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LLSmoothJ: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse! Enter "One Moment In Time," in which the reason why Spider-Man missed his wedding was revealed. A fat thug fell on him. Seriously, Quesada? You couldn't think of a better reason why? Talk about anti-climatic!
A Black Raptor: While that does suck, my DMOS for OMIT comes from what happens with Eddie the fat thug so Quesada can make MJ break up with Peter: He beats the shit out of her. Ok, to a lot of people, that's not that bad and it would excuse someone to break up, but its the fact that it happened to Mary Jane. MJ is probably my favourite character in Spider-Man besides Peter himself, and one of the things I love about her is that she doesn't just sit around or run away, she's a fighter. So much so, it's canon that she owns, and knows how to use, a gun, that she has been able to fight off thugs much tougher than this 'Eddie' (she beat the shit out of Chameleon for god's sake, and he's a much more competent villain than the villainous Fixer Sue Quesada made), and that she has recieved combat training from Captain America himself. MJ is, for all intents and purposes, a Badass Normal, Eddie is, for all intents and purposes, a fat guy. MJ not only got beat up by him, but was so traumatized by it she blamed Peter. While OMIT is a character assassination for MJ as a whole, this is for me the moment the bullet hit.
Chris Lang: For me, the Dethroning Moment for the 616 Spider-Man came nearly ten years earlier, with The Gathering of Five and The Final Chapter in 1998. In some ways, it paved the way for One More Day. The Green Goblin comes up with a scheme that's ludicrously out of character for him (since when has Norman Osborn wanted to de-evolve humanity into primal clay to reshape in his image?), Spider-Man comes across as a total idiot, and Mary Jane does nothing but act stupid. Oh, and Aunt May, who three years earlier passed away in a beautifully-written Tear Jerker, is brought Back from the Dead with a truly outrageous Voodoo Shark explanation. It was basically the writers and editors screaming at the fans "We don't care if our stories make any sense, or if the characters are in character or not, as long as we get what we want.". One More Day more or less had the same mindset.
Quackey Trope: For this troper, it's the recent Superior Spider-Man series. One More Day was bad enough but Dan Slott comes and makes things fifty times worse for Peter by having him switch bodies with Doctor Octopus, and then die in Ocks diseased body while Doc Ock gets to parade around in his body. What makes it worse is the way it happens (i.e Doc Ock masturbating in Peter's body, and using his own personal tech to keep Peter from getting his body back right when it seems like he's going to). But that's not even the worst part. When Peter dies, everyone swears and throws things at him because they think he's Doc Ock, Ock's behaviour makes all of The Avengers distrust Spider-Man (so now we're right back to the "everyone fears Spider-man" phase that we had to deal with in the Silver Age), and when it's revealed a part of Peter is still inside there somewhere, Doc Ock manages to finally drive him out of his body in the worst, most soul crushing way possible (it involves Peter forgetting everyone he knows, forgetting Uncle Ben, and even forgetting his own name before vanishing completely). As much as Dan Slott claims to love Spider-Man, this is without a doubt the single most disrespectful and downright wretched thing to do to such a beloved character.
Terror Toad: Doc Ock takes over Peter Parker's body, leaving Peter to die in his, and is now running around slaughtering people while having the nerve to call himself the 'superior' spider-man. Inferior is more like it, freaking poser. And now with issue 9, Peter's mind has been erased just so the writer can flip the bird to anyone and everyone who was ever a fan. Which means we're now stuck with this psychotic inferior Spider-Man. That's it, I'm done. Marvel is dead to me.
Triassicranger: A The Bash Street Kids annual from the late 90s features 'Erbert in a strip on his own getting a conker from his dad (which he mistakes to be a puppet. He is very short sighted, you see). He goes out to play with the conker/puppet until a bully challeneges him and smashes 'Erbert's conker. That's not the worst bit however, enraged at this, 'Erbert picks a fight with the bully and the final panel has him covered in rubbish and says "And that teaches you". The bully, who has got away scot-free says "What a wierdo". And that was meant to be funny?
Cannotrememberpasswords: Robin #150. No amount of editorial mandate can justify its, and its followers', spontaneous transformation of Cassandra Cain, who once dodged bullets at point-blank range for fun, and preached the value of not killing while bleeding to death, into a stereotypical sociopathic Dragon Ladywho was basically her mother minus all the competence (she gets beaten by random punching and kicking from one of the weaker martial artists in the Bat-family). Also, she somehow knew Navajo code, one of the hardest languages on the entire planet, despite last having been struggling with English. Even if it was Ret Conned into being mind-control drugs, the damage to the character's entire personality proved nearly fatal.
