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The 50 Greatest Moments in Comics: #50-41

Everybody's got their favorite moments, but here are our picks for the indisputably GREATEST ones.

It's really about time we did one of these. The Comic Vine staff has put our noggins together to collect and codify the all-time greatest moments in superhero comics. We make no pretense at any academic objectivity here - - these aren't supposed to be the most "important" to the history of the medium. These are simply the times where we've been so wrapped up in a story that we literally had to say "Wow!" when we turned the page. These are the most-memorable pages or panels for readers like you (as decided by our highly-discriminating reckoning,) These are the first ten of the top fifty greatest moments in comics.

Don't worry - - this moment isn't on the list. It's memorable, though, no?

So relax, have some fun and be inspired to offer your own personal choices, all right?

== TEASER ==

50. Peter Parker dies in ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #160

There have been countless superhero deaths over the years and the decades, and everybody knows by now that they’ll all eventually be reversed. There are no such reassurances in the Ultimate universe, though. Dead is dead, and the familiar scenarios of the regular Marvel U are allowed to reach the logical endpoints that traditional continuity has prevented (or protected?) them from reaching. Thus, the fact that this Spidey would die defending his loved ones from the Green Goblin is doubly tragic, because it does seem like the most likely fate that would befall an underage vigilante playing around with dangerous super-criminals. Since we've seen this Spidey's entire, brief career on page, this conclusion maybe even makes us grateful that the regular one's gotten off easier in his timeline, and that we've gotten to see him in action for so much longer.

49. The true birth of the Punisher in BORN #4

No screen adaptation of the Punisher will ever get past the basics of his origin, nor the surface explanations for his vigilantism. Throughout his run, Garth Ennis dug much deeper into Castle’s motivations and explored territory in his life that had never truly been shown up until then. Here, he shows that big Frank wasn’t just a normal guy who was totally transformed by “one bad day” - - he'd actually harbored vindictive and bloodthirsty tendencies for his entire life. Vietnam gave him a savory taste of what a life at war could be like, and the taste made him hungry for more. When a rescue team searches for the sole survivor of the Fort Valley Forge massacre, they find a Frankenstein monster who’ll soon be given an identity with the death of Castle's family. It's an undeniably terrifying scene and sight.

48. Batman knows the Hyperclan’s big secret in JLA #3

Grant Morrison had the brilliant idea to keep the Leaguer’s private lives separate from their adventures during his run on JLA. Every issue had an “all killer no filler” feel and, really, there are many more moments we could've included here - - and most of them involve Batman.

The Dark Knight’s always been an icon, of course, but this was the first time he felt like a badass; a relentless tactician who holds all the cards and is prepared for every conceivable contingency. Here was his first such badass moment, showing the white Martians how it was a grave mistake to underestimate this particular “mere human.” They didn’t do their research on him, but he did his homework on them and their weaknesses to fire, deducing a way to take these space gods out with only a bottle of gasoline and a pack of matches.

No villains dismissed the Batman after this one.

47. “I’ve got the box” in ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN #8

This is technically a major spoiler but it’s real hard to avoid those when discussing a comic that’s 25-years-old. Frank Miller un-apologetically revels in the power fantasies inherent to the superhero and he'll flip the bird to anybody too constipated to get the joke. ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN is a wickedly-fun satire that takes pot shots at the Right and the Left and every one in-between. It spends eight feverish issues establishing what a wonderful, misanthropic pig SHIELD Agent Garret is while also harping on the ever-escalating threat of nuclear annihilation posed by the presidential election of the Hand's demigod, the Beast. So what could its proper final trick? How about putting the power of the latter into the outrageously-inappropriate hands of the former? Few other moment in comics have gotten this gleefully anarchic.

46. Deadpool faces everybody he’s ever killed in DEADPOOL #33

Joe Kelly’s run is the definitive version of the ‘Pool for most of us. DP was still cool, he was still dangerous, his adventures had nasty snark and heartfelt pathos, and there was even something romantic about how his book was able to get away with so much because it was narrowly dodging cancellation every month. Like this very fitting end for the ‘Pool, for example...

