DC Comics Villain
In many comic book stories, the hero triumphs over the villain and saves the day. However, there are also several DC Comics stories where the villain emerges victorious, either temporarily or permanently. Here are a few examples of DC Comics where the villain wins:
“The Death of Superman”
“The Death of Superman” is a 1992 DC Comics storyline that follows the events leading up to the death of the iconic hero Superman at the hands of the villainous Doomsday. The story was a major event in the DC Universe and it had a lasting impact on the characters and storylines that followed. In this story, the villain Doomsday emerges victorious over Superman, though the hero’s death ultimately leads to the creation of four new Supermen who eventually defeat Doomsday and restore hope to the DC Universe.
“The Killing Joke”
“The Killing Joke” is a 1988 DC Comics one-shot graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. The story follows the Joker as he escapes from Arkham Asylum and embarks on a plan to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. In the end, the Joker’s plan succeeds and he permanently cripples Barbara Gordon, the Commissioner’s daughter, and the superheroine Batgirl. The story ends with the Joker being recaptured, but it is left unclear whether he has truly been defeated or whether he will continue to haunt the DC Universe.
“Death in the Family”
“Death in the Family” is a 1988 DC Comics storyline that follows the events leading up to the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd, at the hands of the Joker. The story was notable for its use of a 1-900 telephone number that allowed readers to vote on whether Jason Todd should live or die. In the end, the villainous Joker emerges victorious over.