XSpectreGreyX: I'd have to agree. From the entire thing being massively out-of-character for Cassandra to the writer just plain not doing his research, the entire thing is awful. His comment about being happy that people care about the character makes it even worse. Of course we care, you idiot! We wouldn't follow the character otherwise! And then DC gives him writing assignments with Cass so he can try to "fix" the character. Truly, this ruined Cassandra Cain's character. She was a unique, interesting character, and of course, DC can't have that! While the Retcon at least makes it so it's not her choice to do these actions, it still screwed over her character. Truly, this is the worst Face-Heel Turn in the history of comics. The character deserved better. After the reboot, I have no idea what the fuck is up with Cass's character. It seems like editors just hate any Batgirl that isn't Barbara Gordon; that's the only way this could've gotten through the editors.
Daddy Mulk: from the Italian comic book Rat-Man, the moment that showed this series has jumped the shark. Chuck Norris shows up and kills Rat-Man's enemy. No, it's not bad because it's another example of lame Chuck Norris Facts, it's bad because it killed any seriousness and credibility not only the story, but the entire narrative arc had up to that point. You see, the robot Rat-Man was going to face was presented as a credible threat, and Rat-Man was so terrified of it that, to avoid confrontation (the robot was programmed to kill any superhero he'd meet) he dropped for the first time in the series his costume and decided he no longer was a hero. Sure, it was another example of the Brick Joke (ab)used by author Leo Ortolani (in an earlier story it shows as a gag that, every time Rat-Man picks up a book, he can't read it because Chuck Norris asks him to fight bad guys), but you can't ruin the mood of three issues just for the sake of a lame sight gag. Way to go, Leo.
Crazyrabbits: In a series that has seen some of the best comic book plots in history, Uncanny X-Men featured an arc called "Holy War", written by (you guessed it) Chuck Austen, infamously known for another arc called "The Draco". "Holy War" mixes together confusing biblical quotes that have little relevance to the panels, character regression and one of the most ludicrous villain plots ever for a perfect storm of ineptitude. It also features a number of notabletropeswithin its pages. After finding a number of X-Men, including the loveable Skin, dead and crucified, the team exposes a sinister plot within an organization called the Church of Humanity. That plan involves installing Nightcrawler, a mid-twenties mutant with demonic looks, as the Pope. Then, they would force a Rapture by feeding people exploding Communion wafers. Truly one of the worst comic books made in the past decade, if not the past century.
Pumbelo: These biblical quotes are not only irrelevant, but the sources given don't even match. Even the names of biblical books are wrong, like the book of "Revelations". The entire comic is epic case of research failure (not just with religion, it refers to Wolverine's claws as being 100 inches long!) Which is to say 8'4". Which is about three feet taller that Wolverine himself.
PatPayne: And Austen couldn't even bother to do the research on Catholicism. A) Catholics do not believe in the Rapture. B) While in the past it would have been plausible, though very, very unlikely for Nightcrawler to be elected Pope (for much of the Church's history, the requirement pretty much was "must be a male baptized and confirmed Catholic with no impediment to ordination"), in recent decades the requirement to be elected Pope has been tightened up to just the College of Cardinals. C) Catholics do not believe in the Rapture. D) Having the Church of Humanity's leader call herself "Pope" basically meant that she committed the act of schism. E) Adulterating the wheat flour for the hosts is considered close to a sacrilige (in fact, if the hosts are not made from only unleavened wheat flour and water — with some allowances for low-gluten flour for celiac sufferers — the consecration is invalid and transubstantiation does not happen) and no Catholic body worth their salt would dare do it. F) The "Pope" of the Church of Humanity could not have been validly ordained, and any priest or bishop who would have done such a thing would have been automatically excommunicated. G) Catholic priests do not wear their liturgical (Mass) garments as regular wear, for all the expected reasons. H) Catholics do not believe in the Rapture.
Crazyrabbits: Ultimate Requiem: X-Men: After the events of the Ultimatum series, the surviving X-Men bury their fallen comrades and destroy the X-Mansion using Iceman's power. So...how do you think Marvel memorialized the deaths of half the X-Men? Did they do it respectfully? Did they have the mutants' families show up to grieve with them? Did they openly cry and console each other after the weight of what happened finally hit them? (If you thought so, you're not Jeph Loeb.) Simple: have Sabretooth, Mystique and a minor mutant named Assemble show up, claiming to pay their respects, then have Jean Grey go crazy and start a fight right next to the corpses, then have Captain America show up and decapitate Assemble while explaining that he also came to pay his respects - all on the very next page. That's how Ultimate X-Men ends: not with a bang (or anything resembling closure), but with a whimper. It doesn't even read like a finale, but as another issue of the series.
SteleResolve: The sixth volume of the Knights of the Old Republic comic series completely derailed the characters and the plot that had been building. Not only did it rush the ending and cobble together a half-assed Big Bad with a lame backstory and even lamer motivation, it outright changed the deaths of some of the masters that had been predicted at the very beginning of the series. But the absolute worst moment, the true Dethroning Moment of Suck, was when Gryph explained to Quanilia that the Crowning Moment of Awesome message that Zayne had sent to the masters at the end of the first story arc was, in fact, a complete fabrication, a feint intended to put them on guard and buy him some breathing room. Well done, writers. You turned the character development that finally gave a level in badass to the Jedi Order's Butt Monkey into a complete sham.
