Eight of the Most Shocking Scenes From Comic Books


Alan Moore likes to rape people. Wait, that sounded bad. What I meant to say was: When Alan Moore writes a comic book, it is not unheard of for him to use rape as a means to garner an emotional response from the reader. He does not shy away from brutal subject matter, and for that reason, you can often come away more traumatized from a well written comic book than you can from an over the top horror movie. I decided it was high time I shared some of these traumas with you guys.

Not all of these are Alan Moore moments, but a few of them are. And the scenes that aren’t from Alan Moore, were often writers doing what they thought was their best impression of him, plain and simple. In some cases, it works. In some cases, it was just too much. Either way, who knew comic books had it in them? ( Do I even need to say SPOILER ALERTS to you guys at this point?)

1. League of Extraordinary Gentleman- Hyde rapes the invisible man TO DEATH

This is the Alan Moore I am talking about. Can you see why he would not associate himself with the movie that came out bearing the same name and starring Connery doing his best Connery impression? This scene was so shocking to me, I was actually surprised it went into print.

The long and the short of it, The Invisible Man had been f*cking over the rest of the league for a while, and he thought no one knew, but Hyde could see him the whole time and he knew.Hyde could see him because giant half-man-monsters have thermal vision. No, really. Anyway, he exacts his revenge by RAPING THE INVISIBLE MAN TO DEATH. No, seriously, it looks like a giant gorilla raping the air, and it is soul-ruining.

And the award for most terrifying rapist goes to….

Hyde then goes to dinner with the league, and as he is explaining how he took care of their “problem”, more and more of invisible Man’s blood starts appearing all over Hyde. It is a BRUTAL scene, and one that seems to give proper insight into just how dark and twisted some scenes in comic books can get. Side note, you never actually see Hyde’s monster penis, thank god.

2. Green Lantern-girlfriend-in-the-fridge trick

So Kyle Rayner had a tough gig following Hal Jordan in Green Lantern. He wasn’t quite as cool. He wasn’t quite as tortured. So what did the writers do? They decided to screw him all up mentally and present a scenario to him that would break even the most stoic of heroes. In Green Lantern volume 3 issdue number 54, Kyle Rayner came home from space-work to discover his girlfriend, Alexandra had been killed and stuffed into a refrigerator. What a shitty thing to come home to. I remember up to that point Green Lantern was kind of a safe comic book, but man, that messed my head all up.

Oh man, the Chinese food is starting to stink…

Now, not to be less than delicate here, but we need to talk about the name of the villain who did this to the Green Lantern. His name was MAJOR FORCE. Yes, I am not making that up. That could be the name of a Sega Genesis game about a bunch of shirtless commandos. It could also be the name of an awesome metal band who used karate on stage as a gimmick.

Man, when a guy who named himself MAJOR FORCE stuffs your girlfriend into a fridge, you immediately know you are no Hal Jordan. Hal would have slapped that guy in the nuts. Either way, though. It was a shocking moment.

3. Kraven “kills” Spiderman, assumes his identity, than kills self. The old-switcheroo

Kraven’s Last Hunt is one of the greatest Spiderman stories ever. If you have not read it, DO NOT read this and go read it and then come back. Oh wait, I already spoiled the whole storyline in the heading up there. Aw man, I am sorry.

Well, the long and the short here is the Kraven the Hunter sort of exacts this very intricate plot against Spiderman that involves him killing Spiderman and then becoming Spiderman. His thinking is if he can kill Spiderman, he has bagged the ultimate trophy as a collector and hunter. Anyway, he kills Spidey, but not really, and then becomes Spidey, and saves Mary Jane while dressed as Spidey, and then he decides that he has lived the ultimate life of a hunter and in bagging his ultimate achievement, his life is all set.

So he does what any normal Russian man who dresses in the skins of his kill for fun would do. He lays down in a coffin and blows his brain out. Notice I didn’t put it plural? I did that because he only had one brain.

My coffin came with JELLY!

As an avid Spiderman fan at that point in my life, the story absolutely shocked me. It was not a suicide born from sadness or rage. It was a contentment suicide. Up until that point, I did not know those existed. Suffice it to say, they very much do. It also marked a decidedly more mature storyline for Spiderman.

I bet you guys thought I was going to write about the neck snap of Gwen Stacy, huh? Well, I’m not. I don’t want to jinx it in case it happens in the new film. Emma Stone’s neck cracking would be BOSS!

