Questions tagged [comics]

For use when asking questions about comics or comic books when a more appropriate specific work tag doesn't exist. For example, if asking about the comics canon of Marvel use this tag but if asking about the specific The Infinity Gauntlet comic use the work tag [the-infinity-gauntlet] instead.

37
votes
5answers
27k views

How much of Wolverine has to be left to heal?

Clearly, if Wolverine bleeds on the ground, a new Wolverine doesn't reconstitute himself from the drop. Presumably, if somehow his arm could be severed, that wouldn't happen there, either. If his head ...
22
votes
2answers
10k views

What is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)?

Thaddeus's comment got me wondering about what exactly is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)? After all from what I've seen of ...
76
votes
13answers
11k views

What makes the world so oblivious to Clark Kent's secret?

Superman's alter ego is Clark Kent. Unlike many other superheroes, Superman dresses up as a human to fit in. What makes the world so oblivious to Clark Kent's secret; Superman? (In regards his poor ...
16
votes
4answers
4k views

In comics does Batman have a rule against killing?

Inspired by this question, I have to admit I don't know a lot about the Comic Book Batman, but I know a fair amount about his other incarnations. I know for example, that the 1989 movie had him kill ...
30
votes
8answers
58k views

Why Are There So Many Double Initials in Comic Books?

Not being a comics expert, I can't be sure, but I think this applies mostly to Marvel comics. Why do so many characters have double initials? There's Pepper Potts, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Peter ...
20
votes
4answers
9k views

If Wolverine regenerated a limb, would it be covered in adamantium?

We've discussed Wolverine regenerating his body after nuclear explosions, but his adamantium-laced skeleton was left in tact afterwards. After Magneto ripped the adamantium from his body, Wolverine ...
116
votes
12answers
103k views

Is Thor the only Avenger who can't die?

Thor is supposed to be a god, so he should be immortal. Does this mean that there will come a time when he is the last remaining Avenger?
36
votes
4answers
21k views

In comics, how many people have been killed by Superman?

The recent Man of Steel film there sparked some controversy with the diehards fans of Superman because of one of the last scenes of the film where So in the comic canon how many people have been ...
39
votes
3answers
63k views

How was Thor able to dent Captain America's Shield?

I was reading about Adamantium on the marvel.wikia Proto-Adamantium This is the original Adamantium created by Dr. MacLain. Proto-Adamantium is the official name for the metal that makes up ...
34
votes
4answers
4k views

Has there ever been a member of the X-Men who wasn't a mutant?

In the Marvel Universe there are humans, mutates (humans bestowed with powers), gods, aliens, Homo Superior Superiors (evolution's solution to the mutant problem), and mutants. Are the X-Men an ...
19
votes
4answers
6k views

How have Superman comics dealt with the Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex problem?

When I was a teen and Superman II came out, when Superman realized he and Lois were in love, he de-supered himself in the Fortress of Solitude so he could be with Lois. Right after he emerged from ...
29
votes
10answers
34k views

Does Superman need to breathe?

While researching for this question, I came across a couple of conflicting images of Superman in space. First we have him in space with no helmet - and talking to another character. As far as I can ...
22
votes
2answers
174k views

Is there a difference in the Red Hulk's and Green Hulk's powers?

I get that the two Hulks are different characters, but is there a difference in the Red Hulk's and Green Hulk's powers?
15
votes
6answers
2k views

Has Superman ever been attacked by changing our sun?

Superman allegedly gets his powers from "our yellow sun" (feel free to correct me on that as I'm a Superman newbie, but that was the impression I had). Has he ever been attacked by someone attempting ...
14
votes
8answers
25k views

In the DC Comics Universe, What Happens to Earthlings Under a Red Sun?

I know in the earliest versions of Superman, his powers weren't from the yellow sun, but that was changed and, in general (at least as I understand it), Superman's powers are because he was native to ...
14
votes
3answers
1k views

Do comic characters sometimes get drawn like the actor playing them?