Crazyrabbits: DC Comics' The Rise of Arsenal #3: In what is probably one of the worst cases of character assassination in recent memory, Roy Harper (Green Arrow's former sidekick) goes spiraling downward after the events of the already-hated Cry For Justice (where his arm is lopped off and his daughter killed during an attack on Star City by Prometheus). Trying to cope with his loss, Harper beats up his daughter's supervillain mother (and monologues that it's alright to beat her because "she liked it rough") and attempts to have hate sex with her after he ties her up - which then leads to discovery that Roy is impotent. He then gets hooked on heroin (again) and imagines that a dead cat he found on the street is his daughter. The comic then turns into full-blown Narm when Batman shows up and proceeds to kick the living crap out of Harper while saying, "I'm your friend." Everything after this is practically a relief from the horrible lows portrayed in this issue.
Zordboy: "Cry for Justice" itself belongs on this page, being mind-numbingly horrible from start to finish. Between artwork that made it look like DC's major characters bled with sparkly pink confetti, a lettering style that made it look like the series was titled "Gay for Justice", and characterisation that involved Hal Jordan joking around with Green Arrow about a threesome he'd once had with two female superheroes (both of whom would never have anything to do with Hal under normal circumstances) - and that was from page one of issue one. All we can really hope is that, at some point in the future, a Crisis shows up and takes it all away.
GetterKaizer: Well not a threesome per se because it was explained in a Birds of Prey comic that Hal was drunk out of his ass and passed out in front of those two female superheroes. Still does not save the comic from sucking though.
Sick Brit Kid: This troper was pissed enough by the entirety of Cry for Justice, but the moment that murdered comics forever for this troper was the death of Lian Harper. Much like Linkara, one of this troper's favorite comic series is the Titans. Lian's presence helped humanize her father, Arsenal, as well as provide a likeable character that had good potential to develop into a good character down the line, herself, much like Roy and Dick Grayson. Her death in Cry For Justice just reeked of Joe Quesada-esque "lets make Roy cool again by getting rid of the stuff that makes him look old" style of writing, removing one of the more interesting dynamics of Roy Harper's character: Being a single father struggling between his life as a superhero as well as being there for his young daughter. There was even a parallel in the fact that after losing Lian, Roy falls back into his old heroin habit before getting his ass kicked by Dick and then proceeding to become a cliche Nineties Anti-Hero, essentially a Darker and Edgier form of how Peter Parker became a womanizing grown man living in his aunt's basement having multiple one-night-stands after One More Day.
Jonn: I'm not sure which of the many Take Thats in The Authority was the DMS for me, but I managed to narrow it down to two candidates. One was when the team does a little... international intervention, after which when Hawksmoor blows off President Bill Clinton's concerns about reprisals against the United States of America. His response is that the team isn't actually American, and the bad guys would just have to come after them. Because we all know how logical terrorist groups tend to be about such things. Also note that the team is question is mostly American. In fact, it's slightly lower, proportionately, than the usual lineup of the Justice League of America, which the remark was a Take That at. (Wonder Woman: Greek. Aquaman: Atlantean. Martian Manhunter: Martian. Superman is Kryptonian, though he's basically a naturalized American.) And behind him in the camera pickup at the time is a bunch of people wandering in and out of the party they happen to be having at the time, offscreen, in various states of dress and sobriety.
Tork: For this troper, the worst of the Authority is Seth, a very, very mean-spirited Take That at the American South. Seth is essentially every Deep South stereotype distilled into a crazed hillbilly-turned-cyborg-alligator, a borderline retarded psychopath. In particular, he's the product of a gangbang between his mom and her eight brothers. The Authority deals with him by turning him into a chicken and leaving him with his uncle-dads who promptly rape him and all the other chickens.
SynjoDeonecros: As much as we complain about what a hack Ian Flynn was, nothing he wrote in the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comics was bad enough to make my mate and I stop reading...until issues #215 and #216. Yes, he's badly derailed characters in the past, but this... He turned Rotor, one of the most lovable, innocent, and woobie-ish characters in the entire series into an incompetent and glory-hungry danger to himself and others - the complete opposite of his personality - solely so he could be a credible traitor to the Freedom Fighters. This, after the debacle of his Word of Gay and his sidelining by Ian with a back injury he continues to exploit to keep the guy out of the action. And worst yet, the events that painted Rotor like this - mainly, building a suit of armor and accidentally almost killing his friends and loved ones in an attempt to take over Sonic's place as the Freedom Fighters' hero - were said to have occurred during a missing year in the series, a year that we can never verify actually happened like that. This is like if, after killing off Lian Harper in "JLA: Cry for Justice", revealing a year later that she had accidentally shot several of her friends to death in an attempt to emulate her dad in order to "justify" her death as karma; not only is it sickening and senseless, but it's a disgrace to the purity of the character.