Deadpool had gone through a three-year-long quest for redemption and had even saved the universe. It was even looking like he was just about to get satisfaction against T-Ray, the man who’d murdered his wife, Mercedes, and set his life on its horrible downward spiral. Only it turned out that T-Ray was actually Wade Wilson and Deadpool was actually the psycho killer who did the murdering and life-ruining. DP's entire life and quest for a redemption had been a farce; a coping mechanism constructed by an insane mind. With the rug pulled out from underneath so tragically, Deadpool threw his arms up at last and surrendered to his vile nature in both figurative and literal terms. At that moment, T-Ray and Mercedes used their black magic to conjure everybody DP had ever killed and the Merc with a Mouth perished against their onslaught, going down swinging and unrepentant.

45. The Kid who collects Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #248

Many copies' collectble value was ruined due to the tears readers shed over this one-off issue's bittersweet ending. A young boy who’s Spider-Man’s #1 fan, collecting every article about the wall-crawler (even the Daily Bugle’s retractions about their favorite “public menace,") gets a personal visit from Spidey after he learns that the boy's just days away from succumbing to leukemia. The web-slinger opens up to his young fan about what it’s like to be Spider-Man, showing him a trust he'll never be able to show to any other stranger again. The story was the fulfillment of a fantasy many children involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation have when requesting to meet their favorite superhero; and it's a demonstration that Spidey doesn't always have to be punching bad guys to make a difference in people's lives.

44. The T-Bolts are really the Masters of Evil in Thunderbolts #1

We still haven’t gotten over the shock of this surprise. It struck us, like lightning, just before high speed internet made such secrets all-but-impossible to keep before streetdates. In all promos and advanced solicits, the T-Bolts were presented simply as new heroes with a vague “dark secret" who were stepping up to fill the power vacuum left by the “death” of all the heroes during the finale of ONSLAUGHT. We, the readers, were in the same shoes as Marvel U's desperate citizenry, placing our trust in what would soon be revealed as Baron Zemo ingenious, diabolical scheme to seize, control and crush the hope of the world under the new Masters of Evil's boot. It was an absolute knock-out way to set up a whole year's worth of white knuckle cape-and-mask tension.

43. Swamp Thing revives in blue SWAMP THING #56

Here’s a moment that precisely illustrates the unique appeal of a “shared universe” and an open-ended title. As with the Punisher, any screen adaptation of SWAMP THING will never get past the origin story; it'll keep Alec Holland perpetually hung up on regaining his humanity. Alan Moore and Steve Bissette show us here how that's actually the least interesting angle on the character by taking Swampy literally light years away from his original premise. After the meddling of Lex Luthor and Batman “kills” him, Swamp Thing's consciousness escapes from the Green of Earth and into the Blue of unnamed planet in another solar system. There, he re-constitutes himself out of the azure vegetation and spends an entire issue roaming throughout the alien fauna and pondering his inexplicable circumstances. It's real hard to think of many other comics that have shown how far a concept can be taken beyond any boundaries better than this does.

42. Huntress saves the universe in DC ONE MILLION #4

Superheroes forget to think fourth-dimensionally when they’re dealing with threats from the future. Who’d have figured that Solaris, the Tyrant Sun of the 853rd century, would be defeated by a street-level vigilante whose business doesn’t typically go beyond busting wise guys down at the Gotham docks? Since the Justice League and the Justice Legion Alpha are fighting the same villain in two different eras, Ms. Bertinelli realizes there’s really no rush to figure out how to defeat Solaris - - they’ve got centuries to figure it out, in fact. Under her instruction, the two JLAs set some nasty traps throughout the Solar system that nab the evil sun in a way that not even his astronomically-advanced consciousness could ever see coming. And that's not too shabby for a leaguer who never seemed that special next to Atlantean kings and Amazonian princesses.

