Horrible / Comic Books
aka: Comics

"It's like the absurdity of the '90s fucked the grittiness of the '80s and then they both doubled-teamed decency until... you know, I could go on here but then I'd be getting as graphically vile as this title itself."

Certain comic book storylines get written off as So Bad, It's Horrible, especially if the fans complain loud enough. Maybe the writers were having a bad day... or perhaps they failed an Author's Saving Throw. Nevertheless, these things have been condemned by a vocal portion of the fanbase.

In some cases, they're so bad that their creators refuse to acknowledge them, preferring to Retcon their mistakes out of existence. Those are the lucky ones.

For horrible newspaper strips and political cartoons, see Newspaper Comics.

Important Notes:

  1. Merely being offensive in its subject matter is not enough to justify a work as So Bad It's Horrible. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy (no matter how small a niche it is). It has to fail to appeal even to that niche to qualify as this.

  2. It is not a Horrible comic just because Linkara or any other Caustic Critic declared it so. There needs to be independent evidence to list it. (Though once it is listed, they can provide the detailed review.)


Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order):

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    DC Comics 
  • The miniseries Amazons Attack was thrown together last-minute to cover delays in Wonder Woman, and was nothing more than Character Derailment for the entire Amazon people, turning them either into Straw Feminists or complete morons by way of Idiot Plot, with plot holes aplenty. The initial attack is because Wonder Woman was tortured; later, it's stated that they decided to do it because they hate men. The reason Wonder Woman was tortured was to learn the Amazon secret technology; later, the heroes figure out that the Amazons aren't behind a certain attack because it's high-tech. Wonder Woman herself is presented as absolutely helpless throughout; she confronts her clearly-brainwashed mother at least thrice without thinking to use her lasso, which has previously been shown in-canon as able to break brainwashing. The US Army is challenged by spears and bows and arrows — an arrow pierces a cockpit at one point; Air Force One is chased down by women on flying horses. Also, unless you read the tie-ins, the characters who are Amazons (Wonder Woman and Donna Troy) or affiliated with the Amazons (Wonder Girl and Supergirl) barely appear for the first half of the series. Icing on the cake? Those tie-ins, where most of the big plot points happen, got left out of the trade paperback collection. It's obvious that the creators didn't research the characters' past or the history of the DCU Amazons at all. Oh, and the Amazons' secret weapon is bees. My God. To make matters worse, the entire series was a lead-in to Countdown... which is at least as reviled as Amazons Attack.
  • Justice League: Cry for Justice (nicknamed "Gay for Justice" by readers, thanks to some unfortunate lettering styles), a miniseries by James Robinson that featured Hal Jordan trying to create a proactive Justice League (because that always ends well). The series features gratuitous gore and violence, characters being dismembered, horrible writing and gross characterization, and everyone constantly shouting "For justice!" Put it this way — when the author directly and explicitly apologizes to the fans over the quality of the work, twice, before the series has finished, then you know you're dealing with something awful. It was laughably "edgy", even killing off Lian Harper (a fan favorite child character) at the eleventh hour, which was just one among many senseless deaths that didn't advance the storyline. Robinson got himself under all manner of fire for its release, despite the fact that he fought tooth-and-nail against the editors, who wanted much, much more in the pointless death and destruction departments. Not two years later, it and both of its follow-ups were retconned in full. Linkara, one of the more calm and level-headed Channel Awesome personalities, broke character and growled with visceral rage during the murder of Lian Harper.
    • Rise of Arsenal is an odd example to cover because it may very well be a Poe, but it's hard to tell. The story begins in Final Crisis, after the protagonist loses his aforementioned daughter Lian in the attack on Star City. Green Arrow's former sidekick Roy Harper, who was the subject of an acclaimed drug awareness plotline in the 1970s (when he was known as "Speedy"), fell off the wagon after losing his arm. Harper, currently known as Arsenal, began a rampant pill addiction to cope with the phantom pains of his missing limb. All well and good, but Roy decides to take a walk on the wild side by indulging in mild S&M, whipping his late daughter's mother with an extension cord, coping with erectile dysfunction nanite poisoning, hallucinating that his daughter is alive and carrying her around town without realizing it's actually a moldy dead cat, and Batman playing some sweet chin music on Roy (the highlight of the book), but not before Roy brutally tortures and kills a man tangentially responsible for Star City. Anyway, it got cosmic retconned the following year, this time in New 52. Now Roy never lost his arm and his daughter Lian didn't die because she never existed.
