Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's Always Darkest...

If there's anything that knows how to pile on the hopelessness of a situation, you can bet it's a comic book. So let's check out some of the times in various Marvel titles when all seemed lost, and there was nothing left for our favorite hero(es) to do but to march toward their inevitable fate.

In other words, it's... IT'S....


First up, Iron Man has to take the cake for the most times anyone's faced the beginning of the end. Makes you wonder if it's worth going to business school so that you can head up a multi-billion dollar corporation, when you know it's going to put a big fat bulls-eye on your corporate butt:

And leave it to the wise guys behind Iron Man to give us a play on words:

S.H.I.E.L.D. has certainly faced the end often enough, though this time it looks like it's curtains:

I don't know what's up with the New Mutants, but the beginning of their end gets a two-page vertical spread:

(Though I guess we're talking about the end of New Mutants and the beginning of X-Force.)

The beginning of Excalibur's end looks like they have their own Dark Phoenix to worry about, which would certainly qualify:

While Captain Marvel and Moondragon seem to be taking the beginning of their end nonchalantly--are they stopping in for tea at Avengers Mansion or something?

Now the Asgardians--THEY know a little something about the beginning of the end, and how to respond to itWhich is to say, RIGHT BACK ATCHA:

The X-Men have gone down the path toward their end a few times, and, like the Asgardians, often giving as good as they get:

(Jeez, facing the beginning of the end and the twilight of the gods. The X-Men really do it the hard way, don't they.)

I don't know what the Soviet Super Soldiers are worried about. They seem to have enough members on their team to handle anything:

For the Fantastic Four, the beginning of the end probably started when they began being called "imaginauts"--while Dr. Doom would be pleased to bring about their end, if only they'd pay attention to his timetable:

And the Avengers, not to be outdone, sometimes end up disbanding. THANKS A LOT, DR. DRUID:

Naturally, our favorite characters survived their march toward certain doom, and lived to dread another day.


B Smith said...

That Fantastic Four one seems more concerned with Sue Richards's end

Colin Jones said...

I wasn't reading any comics at all from 1984 to 2007 so I'm still discovering things about that period but WOW there was a team called Soviet Super-Soldiers ??!! What would Senator McCarthy and his un-American activities thingy have thought of that - they even condemned the Wizard of Oz as socialist propaganda.

Doug said...

That's some serious research you've done for this post! Love it!


Comicsfan said...

Doug, thanks very much, it was a lot of fun putting it together. :D

Colin, I think my first exposure to the SSS was in Incredible Hulk, when the Red Guardian and the entity called the Presence were causing a radiation spike which the soldiers were sent to investigate. I think the group was put together by Bill Mantlo. I never did pick up their series, though.

dbutler16 said...

Great post. I got a good chuckle out of it.

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