4. The Walking Dead: Governor makes out with zombie daughter

Yeah, you read that correctly. When picking a shocking scene from The Walking Dead comic, it is extremely difficult because there are so many. I knew I had to go with the Gov’, but I did not want to tell too much to those who don’t know and ruin it, because the Governor is one of the most vile characters ever written, and to spoil his atrocities for anyone just wouldn’t be fair. Plus, they are casting for him on the show, so again, I don’t wanna spoil too much.

I went with a decidedly minor moment that was never really brought up again, but one that shocked the hell out of me anyway. The scene when the Governor comes home to his chained up zombie daughter ( who some will say is his niece, but that is neither here nor there )  who he keeps and feeds. Even that, in itself, was awesome and shocking, but no. It gets weirder.

Pure nightmare fuel right there, folks.

Yeah, he sort of takes out her teeth and makes out with her. She is just a little girl for Chrissakes. What the hell? It is beyond creepy and shocking, it is vomit inducing. Zombie incest might win for the nastiest thought ever conceived. I read that scene, and went on to really worry about writer Robert Kirkman’s mind.

And it might not even be the actual scene itself, but it is what the Governor says to her during the kiss that really sits with you. The “give Daddy a kiss” line made me shudder.

  • JZ89


  • HP

    What about The Filth, all messed

  • epic epic epic!!! you have me on fire to read them now!

  • MetFanMac

    In that picture of Ralph and Sue Dibny, he’s stretching because he has totally lost control of his powers, the superpower equivalent of soiling yourself in grief. At first glance it looks mildly silly, but the more you think about it the more horrifying it becomes.

    PS stuff like this is why I restrict my comic book reading to titles like Young Justice and Blue Beetle.

  • Bad Acid

    I used to read X-Men comics, and a few of the later vol. 2 What Ifs got pretty dark in the mid-90s. Namely, the Sabretooth one (Issue 87? I think). In the canon line he was being held prisoner by the X-Men, but in the What If issue he escapes and basically takes out a bunch of the team. Jubilee watches members die, then has to throw all these tricks at stopping him. Because of his healing factor, he basically gets roasted but keeps coming. It’s gruesome, and it freaked me out as a kid.

    Also, that green lantern thing freaked me out, too, and I didn’t even read Green Lantern. My brother showed it to me. Damn him. I think it’s a trope namer on TVtropes, and a particularly sexist one in that it’s usually a female character that’s mutilated and murdered just to convey a message


  • Remy Carreiro

    @MetFan, that makes it even more powerful. Awesome analogy, by the way. Don’t steal my job, I just got it! Hahaha.

  • Peter

    Azzarello wrote “Joker” Bermejo illustrated. Big Mistake. Suggests that you haven’t read it…EMBARRASSING!!!!!!!1111one..two

  • Matt

    I was going to mention that as well Peter but I was going to be less of an asshole about it.
    Anyway this scene is only so affecting due to the tremendous artwork of Bermejo so him receiving the credit in this article is only fitting.

  • T

    That guy you refer to as Mr. Fantastic, is actually Plastic Man. The real Mr. Fantastic is Reed Richards. Easy to mess up, though, since they have identical powers. Let’s not even discuss Elongated Man.

  • Remy Carreiro

    @ Bad Acid, yeah, it is insane how it became its own trope. @ Peter, yeah, the 100 bullets team. I am quite familiar, thanks. I am writing a comic piece for a site that doesn’t often cover comics, so I will accentuate what I choose to. It is oft referred to as the Bermejo Joker book in fan circles, because his art leaked LONG before any aspect of the story did. And the book was written around THAT style of Joker, so sorry if that bothered you, but it was a conscientious move. I can hear your voice as I read that, though, and you sound an AWFUL LOT like the comic book guy from the Simpsons. @ Matt, more delicately handled. I Appreciate that. YOU get it.

  • MZC

    Alan Moore likes writing about rape? well, yeah I agree but I think he doesn’t hold a candle to Mark Millar, he is the king when it comes to that stuff. It’s in almost every everything he writes. Hell, the only comic he wrote that I can remember where it didn’t have it in it was Kick-Ass, but then he fucked that up when he made the second volume and has a scene where a chick gets gang raped.

    I personally don’t see using rape in stories as shocking, but view it more as a lazy crutch that too many people use. It’s like they think “hey, what can I do to make this character more interesting… aww fuck it, I can’t think of anything I’ll just have em get raped”

  • Brandon

    Just wanted to point out because I didn’t see it in the comments, Jean Loring is NOT the Elongated Man’s ex-wife. She’s actually The Atom’s, another league member and good friend of the Dibnys’, ex wife.

