#1 Edited by knighthood (1693 posts) - - Show Bio

I've recently read this journal from Neil Gaiman...

It was in 1988, at the World Fantasy Convention in London, in the bar. I was with a bunch of people around a table, and had been interviewing Clive Barker about comics for a book on Clive that would be coming out. After the interview a conversational free-for-all developed -- I remember getting frustrated with Clive's view that comics were lacking something that prose had, because a novel could make him cry while a comic never had. (This was 26 years ago, remember. I have no idea at all if Clive still thinks that way, or if a comic has made him cry in the years between. I hope it has.)

The entire entry can be found here http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2013/02/the-best-advice.html

So now I'm curious which comics have made people cry. I remember many powerful stories in comics, but none that has triggered such an emotional response. I would like to read a few of these stories.

One story that had a powerful impact on me was Vertigo's House of Secrets #12. This issue gave the origin of the Juris member Ruby. Check out her profile on comicvine if you want the jest of the story. I didn't "cry" but after all these years this story really stands out to me.


#2 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6304 posts) - - Show Bio

Batwoman #0. Not a huge amount, but serious welling up.

Edited. The second #0: "Interlude" that is. The first #0: "Beyond A Shadow" isn't particularly emotional.

#3 Posted by knighthood (1693 posts) - - Show Bio

@V_Scarlotte_Rose: I've read both. In the second one I was kinda bothered by Kate's father, but I'm assuming you were moved by the sister related storyline. It was a very good book.

#4 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6304 posts) - - Show Bio

@knighthood:It was when Kate said that Beth used to help her pick out what to wear that got me. It was just so sad.

What bothered you about Jacob?

#5 Posted by Markus_Langbourn (387 posts) - - Show Bio

Sentry vs the Void
Batman #681 (cried from awesomeness)
Astonishing X-Men #23 (cried from awesomeness)

#6 Posted by etragedy (1082 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd give Clive a copy of Animal Man #15 to read.

#7 Posted by spiderpool94 (467 posts) - - Show Bio

The pet avengers. It was awful

#8 Posted by Icarusflies (12503 posts) - - Show Bio

I cry at comics ALL THE TIME.

The final volume of Hitman. Identity Crisis. Volumes 9 + 10 of Sandman. A ton of other books.

#9 Posted by logy5000 (5791 posts) - - Show Bio

Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger.

That crossover friggin' blows.

#10 Posted by The_Tree (7491 posts) - - Show Bio

Shazam!: The Power of Hope. Such a touching and beautiful story.

#11 Posted by serpent222 (319 posts) - - Show Bio

None, but I came pretty close with an issue of Teen Titans volume 3. I forget the number but it was the issue after Drake's father was killed.

#12 Posted by FalconPuuunch (942 posts) - - Show Bio

I came close after reading We3.

#13 Posted by Billy Batson (58031 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't think entertainment has made me cry but 100 Bullets #55 and The Goon: Chinatown made me pretty sad.

#14 Posted by Loki9876 (3049 posts) - - Show Bio

JIM 645 made me sad

#15 Posted by The Stegman (24483 posts) - - Show Bio
#16 Posted by nightwing91 (3912 posts) - - Show Bio

Identity Crisis when Tim Drakes Father was killed with Batman comforting him. A very powerful image, and the whole point was further driven home in Teen Titans when he's trying to keep his father's death a secret and nearly beats the Electricutioner to death in the process.

And then there's the obvious death of Kal-L during Infinite Crisis, with Powergirl by his side.

#17 Posted by Reignmaker (2235 posts) - - Show Bio

When I was a kid, I think I got teary eyed as I was reading an in-depth origin of Superman. It was showing his parents sending their child off and they were crying and holding each other as the planet caved in around them.

It was in some fat, collected edition I got from the library. I think the actual comic might of been from the 70's. Anyway, if I can find screen grabs of it I'll post them. That's the only time though. Books don't really make me cry.

#18 Posted by Imagine_Man15 (1801 posts) - - Show Bio

I cried when Rorschach died in Watchmen... not a lot, but a couple tears. Peter Parker's death in the Ultimate universe had me welling up a bit. Oh, and the ending of The Underwater Welder had me close.

#19 Posted by knighthood (1693 posts) - - Show Bio

@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

@knighthood:It was when Kate said that Beth used to help her pick out what to wear that got me. It was just so sad.

What bothered you about Jacob?

Toying around with "crossing that line" I was about to be peeved if actually went through with it.

#20 Posted by RedHush1 (96 posts) - - Show Bio

This one is very hard for me. I know I find some stories very tragic well some more then others. I'm trying to think of comics that are. It's very hard for me to think of. I know the part in Justice League #12 The Steve and Wonder Woman dialogue. But it was more of a poor Steve go get revenge kind of swelling up but I never did cry. But then there was The Under The Hood storyline with the Return of Jason. Funny story was the week before the first issue of that storyline came out I had just read Death in the Family. Well that was quite an emotional story for me and was probably one of the few stories that got even me tearing up and tears leaving my eyes. So probably Death and the Family and Under The Hood together got me to cry

#21 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20264 posts) - - Show Bio

Rorschach's death in the graphic novel and movies were very emotional, as well as the ending to Under the Red Hood (movie), but I don't think I've cried to anything in the past couple of years to be honest.

#22 Posted by minigunman123 (3116 posts) - - Show Bio

#23 Posted by danhimself (22564 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-men #3 and 4

#24 Posted by SavageDragon (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

WE3, Pride of Baghdad.