I noticed in Spider-Man's recent cameo in Captain Marvel, he appeared an awful lot like Andrew Garfield who is playing Spider-Man in the recent movie. Irrelevant of whether it is just my imagination, ...
19
votes
4answers
12k views

X-Men Story/Chronology 2000 - 2010

I used to be a big fan of the comics, and I am really interested in getting back in. Where should I start reading from 2000 to 2010, there are so many different side stories now I find it really ...
15
votes
4answers
10k views

What Marvel Comics are Accessible to a New Reader? [closed]

If I don't want to be lost, but want to be able to pick up a Marvel comic book at the start of a story arc and just enjoy reading that story, without having to look up references in the Wikipedia ...
43
votes
10answers
53k views

Who in the DC Universe can stop Superman if he has a breakdown?

Is there anything or anyone in the DC universe that can defeat Superman just in case he goes berserk on everybody? Maybe Batman stores kryptonite in his Cave or something. I don't know if Batman ...
18
votes
4answers
5k views

What are bamfs?

Bamfs appear in Wolverine & the X-men comic. But I can't find a single scrap of evidence for their origins on the internet. Where are they from? Edit: I'm increasingly convinced that when ...
36
votes
9answers
18k views

Is Superman always holding back?

This is a quote from the Justice League Unlimited cartoon: That man won't quit as long as he can still draw a breath. None of my teammates will. Me? I've got a different problem. I feel like I live ...
12
votes
1answer
28k views

In Back In Black, did the Kingpin really underestimate Spider-man in a pure hand-to-hand fight?

In the Back In Black story arc (right after the Civil War), I understand that Peter's probably never been this angry before, but wouldn't Fisk (Kingpin) have anticipated an epic beatdown? The way he ...
8
votes
1answer
12k views

When has Wonder Woman died?

I know Wonder Woman has died in canon before, but in which issue did this happen?
14
votes
1answer
704 views

When did “The Batman” become “Batman”?

In Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics No. 27, he is referred to as "The Bat(-)Man" exclusively. In the issue, characters say "It's the Bat-Man" rather than "It's Batman". For example: ...
12
votes
2answers
7k views

Has Charles Xavier ever exhibited the ability to freeze minds/time in the comics?

In the X-Men movies, Professor Charles Xavier exhibits the ability to freeze minds, effectively stopping time for people on a fairly large scale, freezing everyone in the Oval Office and an entire ...
11
votes
2answers
8k views

How did Punisher kill Wolverine?

Of all the characters to kill off, Punisher, in a one-shot comic book called 'Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe', manages to finish off Wolverine. The wiki article is vague; how does Punisher kill ...
10
votes
1answer
530 views

Been trying to find graphic novel for decades - at least I think it's a graphic novel

When I was a kid I had a book that I loved, as I think about it I'm pretty sure it would be characterized as a graphic novel although I was unfamiliar with that term at the time. It was a large ...
62
votes
5answers
15k views

Has Galactus ever been depicted as anything other than a humanoid?

Galactus, the Devourer of worlds, is depicted as a humanoid in the comics and according to Wikipedia: His true form cannot be perceived by most beings; each species sees Galactus in a form they can ...
154
votes
5answers
17k views

Does Hobbes ever do anything that Calvin himself could not do?

So this question got me thinking that, except for pure Calvin fantasy (i.e. Spaceman Spiff, where nothing is real), is there ever a comic where Calvin claims Hobbes did something and Calvin could not ...
13
votes
3answers
1k views

Where to start reading The Batman?

I've recently gotten into comic books and I'm interested in reading the Batman comics. I have no idea where to start. I've seen all of the live action Batman movies so I pretty much know origin ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

Reading order for Wolverine's history

I want to learn the history of Wolverine from the beginning. What comic issues should I read and in what order to understand how he became what he is (what he actually is) and he came to the present ...
25
votes
2answers
17k views

What are the webs under Spidey's arms for?

In the older Spider-man comics (although it pops again every now and then) he is almost always drawn with webbing in his arm pits as part of his costume. Have these things been given any function in ...
14
votes
4answers
13k views

Where do the X-Men get all their money/funding?