  • the Dylanthropist

    hate to correct your correction, but the 100 bullets team is Azzarello and Eduardo Risso… Not Bermejo.

    Just sayin’

  • Brian

    I’m surprised crossed didn’t make it on the list.

  • Benc

    I’m glad you steered clear of Crossed, The Boys and Preacher in which Ennis basically writes them just to disgust us and nothing actually shocking occurs. I’m glad you stuck to the comics that weren’t supposed to be so damning and suddenly slammed you in the chest with a fistful of horror.

  • Remy Carreiro

    @MZC, truthfully, that just boiled down to a great way to open the piece. Honestly, Millar is just a Moore wannabe in the shock dept. but I agree with you. NEMESIS is a twisted and depraved book, and just one example of how far Millar will go. Great call with Kick-Ass as well. Part 2 shit on everything that made part one so perfect. To everyone else, I suck. I get it. You can fact-check the hell out of these pieces, and stuff will still seemingly fall in between the cracks. Thankfully, the readers know their shit. One mans brain can only hold so much, and mine has apparently sprung some leaks. Oh well, note to self. Stick to movie lists. People eat those up.

  • Sara C.

    What’s your next post about? One more and we’re going to have to call you Rapey Remy.

    I kid! I kid. And for me, I honestly can’t say what’s worse, Hyde and The Invisible Man or Allan and Mina’s on-panel sex in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2. Groooooosssss.

  • Peter Venkman

    Obviously the author has never looked through any pages of “Crossed”, or “Preacher”, to name a couple.

  • Pugiron

    I could go into detail about how stupid you seem in this article, but it can be summed up in one phrase: “As good a writer as Joss Wheedon.” You retarded monkey, the reason Wheedonites are always confused as to why Wheedon’s crap get’s cancelled is because only your small cult of feces-flinging morons like his crap. Fully evolved humans do not. Die alone and in pain like the rest of your ilk.

  • Brandon

    SPIDER-MAN! Not Spiderman.

  • Remy Carreiro

    @ Pete, Preacher is my favorite comic book, I didn’t want to put it here, it is sacred to me. I pray at the alter of an Irish vampire. Sorry I couldn’t write every shocking scene in every comic book ever, but I do like those books. @ Sara C, that actually made me laugh out loud. I will take a turn away from the rape hence forth, but people on here complained my last list was too rape-lite, so I tried to appease and it blew up in my face. @ Pugiron. Joss Whedon’s run on astonishing was awesome, despite whatever your trolling instincts may tell you. And if you think your “Hey mom, look at me, I can facelessly insult someone using visual metaphors” style makes you look like anything less than an *sshole, you are sadly mistaken. Here is the thing about reading something SOMEONE ELSE writes. IT IS THAT WRITER’S OPINION. I am sorry one person’s opinion can cause some of you to fly some helplessly into rage. That is not my intention. This list is not called ” The 8 most shocking scenes ever written by anybody ever and will henceforth be the definite list of shocking moments in comics”list. No. This is just a list. Not THE list. Just A list. That is all. Keep it in context.

  • Héctor

    None of these is as shocking as one in Gart Ennis’ Crossed where the infected sodomize a man and his wife while she screams obscenities at him while their daughter is being dismembered in the background. It fucking ruined my life.

  • trashcanman

    Awesome article, but Jesus Christ did you attract some trolls. Is it even possible to picture this Pugiron fellow without imagining his parents are Rageface and Forever Alone? I personally thought Wolfbane eating her dad in X-Force was goddamn amazing, as far as disturbing comics go. And don’t even get me started on The Boys. Ennis in general is always twisted gold.

  • Sam

    Great article. When i read this i looked over to my shelf and noticed i had all but 3 of these. Little stunned you didnt put in Batman: Killing Joke By Alan Moore. Has a pretty messed up moment if you ask me. Wont say what it is just to avoid wrecking it for anyone who hasnt read it

  • FAH Q

    surely Garth Ennis’ work could top all 8 spots of this list.