41. Barry Allen's sacrifice in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #8

The debate over the precise dates for each superhero age’s beginning and end will go on and on. Still, if the Silver Age started with Barry Allen’s debut, it most certainly ended with his “death” here, which coincided with the onset of many years of storylines like WATCHMEN and DARK KNIGHT RETURNS that deconstructed everything that had long been taken for granted about clean-cut heroes like the second Flash. Even though Barry eventually returned from this merging with the Speed Force - - and we’re possibly only a few years off from seeing a generation of kids who can’t remember him ever being gone - - his acceleration to light speed in a last ditch effort to thwart the Anti-Monitor still remains one of the most iconic deaths ever. It literally ushered in a new era.

Stay tuned for numbers 40-31 next week!

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Posted by spaceboy
@MysterioMaximus said:

I don't even sort of get your logic.

I 'll put in in simple words for you then;
Punisher is on the list because he is a character in superhero comic books. 
 
MysterioMaximus said

Punisher first appeared as a villain, per se, who was fooled into being against Spider-Man by the Jackal. He's an antihero, which is not the same as villain


That sounds awful familiar...

spaceboy said:

The Punisher first appeared as a Spider-Man villain and while he  didn't have super powers he has always been considered an antihero in a superhero universe.

MysterioMaximus said:

Nor does non-powered equal morally questionable.

Never claimed that. 

MysterioMaximus said:

Not to mention, this is "50 Greatest Moments in Comics" according to ComicVine...not "50 Greatest Superhero Moments"...who says it has to be superhero? 

Read opening post.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Bane breaks the Bat.

Posted by jsphsmth

Loved #48: Batman vs the White Martians

How was it Morrison wrote such a great Batman in JLA, but his Batman run was so pathetic?

Posted by Billy Batson

@jsphsmth said:

Loved #48: Batman vs the White Martians

How was it Morrison wrote such a great Batman in JLA, but his Batman run was so pathetic?

oh no you didn't! Prepare for the Morrison fanboys to attack.
BB

Posted by Billy Batson

@The Lobster said:

This better be on here
Greatest moment from any comic book I've ever read, the only time I've ever actually yelled out "F**k Yeah!!!!!"

simply a great moment.
BB

Posted by Joe Venom

'No More Mutants'

Posted by caesarsghost

a big amen to Barry's death being on this list

Posted by _Cain_

Can't wait for the next installment!

Posted by MysterioMaximus

@spaceboy said:

@MysterioMaximus said:

I don't even sort of get your logic.

I 'll put in in simple words for you then;
Punisher is on the list because he is a character in superhero comic books.

MysterioMaximus said

Punisher first appeared as a villain, per se, who was fooled into being against Spider-Man by the Jackal. He's an antihero, which is not the same as villain

That sounds awful familiar...

spaceboy said:

The Punisher first appeared as a Spider-Man villain and while he didn't have super powers he has always been considered an antihero in a superhero universe.

MysterioMaximus said:

Nor does non-powered equal morally questionable.

Never claimed that.

MysterioMaximus said:

Not to mention, this is "50 Greatest Moments in Comics" according to ComicVine...not "50 Greatest Superhero Moments"...who says it has to be superhero?

Read opening post.

Oh, we read it...but it didn't make a lick of sense. But nice trying to get out of a downright moronic post.

Posted by NateDogg

I'm sure your saving these ones for somewhere in the top 40, but the Knightfall saga and Death of Superman saga rank as my favorite/memorable moments in comics.

Posted by cody1984

@spaceboy said:

@MysterioMaximus said:

I don't even sort of get your logic.

I 'll put in in simple words for you then;
Punisher is on the list because he is a character in superhero comic books.

MysterioMaximus said

Punisher first appeared as a villain, per se, who was fooled into being against Spider-Man by the Jackal. He's an antihero, which is not the same as villain

That sounds awful familiar...

spaceboy said:

The Punisher first appeared as a Spider-Man villain and while he didn't have super powers he has always been considered an antihero in a superhero universe.

MysterioMaximus said:

Nor does non-powered equal morally questionable.

Never claimed that.

