History DownerEnding / ComicBooks

25th Jul '17 1:26:32 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' ends with the entire team being taken down by an army of superheroes during their epic LastStand. Deadshot and King Shark would later appear in ''SuicideSquad'', but the fates of their teammates are (likely deliberately) left unstated, though everyone appears to at least be alive when last seen. This was the result of a ContinuityReboot of the whole DC Universe, and conversely, the fact that it even ''got'' an ending should be considered upbeat and a testament to the series's fanbase.

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* ''ComicBook/SecretSix'' ends with the entire team being taken down by an army of superheroes during their epic LastStand. Deadshot and King Shark would later appear in ''SuicideSquad'', ''Comicbook/SuicideSquad'', but the fates of their teammates are (likely deliberately) left unstated, though everyone appears to at least be alive when last seen. This was the result of a ContinuityReboot of the whole DC Universe, and conversely, the fact that it even ''got'' an ending should be considered upbeat and a testament to the series's fanbase.
12th Apr '17 8:44:54 PM TheNerevarine
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* ''ComicBook/KhaalTheChroniclesOfAGalacticEmperor'' ends with [[TheBadGuyWins the bad guy winning]] in the most depressing fashion, in this case its the eponymous VillainProtagonist getting everything he wants and then some. [[GalacticConqueror Khaal]] gains ultimate power, uncontested control and gets all his rivals killed by the end. He subjects his two brothers (the most sympathetic characters in the comic) to AFateWorseThanDeath to ensure his continued survival as their lifeforce is tied to his own meaning if they die, so does him. Khaal then [[TakeOverTheWorld invades planet Earth and and successfully conquers it]], becoming a GodEmperor.
14th Jul '16 12:54:11 AM PaulA
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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.

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* The stories in ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' usually end badly, or at least [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet]], the AlternateReality AlternateTimeline created ForWantOfANail showing that, as much as it a Marvel hero's life can downright ''suck'' sometimes, it ''could'' have been much worse. worse.
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]].
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