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  • The Authority: The relationship between Apollo and The Midnighter is finally made explicit right before the finale of the first arc — Midnighter is desperately trying to prevent Apollo from heading out on a potentially fatal mission. The WHAM moment is not the dialogue, but the action that accompanies it — Midnighter putting his hand to Apollo's face, confirming that they are lovers.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender comics:
    • In Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, when Zuko asks the Mother of Faces how to find his mother, she shows him Ursa's face and then changes it to Noriko's, signifying that Ursa changed her name and lost her memories.
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    • The first part of Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South, has one combined with a Wham Line when Sokka and Katara arrive in a bustling city that's reminiscent of the North Pole. When Sokka says "The map says this is home," you realize that it used to be his and Katara's home village.
    • Part 1 of "North and South" ends with Sokka and Katara walking in on their father, Hakoda, kissing Malina, a Northern Water Tribe woman who's helping them rebuild, indicating that they have more than a business relationship.
  • Issue 4 of The Bad Eggs reveals on the final page that Ript's "Lucky Star" is a giant asteroid heading straight for earth.
  • Batman: Three Jokers: Jason Todd murders the Joker who killed him all those years ago after the latter provokes him. Barbara chews him out for breaking their Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, only for Jason to point out a batarang stuck to the wall that she had thrown as he was pulling the trigger, and asks "When was the last time you missed, Barbara?"
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  • The Rebirth one-shot of Batwoman (Rebirth) ends with a large panel of an older, more militarized Kate Kane, who is now the commanding officer of the Colony and is leading some sort of attack on Gotham.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Albums often end on these to set up a Cliffhanger. For instance, one comic ends with Wismerhill returning to Moork to find his masters Haazheel Thorn and Greldinard, who had apparently both been killed, waiting for him inside the throne room.
  • Brody's Ghost has one at the end of Volume 3, when Brody sees the picture of a victim of a crime that might be related to the Penny Murders he's investigating. It's Talia's picture, revealing she didn't die of leukemia as she claimed.
  • B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know: Acting on a tip from the psychic Fenix, the team return to the ruins of their old headquarters to exhume Roger's grave. When they finally find the coffin, Liz wrenches it open. What's inside isn't Roger. It's Hellboy.
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  • Circles: When Doug breaks up with Linda, she cries and drops her wedding book on the floor and the next shot reveals a tested positive pregnancy test next to the book.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: The ending of "Back to Xanadu" by Don Rosa. The Ducks spend the whole story searching for the lost Mongol treasure, discover that Tralla La is the mythical Xanadu, but end up losing the crown of Kublai Khan that Scrooge had obtained in a previous story after narrowly saving the city from a disaster that the Ducks themselves created. The chief is then given the crown by a villager and curses the Mongol legacy before throwing it in the giant whirlpool beneath the city, which is shown to contain the entire treasure of the Golden Horde.
  • Ex Machina tells the story of Mitchell Hundred, superhero turned Mayor of New York City. In the first issue, the world looks identical to ours despite Hundred's presence...until the last panel which shows one of the Twin Towers still standing and Hundred lamenting that he couldn't save both.
  • Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors: A single finger-wag from Jason in response to a trap he would have ordinarily fallen for is a cue for the heroes — and the readers — that Jason can think now.
  • Judging it by the first few chapters, one might think that Alan Moore's From Hell is a generic historical conspiracy thriller about the Jack the Ripper murders...until the two shots late in the book, where we see through Gull's eyes as he glimpses a television set through a window and a steel-and-glass skyscraper in the middle of London, suddenly making it clear that his detailed mystical theories might be more than just theories.
  • Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters showcases, not only did Godzilla survive a nuclear blast, he now has an Atomic Ray to boot.
  • The final page of Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special. We see the inner circle of the Sinestro Corps for the first time, and it's a who's who of DC's worst Crisis Crossover villains. The biggest wham of all is that, despite the name, Sinestro is not the leader of the Corps. It's the Anti-Monitor, back after twenty years.
  • Immortal Hulk: In Issue #16, Bruce's Wham Line of "I ain't Bruce" should make it clear Bruce isn't in the driver's seat anymore, but which one is he? Well, the same page gives us a good look at his grey eyes and the Close on Title 'It's Joe', so...
  • Infinite Crisis #3 has one when the real (Earth-1) Lex Luthor destroys the holographic projectors that are disguising his imposter, revealing that person to be Alexander Luthor of Earth-3.
    "He's got a name. Maybe you know it."
  • Judgement Day: An astronaut was deciding whether a planet of robots was fit for membership in The Federation. He judged against them because the orange robots discriminated against the blue robots. In the final panel, he took off his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.
  • The last page of Issue 2 of the Kulipari: Heritage comic shows that Lord Marmoo is Back from the Dead.
  • Speaking of Alan Moore, Issue 4 of the first volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen features one on the very last page. Might count as something of a Genius Bonus — Professor Moriarty's physical appearance isn't quite as ingrained in pop-culture as that of his Arch-Nemesis Sherlock Holmes, but it's a still dead ringer for Sidney Paget's original illustrations of him, and the Wham Line "It's James. Call me James" just cements it.