Charles Xavier's father was a "wealthy nuclear scientist". In the beginning, Charles personally bankrolled the Xavier Institute/X-Men using his family's money. This included, but was not limited to ...
14
votes
2answers
1k views

What comic books exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

A recent reminiscence of Captain America: The First Avenger made me stop and think about a very meta question. During this sequence showing Captain America playing stage shows as propaganda to sell ...
13
votes
4answers
5k views

Why was Superman made practically physically invulnerable?

Everyone knows Superman is physically invulnerable to pretty much anything except kryptonite. To my mind, this makes for a fairly dull superhero because it takes a lot of danger out of the comic. I ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

Who else is both an X-man and an Avenger?

I know that Beast is both a member of the X-men, and a (Secret) Avenger. Is there anyone else who is a current Avenger member as well as being a current X-man? Ex-members of either don't count ...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

What, of the planets he consumes, provides Galactus with sustenance?

Galactus is pretty big on the world eating. It's more or less his thing. It's well known that he has an insatiable hunger that he must obey, and when he gets peckish he just chows down on a world that ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

Who has been dead (and gotten better) the longest?

In super hero comics it's not unknown for a someone to die, then a few issues later get better. But who holds the record for being dead for the longest time (real world time) and coming back?
33
votes
3answers
8k views

Has Batman ever fought Superman (and won) in the mainstream continuity?

I'm aware of only two times that Batman has defeated Superman in a fight: The Dark Knight Returns (Which is an alternate universe). Batman: Hush (Where Supes was under Poison Ivy's mind control). ...
17
votes
3answers
21k views

Are Skrulls always evil in Marvel Comics?

It is my understanding that in Marvel Comics, Skrulls are considered evil. For instance, in The Skrull Invasion, the Skrulls are the bad guys kidnapping people and such. I thought the Skrulls were ...
14
votes
4answers
8k views

What did Nick Fury say to Thor in Original Sin?

In Original Sin #7, Nick Fury whispers something to Thor. As you can see in this panel, what Fury said was obscured, but it had a significant effect. Has it been revealed anywhere what Fury said to ...
14
votes
3answers
4k views

Is Wolverine an alcoholic?

Wolverine's love of beer is fairly well known. According to Wikipedia, he can even suffer the effects of intoxication if he binges. However, does he have an actual alcohol dependence? Considering ...
12
votes
13answers
14k views

Actor with the most comic-book movie roles?

When Ryan Reynolds starred in Green Lantern (2011), I recall seeing jokes based on the fact that he'd recently appeared in another comic-book adaptation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Even before ...
9
votes
2answers
4k views

When did comic crossovers start?

I've been reading through some Marvel Masterworks collections and the one featuring the Sub-Mariner starts with a cross-over with Namor and Daredevil, but, when I started reading the Fantastic Four ...
7
votes
7answers
11k views

In which Comic Book series is Batman actually Thomas Wayne?

I've heard people say that there is a series of comics where Batman is actually Thomas Wayne instead of his son, Bruce. Where can I find this? What is the series called?
7
votes
1answer
577 views

When did the Avengers have their first confrontation with the Phoenix Force?

I have been a long-time reader of the Avengers and cannot actually remember the first time the Avengers had a direct confrontation with the Phoenix Force. Have the Avengers ever directly confronted ...
6
votes
1answer
373 views

The X-FACTOR gene in Ultimate X-men

Reading the Ultimate X-men #15 I see that Xavier claims that "98% of all known mutants test positive for the X-FACTOR gene". Isn't the X-FACTOR gene what makes a mutant or does this simply include ...
3
votes
0answers
169 views

What comic book story features Jake Radic and another character in space?

This concerns a comic I read as a child. It might have been Marvel or DC. It was in colour. It concerns two characters, one of which was called Jake Radic. They are in space and they hit something. ...
1
vote
3answers
7k views

Is there a reading order for Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales?

I've just started finally reading this series and have the first two TPBs. I'm thoroughly hooked and I see there is a ton of of various GFT titles that have been done and also currently going. I have ...
0
votes
1answer
372 views

What has changed since the Messiah Complex?

I've identified the Messiah complex as the latest X-Men Comic book arc that I'm familiar with, and I'd like to know the major points that have changed X-men/marvel history since then (with the aim of ...