MysterioMaximus said:

Not to mention, this is "50 Greatest Moments in Comics" according to ComicVine...not "50 Greatest Superhero Moments"...who says it has to be superhero?

Read opening post.

In MAX the Punisher operated in a none superhero world and their have been more Punisher comics in the MAX imprint then their have been in 616 in the last 8 years. Even ignoring that the Punisher has no powers has never been declared a superhero (at least to my knowledge) and doesn't get along with superheroes either. So I don't get the logic of trying to claim the Punisher is a superhero since he's never been listed as one.

Posted by obscurefan

Hmm, interesting, wouldn't agree with all of them but the majority of them I certainly agree should be up here. Can't wait to see the full list. Is this going to be a weekly thing?

Posted by The Mast

@NYStreets09e said:

@The Mast said:

The death of Elektra will be there. It's hard to imagine what an impact that had. Also, Karen Page selling Daredevil's identity.

Agreed I would also throw in Maybe Matt descend to madness and becoming the new leader of the Hand in Shadowland..

I wouldn't. It was one of the single worst Daredevil storylines ever. The first issue was good, when it LOOKED like it'd be a descent into madness, but then it became a bunch of magical, poorly-written nonsense.

"I did it 35 minutes ago." should be #1 or close. Absolutely ominous.

One that most people won't know:

The moment when Deadpool and Taskmaster get revenge on Sandi's abusive boyfriend during Simone's run on Deadpool. She's there in the hospital bed and she makes Deadpool swear not to do anything fatal. He begrudgingly accepts, but beats the dude severely. He says, "The only reason you're not a red stain is because I made a promise." Then after he leaves, the dude says, "That bitch! I'll get her..." or something.

Then, backed by thunder and lightning in the night sky, Taskmaster (Who always liked Sandi) appears and points his gun:

"You know, it's a funny thing...because I didn't promise her shit."

*Bang*

Total perfection.

Posted by roarshock

Yeah, this will be fun. Death of Pheonix, Storm defeating Cyclopse to lead the x-men, Rouge joining the team, Any of the Rorschauch moments, return of jason todd, When we discovered that Powers has been around since prehistoric times... the list goes on and on, but I will be intereseted to see the choices. Its all fun, so I am sure they will be good!

Posted by spaceboy
@MysterioMaximus:

But nice trying to get out of a downright moronic post.

I think you're talking about your own post so yeah. I totally agree with you.
 
@cody1984:   
 

So I don't get the logic of trying to claim the Punisher is a superhero since he's never been listed as one.

I claimed that his spot on this list is justified.
Posted by cody1984

@spaceboy said:

@MysterioMaximus:

But nice trying to get out of a downright moronic post.

I think you're talking about your own post so yeah. I totally agree with you.

@cody1984:

So I don't get the logic of trying to claim the Punisher is a superhero since he's never been listed as one.

I claimed that his spot on this list is justified.

His spot's more then justifiable its just that trying to claim he is a superhero isn't.

Edited by Frobin

@Mighty Thorion said:

As I thought - and feared - nearly all the suggestions I'm reading are from the modern age. Either that means people are relatively new to comics or they think everything is just getting better all of the time. If this is supposed to be the 50 Greatest Comic moments of all time, then perhaps we should consider some of the following - which I list off the top of my head and in no particular order;

A Kryptonian rocket ship landing on Earth (Action #1)

The murder of Bruce Wayne's Parents (Detective #27)

Flash of two Worlds (Flash #123) which introduced the concept of alternate Earths

Death of Ferro Lad (Adventure #353)

Death of Captain Stacey (Amazing Spider-Man #90?)

Deaths of Gwen Stacey & Green Goblin (ASM #121 &122 respectively)

Speedy taking drugs (GL & GA # 85)

Wonder Woman losing her powers (JLA # 69)

Odin taking half of Thor's power's away (Thor #145? or thereabouts)

The coming of Galactus (FF # 49)

I'll list some more stuff from earlier days as and when they come to me - maybe some of them will feature - who knows?

