Given comics is a largely serialized medium, it’s not surprising that its history is filled with brilliant – and not-so-brilliant! – plot twists. After all, what better way to entice readers to read the next chapter than with an earth-shattering last page cliffhanger that leaves them thinking “How are they ever gonna resolve this?!”
There’s also few things more rewarding as a fan than seeing a meticulously crafted – and cleverly hidden – plot twist come to fruition. It’s the thrill of being surprised, combined with the satisfaction of knowing that the writer involved has played fair by providing ample little hints in the lead up to the big reveal.
Of course, some comic book plot twists are better executed than others. Indeed, more than a few have fallen flat, often because they either made no sense, or actively damaged decades worth of stories that proceeded them.
In instances like these, it sometimes seems like the twist was designed more from a shock value point of view, rather than as a payoff designed to enrich past and future adventures. Still, regardless of whether a major comic book reveal was outstanding or underwhelming, they’re almost always memorable.
With this in mind, we’ve taken a look back at 20 of comic’s biggest narrative surprises, in order to round up this list of the 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Comic Book Plot Twists of all time.
It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.
Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.
With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!
Today sees the launch of a new recurring feature here at The Pop Culture Studio, Here’s Looking At You – articles which focus on pop culture creators well-known and obscure, beloved and (in some cases) reviled.
In this first instalment (and in honour of Black History Month in the US), we’re going to take a look at the late, great Dwayne McDuffie, who was a trailblazer not only as an African American comic book and TV scribe, but also as someone who increased the visibility of minority characters across both mediums as well.
The Multiversity, the most recent experiment by writer Grant Morrison to push the boundaries of mainstream superhero comic books, features a variety of memorable moments that cover the entire spectrum of human emotion.
Of these, quite possibly the most (in)famous occurs in the fourth issue “Pax Americana”. Here, Morrison and artist extraordinnaire Frank Quitely show the increasingly detached Captain Atom use his otherworldly powers to dissect his pet dog in an attempt to locate the source of his affection for the poor animal.