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10 Iconic Comic Book Moments (That Are Secretly Terrible)

The Killing Joke is one of Batman's most revered stories, but it commits a terrible comics cliche.

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There are some comic book storylines that are so memorable, they are chiseled in our minds forever. Readers will never forget when Jean Grey turned into the Dark Phoenix. Witnessing Barry Allen give up his life to save reality was heart-wrenching. Seeing Spider-Man merge with the Venom symbiote was a huge moment, not just for the wall-crawler, but for the reader as well.

These scenes may stand out because they were the turning point in the story, permanently changed the character's dynamic, or because they led to the death of a major hero or villain.

These moments have become so embedded into the world of comic books, it feels blasphemous to criticise them. However, nothing is beyond scrutiny. Just because a story is iconic, well-drawn, or had a lasting impact doesn't mean it's perfect. Some tales seemed fantastic at first but when you look at it again with a fresh set of eyes, you may notice some flaws you didn't see the first time.

To criticise these stories isn't to suggest they aren't great. But it is possible that that some of these moments received far more praise than they deserved.

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