REBORN Supremacy: More Comics Deaths That Didn't Stick1 of 12by Troy Brownfield
Last month, we counted down a number of high-profile comic deaths that just didn't have any staying power.
With what appears to be the Human Torch's imminent return (if the Fantastic Four teasers this week are to be believed), and Cable's since-confirmed return, we decided to revisit and countdown even more superhero resurrections, rebirths, and returns.
If we forgot one of your favorites this time around, don't fret! Chances are that they'll die and come back again before you're done this countdown.
RAVEN2 of 12New Teen Titans stalwart Raven carries a lot of baggage, notably the fact that she's the daughter of extra-dimensional demon-lord Trigon. Raven first died when the Titans had to kill her in order to kill Trigon to save the Earth (got that?); Raven returned later on, wearing white.
Raven died again at the end of the massive Titans Hunt story after first falling to the corrupted souls of Azarath. Raven later returned in full-on evil mode, but her soul escaped after being implanted in Starfire. (Comics! They're easy to follow!) When the Church of Blood were revealed to actually be worshippers of Trigon, the Teen Titans found the Church trying to fulfill a prophecy by resurrecting Raven to be Brother Blood's bride. Raven rose in a de-aged teen body, and remained with the Teen Titans as a mentor.
JERICHO3 of 12The second hard-to-kill Titan that shares a name with a professional wrestler, Jericho went out in a surprising way. That's not because he was killed by Deathstroke; Deathstroke kills heroes all the time. It's because Deathstroke is his father, and Deathstroke killed him in an effort to free him AND save the world. As soon as you reconcile that with the current Deathstroke, come back. With us? Okay.
At any rate, Jericho got possessed by the same Azarathian souls that given Raven so much trouble. He became the secret leader of the Wildebeest Society, and was put down by his dad. BUT! Jericho actually jumped into Deathstroke (using his powers) and was later brought back by the same style of ritual used to revive Raven.
CYCLOPS4 of 12We're not talking about X3, because that never happened. We are talking about the end of story centering around The Twelve. When Apocalypse gathered the long-teased line-up of Twelve important mutants, it was to power a device that would allow Apocalypse to put his soul into Nate Grey (X-Man's) body and give him ... UNLIMITED POWER! HAHAHA!
Oh, sorry. Anyway, Cyclops saves Nate by taking it upon himself to merge with Apocalypse, leading to his death. It turned out that ... he wasn't dead. He was just in another country. Come on, haven't we all made that mistake? Shawn! I can't find Terry! He's dead! It's okay; he's just out of town. Oh. Okay. Let's get a beer. And no, Scott frenching Storm really has nothing to do with this ... unless ...
STORM5 of 12See what we did there?
Storm's died a couple of times. At one point, she and the whole team (including Colossus! Damn, forgot that one!) died to stop The Adversary, and were brought back by Roma. Later, after being kidnapped by Nanny, Storm appeared to die in the crash of Nanny's ship. We later learned that Storm had survived, only de-aged. Young Storm is found by Gambit, and the two eventually reunited with other X-Men.
During the X-Tinction Agenda storyline, Storm is returned to adulthood. Storm lived through the X-Men films, though that Storm would happily tell you what would happen if she, or everybody else, were to be hit by lightning.
PSYLOCKE6 of 12Like Storm and Colossus, Psylocke got to die and return after the Adversary fight. Psylocke also got a new body (her mind was put in the body of assassin Kwannon, and Kwannon's mind was in her body, thought Kwannon would die later, come back and die again. Yeah, I know).
In one of the many periods of X-team regrowth and scramble, Psylocke joined the X-Treme squad. While with that team, Psylocke died in battle with Vargas, a villain that share's a name with Jeff Spicoli's science teacher. Psylocke's return was rather simple; it was performed by her crazy-ass reality changing brother Jamie.
MARTIAN MANHUNTER7 of 12DCU's Greenskin got to run a long time without buying the farm. However, J'onn got punked at the opening of the Final Crisis, killed by Libra with the help of his cronies.
At the close of Blackest Night, J'onn was one of a dozen characters to come back to life at the turn of the tide. During the Brightest Day, J'onn went all rocky as the Earth elemental from the Parliament of Stone, but we think that he's back to being our favorite regular Martian in the DCnU as a member of Stormwatch.
HAWKMAN8 of 12Dying and coming back to life is kinda Hawkman and Hawkgirl's thing, so I'm not sure how fair it is to put them on the list (also, this kinda bumps us to about 200 for this chapter). However, we should probably give a nod to the fact that the continuity surrounding Hawkman and Hawkgirl is enormously confusing, so we understand how someone (okay, anyone) might be baffled.
It's safe to say that the Hawkman and Hawkgirl that came back again at the close of Blackest Night, they sort of most resemble the Hawks you remember from Super Friends...
HAWKGIRL9 of 12HOWEVER! Hawkgirl and Hawkman were both apparently fried by Deadman and the White Ring in Brightest Day, though they swiftly returned as Air Elementals (Parliament of Vapors, don' you know). During the climactic battle, they merged with the giant Swamp Thing.
After the fight was over, Hawkman returned to normal, but Hawkgirl had disappeared in the ether again. We're guessing that's one of the things that makes Hawkman savage in the forthcoming DCnU title, Savage Hawkman.
GREEN ARROW10 of 12Oliver Queen heroically took the dirtnap on an exploding plane. And Ollie was really, actually, totally dead. Then again, it helps to have friends like Hal Jordan (unless he's calling you an ethnically insensitive nickname).
Just before Hal went to reignite the sun in Final Night, he paid Ollie's grave a quick visit. Faster than you can say, back up in your ass with the resurrection, Oliver is prowling alleys and taking on villains. True, he was as soulless as a teen pop song for a while, but he got better.
The ongoing side-effect of Oliver's return now seems to be that everyone around him suffers horribly. Just ask Lian. Or Roy's arm. Or that cat. (No, I will not quit bringing that up. And neither would this guy).
IRON MAN11 of 12Tony Stark is a killer in the service of Kang! That's what happened in The Crossing back in the '90s (sort of. Later retcons made Kang into a disguised Immortus). Nevertheless, at the time, Tony killed the female Yellowjacket, Avengers ally Amanda Chaney, and Marilla (the nanny of Luna, Quicksilver and Crystal's daughter, what you're back, Squirell Girl).
How do you beat Tony Stark? Apparently not by pelting him with Scotch, which would have been my suggestion, but by going back in time and grabbing a teenage Tony Stark to ... I dunno ... out-Stark him?
During the final battle with Not Kang, Not Mantis (this Mantis was a brainwashed Space Phantom; DAMN, they hated The Crossing after the fact), two guys who might have been the sons of the Scarlet Witch (not now; see Young Avengers), and adult Tony, adult Tony had a moment of clarity after nearly killing his teen self and laid down his life to save the day. Teen Tony became Iron Man, but he later died with the Avengers and the FF during the Onslaught event.
HOWEVER! Thanks to the Heroes Reborn universe created by Franklin Richards, Teen Tony became a new adult Tony, and that's the Tony that did the returning-to-our-Earth in Heroes Return. It should be noted that Tony also frequently tries to die from his original injuries that led to the birth of Iron Man, but not as frequently as Aunt May tries to die.
Speaking of which ... Aunt May! Oh, and Jason Todd! Aquaman! Magento! Xorn? Freaking Elektra?! Good Lord. Is that an Ultimatum to do another one of these?
- The REBORN Identity: 10 Comics Deaths That Didn't Stick
- 10 Comic Book DEATHS That (Mostly) Still Matter
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