I couldn't agree more! But it seems that you're right - both the suggestions obviously come from young readers or readers new to comic books and some things really getting better (nowadays I consider some superhero events I remember really strong as pretty lame when reading again) ... but there's one point too: human memory really lasts not very long ... and some really great events of the past have become so common: Such as the death of Gwen Stacy or the coming of Galactus ... and most obviously the landing of the Kryptonian rocket and the murder of Thomas & Martha Wayne.

I totally agree with the coming of Galactus ... that has to be a Top10 moment (I totally forgot because it's just such a routine event to me).

And the list of greatest moments has also to consider the impact of such moments ... and Galactus has been an huge epic event (which kinda set some sort of benchmark). In fact the impact on the whole genre is the reason why I consider at least 3 Image/Wildstorm moments as part of the Top10 - because the changed the genre (Spawn, WildCATs and The Authority).

And of course, as I mentioned, if you start searching ... there are so many moments of the Silver Age and Golden Age to discover! And besides: If you would make the Top50 list of the most epic superhero covers of all time, I'm pretty sure half of them would be cover art of the Silver & Golden Age!

And coming to the death of Ultimate Spider-Man ... it's such a negligible moment in superhero comic book history ... so lame, so "seen before", so "not of interest", so copycat, so wannabe-epic-but-in-the-end-just-pathetic ... I wouldn't have noticed it - if not by ads! So the death of Ultimate Spider-Man is in my opinion very high ranked on 50 ... I wouldn't even mentioned it! There are so many moments before that are much better (e.g. the death of Ferro Lad ... one of the first superhero deaths I remember).

Posted by Jnr6Lil

This makes me want to see the whole list.

Posted by jhazzroucher

Storm housing Eternity should be on the list.

anyway, i love #45. It should be in the top 10

Posted by zackattack529

good list although im just saying barry allens death should be at least top 20. but i understand this is ALL comics..or else if this was DC's epic moments list i know fersur it should be #19 if anything....i hope barry allens rebirth is top 30 tho :)

and i hope hall jordan turning into paralax is somewhere ono the next list!

or in blackest night when the rings choose their temporary users...damnn soo many epic moments! >.< lol

Posted by mikey87144

I remember when they redid that Spider Man comic for the TV show. It was sad to read and sad to watch, in a good way.

Posted by mikeclark1982

@zackattack529: i think the same too but remember, barry came back in final crisis, then he became a deputy blue lantern, then he helped make the new 52. kinda spoiled the reason that incident was memorable.

Posted by 218Comics

41 is a pretty amazing moment, can't wait to see what the rest have in store.

Edited by NYStreets09e

@The Mast said:

@NYStreets09e said:

@The Mast said:

The death of Elektra will be there. It's hard to imagine what an impact that had. Also, Karen Page selling Daredevil's identity.

Agreed I would also throw in Maybe Matt descend to madness and becoming the new leader of the Hand in Shadowland..

I wouldn't. It was one of the single worst Daredevil storylines ever. The first issue was good, when it LOOKED like it'd be a descent into madness, but then it became a bunch of magical, poorly-written nonsense.

"I did it 35 minutes ago." should be #1 or close. Absolutely ominous.

One that most people won't know:

The moment when Deadpool and Taskmaster get revenge on Sandi's abusive boyfriend during Simone's run on Deadpool. She's there in the hospital bed and she makes Deadpool swear not to do anything fatal. He begrudgingly accepts, but beats the dude severely. He says, "The only reason you're not a red stain is because I made a promise." Then after he leaves, the dude says, "That bitch! I'll get her..." or something.

Then, backed by thunder and lightning in the night sky, Taskmaster (Who always liked Sandi) appears and points his gun:

"You know, it's a funny thing...because I didn't promise her shit."

*Bang*

Total perfection.

What do you mean Magical poor written, it involved the Hand and the Beast, you had to of Known that there was going to be some type of ninja magic somewhere.its also the sole reason why matt can't let go and unleash his full potential in today's issues, he scared that he might revert back to his Shadowland days, and having him go up against Marvel finest Streetlevelers was Awesome!!.