    • Thankfully, an Author's Saving Throw came into place in Crisis Crossover Convergence as Lian was Back from the Dead.
  • The weekly series Countdown to Final Crisis, by most accounts, as it features bad writing, bad art, bad characterization, three different names (it started as Countdown, then Countdown to Final Crisis, and the final issue was DC Universe Zero), three alternate Earths destroyed to prop up villains fans don't like, tie-in mini-series that explain key plot points that are equally horrible, and an ending that completely contradicted the events that it was created to build up. Shortly after 52 was finished, Dan Didio asked Grant Morrison to give some of his (work in progress) scripts of the first several issues of Final Crisis; other than that, it was pretty much controlled by Didio. It also pulled away advertising from the infinitely better Sinestro Corps War story that was going on at the same time. The whole thing was declared Canon Discontinuity the minute it was finished, but it still didn't erase the horrible taste it left in readers' mouths. It was so bad that the intended final issue, DC Universe #0, written by Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns, essentially replaced Countdown as the real lead-up to Final Crisis (the only thing that was acknowledged from Countdown was Darkseid's death, fall, and reincarnation into a human body as seen in Seven Soldiers). It was built up to be the spine of the DCU, but quickly became the appendix.
    • Of all the spinoff miniseries, Countdown: Arena was easily the worst. The plot (Monarch kidnaps a bunch of Elseworlds characters and then makes them fight to the death so he can recruit the winners) is a threadbare mess, but it could've been saved by the coolness inherent in Let's You and Him Fight. This... doesn't happen. Mediocre art, severe pacing issues, Character Derailment all around (especially for poor Captain Atom, whose Face–Heel Turn still makes absolutely no sense), a depressing tone, a near-total irrelevance to Countdown itself, and the fight results being decided by fan vote mean that Arena somehow manages to make three Batmen fighting each other boring and unpleasant. That it features characters from actual good Elseworlds comics getting brutally murdered is just the cherry on this shit sundae. Comics Alliance named it one of the worst comics of the decade.
  • DC Challenge was an interesting concept — a 12-issue miniseries in which teams of people who normally didn't work together would take turns doing stories which could not prominently feature characters they normally worked on, each issue setting up a cliffhanger that the next team would have to solve in the next issue. Unfortunately, Round Robin stories are hard enough to manage as fanwork. Doing this professionally would've been difficult, so it wasn't. This quickly degenerated into a confusing mess. By the end, major plot threads had been dropped completely and nobody was quite sure what was going on — not even the editors at DC.
  • Batman: Fortunate Son is a 1999 graphic novel which ranks as one of the worst, most baffling Batman stories ever committed to print. The plot of the story revolves around Batman and Robin trying to take down an insane, terroristic rock star, with Batman especially determined to stop him because he believes all rock n' roll musicians (and their fans) are insane criminals. Yes, seriously. Batman backs this up by claiming that rock music played a part in the death of his parents, shares anecdotes and research of rock stars turning into crazed murderers, and showing that most of his rogues gallery imprisoned in Arkham Asylum are rock n' roll fans. A casual reader will immediately assume the writers of Fortunate Son hate rock n' roll and/or believe it to be a cause of violent behavior, but in actuality the writers are rock n' roll fans and Fortunate Son was intended to be a tribute to classic rock. Upon re-reading the comic with this revelation in mind, you realize how pretentious and bizarre the writing of the comic is whenever it tries to paint the positives of rock n' roll. Haters of rock can't get behind the well-intentioned writers; lovers of rock can't get behind the violent portrayal of rock stars; and fans of Batman and/or comic books in general can't get behind the poor artwork, atrocious out-of-character writing, and insulting retcons to Batman's history. This comic pleases absolutely no one; oh, but you don't have to take our word for it. Take his.