taylorkerekes: Speaking of which, Sonic the Hedgehog issue 172. Not so much for what Fiona did to Tails, but actually for Sonic being a Kick the Dog target. First, Fiona sets Sonic as her prime example of "not counting on anybody" and when Sonic tries to protest, Scourge takes Sonic into another physical spat along with Fiona telling Sonic to simply "shut up already". Second, and even worse: Scourge says that the only thing separating him and Sonic is a bad day. Sonic responds by telling Scourge that "a little bit of selflessness" and "a little bit of decency" were all that separated Sonic from him. Scourge is at a loss for words for a bit, until Fiona abruptly cuts in and kicks Sonic aside claiming that he "had his chance"; she then puts him down by calling him a weakling for "holding back" and that "it's all about survival of the best", and Scourge goes right back to his Jerkassery. What could have been Sonic's chance for giving his enemies a new state of mind abruptly, and epically, ended in a Kick the Dog scenario at its worst for no explainable reason!
bludemon: Sonic the Hedgehog issue 223&224 bothers me more than anything. The enitire Freedom Fighters vs Geoffrey fight in which the good guys can't even hold a candle to Geoffrey. I know he is a highly skilled spy but we seen people like Sally, Tails, and Bunny land several hits on Sonic the Hedgehog and he is the supposed toughest guy on Mobius. The entire fight was like one big Curb-Stomp Battle where one guy can take on five people who been fighting sense they were kids.
SteleResolve: I really love Garth Ennis' Punisher comics, particularly the MAX ones. But in the MAX volume Barracuda, Ennis crossed the uncrossable line. The Punisher knowingly, willingly and indisputably killed innocent people who were in the way. The gist of the comic was that a group of CEOs were going to stage a massive power outage across an entire state and somehow use it to make a hell of a lot of money (I don't recall the exact explanation). The Punisher heard about it and decided to get involved—as he said, white collar crime wasn't really his thing, but if it went down people would die, so he was going to put a stop to it. It was a pretty good story until the very end. After a vicious beating from a massive brute of a contract killer, being left in shark infested water and swallowing a hefty amount of seawater while clinging to the boat, Castle was in no position to storm the executives' boat and take them down the hard way. So he blows it up, in shark filled waters, killing everyone: the executives, their friends, girlfriends and wives, investors, even the boats' crew. There is no way that the entire boat crew were part of the plan! It's not much different from gunning down hostages because the criminals are standing behind them, and it was a terrible moment for The Punisher.
Zeloran: The Transformers comic published by Marvel was not particularly good, but for me the lowest and most stupid moment of the whole run was this: The Decepticons (Megatron and the Combaticons) and the Autobots (Optimus Prime and the Protectobots) engaged in a battle inside a videogame for the possesion of some sort of "super fuel". The catch is that if Prime or Megatron were destroyed in the game, they would be also destroyed in real life. The Protectobots managed to beat the Combaticons and in the end also Megatron. But Megatron, by using a cheat code, managed to resurrect inside the game, shot Prime from behind, was about to finish him, only for Prime to react and send Megatron to his virtual death again. However, Prime declared himself to be the loser of the game. Why? Because in beating Megatron he unwillingly let some of the residents of the virtual game world die. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Prime commited suicide, leaving the Autobots without a leader and allowing the Decepticons to get their hands in a very rare and powerful fuel source thus endangering the Autobots and humanity as well, basically because he killed some video game characters.
SteleResolve: Pretty much the Spawn universe became a jumbled pile of messy retcons and conflicting canon not far into the series, but the absolute worst, most unforgivable retcon was when Todd Macfarlane tried to change the identity of Al Simmons' killer. Chapel, the original killer, was not Macfarlane's creation, and due to some legal issues or something he was unable to use him in the film adaptation of Spawn; instead, he was replaced by a woman named Jessica Priest. That's no big deal, it's understandable. What isn't is when he decided, for some reason, to retcon it so that Priest was the killer in the comics as well. So in one of the most half-assed retcons of all time, he tried to make it appear that Spawn's memories had been tampered with to make him seek revenge on the wrong person. First off, why? It didn't suit the Malebolgia's purposes to do so, it would have been utterly pointless. Second, and the biggest issue, Chapel admitted to the murder when Spawn confronted him! You can't say that the revenge seeker was mistaken when the killer confesses to his face about the crime!
biznizz: Garth Ennis' The Pro. Already a horrible book, the absolute moment that made the book irredemable is when the titular character (Read: a single unwed mother who is a hooker with superpowers) blames thinly veiled expies of the Justice League for not helping make life better. As in "Why do I have to suck cocks to feed my son. you should have done something!" In that moment of stupidity (the reader is supposed to side with the stupid hooker here) that says "Personal responsibility? What's that?!", it implies that superheroes are supposed to improve civilization, even if other, more better stories show that that can lead to a slippery slope of power hungry tyranny. I put that book down, walked away and never read anything written by Garth Ennis again. It also has made me dislike Amanda Conner's work... somehow, and ain't that an achievement.
