Top 5 Emotional Moments in DC comics
By KrleAvenger 13 Comments
Battle threads are really getting on my nerves and I'm tired of writing battle forum related blogs so this time I'm gonna do something a little different. Mention 5 moments in DC comics that were pretty emotional to me. Now know this, I don't want to make this list full of characters dying so I turn it into most emotional deaths list and I don't want to mention more emotional moments for the same character/s. If I mention a moment that was based on a single character, don't expect to see more of him on this list. All moments have to be canon (so no stuff like Kingdom Come, DKR, Injustice...). Of course, this will change every time I encounter more moments like this.
Let's get into it... (by the way, this contains SPOILERS)
Number 5 - Alan beats Obsidian
As the time passed, I can't actually remember a cool JSA moment as this one. It is the last part of the story "Darkness Falls" which focuses on Justice Society's old villain Ian Karkull teams up with Alan Scott's son Todd Rice the Obsidian to take down JSA. Knowing he was planning to remove him from the picture, Todd killed Karkull and absorbed his power, using it to cover the entire planet in Darkness.
While the other members of the JSA were doing everything they could, Todd was blaming his father for not being there when he needed him, especially because of the fact that she killed herself.
As a result, Alan finally started to use his true power for the first time and defeated Obsidian.
After Alan freed the planet from Darkness, Todd and his adoptive abusive father James Rice were consumed by the shadows and Alan came home to his daughter Jennie telling her how he wasn't able to save Todd.
This is a pretty sad moment because Todd's life was nothing short if miserable. His father didn't know about him, his mother killed herself and his adoptive father was an abusive alcoholic. While Todd was able to get over this when he met his father, inheriting schizophrenia from his mother, having the ability to see and feel the darkness in people's souls as well as many of his teammates from Infinity, Inc got killed, Todd because insane and started to feel hatred for Alan while Alan just tried to be a good father because he did not even know about his children and what they were going through and despite all of his efforts, Alan was the one responsible for the "death" of his son.
Number 4 - Superman and Doomsday kill each other
Note: Todd did not actually die and he came back only few years after so I'm putting another death on the list.
While a really cliche death to talk about, Superman's death was a really emotional moment. Now before I get into it I want to point out few stuff, I'm not gonna go into details because everybody knows what happened. Also I consider the story to be extremely overrated and overlooked. Still I put it on this list. However, death of Superman isn't emotional moment to me because Superman died but because how he died.
Fact that Superman was ready to do everything to stop Doomsday and seeing him doing everything he could to do so seems like a really heroic moment. The way he died, by punching Doomsday to death while pulling himself together and trying to stay on his feet long enough to take him down was really something
People might consider it weird but it is my list.
Number 3 - Hal mourns Coast City
In some way, the story of Emerald Twilight was created to remove Hal Jordan from the DC landscape and replace him with another Green Lantern. Nonetheless, Emerald Twilight is still a pretty cool story. It focuses on Hal Jordan returning to Earth to find out that his hometown Coast City was destroyed by Mongul and Hank Henshaw and everyone in the city were killed.
At this point, because the story is well written, it really makes you feel sorry for Hal in this situation and you can kinda feel what he is going through. Even more so, this led to a level of insanity where Hal used his ring to create constructs of his father and talking to him about how he wanted him to be proud of him instead of just saying how great his brothers were, and creating construct of his mother who told him how pain eventually goes away and he needs to be satisfied with good memories. Hal even created all of Coast City which disappeared when his ring lost power and went back to Oa to request more power which eventually led to slaughter of the Green Lantern Corp, bonding with the entity of fear Parallax and start of the new Crisis.
While in some way it seems psychotic, Emerald Twilight is still written in a way where a reader can feel what Hal is going through and can understand his situation (at least I did).
Number 2 - Barry kisses Iris
You know, Final Crisis is a story that had a lot of stuff going on that were just not necessary in my opinion. That being said, it is still one of my favorite DC stories of all time. It focuses on Darkseid using the Anti Life Equation to control almost all life on the planet Earth.
Meanwhile, Jay Garrick and Wally West tried to stop the Black Racer from killing Orion. As a result, they saw Barry Allen running away from Death in the speed force and eventually got out.
As you already know, Barry Allen was the original Flash (excluding Jay Garrick) and he was mentor to Wally West who was his sidekick Kid Flash. However, after Barry Allen died during COIE, Wally became the New Flash.
Since then, Barry Allen was dead. He died in a comic that came out in 1986 and he was never meant to come back. However, during Final Crisis, Barry Allen came back and met Wally for the first time as the Flash (who by the way is his nephew in law because Barry's wife Iris is Wally's aunt which is the reason why she was there for Wally when Barry was dead in the first place).
Because Darkseid possessed almost all beings on Earth, it also includes a lot of heroes. So the first thing Barry and Wally do is find their family and keep them safe. While they called Jay to find Linda and Wally's kids, Barry and Wally tried to find Iris, only to find out that she was affected by the Anti Life Equation. Barry came close to Iris and then he kissed her, freeing her from the Anti Life Equation.
