Usually, the worst thing that happens in a comic's plot is impossible to miss - because it's the likes of a brutal murder, savage injury, or sometimes even the world ending. These events are iconic, they're unforgettable, and they're arguably the moments that stay with fans the longest, only narrowly beat in this regard by some of the more heartwarming stuff.
But the focus on these epic occasions can mean you don't notice smaller moments, or things that aren't outright explicitly stated in the issue itself, but rather left for you to dwell on when the idea pops into your head in the middle of the night.
And comic fans are, on the large, an inquisitive bunch, meaning if there's a nightmarish way to interpret something, someone will bring it up at some point - if not several people, who will proceed to have a conversation about the topic that is equal parts concerning and insightful.
In a medium that so often explores philosophy, spirituality, and every deep question you can think of, sometimes it's surprisingly entertaining to posit theories about Killer Croc's genitals instead.