Total Nerd The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics  

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Comic books have always had the bad rap of being just some idle thing for children. In reality, many of them are anything but. Guys like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Robert Kirkman, and Frank Miller made sure the comic books they worked on were strictly for adult audiences. Even the friendliest of superhero books have more than a few dark and shocking moments.

Be it a surprise death, the way a moment is handled, learning about someone's past, an unmasking, or a sudden revelation that will make the book, and the audience, never quite the same again, comic books offer just as many shocks and twists as any other work of fiction.

What comic book moments do you think are the most shocking? Vote up the most shocking moments from the history of comic books below.
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Joker Beats Robin to Death


Joker Beats Robin to Death is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
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Batman #428
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Magneto Rips Out Wolverine's Adamantium


Magneto Rips Out Wolverine'... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
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X-Men #25 (1993)
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The Joker Paralyzes Batgirl


The Joker Paralyzes Batgirl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
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Batman: The Killing Joke (One-Shot, 1998)
1,136 285
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The Death of Gwen Stacy


The Death of Gwen Stacy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
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Amazing Spider-Man #121
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