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  • Paul

    Spider-Man and The Clone Saga. Please God, don`t get me started..

  • 5minutes

    Agree with everything on this list EXCEPT Oliver Queen. Most super-hero resurrections are pure cheese done solely to increase the numbers for various books, but Kevin Smith’s careful handling of the Queen resurrection was handled very well.

    Short gist: right before he went to fight (and die in battle) against the Sun-Eater, Hal Jordan talks to Oliver Queen in the afterlife and tells him he wants to set things right again. Queen allows him to resurrect his body, but only if his soul remains in Heaven. Queen is resurrected with his memories wiped back to the time when he was the happiest, before the events of the Longbow Hunters when everything got “gritty”, and is found and cared for by a guy named Stanley Dover, an older man who provides funding for shelters for homeless children. Queen, along with the help of the Justice League and a new Speedy, tries to find out what’s gone wrong with the help of Jason Blood. Blood finds out that Queen has no soul and is a “husk”, meaning that a demon from hell can occupy Queen’s body. Blood turns into Etrigan and tries to destroy Queen, who’s rescued just in time by The Spectre (now being played by… Hal Jordan) who introduces body-Queen to soul-Queen to try to get them to reunite. Body-Queen is sent back to earth and is captured by Stanley, who’s revealed to be a black magician who’s been trying to find a way to extend his own life by attracting the only demon he’s personally aware of, thanks to his grandson who’s been kidnapped and hidden and fed blood for years. However, The demon shows up right around the same time that Connor Hawke (aka Ollie’s son) and Soul-Oliver does and turns out to be one of those demons who’s escaped hell and doesn’t like evil very much. He saves the day and, most importantly, the grandson, sending him away before eating Stanley. Queen’s reunited with himself and his son.

    In other words: it’s a complex tale with a mix of sci-fi, comic reality, philosophy, and supernatural stuff you don’t normally get from your run-of-the-mill superhero resurrection. I’d say replace Ollie with the Spider-Man Clone Saga.

  • Jim Ciscell

    Thanks for the input! Norman Osborn’s resurrection was a direct result of the writer’s trying to write themselves out of the Clone Saga. Naturally, everyone will have opinions on this. On Oliver Queen, I will mention that his passing in comics led to one of the best moments in comics to me. There was a ‘plus one’ team up between Batman and Arsenal who was the former Speedy during that period of time. At one point, Arsenal is carryong on about growing up and Batman interrupts him and says “I miss him too!” It was not only a rare break into emotion while Batman was in character as Batman but it was also signifigant for me at that point and time. A friend of mine from high school had lost his mother and we had not talked for a few years. The guy was so shattered by his Mom’s death that I did not actually receive a notice that she died. He ended up writing me a letter around Christmastime saying that it has happened. I never knew how I felt about that until Batman interrupted Arsenal and said “I miss him too!” That, to me, was real. Then they go ahead and bring him back anyway and while it did not really diminish the power of the scene to me, it did in my mind earn a spot on the list. At any rate, thanks again for taking the time to comment and interact.

  • David

    Dude, Winter Soldier is considered one of the greatest Captain America storylines ever. And because Bucky took over for Captain America when he died, having both of them on this list is asinine.

    • wr

      “Greatest Captain America storylines ever?” What are you, 13 years old? There are 75 years of Cap stories. Bucky has been back for 5 minutes. I’m waiting for him to turn out to be a clone and gotten rid of.

  • Jim Ciscell

    The last truly great Captain America storyline in my opinion was Earth. X.. That is of course up for debate. However, it is consistent to have both on the list. Consider that Captain America is at its heart a story about soldiers. To paraphrase Anthony Hopkins in Legends of the Fall. They are soldiers and soldiers die. Of all books, Captain America should be respectful of that fact? Captain America being unfrozen and out of his time period is an undeniable part of the mythos but there should have been a modern Captain America introduced for modern day and both left dead.

  • Ryan Rogerson

    This list is good, but in my view, if all of these guys remained dead comic books would be very different and not in a good way. People like Bucky and Jason Todd can remain dead but if superman and captain america, the main creations of both DC and Marvel stay dead the avengers and the Justice Leauge would feel very weird. Not to mention that the fantastic four would not be the same without Johnny Storm and the Green Lantern is one of the best selling books in DC and the reason is Geoff Johns who brought back Hal Jordan.

  • Roman

    Don’t mind the list but to subtitle it “Who should’ve stayed dead” and including Supes on the list is just silly. You’re telling me they should’ve kept a character who is the face of comics to pop culture, was already about 60 years old, the “original superhero” (outside of pulp heroes and ancient god myths) in the grave? I’m sure it was an honest mistake but a mistake IT IS!

    • duelistjp

      can we at least agree they should have written a better resurrection story for him. It was one of the worst i have ever read

  • Stuart

    Big Fan of this list. I hate characters that don’t stay dead – there’s a sentance I never thought I’d write.

    i remember reading the jason Todd / Red Hood storyline and slinging the comic book across the room in disgust. Grrrr!

  • Red

    We all have opinions.

  • André M. de Souza

    With all respect, Jean Grey as Phoenix was a avant gard idea (a female cosmic heroine).Point for Claremont & Cockrum. Byrne is the bastard wich kill the Phoenix of Billions of Dollars…In any case, Phoenix (as human myth) is respected outside U.S…. If Marvel don’t have any respect the eldest fans and world mythology, patience. And, c’mon, we’re talkin’ ’bout a comic book death.
    I still prefeer read my ond X Men stuff than that modern New X Men crap…
    … sorry.


    • duelistjp

      in all honesty never complain about a character named phoenix coming back from the dead. You can complain about the way it happened but not that it did. that is just stupid