History DownerEnding / ComicBooks

11th Dec '15 4:13:08 PM Anddrix
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** In Volume Two, [[spoiler:Dave's dad is murdered in Issue 5 and his funeral is bombed.]]

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** In Volume Two, [[spoiler:Dave's Dave's dad is murdered in Issue 5 and his funeral is bombed.]]bombed. Worse still, Mindy is in jail and Vic Gigante earns a high post at the NYPD.
14th Nov '15 12:53:05 PM StFan
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* ''[[ComicBook/DarkTimes Star Wars: Dark Times]]: The Path to Nowhere'' is disturbing. Bomo Greenbark and his new comrades set out to save his wife and daughter from slavery. At the slave pits they learn that the daughter has already been sold; his wife tried to protect her and was killed. The group is unable to free the remaining slaves, either. Eventually, they manage to track down the man who purchased the daughter, only to learn he has eaten her. And then Dass Jennir the Jedi of all people kills him on the spot, alienating Bomo who would have preferred avenging her death himself.

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* ''[[ComicBook/DarkTimes Star Wars: Dark Times]]: The Path to Nowhere'' is disturbing. Bomo Greenbark and his new comrades set out to save his wife and daughter from slavery. At the slave pits they learn that the daughter has already been sold; his wife tried to protect her and was killed. The group is unable to free the remaining slaves, either. Eventually, they manage to track down the man who purchased the daughter, only to learn he has eaten her. And then Dass Jennir the Jedi of all people kills him on the spot, alienating Bomo who would have preferred avenging her death himself.



* In ''WhenTheWindBlows'' by Raymond Briggs, a retired couple attempt to prepare for an impending nuclear holocaust by following the advice given in various official leaflets. However, though they both grew up during World War II, they are unaware of the long term effects of a nuclear war and think life will soon get back to normal. The story ends with both of them fatally ill with radiation poisoning.

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* In ''WhenTheWindBlows'' ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' by Raymond Briggs, a retired couple attempt to prepare for an impending nuclear holocaust by following the advice given in various official leaflets. However, though they both grew up during World War II, they are unaware of the long term effects of a nuclear war and think life will soon get back to normal. The story ends with both of them fatally ill with radiation poisoning.
5th Nov '15 1:00:04 PM fruitstripegum
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* There were very few truly happy endings in ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}''. Usually, the best anyone could hope for was a BittersweetEnding.
5th Nov '15 2:06:07 AM StFan
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-->''"I don't ''need'' to know the future. When the future is ''over'', then it's me."''
-->-- Death, TheSandman

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-->''"I ->''"I don't ''need'' to know the future. When the future is ''over'', then it's me."''
-->-- Death, TheSandman
'''Death''', ''ComicBook/TheSandman''
23rd Sep '15 4:17:33 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* The stories in ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' usually end badly, or at least [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]], the AlternateReality created ForWantOfANail showing that, as much as it a Marvel hero's life can downright ''suck'' sometimes, it ''could'' have been much worse.
22nd Aug '15 1:15:04 PM Austin
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* ''Asterix and Obelix's Birthday'' has a FlashForward set fifty years in the future. Things are mostly quite peaceful, but the Romans have deforested the area, meaning they have to rely on buying Roman food instead of hunting, and [[BestFriendsInLaw Asterix's son, Obelix's daughter and their children]] are culturally very Romanised as a result. The invasive Roman camps have developed into new, Roman towns, while the village is structurally falling apart because [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Romans have no interest in going anywhere near it any more]]. Of course this is all [[ForegoneConclusion pretty much inevitable]], with the historical Gauls living as they did. In the end they cause a reset when Obelix [[RageAgainstTheAuthor punches Albert Uderzo in the face]], but there's every indication that this future is exactly what would happen if the series wasn't FrozenInTime.

