History ShootTheShaggyDog / ComicBooks

12th Mar '16 5:48:56 PM Kereea1
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* Issue 11 of ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'' is this. Our protagonist Laura seems to have discovered who framed Luci for murder and on the way home meets Ananke where it is revealed [[spoiler: she is actually the thrteenth god of the Pantheon, Persephone]]. Laura is elated and Ananke encourages her [[spoiler: and then murders her from behind, followed by killing her parents and blowing up their house to preserve the secret that Laura is ''wrong'' about who framed Luci because Ananke did it.]]
** Issue 13 as well, as it turns out Tara [[spoiler: is a deeply depressed woman who was driven to suicide because of the massive amount of public hate she got and how the rest of the Pantheon treats her.]] What hammers it in is that [[spoiler: Ananke destroys her suicide note informing the Pantheon of that fact, allowing them to think she was murdered instead.]]
28th Feb '16 7:29:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Deadpool}}'' #250 is a particularly cruel example of this. The entire issue features Deadpool desperately trying to protect his friends and daughter after they've been targeted by the ULTIMATUM organization. He eventually manages to kill the terrorists, and afterwards, decides to retire from his life of violence to be with his child. Just as Deadpool and the others begin to celebrate his new beginning, the entire planet is destroyed during a collision with the UltimateMarvel Earth, kick-starting the events of ''[[Comicbook/SecretWars2015 Secret Wars]]''.

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* ''{{Deadpool}}'' ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' #250 is a particularly cruel example of this. The entire issue features Deadpool desperately trying to protect his friends and daughter after they've been targeted by the ULTIMATUM organization. He eventually manages to kill the terrorists, and afterwards, decides to retire from his life of violence to be with his child. Just as Deadpool and the others begin to celebrate his new beginning, the entire planet is destroyed during a collision with the UltimateMarvel Earth, kick-starting the events of ''[[Comicbook/SecretWars2015 Secret Wars]]''.



* ''CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to children. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final page then reveals that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.

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* ''CaptainAmerica'' ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to children. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final page then reveals that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.
23rd Feb '16 9:30:11 AM Ambaryerno
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* The main plot of ''All-New Wolverine'''s first arc finds Comicbook/{{X 23}} attempting to save the lives of her clone sisters, who are slowly being killed by nanomachines bodies that take away their ability to feel pain. Things take a turn for the worse for Zelda, the eldest clone, in issue 4, and she has only hours at best left to live. In issue 5, Laura borrows an Comicbook/AntMan suit, and she and Comicbook/TheWasp shrink themselves down and enter Zelda's bloodstream to fight the machines off. They succeed, and Zelda regains consciousness. At that precise moment, [[TheHeavy Captain Mooney]] who has spent the rest of the series to this point tracking them down, and manages to locate them after Laura and Jan's attack on the nanites trips a distress call arrives, and Zelda is mortally wounded protecting the rest of her sisters. So despite Laura and Jan's efforts, she dies anyway.
20th Dec '15 7:27:22 PM nombretomado
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* The long-forgotten mini-series ''Conspiracy'' revolved around a journalist from the Daily Bugle stumbling upon a shadowy cadre of figures who have seemingly been manipulating the MarvelUniverse since the dawn of the SilverAge. The story ends with said journalist preparing to go to the late Bolivar Trask's mansion to find some evidence that will presumably expose the conspiracy, only for an unseen figure to show up in his hotel room. The final page heavily implies that the journalist was killed and that his research was either confiscated or destroyed, meaning that all his investigating was for nothing.