Regu: The more and more this troper thinks about it, The death of The Human Bomb in Infinite Crisis becomes one. It was absolutley cruel, as Bizarro just kept bashing his head in. It gets even worse when you consider that he's an old man, being murdered by someone who is essentially a child. Other than that, it was an unsatisfying end to a great man and a great character.
Katsuhagi: Identity Crisis was a mess all around, and the dethroning moment for me wasn't even the one people cite most, the rape of Sue Dibny, but a more subtle one. Mainly, the sight of Sue's charred corpse being held by her weeping husband and the revelation that she'd just discovered she was pregnant. That did it for me, since the story went from dramatic to Trying Too Hard right then, by throwing the fact that she was pregnant onto it it was essentially screaming "Oh, you see this tragedy? Well it's tragic! Now have some more!" It was just too much. Not to mention that it causes a huge moment of Fridge Logic when you know that the Gingold Ralph got his powers from also made him sterile, so who exactly was the father of Sue's baby?
Dr Zulu 2010: Speaking of Identity Crisis I have to mention Firestorm's death for many reasons. 1. He barely appeared in the comic, so it comes as super cheap. 2. He dies pierced by a sword and has to flee before he explodes because "this is what happens when a nuclear reactor is punctured." No, this is what truly happened when a nuclear reactor is punctured. And even if we have to believe it, that would not happened in Firestorm's case because he is not a nuclear reactor. He has nuclear-related powers and he is not corporeal. And 3. It's just another one of DC's trademark cheap deaths for the sake of it and because they need to introduce a new character, only to bring him back later making the thing pointless in the end.
Tropers/Darkwing: Oh and let us not forget their attempt to make Deathstroke seem badass by beating up the Justice Leauge. Flash manages to impale himself on a sword. Flash has super reflexes and perception. But even worse is Green Lantern. Most powerful weapon in the universe. He decides to try punching Deathstroke and getting his fingers broken. This was Kyle Rayner, the guy who always made different constructs because he had so much imagination, and he didn't even put a suit of armor on first? If you want to make a villian look dangerous, don't have the heroes act like total idiots. That just makes everyone look bad.
Time Traveler Jessica: the last page of the New 52's Catwoman #1 has proven to be very controversial, and not just because it depicts Batman and Catwoman going at it in a scene that would look more at home in Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, but because in the process of undoing Selina knowing Bruce's identity they now have the two of them engaging in semi-anonymous sex with each other without even bothering to take off most their costumes, throwing out years of UST and Character Development. This is a perfect example of giving fans exactly what they wanted, and yet judging by the reactions of many Bruce/Selina shippers, no one wanted it like this. Not to mention Bruce's consent is pretty nebulous.
InTheGallbladder: Issue #1 of Red Hood and the Outlaws gave Starfire the mother of all bad (re)introductions. Throughout the whole thing, she acts like a pre-teen sex fantasy. No focus is placed on any other aspects of her character. I loved the Teen Titans cartoon as a kid, and Star was one of my biggest reasons for it. The portrayal I saw in that comic lacked not only all the traits I knew her for, but seemingly any traits to speak of. I've heard claims that later issues rectify this, but I've already been insulted enough, thank you.
aldo512: Speaking of Red Hood, the reveal of Crux's motivation was unbelievably stupid. For those who don't know, his motivation is, when he was young, a Tamaranian ship crashed and killed his parents, leading him towards his hatred of aliens and Tamaranians in general. That's it. His entire motivation, his reason for believing all aliens are evil, is because ONE alien had an accident while flying and his family just happened to be there. This is the equivalent of seeing your family die in a plane crash and deciding to kill every pilot in the world as revenge. The worst part? This is presented completely straight. Crux's motivations are never called into question, he never considers the idea that it could have been an accident, hell, the very next issue has the gall to refer to it as a murder when it's not. If it's anything, it would be considered manslaughter, unless the war ship somehow lacked the weapons to kill two humans without crashing.
Kira Blaize: Another one for Spider-Man came around 1999. Venom had been suffering from Villain Decay for a while now, but the absolutely lowest moment came when Spider-Man fought him off with a cigarette lighter. Peter flicked the lighter in his face and the symbiote was so desperate to get away that it was leaving Brock behind.
