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10 DC comics that lied to the audience

Selling comics sometimes requires twisting the truth a bit. It’s a competitive game, especially in the modern era where comics have to compete with literally everything else for people’s attention. Not only that, but sometimes stories require some fakery to keep the plot unpredictable.


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DC Comics, like any good comic book company, is known for including misleading details in order to garner a little extra attention. It can be as simple as coming up with a cover that doesn’t depict the insides at all, or promoting the story in a way that’s the complete opposite of what’s going to happen. It’s a great idea as long as people remain intrigued enough to pick up the comic.

10/10 Superwoman gave misleading clues as to the hero’s identity

New 52 Lois Lane as Superwoman

When DC decided they were going to make one Super woman Funny, they made it look like both Lois Lane and Lana Lang would be superhero twins working together in Metropolis. Lois was the “main” superwoman who seemed intent on convincing Lana Lang to join her.

in the Superwoman number 1 from Phil Jimenez, Matt Santorelli, Jeromy Cox and Rob Leigh, readers learn the series won’t be what they thought it would be. In the first issue, Lois convinces Lana to become Superwoman… just in time for Lois to be killed at the end of the issue.

9/10 Seven Soldiers features the original team dying in the first issue

Zatanna, Mister Miracle and Justice League Dark fight in Seven Soldiers of Victory

The opening edition of Seven Soldiers by Grant Morrison, JH Williams III, Dave Stewart and Todd Klein wants the reader to believe that the story is about seven unknown heroes who learn to face a dangerous threat. Technically it is correct. It’s just not about the heroes featured in this issue. A group of six heroes band together to track down a dangerous threat in a western canyon.

Although they have never worked together, they form a bond that allows them to defeat their enemies and feel a sense of triumph and that they are just getting started. At the end of the issue, all six heroes are killed by the Sheeda, a ravenous race from the far future who are trying to drain the present of all its resources. Despite the name, the actual Seven Soldiers don’t even work together to defeat the threat. Instead, their individual contributions do the work.

8/10 Batman: Battle for the Cowl never comes with Batwoman

Batman battle for the cowl

Readers flocked to the event Batman: Battle for the Cowl to learn who the next Batman would be. At the time, Batwoman was all the hype considering she had yet to debut anywhere other than the weekly series 52. With that in mind, the cover of Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1 by Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Ian Hannin and Jared K. Fletcher, Batwoman featured prominently.

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It would be easy to think that Batwoman would play a significant role Battle for the cowl, but whoever bought the comic because of it was misled. The actual comic featured Batwoman in exactly one panel before she was never mentioned again.

7/10 Flamebird and Nightwing weren’t what people thought they were

Nightwing and Flamebird fly above the earth

The “New Krypton” storyline was particularly gruesome for hardcore fans of the admittedly large Superman family. Midway through the story arc, DC introduced two new characters, Flamebird and Nightwing. Each character had powers similar to favorite characters Linda Danvers and Kon-El, the ’90s version of Supergirl and Superboy.

Unfortunately for these longtime fans, neither guess was correct. DC deliberately misled readers as a red herring, and it turns out those characters were Thara Ak-Var, Kara Zor-El’s old friend, and an aged Chris Kent, Superman and Lois’ adopted son.

6/10 Batgirl has more issues with Batwoman than people would think

Batgirl chokes Batwoman

The cover too Batgirl Vol. 3 #12 by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes, Ulises Arreola and Dave Sharpe indicates that Batgirl and Batwoman are in serious conflict. While that’s true, it’s not nearly as balanced in Batgirl’s favor as Barbara fans might have liked. Instead, Batwoman gets the drop on Barbara and poundes her pretty hard.

Barbara tries to reason with her, but Kate has none of it. Bleeding, Barbara begs Kate to stop spanking her. While the element of surprise plays a big part, if Batgirl fans wanted to see Barbara Gordon show off her martial arts skills, they won’t get it here.

5/10 The Batwing comic wanted people to think that Batwing was dying

Luke Fox debuts in Batwing 19

If fans would believe the cover Bat #19 by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Jason Wright and Taylor Esposito, then the previous version of Batwing suffered a rather horrible fate. Especially considering DC has already advertised that someone new would take over the identity. However, the problem itself isn’t nearly as bad as the cover might suggest.

The main character, David Zavimbe, completes all the missions he had as Batwing and gives up the mantle. Instead of getting Batman to stop David, he accepts David’s choice and passes an upgraded version of the costume on to a new hero: Luke Fox, son of Lucius.

4/10 Supergirl isn’t trying to kill Superman

Cover of Supergirl 19 with Supergirl being superior to Superman

Supergirl faced many issues when she was reintroduced into the DC Universe. No one was really sure what the character was supposed to be, leading to multiple origin changes from issue to issue. At the time of Superman: New Kryptonthey had to come up with an explanation for why she had so many conflicting memories.

in the Supergirl Vol. 5 #19 by Joe Kelly, Ale Garza, Sandra Hope, Marlo Alquiza, Richard Friend, Rod Reis and Rob Leigh, the cover not only features Supergirl towering over Superman’s body. It directly says “The Death of Superman Again!” In the end, the issue doesn’t even have a fight between them. It focuses more on Kara adjusting to the DC Universe and ends with Superman and Supergirl hugging.

3/10 Robin Rises made people think there would be a new Robin

A picture of Barbara Gordon in a Robin outfit

Since Damian Wayne had fallen a year earlier at the end of Grant Morrison’s stint with Batman, it wasn’t hard to believe a crossover was calling Robin gets up could introduce a new Batman. There were many candidates, but most fans had their eyes set on Duke Thomas, a character who was introduced as a child in Scott Snyder’s “Zero Year” storyline and is now an adult.

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Instead of having a new Batman, DC just brought back the previous contestant, Damian Wayne. As for Duke, he never turned into a Robin. Instead, he eventually took on the role of Signal, patrolling Gotham City during the day.

2/10 Green Lantern teasing Kyle or The Darkstars

Green Lantern 74 cover with Donna, Kyle and John Stewart

Green Lantern Vol.3 #74 by Ron Marz, Darryl Banks, Romeo Tanghal, Linda Medley and Albert DeGuzman was intended to end the story of Green Lantern and the Darkstars against Darkseid’s illegitimate son Grayven. Grayven had ripped through several planets and decimated the Darkstar forces, so the final issue of the storyline teased that one of the three main protagonists would die.

Donna Troy, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart were all at risk. It wouldn’t be Kyle, but since Donna and John were both less important than they had been in the past, both could easily have been killed. However, the book did not show anyone being killed. The crossover itself didn’t even end until the next issue… where everyone survived.

1/10 Armageddon 2001 changed its ending to keep viewers in the dark

The cover of Armageddon 2 showing Monarch removing his helmet

The plot of Armageddon 2001 made for a cool mystery. Ten years in the future, a superhero, fed up with the injustice in the world, turned into a dictator named Monarch. The comics constantly implied that the monarch could have been “anyone”. Finally, a time traveler went back in time and found out which hero it really was.

When Monarch’s identity, the unsympathetic Justice League hero Captain Atom, was leaked early on, DC changed it. Suddenly Monarch was indeed Hawk, despite historical events proving it couldn’t have been Hawk. This weakened the impact of the story, and DC spent years retconning parts of it after the fact.

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