#25 Posted by slade_wilson (469 posts) - - Show Bio

@minigunman123: nailed it!

#26 Posted by minigunman123 (3116 posts) - - Show Bio

@slade_wilson said:

@minigunman123: nailed it!

I'm so sorry Slade, that Rob Liefeld tried to nearly ruin your comic series! :(

Just know, that I bought every issue as they came out, to try and keep your series going~

#27 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (5894 posts) - - Show Bio

These moments didn't exactly make me cry, but they were pretty emotional when I read them:

#28 Posted by Cavemold (1682 posts) - - Show Bio
#29 Posted by Cavemold (1682 posts) - - Show Bio

@minigunman123 said:

@slade_wilson said:

@minigunman123: nailed it!

I'm so sorry Slade, that Rob Liefeld tried to nearly ruin your comic series! :(

Just know, that I bought every issue as they came out, to try and keep your series going~

justin series is good

#30 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6304 posts) - - Show Bio

@knighthood said:

@V_Scarlotte_Rose said:

@knighthood:It was when Kate said that Beth used to help her pick out what to wear that got me. It was just so sad.

What bothered you about Jacob?

Toying around with "crossing that line" I was about to be peeved if actually went through with it.

It was a bit of a bold move on his part, but it payed off as it showed that she could keep her personal feelings out of it when faced with a situation similar to what had happened to her own family.

#31 Edited by nobodyisemo (290 posts) - - Show Bio

I cried during All-Star Superman, Batman Inc.: Vol. 1 #7, and the Astro City comic with The Hanged Man with the guy having dreams about his dead wife.

#32 Posted by Xwraith (18357 posts) - - Show Bio

Uncanny X-Force #18 (conclusion of the Dark Angel Saga) and Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader.

#33 Posted by Gjgp27 (118 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol anything silver age

#34 Posted by Mr_Clockwork91 (1523 posts) - - Show Bio

The ending of Trillium for sure.

All-Star Superman and Captain Marvel's death in Kingdom come almost did it for me. Almost.

#35 Posted by Thor_Parker82 (917 posts) - - Show Bio

I almost cried in Amazing Spider-Man 700 when Peter sees his uncle Ben in "heaven", I know many people didn´t like the issue, but that part, knowing that all that Peter wishes is that his uncle never had died, and specially not by his fault, made that reunion awesome, and just seeing Uncle Ben and Peter in the same page almost made cry, I didn´t even had started reading the dialogues when my eyes started to feel full of water, just seeing their faces was enough for me, and after reading the dialogue it actually made me cry a little bit.

#36 Posted by Ms-Lola (2905 posts) - - Show Bio
#37 Posted by KittyParker13 (1847 posts) - - Show Bio

None because I'm a heartless monster.

#38 Posted by Lateralus (1732 posts) - - Show Bio

When Illyana died of the Legacy Virus

Spider-Man: Blue

#39 Posted by longbowhunter (7103 posts) - - Show Bio

Y the Last Man #59 and Essex County: The Country Nurse

#40 Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee (11637 posts) - - Show Bio

Death of Ultimate Spider-Man makes me cry ever single time. EVERY. SINGLE.

#41 Posted by CrazyScarecrow (1360 posts) - - Show Bio

None have really made me cry though there were a few that I found extremely emotional for me.

Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?: Batman and Martha Wayne conversation and Batman's speech and goodbye before finally excepting his death. This was one of the first comics I have ever read and reading that was heartbreaking. Seeing Batman finally just giving in and saying goodbye (or goodnight) to the cast of characters. And his speech I found extremely inspirational. "Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. Every friend betrays me, sooner or later, and every enemy becomes a lover or a friend, but that's the one thing that doesn't change: I don't ever give up...I fight until I drop. And one day, I will drop. But until then, I fight."

Those lines have gotten me through tons of stuff. Thanks Gaiman and Batman!

Mad Love: The way Harley is treated and how misguided she was. Its just really sad to watch go down. She is hopelessly in love and yet she keeps getting mistreated and tricked by the one she loves most. Harley's whole tale is a tragedy.

Identity Crisis: Tons of sad stuff happened in the Identity Crisis. Robin lost his dad, the fall of Jean Loring, Firestorm's meaningless death though none really touched me as much as the Elongated Man and Sue's story. They took the two most fun and innocent characters of the DC universe and made them the two most tragic people in the universe. Seeing Elongated Man's reactions to the death of Sue was sad to watch. They destroyed the innocent.

Those are all I can think of right now.

#42 Posted by cameron83 (7350 posts) - - Show Bio
#43 Posted by Night4345 (4280 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think I've ever fully cried but there were times where I got teary-eyed.

Elongated Man finding his wife's body, Flash: Blitz, Y: The Last Man's ending, For The Man Who Has Everything, several times in All-Star Superman and several times in the Death and Return of Superman arcs.

#44 Posted by Deadgod (1444 posts) - - Show Bio

Hitman 52, Hitman 60 , Spectre 62 & Daytripper

#45 Posted by consolemaster001 (5614 posts) - - Show Bio

#46 Posted by SilverPool (1527 posts) - - Show Bio

The last panels of Superman Birthright do the trick everytime. I don't think any other comic does that to me.

#47 Posted by SOG7dc (7250 posts) - - Show Bio

This thread has been done a ton of times.....,but yes, Saga makes me cry on a semi-monthly basis.

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#49 Edited by Manwhohaseverything (1910 posts) - - Show Bio

Didn't matter that he wasn't "real"