  • Earth 2: World's End is pretty much the biggest knee-capping to a once promising line of comics since Ultimatum (covered below). Running out of the already poorly received Tom Taylor run of the main book and the also disliked New 52: Futures End, the comic is pretty much the culmination of the problems the books suffered from. Poor artwork, terrible continuity (with Dick Grayson's son changing names multiple times), an extremely bleak and unlikable tone, large amounts of time devoted to an In-Name-Only version of Dick Grayson who quickly became The Scrappy and all topped off by a writer who had literally no experience with superheroes. It essentially killed interest in the Earth 2, which limped along for two more years before finally dying, and missed by no one.
  • Devin Grayson's Nightwing run was essentially ignored the moment it concluded. The result of a last-minute change (Dick was supposed to die in Infinite Crisis and be replaced by Jason Todd, only for such plans to be nixed by staff protest), the story attempts to pull a variant of Daredevil: Born Again...starring one of the most well-connected and popular heroes in the DCU. The result is a confused, muddled mess of a story with no clear direction and plotlines that went nowhere. Dick's rape by Tarantula (which Grayson awkwardly defended by calling it "Non-consensual sex") followed by her being accepted by the Batfamily was just the icing on the cake.

    Marvel Comics 
  • The Avengers #200, the issue that had Ms. Marvel Put on a Bus, is an Idiot Plot filled with Unfortunate Implications concerning its plot. It involves the sudden, inexplicable three-day pregnancy of Ms. Marvel, which the other Avengers treat as is if were a regular pregnancy, ignorant of the abnormalities of the situation and the trauma it would bring to the woman. After the birth of the baby, and giving it access to their tools, it is revealed to the Avengers that it is actually an extradimensional being named Marcus that brought Ms. Marvel to Limbo for an instant and forcibly impregnated her so that he could escape the dimension. While this is supposed to portray Marcus as a victim of his environment as all the Avengers except Hawkeye sympathize with him, it doesn't change the fact that he raped someone for his own benefit. To add insult to the character of Ms. Marvel, she also sympathizes with him and decides to leave with him to limbo after his machine was destroyed. She didn't return to comics for a year until Avengers Annual #10, the issue where Ms. Marvel loses her powers and memories to Rogue. Jim Shooter, one of the writers of the issue, regrets having been involved in it. Linkara also took a look at it, and has gone so far to say it is the worst comic he's ever reviewed that was not Holy Terror.
  • The Crossing, an insane Avengers Bat Family Crossover supposedly about Kang trying to take over the world. The plot makes no sense and is so convoluted that it's hard to tell where it begins. It also features the Face–Heel Turn and death of Tony Stark and his replacement by his alternate dimension younger counterpart, "Teen Tony". Eventually, in Avengers Forever, Kurt Busiek said that pretty much everyone involved was a Space Phantom and it was a plot by Immortus, pretending to be Kang (his younger self), to troll the Avengers so that they didn't leave Earth for a while.
  • Marville, written by Bill Jemas, was created on a bet between him and Peter David to see who could write a better-selling comic. The problem here is that at the time he worked for Marvel, Jemas was an editor. And boy, does it show. The book is filled with terrible jokes that feel like they were stolen from a rejected Seltzer and Friedberg script, ham-fisted political commentary, characters from the mainline Marvel universe showing up just to act out of character and do unfunny things, heaping piles of Critical Research Failure and countless plot holes, and tons of mean-spirited digs at DC and Peter David while Marvel got off scot-free. Eventually, this fell in favor of what read like a Chick Tract... as adapted à la A Shoggoth on the Roof by a schizophrenic primary-schooler. For instance, Wolverine evolved from an otter (it's apparently an oblique, and rather unflattering, reference to a scrapped backstory for the character) and, for some reason, either becomes immortal or gets a long line of Identical Grandsons (the comic can't pick one). In the same issue, Jesus Christ is called "the first superhero" note . The last two issues were a recap of the series and a guide on how to submit scripts to a now-defunct comic line. Bonus points: the third issue had no speech bubbles and only two thought bubbles from a fish, with the text written script-style along the sides of the panels, often covering up the artwork. Also, the Contemptible Cover art featuring a red-haired woman (who appeared nowhere in the comic) in various states of undress when Jemas was certain that he'd lose the bet (he did), with the last issues moving these to variants and using Wolverine-themed covers. Unsurprisingly, Linkara said "Bring out the Gimp" and trashed all six (technically seven) issues, as did an entertaining blog series titled "The Marville Horror".