The Chain Man – Mortadelo y Filemón’s Cross Over special “¡Bajo el bramido del trueno!" is basically this for pretty much the entire fandom. Aside from the usual current issues like the jokes being forced, predictable, and repetitive beyond the Running Gag status, there's the whole "crossover" part, with El Capitán Trueno if the title didn't make it obvious, for two reasons: The first is the Nonstandard Character Design of the Trueno characters caused because, instead of being drawn in Ibañez's own style, they were randomly copy-pasted from Trueno albums. The results are not pretty and ofen look bizarre, with characters that are dancing being passed as pursuiters and others "wonders" like that. Furthermore, there are instances where Ibañez does keep the original images aside but he draws the hands or the face, which looks somewhere between Off Model and terrifying, depending of the image. The second reason is that, for all this is "passed" as a homage to Trueno for its 50 anniversary, it's not much of an homage as an Humiliation Conga for Trueno himself, as he gets repeatedly hit, transmutated, and put in various ridiculous sitations, the worst part perhaps being Mortadelo himself NTRing him by hooking with his girlfriend Sigurd for no reason. All in all, the whole thing goes from merely boring to outright painful to read.
A Black Raptor: While Spider Island is otherwise an awesome book, one aspect still stings: Carlie Cooper's still ever present Sueness. But, it doesn't get to a suckish level until she breaks up with Peter because he didn't tell her he was Spider-Man. I've said this elsewhere, I've mentioned it on other pages, but Carlie Cooper gets angry at Peter because she was left out of his secret. I'm actually happy they broke up, but its her reasoning that makes the moment suck. Apparently, she (and as the narrative shows, the writer also) thinks that she had a right to know. Why? They've only known each other for barely a year if that In-Universe (and only a handful of years out of universe), only been dating for a month at most in Universe (again, only a handful out of universe), not only has he had no chance to tell her, he's had no reason to do so. She hasn't been kidnapped or put in danger by the secret, she hasn't suffered at all because of him being Spider-Man, he had no obligation to tell her. Did she expect him to explain he's Spider-Man the first time they met, or on a date? If she reacted like this after finding out by herself, she'd probably react the same way if he told her after they started dating. She goes on to make a deal about him covering up his secret identity, and accuse him of using is identity as Peter as nothing more than a mask, but in the end the fact that she seems to have expected such knowledge since day 1 makes her look like an self-entitled bitch. I didn't like her before, in fact I quite despised her, but this is the moment that made me consider her the worst character ever written into the books.
Largo Quagmire: I heard Kick-Ass 2 is being made into a movie, and it makes me happy to hear Mintz-Plasse won't touch what Mark Millar did to Red Mist with a sterilized lightning rod. Red Mist was kind of off the deep end by the end of the first series anyways, but there is absolutely no reason or way to justify him murdering a host of young children, and then raping Kick-Ass' love interest and murdering her father. It was the moment where Mark Millar basically decided to piss away any chance of salvaging that good nugget of an idea he had in Kick-Ass, all for the sake of stupendously stupid shock value. Millar has absolutely no understanding of Darker and Edgier, how it works, or how it affects an audience, judging from that scene alone.
2heartgirl: Oh boy, here's the worst part about the gang rape. It's not Kick-Ass' two panel reaction at the hospital or that no one mentions what happened. No, what truly pisses me off is when Kick-Ass confronted Red Mist over what he did it turns into a petty squabble and is never mentioned again. Even worse after Kick-Ass defeats Red Mist all he mentions is how Red Mist killed his dad. Not how he murdered an entire neighborhood, not how he killed god knows how many children, and especially not how he raped a teenage girl. No, just the You Killed My Father line.No. Mark Millar. No. You cannot have a scene like that happen in your book and disrespect the gravity of the consequences and tragedy of it like that. You could have simply written that they threaten to do it later so that they could make Kick-Ass watch and nothing would have changed. No one should ever write a scene like that in anything without fully understanding the subject matter. I'm done with your work if this is how you think you make a successfulDarker and Edgiertake on superheroes.
Animeking1108: The revelation that Big Daddy's tragic backstory was all a lie, and that he was some nutcase who kidnapped his daughter. There was a reason people preferred his characterization in the movie.