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* The long-forgotten mini-series ''Conspiracy'' revolved around a journalist from the Daily Bugle stumbling upon a shadowy cadre of figures who have seemingly been manipulating the MarvelUniverse since the dawn of the SilverAge.UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}. The story ends with said journalist preparing to go to the late Bolivar Trask's mansion to find some evidence that will presumably expose the conspiracy, only for an unseen figure to show up in his hotel room. The final page heavily implies that the journalist was killed and that his research was either confiscated or destroyed, meaning that all his investigating was for nothing.
9th Dec '15 2:59:28 AM jormis29
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* ''{{Shade the Changing Man}}'' ends with him rewriting history so that none of the events of the comic ever happened, leaving one character (who had gone back in time with him) missing, his son trapped permanently in a female body and he himself unable to reconnect with his lost love. There is a slightly upbeat moment in the last panel, but if you think about it, it's unlikely to have worked out the way he wanted it to...

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* ''{{Shade the Changing Man}}'' ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'' ends with him rewriting history so that none of the events of the comic ever happened, leaving one character (who had gone back in time with him) missing, his son trapped permanently in a female body and he himself unable to reconnect with his lost love. There is a slightly upbeat moment in the last panel, but if you think about it, it's unlikely to have worked out the way he wanted it to...
8th Oct '15 4:25:22 PM nombretomado
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* All group slaughters (stories where [[CListFodder more than one superhero is easily killed]]) are like this for the careers of those super heroes, but ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' # 38 manages to be a ShootTheShaggyDog story in and of itself. An ersatz [[JusticeLeagueInternational Justice League Europe]] is supposed to be guarding a shipment of jewels to a French museum. But they've been infiltrated by Mist II, the daughter of Starman's archenemy, the original Mist, who proceeds to easily KillEmAll. The issue focuses just enough on these JLE members (including an [[StrangledByTheRedString abrupt, came from nowhere romance between the Crimson Fox and Amazing Man]]) to make it all exceptionally pointless. First Mist easily kills the Crimson Fox. Then she easily kills Amazing Man. Then she easily kills Blue Devil. And then she blows up the museum they were supposed to be protecting.

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* All group slaughters (stories where [[CListFodder more than one superhero is easily killed]]) are like this for the careers of those super heroes, but ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' # 38 manages to be a ShootTheShaggyDog story in and of itself. An ersatz [[JusticeLeagueInternational [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Justice League Europe]] is supposed to be guarding a shipment of jewels to a French museum. But they've been infiltrated by Mist II, the daughter of Starman's archenemy, the original Mist, who proceeds to easily KillEmAll. The issue focuses just enough on these JLE members (including an [[StrangledByTheRedString abrupt, came from nowhere romance between the Crimson Fox and Amazing Man]]) to make it all exceptionally pointless. First Mist easily kills the Crimson Fox. Then she easily kills Amazing Man. Then she easily kills Blue Devil. And then she blows up the museum they were supposed to be protecting.
3rd Oct '15 5:17:11 PM StFan
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** ''JusticeLeagueDark'' later confirms that no, it did not work out.

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** ''JusticeLeagueDark'' ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' later confirms that no, it did not work out.
26th Sep '15 3:09:56 PM comicwriter
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* ''CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to children. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final pages then reveal that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.

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* ''CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to children. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final pages page then reveal reveals that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.
26th Sep '15 3:09:42 PM comicwriter
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* ''CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner Nomad. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to children. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final pages then reveal that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.

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* ''CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner Nomad.partner. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to children. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final pages then reveal that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.
26th Sep '15 3:09:21 PM comicwriter
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* ''CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner Nomad. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to kids at Julia (his former ward)'s school. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final pages then reveal that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.

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* ''CaptainAmerica'' (vol. 5) #7 is a DayInTheLimelight issue focused on Jack Monroe, Cap's former partner Nomad. After having a psychotic relapse, Jack dons his Nomad costume and sets out to rid the world of a powerful drug dealer who is selling their product to kids at Julia (his former ward)'s school.children. He has no luck finding the dealer, and is eventually shot and killed by the [[BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]]. The final pages then reveal that it was all for nothing anyway, as the "dealer" was actually an ice cream salesman who was jokingly bragging about getting kids "addicted" to his treats.
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