  • Jeph Loeb's The Ultimates 3 is accused of having exceptionally-poor writing and Flanderization en masse. Many critics argue that Loeb doesn't seem to have bothered reading any of the other books in the Ultimate universe or familiarizing himself with their characters, and has merely made the characters caricatures of their counterparts in Earth-616 regardless of whether this is appropriate. For example, Thor speaks in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe despite speaking normal English before, and the Wasp is white instead of Asian. It was loaded with Plot Holes and stupid, stupid writing mistakes. Linkara reviews the series here, here and here.
    • And then there's Ultimatum, the follow-up to The Ultimates 3. It was written while Loeb had a Creator Breakdown after his son died, and it shows. It's a sickening capstone to a once-promising line of comics, a capitulation by Marvel Comics that they could give two craps about X-Men any more and an incoherent clusterfuck which confirms every negative stereotype about crossovers, filled to bursting with meaningless and cruel deaths for no apparent purpose other than to "wipe the slate clean", leaden dialogue, and bad artwork. Linkara also reviews the series in three videos.
  • The Spider-Man storyline One More Day is perhaps the most infamous case of Executive Meddling since The Clone Saga. Decades of continuity and characterization were blinked out of existence because Joe Quesada, Marvel's editor-in-chief at the time, hated the more modern aspects of Spidey's character. (Interestingly, the Clone Saga was conceived for a similar reason, proving that Marvel never learns anything from its mistakes.) J. Michael Straczynski, the writer for this storyline, hated every minute of it and tried hard to get himself disassociated with it. It goes like this - Aunt May takes a bullet and is about to die. Somehow, nobody in the Marvel Universe can do anything to change that. So, in a move wholly detached from reality and maturity, Spider-Man makes a Deal with the Devil to save Aunt May's life (against her wishes, by the way)... in exchange for his marriage and much of his relationship with Mary-Jane being erased from history. It was contrived to the point of stupidity, worse in that Quesada claimed that having them just plain divorce would make the audience feel cheated. More likely, Joe no longer recognized the Spider-Man from his youth and wanted to return to a simpler time. It acted as a massive Reset Button on the Spider-Books as a whole, retconning not just Peter and MJ's marriage (which might have been tolerable), but Spidey's public unmasking during the Civil War arc (which they expressly stated would not be undone). This is the kind of shameless revisionism Marvel fans (rightly) mock DC Comics for: rebooting the entire universe each time a new film is announced.
    • It should probably be noted that the reason Straczynski objected to the story to the degree that he did was not actually due to the story's quality and more to do with the fact that his original proposal for it (which would have had Peter help Harry Osborn through his drug problems) had been turned down, a proposal that would've jettisoned three-and-a-half decades of continuity (as opposed to the two that that final product did away with).
  • While opinions are divided on The Clone Saga as a whole, and the actual quality of the stories varies very wildly, few will defend Maximum Clonage, the story meant to conclude the saga which is universally considered to be its lowest point. The "story", to one's best understanding, is The Jackal (reduced to an uncharismatic and uninteresting Card-Carrying Villain) and a deranged Peter Parker clone named Spidercide are attempting to decimate humanity with a virus and replace it with clones. The problems are numerous. Terrible writing, poor pacing, bad artwork, Peter acts badly OOC, plot points that serve no purpose in the narrative, terrible continuity due to the issues having different creative teams and tight schedules (Kaine's motives and behaviour change constantly, and the artists can never agree on what MJ is wearing) and plot holes big enough to drive a truck though. Combined with a horrendous Troubled Production that saw nine artists taking on the final issue alone and it's no surprise that the saga continued for over a year before being actually finished. Linkara eviscerated the story for his first year anniversary, and years later it earned a spot on his Top 15 Worst Comics that he had reviewed.