The reason why I liked this moment so much is because of the fact that all those years Barry was dead and every single person (Jay, Wally, Iris, Thawne, some JLA members) talked about him. Fact that he came back and everyone he cared about met him again is really emotional. Meting Wally wasn't emotional at all because Barry was rushing to warn him about Darkseid and he wouldn't even hug him if Wally told him how happy he is too see him because he never got over his death. Plus they were interrupted by Darkseid's forces so the moment was zero. Barry meting his wife for the first time in years while everyone believed he was dead was emotinal.
Number 1 - Spectre judges Atom Smasher
You have no idea how depressed I was when I had to rush over JSA 75 because I was late on a football. I actually read the entire issue all over again and it feels perfect (lucky it didn't spoil it). Anyway the plot of this comic actually goes way back to the early issues of the JSA. Atom Smasher (Al Rothstein) was a member of the JSA who was inspired by Atom (Al Pratt), the original member and his godfather. However, things went dark for him when a super villain Kobra killed his mother by destroying a plane she was flying on at the time. As a result, when Metron helped JSA defeat a Time Manipulation called Extant, Al used the opportunity to save his mother by altering the timestream and left Extant die instead of his mother.
Still the pain he felt from loosing his mother did not disappear and Al started to question the Justice Society's sense of "justice". Eventually he left the team and joined Black Adam (a former member of the JSA who is now a good guy). Black Adam and his new team killed Kobra.
Eventually he helped Black Adam free his country, Kahndaq from corrupted politicians and dictators who rules the country and ruining lives of it's inhabitants. Atom Smasher killed the president himself and he, Black Adam and all other teammates became heroes of the country.
However, months later, a demon Eclipso freed himself and wanted to take revenge on Black Adam as his team imprisoned him and used his powers for their own needs. Therefor, he manipulated the Spectre, who at the time did not have a host and his judgement was clouded and lacked reason and logic and he tortured all people of Kahndaq for loving Black Adam and for worshiping false god. Even with the combined power of Black Adam, his teammates and even the JSA, nobody could stop the Spectre and his thirst for vengeance. And Al remembers the time when he was looking up to his godfather, when he wanted to be a super hero and when he finally joined the JSA, a team he left for Black Adam. He started to battle the Spectre and telling him to judge him and leave innocent alone. So he crushed his heart.
As his close friend from JSA Stargirl came to him, he asked her did people agree to led Al become a part of the JSA again and they did and he asks Stargirl to tell his mother that he died as a member of the JSA.
At that moment Black Adam comes to the scene, telling everyone not to come close to the Atom Smasher. He screams Shazam, hitting him with lightning, hoping to revive him. While it seems like he failed, Al ultimately wakes up.
At that moment, JSA appears telling Adam that they need to bring Al back home. He tells them that Kahndaq is his home, JSA convinced Adam that he needs to go back to America. As the JSA is going home, Black Adam just walks around the desert.
The reason why this was so emotional to me is not only because of all the bad things that happened to Al and he just either made some mistakes or he was in a "nobody was right" situation but the moment wit Black Adam. At the time Adam was a member of the JSA, Al and Adam hated each other. They could not stand each other to the point of being actually hilarious. As Adam left the team and convinced Al to join and as they freed his country, the two became good friends. Al was respecting Adam while Adam saw Al as a younger brother, even calling him "brother' out loud.
The only thing Al wanted is to do the right thing. Some people may say the world around him just made him make some mistakes and even then he had the feel of guilt but his intentions were to do some good. Seeing Adam reacting to Al seemingly dying and reviving him was extremely emotional, especially because for years Adam is introduced to us as bloodthirsty killer and one of the greatest villains of the DCU ever.
When JSA requested to bring Al home and Adam just walking around desert was just, beautifully written and we saw Al caring about JSA and being glad to hear that he was a member.
Also this might sound stupid to you but because of this damn world we live in, justice is something a value a lot. Even if justice means revenge on extreme levels, if it is justice I support it because I hate injustice more than anything (I'm serious, I'm not talking in hyperbolic way). This is one of the reasons why I liked the Spectre (besides being powerful and overall badass). Every time I saw him seeking vengeance, the hype just kicks in. When I saw what he did to Al, I wasn't hyped, I was devastated.
I'm just glad that there are stories like this. It actually reminded me why comics are awesome. Why it had to remind me? Ask Marvel and their current runs (I'll try not to lose my cool).
And there you have it. I hope you enjoyed. I don't think I have ever saw anyone on any site or youtube making something like this so if you have some moments that were emotional to you, please let me know because I never heard anybody's opinion on this topic because I have never seen anyone doing something like this. Eventually I'll make another blog like this but I'll mention moments that happened in Marvel comics.