There have been many plot twists throughout comic book history. Marvel have hosted their fair share, but for today, it's time to take a closer look at those that have littered the DC Universe.
It has been a hell of a ride over the last eighty years and, never ones to shy away from thinking outside the box, DC's history is rich with all sorts of twists and turns, from modern classics such as Wally West's accidental massacre during Heroes in Crisis, going back to one of the most mind-blowing reveals ever involving everyone's favorite Teen Titans a few decades ago.
From the first entry to the last, each twist listed here is a testament to DC's ability to shock and entertain readers over the years.
Some are surprising, others are slightly rage-inducing, but they all have one thing in common, and that's that they are all moments that have genuinely had jaws hit the floor over the past forty-plus years.
If a comic book can still have that effect of people after so many issues, then they must be doing something right.
10. Joker Shoots Barbara Gordon
Alan Moore's Killing Joke is one of the greatest stand-alone graphic novels of all time and it could easily fill up a shocking plot twists list all on its own.
After all, from the opening salvo, where it's revealed that it's not the Joker in his cell, all the way up to the end panels, where it seems that Batman finally snaps and kills him, this book is one amazing plot twist after the other. But the shooting of Barbara Gordon is such a shocking moment that it deserves to be on here more than any other example from the book.
It's the fact that it's so simple that makes it a truly jaw-dropping moment. While Jim goes through his scrapbook and Barbara brings him coffee there's a knock at the door. Thinking it's her friend, Colleen, showing up so they can go to yoga class, she answers it, only to find herself face to face with the Clown Prince of Crime.
Without a single word and just a chilling smile on his face, he fires the gun he has in his hand, shooting her clean through the spine.
What's even more impressive is that this became canon in Batman lore, as did nearly everything else in the book, and even though her career as Batgirl had come to an end, her time as the all-seeing Oracle had only just begun.