  • The Punisher: Purgatory is widely considered to be the absolute worst moment in the entire franchise for how profoundly stupid its plot is and how it misguidedly tried to make the freaking Punisher of all people Lighter and Softer. The series starts by completely derailing Frank Castle's character by having him commit suicide without any explanation as to why. After the suicide, Frank is brought back by the angel Gabriel as an immortal being with silly-looking angelic weapons and he spends more time fighting demons than actual criminals, like some third-rate version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. On top of that it also completely retcons his back story for no good reason (something former Punisher writer Chuck Dixon was not happy about). Instead of Frank's family unintentionally getting caught in the crossfire of a mob hit, it's now retconned into their deaths being done on purpose by Frank Costa (who is now a demon) as part of some demonic ritual for an overly complicated Xanatos Gambit which involves Frank coming back from the dead and killing all of Costa's soldiers in order to send him to hell and make him more powerful or something. The reason why Frank's guardian angel Gabriel didn't step in to save them? He was too busy getting drunk and hitting on women to step in. The series misses the entire point of the character of the Punisher by trying to make him more altruistic, (most likely to try and distance the character from being a '90s Anti-Hero, which had fallen out of favor after The Dark Age of Comic Books caused The Great Comics Crash of 1996) which only serves to make it hard to take him seriously. This series alienated so many readers that after one more mini-series crossover with Wolverine (Revelation, which was slightly better by at least having the virtue of an interesting villain) the Punisher was subsequently returned to a normal human being by Garth Ennis in "Welcome Back Frank" by explaining that Frank rejected Gabriel's offer at the end of Revelation. 4th Letter said that Purgatory "doesn't get nearly as much hate as it deserves", Robot's Voice said "Thank God we have Garth Ennis to give us back the Punisher who liked guns and bombs again", Comics Alliance said "Even horror legend Bernie Wrightson's artwork couldn't make Angel Punisher and his weird spiky guns not look completely silly and dated". It also wound up on Cracked's 6 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Superhero Reinventions, which commented that the storyline "completely undermined the intent of the character who had the simplest goal of any superhero ever" and that it felt like "the sort of bullshit premise that could have only come from the mind of a coke-fueled TV executive pitching a toy-friendly Punisher animated series where they don't actually show him killing people".
  • Just about any writer for Marvel or DC has some fans, but you'll have a very hard time finding any for Chuck Austen during his runs on Uncanny X-Men and The Avengers. He was responsible for the infamous "fake Rapture via disintegrating communion wafers" plot. He also wrote a "tribute to Romeo & Juliet" that ended with "Juliet" dying but "Romeo" living, included rednecks in robot suits, and included a midair public sex scene. You might, however, be able to get away with saying he made Polaris more interesting, so at least that's something.
    • His work in Avengers depicted Wasp having an affair with Hawkeye due to the time Hank Pym slapped his wife. This actually contradicted a few decades worth of stories involving the mental trauma causing Hank to lash out, the implication that Hank was always abusive (something other writers have been guilty of as well), the fact that Hawkeye has always been good friends with Hank and even refused to date Wasp while they were divorced, and that Hank and Wasp have reconciled in recent years and were happily remarried.
    • An often forgotten portion of Austen's Marvel work is his time on Captain America. Brought in as a fill-in for John Ney Rieber, Austen had to finish scripts for Rieber's last two partially completed arcs, "The Extremists" and "Ice". In the former, Cap learns via fever dream that his time in suspended animation was because the U.S. Government with the approval of President Truman, implanted false memories of the famous Zemo incident in Cap's mind, stuck him in ice, and presumably murdered Bucky so the duo wouldn't interfere with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. The latter is an All Just a Dream test by a character called the Interrogator who has been tasked to see if he can get Cap to break his Thou Shall Not Kill rule. Cap succeeds in beating the test but then kills the Interrogator because he kind of attacked him. In his dying moments, the Interrogator reveals his employer is the US Secretary of Defense. The story then abruptly ends then and there with no resolution. A little while later, Geoff Johns revealed in his Avengers run that the Secretary was in fact the Red Skull the whole time, giving the storyline at least a little closure. Soon after, Cap's book was rebooted by Ed Brubaker who completely ignored any of Austen's plot points (Cap kills when necessary, the US did not in fact freeze Cap, and Bucky is alive and certainly not murdered by his own government) to the relief of anyone that remembered.
    • While Austen's Marvel MAX series U.S. War Machine was not particularly awful, the sequel, U.S. War Machine 2.0, is infamous for both its hilariously terrible and occasionally disconcerting artwork that consists of extremely primitive CGI (plus a few blown up and blurred photographs) and for being a maxiseries that, presumably due to tanking sales, was cancelled after only three issues, resulting in the final installment being an awkward and rushed cram fest containing things like Big Bad Doctor Doom being killed by being shot in the head with a bow and arrow while fully armored.

