. Many of them are rough around the edges, with unruly hair, and bedraggled, torn black clothing. Goths are an underappreciated demographic in the comic book world, and their myriad presentations and personalities expand what it means to be a hero. To be quite honest, some of them aren't heroes at all.
It turns out, morality is often of no consequence in the goth comic universe. Goths can only be judged on their dedication to their one true cause: The pursuit of gothness. This presents a pivotal question: Who is the most goth of them all?
- Photo: Gallery 13
Aesthetic: Understated KISS reject.
Goth moment: Seeking the psychic guidance of a spirit crow rather than seeking grief counseling.
Yearbook quote: "Life is just a dream on the way to death."
General outlook on life: Forever is now.
Eric Draven is driven by romance, grief, and revenge in equal measure. His regeneration as the Crow is symbolic of heartache and loss, and becoming a sick crow is a satisfyingly goth way to solve such deep-seated emotional issues.14421The most goth?
Death ('Sandman')Photo: Vertigo
Aesthetic: New Age spectre of mortality.
Goth moment: Her entire existence as death personified.
Yearbook quote: "For some folks death is release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I'm there for all of them."
General outlook on life: The beginning is the end is the beginning.
Despite being an anthropomorphic manifestation of death itself, she is a gentle, nurturing soul who simply wants to guide souls through the veil. What a spectacle it must be, to be guided from one world to the other by a leather-bound goth chick with an ankh.8212The most goth?
Raven ('Teen Titans')Photo: DC Comics
Aesthetic: A cloak, and not much else.
Goth moment: Astral projecting her soul-self, a bird made out of condensed black energy.
Yearbook quote: "My mind is a battleground, whipped and ripped asunder, torn from the very fabric of reality."
General outlook on life: Emotionality is a weapon - use it with caution, but use it.
DC Comics' Raven is possibly the most goth depiction of the young psychic. She dies and sublimates into new bodies, enduring a special brand of metaphysical suffering and distress in each iteration.10128The most goth?
- Photo: Marvel Comics
Aesthetic: Buff vampire.
Goth moment: Coming down with a serious case of pseudo-vampirism after undergoing vampire bat DNA therapy.
Yearbook quote: "Accept this vow, then: If I must drink blood, let it be the blood of the corrupt - of those who deserve to die. The blood of the guilty."
General outlook on life: It's not murder if it's honorable.
Born with a genetic predisposition toward vampirism, Morbius has gothness in his DNA. He plays for both the good guys and the bad, and there's nothing more goth than an antihero.7028The most goth?