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21st May '17 5:52:28 PM nombretomado
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* Many of the stories in WillEisner's ''Contract with God'' trilogy are of this type.

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* Many of the stories in WillEisner's Creator/WillEisner's ''Contract with God'' trilogy are of this type.
15th Apr '17 12:34:21 PM DustSnitch
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* This happens sometimes in ComicBook/ChickTracts. In "Fatal Decision," in which the doctor sells all his stocks and bonds to afford a vaccine for a patient, loses his son in an auto accident on the way there, and arrives to give it to the patient. The patient destroys the vaccine because a disgruntled orderly manipulated him into distrusting the doctor, resulting in him dying a few days later.
** In case you can't tell, the doctor is {{God}}, his son is {{Jesus}}, the vaccine is salvation, the orderly is {{Satan}}, and the patient is the UngratefulBastard that is humanity. Yeah, Chick doesn't have a very high opinion of us.

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* This happens sometimes in ComicBook/ChickTracts. In "Fatal Decision," in which the doctor sells all his stocks and bonds to afford a vaccine for a patient, loses his son in an auto accident on the way there, and arrives to give it to the patient. The patient destroys the vaccine because a disgruntled orderly manipulated him into distrusting the doctor, resulting in him dying a few days later.
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later. In case you can't tell, the doctor is {{God}}, his son is {{Jesus}}, UsefulNotes{/{Jesus}}, the vaccine is salvation, the orderly is {{Satan}}, and the patient is the UngratefulBastard that is humanity. Yeah, Chick doesn't have a very high opinion of us.those who reject God's salvation.
18th Mar '17 1:10:42 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* One old issue of ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' featured Al Jaffee's story, "The Meanign of Life". The protagonist was a dirty, smelly guy named Marvin, who was upset because [[ThisLoserIsYou he was a nobody.]] One day, he hears a voice, who suggests getting himself cleaned up. Marvin does, but he's still a nobody, a sweet-smelling nobody. The voice talks to him again, telling him he looks rotten and decrepit. So Marvin gets plastic surgery, a better hairstyle, and cleaner clothes, but he's still a nobody, a sweet-smelling, good-looking nobody. The voice speaks again, telling him he should try being more articulate in his speech. So he attends speech therapy classes, but is still a nobody, a sweet-smelling, good-looking, articulate nobody. The voice appears again, telling him to try being less crude and vulgar. So he takes music, theatre, and etiquite classes. Unfortunately, now he's a [[OverlyLongGag sweet-smelling, good-looking, articulate, cultured nobody.]] [[spoiler:Finally, the voice tells him that the true reason he's a loser is because he's being selfish, and if he finds someone who is just as much a nobody as he is, he can find purpose and be somebody. Marvin searches the world up and down, and finally finds someone who seems just like he was at the start; he's happy for a minute... but then the guy shoots and kills him. The final panel shows the killer behind his own WantedPoster, which describes him, ("Arnold Acne", Public Enemy #1) as "Ugly, smelly, inarticulate, uncultured, selfish, and ''very'' dangerous."]]
17th Mar '17 12:47:30 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', another Creator/MarvelComics comic by Warren Ellis, has Philip Sheldon try to publish a book about the horrors he's witnessed in the world and the deaths he's heard about as well as his arguments that something's wrong with how things are in the world. He ends up succumbing to a mutant virus he caught from Peter Parker and falls to the ground dead as his notes and photographs scatter in the wind.
8th Jan '17 1:54:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''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]]''.

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* ''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 ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Earth, kick-starting the events of ''[[Comicbook/SecretWars2015 Secret Wars]]''.
9th Nov '16 8:49:06 AM nombretomado
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* The Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl plot thread from ''ComicBook/{{Countdown to Final Crisis}}''. Two members of the Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} are dumped in the 21st century for reasons unknown to them, and Karate Kid turns out to be infected with a virus that could wipe out all life on Earth. After spending months trying to find a cure and eventually teaming up with the rest of the cast, they end up in an alternate universe, and Karate Kid dies, the virus spreads and turns humans into [[HalfHumanHybrid animalistic humanoids]], and Triplicate Girl is torn to pieces by a pack of said animalistic humanoids. All to set up a universe similar to that of {{Jack Kirby}}'s Kamandi character.

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* The Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl plot thread from ''ComicBook/{{Countdown to Final Crisis}}''. Two members of the Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} are dumped in the 21st century for reasons unknown to them, and Karate Kid turns out to be infected with a virus that could wipe out all life on Earth. After spending months trying to find a cure and eventually teaming up with the rest of the cast, they end up in an alternate universe, and Karate Kid dies, the virus spreads and turns humans into [[HalfHumanHybrid animalistic humanoids]], and Triplicate Girl is torn to pieces by a pack of said animalistic humanoids. All to set up a universe similar to that of {{Jack Kirby}}'s Creator/JackKirby's Kamandi character.
21st Oct '16 8:14:17 PM comicwriter
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* ''[[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor: World Engine]]'' by Creator/WarrenEllis has a major subplot about a British cop named Warren Curzon, who is trying to track down Thor. He finally catches up with Thor and the Enchantress in the final issue, only for the Enchantress to casually murder him ''for no reason''.
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.
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