    Other Comics 
  • The artist of Minimum Security (which can be found at Newspaper Comics) collaborated with another author to make As the World Burns, a graphic novel starring the characters from Minimum Security, who rant about how terrible modern society is. The graphic novel ends with a speech about how humans should destroy everything and go back to being hunter-gatherers. Even if you do agree with their views, the artwork is still atrocious - everything is drawn with all the skill of a second-grader, humans look like either grotesque caricatures or creepy baby dolls, and animals look like furry blobs that only vaguely resemble what they're supposed to.
  • Chronos Carnival, a story featuring a travelling carnival in space, is widely considered to be the worst-written strip ever run in 2000 AD. Its embittered Handicapped Badass protagonist raised a few Unfortunate Implications that were only gotten away with because the artist who drew it was handicapped himself.
  • The Valiant Comics-Image Comics crossover Deathmate helped destroy Valiant Comics and was one the contributing factors that led to The Great Comics Crash of 1996. The writing was horrible, the art Liefeldian, the concept was flawed, and Image released its contributions years late.
  • Diesel by Joe Weltjens and published by Antarctic Press in 1997. The comic is an infamous JoJo's Bizarre Adventure rip-off. The story centers around a group of super-powered individuals and their dog who can summon Fighting Spirits called "Stands,'' the protagonist's Stand looks like a mesh of the Incredible Hulk and Star Platinum, and the Big Bad looks like Dio Brando as a Corrupt Corporate Executive. If the similarities had ended there, it would have been fine, but the comic's conflict is almost a beat-for-beat rehash of the battle with N'Doul. note  When Weltjens was confronted about the similarities, he claimed that it was a Batman Gambit to give JJBA more exposure in the West since it was virtually unknown at the time, but that proves to be Blatant Lies when the disclaimer at the end claims that all similarities to other works are unintentional. When the story isn't being plagiarized, the characters are completely interchangeable from one another. The art isn't much better. The characters look like Rob Liefeld's sloppy seconds, the Stands look like generic 90s superheroes, and there are some inconsistencies. note  If you are curious, you can read it here, and if you want to see someone tear this comic a new one, watch Webcomic Relief's review.
  • The original Family Guy comics from Devil's Due Publishing. Nothing good can happen when you take a show that mostly derives its humor from delivery, timing, and voice acting and adapt it into a medium that can use none of that. There is zero attempt to make this in any way comic-like. The panels are just rows of boxes, composed into a vaguely comic-like simulacrum. A joke or conversation will start in the third-to-last panel on one page and end halfway into the next. Everything looks stiff, like someone just took a screen cap of the show. The comic is almost always at 3/4 view, and the artwork is full of blatant copying and pasting - facial expressions, poses, and even entire panels are copied wholesale. The book only lasted three issues, and all three were collected into a TPB lovingly named "The Family Guy Big Book of Crap." Really says something about what the people who worked on it thought of it.
  • Frank Miller's Holy Terror is an unapologetically racist tract against Islamic terrorism starring Captain Ersatz copies of Batman and Catwomannote . Miller defended it by comparing it to the anti-fascist cartoons printed in World War II; whether Miller is willfully ignorant about the bigoted and quasi-white supremacist overtones of those wartime cartoons, succeeded too well, or completely wasted a perfectly good premise by totally missing the cheesy, Narm Charm-tastic camp of old comics while managing to be even more bigoted, is up for debate, but all parties seem to agree the end result is tasteless either way. The writing itself is a mess, there's very little characterization and it takes half the book just to get past the first event. Furthermore, the book treats all Muslims as terrorists-in-making, misrepresents even basic facts about terrorism and seems to treat the brutal treatment and torture of Islamic people as tough love. Linkara reviewed it as the subject of his 300th episode, and the beatdown he gave it was certainly worthy of an anniversary. However, he would later up the ante by calling it the worst comic he's ever read (quite a statement) and morally repugnant. This, along with All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder (which is on the opposite end of the spectrum), marked the beginning of the end of Frankie's glorious and grisly career, though ironically ASBAR is more readable than most of the works listed here.