  • Captain America and the Mighty Avengers has something of a meta one: Issue #6 re-canonizes Nextwave in its last few panels, with Spectrum going on a whole rant about how no one ever believed those things happened to them and treated it all as a joke. The last few panels show Monica being enveloped by light and in the last one she's wearing her Nextwave duds. Then she caps it off by saying "Auntie Monica's not ☠☠☠☠ laughing", with the classic Nextwave Symbol Swearing, as if the writers were saying "Those stories are abso-☠☠☠☠-lutely canon" after years of Canon Discontinuity.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) #25, the first part of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Shattered Grid has the splash page of Lord Drakkon, the Evil Counterpart of Green Ranger Tommy Oliver, running his heroic counterpart through with Saba. This is topped a few pages later with Kimberly mourning over Tommy's lifeless body.
  • The final page of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) Issue #6, revealing the identity and form of the new Nightmare Moon.
    Shadowfright: Now the Elements of Harmony will be destroyed and Ponyville will be defenseless! Meet our new Queen...Nightmare Rarity!
  • During the Onslaught story arc, Onslaught rips the Gem Of Cytorrak out of Juggernaut's armor. Onslaught says that he's been waiting for this moment "his whole life"...and a shot of the person within the Onslaught armor reveals him to be Charles Xavier.
  • "The Return of Barry Allen"
    • The Barry Allen impostor is running through the Flash Museum, looking for something, until Wally West throws him a Flash ring. The suit "Barry" draws out of the ring is a very distinct yellow, revealing the impostor to be Eobard Thawne the Reverse-Flash.
    • The epilogue shows that the biography "The Life Story of the Flash", which was written in the near future of Wally's time, turns out to be have written by Wally's Aunt Iris Allen — a character that had been living in the far future but was thought dead.
  • Several close issues of Revival: a truck full of human body parts, a reviver escaping the quarantine, a reviver Creepy Child self-mutilating, and a reviver's pregnancy are some of them.
  • In the final chapter of Shazam! (2012), Black Adam holds Billy's foster siblings hostage, demanding that he hand over his powers over the Living Lightning to him for their safety. Shazam agrees to surrender, but doesn't know how. Adam explains that the Lightning flows through family, and thanks to the Wizard's blessing, he and Shazam are connected as family. At that moment, Shazam is reminded of what the Wizard told him of the Secret Spell: family is what it can be, not what it should be. And so, with a cry of "Shazam!" Billy casts his spell right at Adam and the kids. Adam comments that he doesn't feel different. But, the following two-page spread reveals that Billy has shared his powers with Freddy, Mary, Pedro, Eugene, and Darla, together becoming a Super Family Team of Shazams.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog-based comic books are loaded with these (some as part of a broader Wham Episode), often at the end of an issue.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
      • Issue #230's last page, where Sally Acorn turns out to have been roboticized.
      • Issue #256 concludes with a two-page panorama of the world breaking up and the Mass "Oh, Crap!" this evokes from Sonic and the Freedom Fighters.
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW):
      • Issues #7 and #8 each end with a panel depicting Neo Metal Sonic's conquest of Angel Island.
      • The moment in Issue #27 where Cream the Rabbit is revealed to be infected with the Metal Virus.note .
      • Issue #28's ending. See for yourself.note 
      • In Issue #34, Cream, Cheese, and co. discover that Clutch the Opossum cruelly locks up Chao who disappoint him.
  • This is of course nowadays a Late-Arrival Spoiler thanks to Pop-Cultural Osmosis, but The Reveal that Spider-Man villain Green Goblin was Norman Osborn, a prominent member of Spidey's supporting cast, was infamously shocking at the time.
  • Thunderbolts: The last page of the first issue of this comic about a new group of never before seen heroes reveals: they are really the Masters Of Evil!
  • Titans (Rebirth): The Reveal that "the girl Clay" is a version of Donna Troy from the future.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye:
    • The Shadowplay arc is a series of flashbacks to Optimus Prime (then Orion Pax) saving thousands of innocents from a bomb planted by a corrupt senator, and investigating a lab designed for mutilation and Mind Rape with the help of several empowered bots, an unnamed honest senator, Ratchet, Chromedome (then Tumbler), and Roller. They save the day, with Optimus bringing down the bad guys, removing the bomb, and the non-corrupt Senator being taken away by the enforcers so Roller won't be killed. In the present, the purpose of the story, to bring a patient out of a coma, fails, but he's awakened by other means. Orion meets his predecessor Zeta and we see the senator was taken away to the lab, lobotomized and given a new body with an all-too-familiar cyclops head. One worker says his name is Shockwave. The arc is really his Start of Decepticon Allegiance, even named after the procedure that turned him this way.
    • Another IDW Transformers Wham Shot appears when the last page of the GI Joe crossover reveals Unicron.
    • Later in the series, while making their way through a quantum duplicate of the Lost Light, Nautica comes across Brainstorm's body and discovers that he's been wearing a face mask the whole time (previously, he had the "no-mouth" appearance common to many Transformers). Nightbeat then picks up said mask, and discovers why he didn't tell anyone: There's a Decepticon insignia on the back.
    • Lost Light #22 reveals that several characters are in actuality the reincarnations of the Guiding Hand, the five higher powers who helped make Cybertron as the cast knows it. When Whirl assumes that the giant transformed Cybertron rampaging outside of the ship is Primus, Adaptus sets him straight by pointing out the person who is. That character? None other than frikkin' RUNG.
  • Wild's End: After spending all night running from the lamppost-shaped aliens, Susan and Peter eventually make their way into town, only to discover the entire street is lined with alien lampposts.


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