Posted by JDC_1959_delete

Nice to see Helena and Barry shine their light here! Hoping to see a few moments (off the top of my head) from Identity Crisis and Kara's death... so tragic

Posted by Bobphantom

I'm sure I'm going to say this many more times on this list, but Grant Morrisons run on JLA should've been much higher.

The entire Hyperclan story arc blew me away when it first came out,, it still does when I reread those issues. After years of 2nd and 3rd string heroes, and many mediocre stories, that run of JLA was the most entertaining I've read in years.

Posted by danhimself

#1 danhimself starts reading comics

Posted by fanbla72

i am offended that the list is restricted to 50.

Posted by Gambit1024

So... When's that next part coming? :)

Posted by Electron_9

Awesome, I can't wait for the next 40.

Edited by SpitfireINK

This does inspire me to create my own list for no other reason than ...

One thing that did strike me so far - If this is the top 50 greatest moments in comics -

Why are they all from the big 2 companies? (seems to be slanted that way so far)

(Potential Spoiler)

#50 is certainly going to be negated when Peter Parker returns ... I'll just say ... shortly (February..?)

Posted by AwesomeAquaman

I'm interested in the next part too :)

Posted by The Mast

@NYStreets09e said:

@The Mast said:

@NYStreets09e said:

@The Mast said:

The death of Elektra will be there. It's hard to imagine what an impact that had. Also, Karen Page selling Daredevil's identity.

Agreed I would also throw in Maybe Matt descend to madness and becoming the new leader of the Hand in Shadowland..

I wouldn't. It was one of the single worst Daredevil storylines ever. The first issue was good, when it LOOKED like it'd be a descent into madness, but then it became a bunch of magical, poorly-written nonsense.

"I did it 35 minutes ago." should be #1 or close. Absolutely ominous.

One that most people won't know:

The moment when Deadpool and Taskmaster get revenge on Sandi's abusive boyfriend during Simone's run on Deadpool. She's there in the hospital bed and she makes Deadpool swear not to do anything fatal. He begrudgingly accepts, but beats the dude severely. He says, "The only reason you're not a red stain is because I made a promise." Then after he leaves, the dude says, "That bitch! I'll get her..." or something.

Then, backed by thunder and lightning in the night sky, Taskmaster (Who always liked Sandi) appears and points his gun:

"You know, it's a funny thing...because I didn't promise her shit."

*Bang*

Total perfection.

What do you mean Magical poor written, it involved the Hand and the Beast, you had to of Known that there was going to be some type of ninja magic somewhere.its also the sole reason why matt can't let go and unleash his full potential in today's issues, he scared that he might revert back to his Shadowland days, and having him go up against Marvel finest Streetlevelers was Awesome!!.

No, it was trash. Mismanaged, poorly-timed and poorly-marketed trash.

Edited by NYStreets09e

@The Mast said:

@NYStreets09e said:

@The Mast said:

@NYStreets09e said:

@The Mast said:

The death of Elektra will be there. It's hard to imagine what an impact that had. Also, Karen Page selling Daredevil's identity.

Agreed I would also throw in Maybe Matt descend to madness and becoming the new leader of the Hand in Shadowland..

I wouldn't. It was one of the single worst Daredevil storylines ever. The first issue was good, when it LOOKED like it'd be a descent into madness, but then it became a bunch of magical, poorly-written nonsense.

"I did it 35 minutes ago." should be #1 or close. Absolutely ominous.

One that most people won't know:

The moment when Deadpool and Taskmaster get revenge on Sandi's abusive boyfriend during Simone's run on Deadpool. She's there in the hospital bed and she makes Deadpool swear not to do anything fatal. He begrudgingly accepts, but beats the dude severely. He says, "The only reason you're not a red stain is because I made a promise." Then after he leaves, the dude says, "That bitch! I'll get her..." or something.