  • Future Five is a PSA comic that would be So Bad, It's Good thanks to the premise (a supervillain tries to Take Over the World by having kids not go to college) had it not been for the terrible message it gives. It claims numerous Family-Unfriendly Aesop's, including portraying anyone who doesn't go to college as an idiot, demonises professions like fast-food services and claim that you have to have your life planned by the age of 25, all with complete sincerity. Linkara reviews it here.
  • Incarnate is a comic written and "drawn" by Gene Simmons' son Nick. "Drawn" is written in quotation marks because he allegedly traced and copied most of the art from various popular manga (including Bleach, Hellsing, Death Note, One Piece, and Deadman Wonderland, as well as various DeviantArt pages). Most of the dialogue is broken and fragmented, and the story is completely incoherent. Once the plagiarism accusations were made known, Simmons' publisher ceased distribution of the comic due to a legal challenge from Shueisha, the publisher of most of Simmons' source material.
  • Malibu Comics' Street Fighter: The art was low-end 90s quality. The writing made the games themselves look deep and nuanced. However, both of those pale in comparison to the butchering of most of the heroes' personalities: Ryu is turned into a Straw Misogynist Jerk Ass, Chun-Li is his bitter-ex and Ken is an American chunkhead. After Sagat and Balrog murdered Ken in the second issue note , Capcom themselves stepped in and pulled the plug on the series. It thus ended with just three issues published. The comic is considered the nadir of Street Fighter adaptations (Yes, that includes the American cartoon, the Van Damme/Raul Julia movie and The Legend Of Chun Li.)
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comics... from Germany note . An absolute no-effort trainwreck — sanctioned by Hasbro itself. The artwork was copy/pasted from merchandise boxes, with minimal photoshop to make the characters' actions fit the scene. The stories are some of the most inane the entire franchise has seen. Characterization is uniform, stock, and unlikable.
  • Novas Aventuras De Megaman, an infamous Brazilian comic adaptation of Mega Man. The story is pointlessly Darker and Edgier, taking place After the End where Dr. Wily has taken over the world. The comic was infamous for its shameless fanservice on Roll. That's not a problem in and of itself since in this version, she and Mega Man were aged up to look like adults. The real issue comes during the numerous moments where Mega Man and X (who co-exist together in this continuity) constantly perv on her, despite the fact that she's supposed to be their sister. The art looks like a parody of the anime style at best, and like a bad fan comic at worst. The writer of the first few issues openly admitted that he didn't care for the Mega Man franchise, and wrote an Author Avatar named Princess, who would go on an un-subtle Author Filibuster, which included the tasteful use of the word "Retarded." He was actually going to have Princess kill the characters, but for once, Executive Meddling saved the day and he was promptly fired. However, by then, the damage had been done. After 16 issues, the comic was cancelled (though, oddly because of Author Existence Failure rather than its mediocrity). If you could believe it, this was actually an official licensed product by Capcom. If you're curious, ScrewAttack talks about this trainwreck here.
  • Antarctic Press' Robotech Sentinels: Rubicon was an effort by AP at continuing the long-running Sentinels comic that was cancelled when they acquired the Robotech license (and this was after Ben Dunn had said that AP would not continue the Sentinels comic, a Take That! aimed at both the fans and the former creative team). The result had nothing to do with anything that had come before (or after); it instead consisted of a largely incoherent story filled with unidentifiable characters and a plot that was largely incomprehensible (the most coherent part consisted of a White Light in space destroying random ships accompanied by an "EEEE" sound effect). The artwork was terrible; the half-arsed computer toning effects vanished after the first issue, and two pages of the second issue consisted of raw pencils. The series was canned after two issues of a planned seven without resolving anything; many fans considered it a mercy killing.
  • The sleazy French spy-action series SAS is already bad; it's like James Bond without the humor, but the Comic-Book Adaptation tops itself, with Osama bin Laden being presented as a Worthy Opponent. Sure, the author probably wanted a Take That! against France-bashing post 9/11, but surely there were less stupid ways of doing it.
  • Transformers fans disagree on just about everything, often violently. But nobody has managed to find a fan who would dispute listing these works:
    • The Beast Within is poorly drawn, incoherent, badly written, and completely independent of any known canon. When Hasbro acknowledged it in the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page, it was left vulnerable by Unicron and eaten by the Hytherion. Special mention goes to the Beast, a Dinobots combiner. Fans had been pondering what one would look like for years—the fact that this was its canon appearance came off as a slap in the face.