Tropers/kkhohoho: The Avengers v1 #200. The most basic concept of the issue isn't exactly Pulitzer-winning material itself to begin with, but the way the entire story is handled really cements the issue as one of the Avenger's less grandeur moments, to say the least. As for the comic itself — it starts with Ms.Marvel suddenly finding herself pregnant, and at full-term nonetheless. Meanwhile, the other Avengers (Captain America, Thor, Comic Book/Ironman, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Wonderman, Hawkeye, Jocasta, and Beast, who was not an X-man and was an Avenger at the time) are focused more on this strange new birth, and fascinated by it, and not actually trying to figure out what's really going on, or helping Carol (Ms.Marvel) deal with it. They really aren't much when it comes to emotional support. And then the baby itself is born, which grows to an adult in a matter of moments. Various things happen, such as a Timestorm, but the real tour-de-force is the ending, and get ready, because this is a whopper. As it turns out, the 'son', Marcus, was in fact a child of Immortus, a on-again, off-again antagonist/ally to the Avengers. However, Marcus was born in limbo, Immortus's domain, and was trapped there. So, his solution to this was, while Ms.Marvel was on a plane, to essentially take the plane into Limbo, and then immediately remove anyone and everything on the plane, off of the plane, except for Ms.Marvel. In other words, Marcus, for all intents and purposes, kidnapped Ms.Marvel. Anyway — Marcus then brainwashes Carol, and after 'wooing' her, with fancy dresses and classical music (played by their original composers), he then rapes her. That's right — Ms.Marvel is currently brainwashed, so she could not, in any way, object to having sex with Marcus. He didn't just rape her either; he impregnated her, so that when he booted Ms.Marvel back to the physical plane, she would give birth to Marcus himself in short order. To sum up: Marcus kidnapped Ms.Marvel, brainwashed her, raped her, impregnated her, and then sent her back to the real world with no memory of these events. But, sadly, that's not all. Marcus brainwashes Ms.Marvel again, as she suddenly finds herself wanting to go back to Limbo with Marcus, despite being quite distraught at this strange pregnancy earlier. And the rest of the Avengers may well have been brainwashed too, as they just let her go. It was revealed later that brainwashing was, in fact, used to some extent, but not by the same writers as this issue, so it might have just been bad writing when it was originally published. All in all, not the Avengers' shining moment.
Puff Puff: Oh, and let's take note of the credits on #200. There were six writers on this mess, including one of the big name editors. It says nothing good that that many people worked on this storyline and not one of them thought anything was skeevy about it until after it was published and got shit called on it.
Crazyrabbits: The Walking Dead, issue #100. The extended assault and death of Glenn at the hands of the arc's Big Bad, Negan, is mindlessly over-the-top, even for a series that has made its name on gore and the shockingly brief deaths of several main characters. The majority of the issue is devoted to a single confrontation where Rick and the rest of the survivors are captured by Negan, a villain who reads like an more sadistic version of The Governor. Negan subsequently beats Glenn's head in over the course of several pages, with Glenn calling out for Maggie and Sophia before his jaw gets smashed off. It feels more like an over-the-top snuff film than a legitimate advancement of the story, and unlike the Governor arc (where the character was built up before he started wantonly killing), Glenn's death serves as nothing more than a cheap stunt to immediately validate the Big Bad (who is prone to spouting off quotes about how he'll rape survivors like Carl).
kensu: In Promethea it happens during the (first) journey through the Major Arcana of the tarot, when they get to the Star card. This is when it becomes obvious that Alan Moore isn't just spewing new-agey mystical nonsense, but actually believes what he's saying. This is when it goes from being a comic book to a religious tract, and it rapidly becomes unreadable.
k9feline5: I was a fan of DC Comics for about 20 years, from 1985-2005. My all-time favorite series was Justice League International, and my favorite character from that series was Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) (many of you can now probably guess where I'm going here with this). The issue that made me quit DC altogether was Countdown To Infinite Crisis. There's nothing about this worthless, poorly written piece of crap that I don't despise. There's the superheroes who don't try very hard to investigate the theft of 100 pounds of kryptonite because a lowly "second stringer" called it in, the snotty, dismissive attitude of most of these "heroes" towards Ted, the fact that the only heroes who treat Ted with any modicrum of respect barely knew him while the ones he had a history with are the snottiest of the bunch, the way Ted gives internal monologues about how "awesome" these heroes are at the same time they're treating him like crap making Ted look like a masochist so even Ted doesn't look good here (no, Linkara, this isn't even faintly the "greatest Ted Kord story ever told"), his pointless death, the fact he's getting killed by his old JLI friend Maxwell Lord (not that you could tell they were ever friends from this issue), and the way Max reveals he's been Evil All Along, which contradicts words, deeds, and even thoughts recorded of Max in those JLI issues. But there's one moment that's worse than all of this, that's a D Mo S for me not only for this issue, but for the entire DCU, a moment so bad it made me say Screw This, I'm Outta Here on a hobby I'd had for 20 years. It's where Max "reveals" that as part of his Evil Plan he'd been "Keeping the League ineffectual for years". The only League Max (and Ted) had ever been a regular part of was the JLI so either: 1) this was a very deliberate, intentional, mean-spirited Take That on the part of the writers at the JLI, or 2) the writers were idiots, too stupid to realize that's precisely what it came across as. This moment was so bad that it became the one part of this one-shot that DC has tried to correct, by instead saying that Max had more of a gradual Face-Heel Turn, but that still leaves a DCU without Ted, murdered by a friend it should have been completely OOC to murder him, so that every story since then involving JLI survivors will be about how evil Max was, and now the entire JLI history along with a lot of other good things has now been retconned out of existence by Flashpoint, so, no, I don't regret my decision to quit DC.
