10 Saddest Deaths In Comic Book History, According To Reddit – Screen Rant

Comics are notorious for killing off characters and bringing them back with convoluted explanations, but there are still plenty of affecting deaths.
The Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, had to deal both narratively and in the real world with the death of lead actor Chadwick Boseman. The film was extremely respectful in its treatment of the man and the Marvel Comics character that brought Boseman to so many audiences.
When someone dies in a comic book, the death is usually not permanent, but that doesn't mean it's not emotionally affecting. The MCUhas already shown that it can depict the deaths of its most-lauded characters, from Iron-Man to Black Widow, in ways that make the viewers feeld how devastating the loss is. Fans on Reddit have debated which comics characters have suffered the saddest deaths depicted on the page, and there are a lot to choose from.
Before Brie Larson was Captain Marvel, the hero appeared on the pages as a man. And his death is much more mundane than one would guess for a superhero. One Redditor described The Life and Death of Captain Marvel as "a superhero comic but Captain Marvel goes from this larger than life hero to this scared guy slowly dying of cancer."
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In the comic run, Captain Marvel develops cancer, a very human disease and one that he is unable to fight with all his superhuman strength. Watching the hero brought low by the disease is sad to watch, but the way both fellow heroes and old foes come to pay their respects brings happy tears.
Reddit user Fit_Salad_4076 posts bout one of the most infamous deaths in comics, "'The Night of Gwen Stacy' is the most tragic in my opinion." Marvel fans know Gwen Stacy's death shook the comics world as it was one of the first times a major character was killed off as a result of the actions of the hero.
It's a particularly gruesome death for such a well-liked character. She is thrown off a building, and the whiplash from Spider-Man's webs catching her in free fall breaks her neck. Peter Parker's grief and guilt about the death ushered in a new, darker era for the comics.
The second Flash incarnation, Barry Allen, died during the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Reddit user HappinessIsAWarm said, "It does a great job of displaying Barry's very human fear of death, but he never hesitates to do what needs to be done." This Flash's death lasted for a very long time in terms of comic characters: nearly 25 years.
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Allen dies fighting one of the greatest threats in DC, the Anti-Monitor. Readers got to experience every moment of his last few minutes on earth. The way he thinks about his family and philosophizes about his own death while he literally wastes away into nothing is heart-breaking but inspiring.
Unlike her late husband, Uncle Ben, Aunt May does not stay dead after she passes away in the comics. Indeed, she has died multiple times, but has always been brought back by some absurd retcon. However, one of her deaths is so well written and sad that it stands out from the rest, even if it does eventually get reversed.
Reddit user jcoville writes, "The Death of Aunt May – until they brought her back again." The rest of the users in the comment chain agree that this death is particularly affecting. Aunt May reveals she'd always know Peter was Spider-Man, much to his surprise. And that Peter doesn't have to lie to her anymore on her deathbed is a bittersweet ending.
One Redditor hobohunter13 posts about a very sad death and the aftermath, "Nightcrawler in Second Coming. Sure he got better eventually… It came out of nowhere." In the series, the villain Bastion, puts his arm out right where he expects Nightcrawler to teleport to and impales the mutant. It's a power limitation that only dedicated Marvel comic fans will know.
The famously religious X-Men prays to God that he can teleport one last time to get himself and his friend away from Bastion. He does so and dies on the beach in Hope's arms. His death shocks the X-Men who up until that point did not take Bastion and the Sapien League seriously, and it changed Wolverine and Beast for an amount of time, making them act out violently.
The Green Goblin is a terrifying villain for Spider-Man because of how entwined their relationship is, with Peter Parker being his son Harry's best friend. That's one of the reasons Reddit user runnerofshadows posts, "Harry Osborn. He finally forgave his best friend and abandoned his father's legacy."
Harry takes the Green Goblin formula to avenge his father but at his last confrontation with Spider-Man he regains his sanity and saves his rival. The formula quickly begins to kill him and in his last moment, Osborne apologizes to Spider-Man and admits he was wrong. It's a powerful reconciliation that puts to rest the grief from Gwen Stacy's death that started everything.
Redditor i_do_stuff writes, "Dream? Give me your hand And the entire buildup to that scene. I can't envision a time where it will not get me." At the end of the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, Dream, the protagonist is set to let the Kindly Ones destroy him to save the Dreaming.
It had been a long adventure that had finally led to this final moment of acceptance on Dream's part; he allowed himself to be killed to protect the Dreaming. But his older sister is there with him and kindly and warmly brings him into the land of the dead. It's a bittersweet ending that is both sad and satisfying.
Reddit user chesire2050 writes, "Death of Supergirl? and then reading Brainiac 5's reaction to it in LOSH?" Crisis on Infinite Earths was a DC comic crossover event that altered many future storylines and whose reverberations can still be felt in today's comics. Supergirl has defeated many powerful DC characters but until this moment, she had never gone up against one as dangerous as the Anti-Monitor.
She dies heroically, pushing Superman out of the way of a devastating energy blast but gets caught inside it herself. Her funeral is incredibly sad, with many heroes returning to mourn her. And at the end, Superman flies her body alone, back to her home planet to her devastated parents.
One Reddit user named "Skurge the Executioner from Simonson's Thor run" as the saddest comics death. Skurge's death in the movie Thor: Ragnarok is certainly awesome, but in the comics, the character is fleshed out more, and his sacrifice is inspiring and saddening. Simonson's run, much like in the film, involves the people of Asgard fleeing Hela and the army of the dead.
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Skurge apologizes to Thor and Baldur and says that he has been a fool. It's sad to see him, admitting that everyone he looked up to was actually laughing at him and readers saw a sensitive, hurt side of Skurge. So when he volunteers to stay behind and have the last laugh by keeping the forces of the dead away, the scene is enough to choke up readers but smile alongside the Asgardian finally becoming a hero.
The Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is from a totally different universe than the Peter Parker in the MCU and Sony films. Miles Morales is the hero who takes up the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter Parker's death in the Ultimate universe. Even though Peter lasts only for a short amount of time in the series, he is given a proper send-off.
Redditor buffysbangs named "the death of Ultimate Peter Parker and the wake" as the saddest death in comics. To make way for Morales, Peter must die, and it happens in a knockdown, dragout fight that saves the lives of Mary-Jane and Aunt May — at the cost of Peter's own life. His heroic death is tragic, and the funeral attended by those he saved and his superhero allies coming alike is page after page of sadness.
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Zach Moser is a 29 year old Philadelphia native who loves films, television, books, and any and all media he can get his hands on. Between catching up on the latest tv shows, films, and sports, Zach can be found exploring the hidden restaurants and bars found throughout the city. Zach has had articles published on satire sites like Points In Case, Slackjaw, and McSweeney’s. Zach’s particularly enjoys writing ScreenRant Lists about film and television.

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