Then, backed by thunder and lightning in the night sky, Taskmaster (Who always liked Sandi) appears and points his gun:

"You know, it's a funny thing...because I didn't promise her shit."

*Bang*

Total perfection.

What do you mean Magical poor written, it involved the Hand and the Beast, you had to of Known that there was going to be some type of ninja magic somewhere.its also the sole reason why matt can't let go and unleash his full potential in today's issues, he scared that he might revert back to his Shadowland days, and having him go up against Marvel finest Streetlevelers was Awesome!!.

No, it was trash. Mismanaged, poorly-timed and poorly-marketed trash.

I liked it...

Edited by The Mast

Pretty much everyone in the Daredevil fan community disagrees with you. That's the magic of opinion, though.

It was entirely out-of-step with everything that had come before. It was entirely mismanaged. The solicits spoiled WAY too much and it was a cop-out ending. It should have been a natural downward spiral, with Matt losing faith in the law and fairness, progressing into violent justice and thus, going a bit mental. It wasn't. It was played off and copped-out as Matt being under control. Thus, he has to face significantly fewer repercussions of his actions. Even Luke Cage forgave him because he wasn't himself.

Imagine if The Hulk was a one-time deal. Imagine if someone turned Banner into The Hulk and he did all this damage, but then it was over. That's what this is like. Banner is responsible, partly, because it's a part of him ALL the time. It is who he is.

If he was himself, as it should've been, then the repercussions would've been greater. There's a reason Mark Waid is almost entirely ignoring Shadowland.

It was garbage, poorly-written, out-of-character nonsense (That's fact, by the way. When examining Daredevil's consistently portrayed character over time, it's observable that Shadowland was grossly out of character). Whether or not it's garbage is subjective, naturally. It was clearly and objectively out-of-step and out-of-character with everything that had recently gone before it. Even Diggle's run up until Shadowland was fine.

You have absolutely no weight behind your claims. He's not scared he might revert back to his Shadowland days because he wouldn't have even been there had it not been for magical influence. It wasn't a darker side to him that came out naturally, it was forced and controlled. It wasn't Matt, at all. That's why it was a cop-out. If it WAS Matt, then he'd have to be afraid of reverting back, because it would've been a part of him. It wasn't, though. They even hinted at it. Having him decide to lead The Hand, albeit for good, was the first hint that Matt maybe didn't have as much faith in the law as he once did. Then they completely ruined it. He didn't even get sacrificed at the end, which is worse. He got to walk off into Nowhereville, U.S.A. and meet a blind kid, who somehow made him see the light. It was absolute nonsense.

Waid isn't portraying Matt as a man fearing a darker side, because it wasn't his fault. He regrets what he did, but he doesn't fear it happening again because it's not him. It WASN'T him. Waid's Murdock is a man living in the wake of having done bad things and deciding, however superficially and however falsely, that he will just move on and be happy. Life doesn't work that way, and it will eventually fester and blow up. It has nothing to do with him being scared about reverting. Shadowland is done with. You display a fundamental and pivotal misunderstanding of both the character and the writers' intentions with the character.

With all due and intended respect, Daredevil isn't a character I can often be matched on when it comes to knowledge. People bitch at me for bringing that up often, but this is why. A new Daredevil series comes out and all of a sudden people think they know the character.

Posted by GREGalicious

I think the THUNDERBOLTS really being the MASTERS OF EVIL shouldve been higher up on the list. That was really a shocker!!

Posted by conan2099

#50 and #45 really pulls at my heart strings.

Posted by Thowell3

I think that Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) coming Back to life should be in the to 50. I mean that was some really good writing by Kevin Smith.

Posted by BuddyBulson

i dont see many great things about any of these moments, most of them are events that either ended in death or the villains plans getting thwarted. Lets face it, i root for the villains.

Posted by FanofUltraman

What about the death of Ultraman? :(

Posted by greenteaforme

Babs being shot, Batman's spine breaking, Superman's death all seem like top ten moments.

I'm more curious to see how many of Jean Grey's deaths or resurrections appear on here. She has many to choose from.