  • Remy Carreiro

    @ Hector, some places that man goes is so dark, even I didn’t want to bring them up. @trashcanman, Yeah, I definitely had to put the body armor on when I read some of the comments, but yours just definitely made me laugh out loud, thanks for that. Good call on Wolfbane, family cannibalism can be pretty shocking. @ Sam, I was REALLY divided about putting the funhouse scene at the end of killing joke on here, and the sole reason I didn’t was because if DC ANIMATED had any sack, and lately they have proven they do, they will make that into a DVD, and I didn’t want to spoil it in case that happened. You guys are right about Garth, no doubt. But like I said in my last shocking list, if it is shocking JUST to be shocking, then it loses some value. I will definitely do a follow up piece to this one, but I will do it a little bit further down the road, so the trolls have some time to recoup. Lmao.

  • Drester


    It seems that while surfing the internet you accidentally took a wrong turn. Please go back in the direction you came and turn right at /b/

  • Sam

    @Remy Carreiro

    i wouldnt be suprised if they did animated as it has some pretty curcial moments in the DC universe but they would have to up the classification of it. Would get it if it came to DVD mainly because i really did enjoy the story and art of it

  • Piratey

    The very fact the main villain(I guess)of Crossed is named Horsecock, is all you need to know about Ennis’ work. Actually I take that back. The delight he took in making Herr Star miserable is all you need to know. In my opinion, all the horrible things that happen to him was the best part of Preacher 🙂

  • Bert

    Nice list. Just one thing to nitpick – Ralph Dibny isn’t really the “DC version of Mr. Fantastic” in any way other than they both stretch, and have wives named Sue. After all, Reed is probably more important as a scientist and inventor (and his power is pretty weak), and Dibny is more of a PI/detective (not to mention WAAY less important to the DCU than Richards is to the Marvel Universe).

    But that takes nothing away from the scene referenced here.

  • Steve

    The whole governor thing was the beginning of the end for the Walking Dead comic. Just like that one pointless, throw away scene, the rest of his involvement was just an excruciatingly long serious of one-note gross out attempts that fell flat in the way truly poor D-movie horror does. The characters no longer had any value or purpose, and by the third death I just didn’t care anymore, let alone the 5th, 10th, 30th…

  • Steve

    Also: yes, it was sad that the great art in Ultimatum and Ultimates 3 were both wasted on stories penned by Jeph Loeb.

  • Remy Carreiro

    @Drester, yeah, he was a vicious one. Hahaha@Sam, yeah, I never thought Killing Joke would have a chance in any format other than comics, but they did a great YEAR ONE, and it made me wonder if they would have the sack. I kinda hope so. @Piratey I sorta love preacher, but DO NOT want it to become huge or get terribly made into a film or series, so I avoid talking about it. I know very little about Crossed, but all the talk on this thread has piqued my morbid curiosity.@ Bert, that wasn’t a nitpick at all, as a matter of fact if all people corrected me with the class that you did, I would be far less emotionally scarred by this whole internet thing, thank you for handling it so delicately, it is appreciated.@Steve, I do feel you about the Gov’ thing. That is why I deliberately didn’t mention the (SPOILER) cock nailed to the board thing. Plus, anyone who knows the book KNOWS amc is not going to be able to do his real story, so we have to wonder how different of a character he will be for the show. Hopefully not such a caricature of a bad guy, you know? Yeah, Ultimatum LOOKED amazing, and was SO disappointing to me, it turned me off of comics for a bit. (Spoiler) Snapping Xavier’s neck, what? Such stupidity…

  • Charlie

    Chuck Austen consistently entertained me. I have very issue of his Uncanny X-Men run. Does that disqualify me from being a “true” comic book fan?

    If it does, good. People who call themselves a “true” fan of anything tend to be a bit obnoxious.

  • Kimberly Temple

    I have, and love, that Joker novel. I love the art in that novel and it’s an interesting story but yeah, the skinned man did freak me just a bit. Did nothing to diminish my love for Joker’s character.

  • Remy Carreiro

    @ Charlie, I read the Fraggle Rock comic book avidly growing up, in between my Web if Spiderman and Batman reading. I have NO right to judge anyone.

  • Ugo Strange

    Joss Whedon ? Good writer ? Wha ?

  • Luck

    Does anyone remember Robin getting beaten to death with a crowbar by the Joker?

  • Yeah, Whedon, went on to make Avengers and own all the world’s heart. Yeah, I called it…

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  • Mr. Right

    “Zombie incest might win for the nastiest thought ever conceived.”

    Not even close.

  • Shino

    Bermejo illustrated Joker, not wrote it – Azzarello did. Also it was made BEFORE The Dark Knight, and most people accept that it was what probably inspired the look and character of Joker in the movie.