Comic books are a unique thing. For a medium that was supposed to initially be for children, the years have seen the superhero genre grow up alongside its readers until it's now not enough just to have your favorite characters punching people in the mouth each month - they have to offer something more mature.
Now, more than ever, readers expect a certain amount of emotional investment in the books they hand over their hard earned money for.
As that's happened the writers, artists, and companies involved seemed to have realized that the need for more adult based stories is at a premium, and no-where has that been more prevalent than at DC. The house the Bat built has long tried to set itself apart from Marvel by focusing on telling a different kind of superhero story compared to their rivals, one sometimes larger-than-life in its approach.
With this kind of writing being pushed to the forefront, not to mention the artwork that goes along with it, it's a golden age for tales that really push the emotional button. Just as we did with Marvel, this list looks at the DC stories that really give fans a chill when they finally closed the book.