Mockery: Oh, Jack of Fables. I can't say I ever loved you. Your title character danced back and forth across the Eight Deadly Words, but I lament that your D Mo S happened on the last pages of your series. In the midst of a Kill 'em All finale, even Jack dies. Then the devil comes to claim his soul. As does another, and another, and another. And while they argue, Jack's soul slips away unnoticed. This might be an ending befitting a Lovable Rogue, but given that by this point Jack had become a dragon because of his overwhelming greed, among dozens of other acts of sheer dickishness I think that it would be laughable to call him anything resembling a good person. One might even be inclined to give this a pass owing to its Continuity Nod status. I, for one, condemn it for ignoring that each devil figure had bought out Jack's previous contract. Each one—except the last—had had its share of Jack's soul paid for, and thus had no ground to stand on. Only one had a legal claim to him. But this is never brought up at all. Most infuriating of all is the author's willingness to pat himself on the back and consider it clever.
Salkafar: I wasn't exactly a cheering fan of Matt Fraction's run on Iron Man, but only when I read #503, I called my dealer and cancelled my subscription (A big deal for me, a dyed-in-the-wool Iron Fan). The story involved Tony Stark - Iron Man - who, a few issues before, had been 'rebooted' and equipped with a 'repulsor generator' embedded in his chest; the generator provided his - especially engineered - neurobiology with far more power than before, which meant his brainpower received a significant boost - being held to ransom by Doctor Octopus. Octavius had an old grudge against Tony Stark - ever since a flashback two issues before - and now wanted to humiliate him by making him admit he could not fix his, Octopus', failing biology. Octavius used a nuclear bomb as a threat. Now... considering everything - Octavius' diminished state and Tony's improved mental status, as well as an armor which is now a part of him and emerges upon mental command - almost any outcome was feasible rather than the one that occurred: Tony admitting he was a failure and begging Octopus not to detonate the bomb. But even that was not the nadir. That consisted of... Tony Stark... kneeling and kissing doctor Octopus' tentacle and calling him 'master'... After that, I grabbed the phone and cut my losses.
RAZ: For some, it's Superior Spider-Man. For others, it's One More Day. And I do agree, those stories are terrible. But if any single story from the last 10 years proved to me how much Marvel disrespects for Spider-Man, it has to be The Gauntlet and the Grim Hunt which I equate to Marvel's equivalent of DC's infamous Justice League: Cry for Justice. Similar to that story it runs on pure shock value, needlessly killing off supporting characters and making things dark simply for the sake of dark. In particular, the one part that came off as nothing but offensively heartless was in the "Shed" subarc where The Lizard gruesomely eats Billy Connors alive. This was the moment where I realized that the Spider-Man stories I used to read that were actually fun were a thing of the past. This was nothing but a blatant stunt relying on gore to try and entice some sales in, I guess because whoever was writing this trash was apparently under the illusion that cheap tactics like this make things edgy and mature.
Animeking1108: My annoyance was that volume 2 ended on a Cliff Hanger where Iron Man finds their lair. And yet in the next issue, they're having dinner with the Kingpin. What the hell happened? Did the Vaughan and Alphona forget to tell Joss Whedon in their cliff notes about the encounter?
Strix Obscuro: As bad as "Dead End Kids" was, Kathryn Immonen's "Home Schooling" arc managed to be much worse. Old Lace dies in a horrible accident, and every other character gets derailed, to the point where Karolina is mostly mopey and passive, Victor and Chase seriously discuss beating up Klara just because she's gone completely insane after nearly getting killed (and it's implied that Victor is actually responsible for the accident), and Nico's response to this talk is to use magic to render Klara even more helpless - and then go make out with Chase. And apparently Gert was supposed to come back from the dead and fix everything, but we'll never know for sure because Marvel cancelled the series halfway through the arc. The whole thing seems like a particularly mean-spirited fanfic written by someone who only read the series for Gert and disliked the fact that Vaughan decided to kill her off and make it stick. Editor Nick Lowe's claim that he disliked the Whedon and Moore runs and thought that Immonen's arc felt "right" doesn't help to alleviate this perception.
Asger: To be honest I wish I could count the entire New52 idea thing DC's doing as a dethroning moment of suck, but if I had to be specific I'd say the idea of hooking up Superman and Wonder Woman is the ultimate low-point. I mean seriously, the characters of Clark Kent and Diana Prince are so far apart from each other in terms of personality it's not even funny, a relationship between the two would barely last a month. Clark is a nice guy farm boy, and Diana is a warrior princess. Yet here they are, being touted as the new power couple to grab attention. In elseworlds stories the thing that annoys me most it's when the writers throw Lois Lane off a bridge just for this stupid pairing, and now the morons at DC just went and made it canon. Nice going DC, keep on grabbing plot ideas from 15 year old girls.