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* ''Asterix ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix's Birthday'' has a FlashForward set fifty years in the future. Things are mostly quite peaceful, but the Romans have deforested the area, meaning they have to rely on buying Roman food instead of hunting, and [[BestFriendsInLaw Asterix's son, Obelix's daughter and their children]] are culturally very Romanised as a result. The invasive Roman camps have developed into new, Roman towns, while the village is structurally falling apart because [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the Romans have no interest in going anywhere near it any more]]. Of course this is all [[ForegoneConclusion pretty much inevitable]], with the historical Gauls living as they did. In the end they cause a reset when Obelix [[RageAgainstTheAuthor punches Albert Uderzo in the face]], but there's every indication that this future is exactly what would happen if the series wasn't FrozenInTime.
2nd Aug '15 1:08:59 PM StFan
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* Also ''Batman: {{A Death in the Family}}'': Good God. [[CurbStompBattle The Joker and his gang thrash Jason Todd (Robin) into a bloody pulp after Jason gets]] ''[[CurbStompBattle one]]'' [[CurbStompBattle lick in on the Joker]]. Then they tie up Jason's mother and leave a bomb to blow up the warehouse into which Jason and his mother have been lured. Miraculously, Jason is still alive - but he's far too weak to disarm the bomb, so instead he unties his mother and they attempt to make their getaway. It looks like they will just barely escape....but, [[CrazyPrepared just to make absolutely sure of things]], that grinning, white-faced bastard had ''locked the door''! Jason and his mother are both blown up, with Jason being killed instantly and his mother lingering just long enough to implicate the Joker in their murders to Batman. Following Jason's funeral (which is attended by only ''four'' people), Batman is pushed nearly to the brink and seriously considers [[ThouShaltNotKill violating his most sacred principle]] by [[NeverSayDie "terminating" the Joker's "vile existence"]] - which he indeed ends up indirectly doing when he chases the villain onto a helicopter and another criminal with a gun panics and fires wildly, shooting the Joker in the chest. Batman escapes the copter just before it explodes, but he can only reflect bitterly that, somehow, he knows that [[JokerImmunity the Joker isn't really dead]].

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* Also ''Batman: {{A Death in the Family}}'': ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily'': Good God. [[CurbStompBattle The Joker and his gang thrash Jason Todd (Robin) into a bloody pulp after Jason gets]] ''[[CurbStompBattle one]]'' [[CurbStompBattle lick in on the Joker]]. Then they tie up Jason's mother and leave a bomb to blow up the warehouse into which Jason and his mother have been lured. Miraculously, Jason is still alive - but he's far too weak to disarm the bomb, so instead he unties his mother and they attempt to make their getaway. It looks like they will just barely escape....escape... but, [[CrazyPrepared just to make absolutely sure of things]], that grinning, white-faced bastard had ''locked the door''! Jason and his mother are both blown up, with Jason being killed instantly and his mother lingering just long enough to implicate the Joker in their murders to Batman. Following Jason's funeral (which is attended by only ''four'' people), Batman is pushed nearly to the brink and seriously considers [[ThouShaltNotKill violating his most sacred principle]] by [[NeverSayDie "terminating" the Joker's "vile existence"]] - which he indeed ends up indirectly doing when he chases the villain onto a helicopter and another criminal with a gun panics and fires wildly, shooting the Joker in the chest. Batman escapes the copter just before it explodes, but he can only reflect bitterly that, somehow, he knows that [[JokerImmunity the Joker isn't really dead]].
30th May '15 3:56:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The conclusion to the "Day of Chaos" arc probably has the most depressing ending of any of the mega epics. After all of Justice Department's efforts to stop the Fourth Faction's plans, a combination of carelessness on their parts, bad luck striking multiple times, and the enemy's efficiency leads to the spread of a deadly plague inside Mega City One, culminating in the near-complete destruction of the city. Dredd can only salvage what's left as he sees his city dying before his eyes.
15th May '15 7:58:59 AM erforce
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* The ending to the second volume of ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' can be seen as this. The Martians are defeated, but with a deadly disease hybrid that wipes out many citizens in London (which is covered up by the government). Griffin and Jekyll/Hyde are dead, Nemo leaves the group in fury of the government's methods, and some time later, Mina leaves Quatermain to stay at a women's colony. The last panel shows us Quatermain, sitting alone in Hyde Park.

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* The ending to the second volume of ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' can be seen as this. The Martians are defeated, but with a deadly disease hybrid that wipes out many citizens in London (which is covered up by the government). Griffin and Jekyll/Hyde are dead, Nemo leaves the group in fury of the government's methods, and some time later, Mina leaves Quatermain to stay at a women's colony. The last panel shows us Quatermain, sitting alone in Hyde Park.
31st Jan '15 12:48:07 AM Patachou
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* ''ComicBook/IdeesNoires'': Perhaps the best example. All the gags in this comic strip are BlackComedy about stuff that worry and depress most people: suicide, fear of world war, fear of the bomb, fear of nuclear power, fear of epidemics, ... but also fantastical AfterTheEnd jokes, TakeThat comedy aimed at hunters, the death penalty and jokes about bizarre monsters. Nevertheless nearly all of them have a cynical downer ending.
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