    • Continuum, a typo-riddled, poorly-organized "definitive chronology" of IDW's Transformers stories up to the present, is jam-packed with erroneous facts, skipped-over plotlines, and events out of chronological order... and it gets even more sickening when you realize it was written by one of IDW's two Transformers editors. It was meant to let people know their official stand on TF continuity, but it was absolutely useless as a resource. Its writer, Andy Schmidt, while he regrets the book, was never allowed to forget it.
    • The Beast Wars Sourcebook is also pretty infamous. Terrible layout and ordering, wildly varying art quality (with Frank Milkovich's take on Silverbolt being especially infamous), boring writing that reads more like a plot summary of the Beast Wars cartoon than a description of the character and purges any non-Waspinator related humor, strange and arbitrary changes to the personality of the Japanese characters, and a whole lot of typos and other editing errors. Even more disappointing, considering that the Generation 1 and Armada sourcebooks from the otherwise reviled Dreamwave era are generally considered to be excellent.
    • Heart of Darkness, which takes place during The Transformers (IDW)'s run. The writing ended up being pretty bad with forced dialogue and a rather vague Random Events Plot (with a bunch of continuity errors to boot), which was especially disappointing given that acclaimed Warhammer 40,000 writer Dan Abnett was a cowriter for it. Normally it would've just been So Okay, It's Average, but the art proved to be absolutely abysmal and dragged the comic down further into this. To this day it's regarded as the single worst entry in the IDW G1 continuity and fans try as hard as possible to ignore it, aside from some minor World Building elements that James Roberts and John Barber later built off of.
  • The Unfunnies by Mark Millar. The comic tries for Refuge in Audacity but fails to be funny and thus misses the refuge, becoming little more than a social experiment in depravity. The main villain is a child-murdering Karma Houdini who ironically has more depth than any of the cartoon characters. In addition to injecting pedophilia and bloodshed into a Hanna-Barbera-style universe, the comic attempts to mix real life photography and a cartoony style to get a Roger Rabbit Effect, but ultimately fails to replicate the intended result. Just in case you need any more convincing, Mark Millar's wife herself read about six pages and tossed the book at his head. Allegedly.
  • Behind the already bad but copied-enough-that-no-one-cares-anymore Rob Liefeld-esque art of the Warrior mini-series lies unheard-of levels of walls and Walls of Text that contain bad grammar and made-up words used to explain "destrucity", a philosophy of former WWE wrestler Ultimate Warrior, which makes no sense to anyone in the world except him. Oh, and then there was the Christmas special consisting entirely of pinups, several of which have violent and disturbing imagery. Spoony and Linkara teamed up to review the series.
  • TMNT Presents April O'Neil: The May East Saga is an easy contender by many Turtles fans to be the worst Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic ever made. The story is an absolute trainwreck involving an evil, superpowered ancestor of April's causing havoc with all three issues filled with several plot points that make no sense and go nowhere (a drink that turns people into giant robots), multiple plot holes and continuity errors (at one point, May East puts April under a spell that only she can break, only for Splinter to almost casually wake her up two pages later) and some of the absolute worst artwork in any TMNT book with April barely even looking human over half the time and tons of art and coloring errors (April's ninja outfit suddenly turns from white to blue between issues for no reason), equaling a gigantic, steaming mess. The staff at Archie almost immediately considered it an Old Shame and several future issues of the main TMNT Adventures comic and even some of its spinoffs made venomous take thats about the miniseries, even rendering it Canon Discontinuity. The blog called TMNT Entity reviewed all three issues, calling it "terrible on every front".
  • There were some pretty poor comics published during the indie comic boom of the '80s, but The Quadro Gang is amateurish even by those standards. The main characters all have the exact same bullying Bratty Half-Pint personality, to the point that the comic would hardly change if there was only one girl instead of quadruplets. They might work as Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists were it not for the utterly unfunny jokes, predictable stories... and, of course, the art. There are doodles in the margins of a high-schooler's notebook that look nicer than this! And despite all of this, creator Joyce Lorraine not only saw fit to publish this and expect people to pay money for it, but has threatened to sue people who criticized it online on multiple occasions. Mister Kitty features it here.

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