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Comic books have always had the bad rap of being just some idle thing for children. In reality, many of them are anything but. Guys like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Robert Kirkman, and Frank Miller made sure the comic books they worked on were strictly for adult audiences. Even the friendliest of superhero books have more than a few dark and shocking moments.

Be it a surprise death, the way a moment is handled, learning about someone’s past, an unmasking, or a sudden revelation that will make the book, and the audience, never quite the same again, comic books offer just as many shocks and twists as any other work of fiction.

What comic book moments do you think are the most shocking? Vote up the most shocking moments from the history of comic books below.

Joker Beats Robin to Death

Photo:  Batman/DC Comics

Batman #428

Magneto Rips Out Wolverine’s Adamantium

Photo:  X-Men/Marvel Comics

X-Men #25 (1993)

The Joker Paralyzes Batgirl

Photo:  Batman: The Killing Joke/DC Comics

Batman: The Killing Joke (One-Shot, 1998)

The Death of Gwen Stacy

Photo:  Amazing Spider-Man/Marvel Comics

Amazing Spider-Man #121

Blob Eats the Wasp

Photo: Ultimatum/Marvel Comics

Ultimatum #5

Bane Breaks the Bat

Photo: Batman/DC Comics

Batman #497

Cyclops Kills Xavier

Photo: Avengers vs. X-Men/Marvel Comics

AVX (Mini-Series) #11

Kyle Rayner’s Girlfriend Killed, Stuffed in Fridge

Photo: Green Lantern/DC Comics

Green Lantern (1994) #54

Captain America Shot

Photo: Civil War/Marvel Comics

Civil War #7

The Death of Wolverine

Photo: Death of Wolverine/Marvel Comics

Death of Wolverine #4 (October, 2014)

Ultimate Spider-Man Dies

Photo: Ultimate Spiderman/Marvel Comics

Ultimate Spider-Man #160

Dr. Manhattan Blows Up Rorschach

Photo: Watchmen/DC Comics

Watchmen #12

No More Mutants

Photo: House of M: No More Mutants/Marvel Comics

House of M (mini-series) #5

Hyde rapes the Invisible Man to Death

Photo: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen/America’s Best Comics

League of Extraordinary Gentleman (Vol II) #5

Damian Wayne Is Killed

Photo: Batman Incorporated/DC Comics

Batman Incorporated #8

Wolverine Decapitates Sabretooth

Photo: Wolverine/Marvel Comics

Wolverine (Vol.3) #55 (2007)

Batman Killed by Darkseid

Photo: Final Crisis/DC COMICS

Final Crisis #6

Bullseye Kills Elektra

Photo: Daredevil/Marvel Comics

Daredevil #181

Jubilee Is Crucified

Photo: Uncanny X-Men/Marvel Comics

Uncanny X-Men #423

Silver Age Flash DiesPhoto: Crisis On Infinite Earths/DC ComicsCrisis on Infinite Earths (Mini-Series) #8

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