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The 13 Worst Natural Disasters in Comic Book History

Updated June 14, 2019 3k votes 1.1k voters 108.6k views13 items

List RulesVote up the most dangerous weather incidents in comic book history.

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. 

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    Batman vs. An Earthquake

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    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.

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    The Storm That Sculpted the Face of the Planet

    According to the lore in the Storm comic series, a primal storm swept over Earth, changing its future forever. While there's not much background information on the "primal storm" itself, it had a huge impact on the universe and planet. Shaping the face of the planet’s not exactly a minor detail and it’s certainly a foreshadowing of the effect weather will have on the planet’s future. 

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    A Hurricane Based on Real Life Hurricane Katrina Appears

    Comic books usually take place in a fictional universe, but sometimes that universe is rooted in real-life tragedies. For example, the Batman comics dealt with the criminal element of 1960s New York City. Hurricane Katrina inspired a hurricane in Dark Rain, which sets gets the story running in this groundbreaking hidden gem of a graphic novel.

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    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.

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