Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.
I presume you’re all familiar with the concept of “page turn reveals,” right? Those are reveals written into a comic book story that are designed to be surprises, because you literally can’t see what happens until you turn the page (in other words, these reveals are almost never on the opposite side of a two-page spread). This time around, I’d like to hear you folks make suggestions for some of the most outlandish, absurd page turn reveals that you can think of.
If you read on, I’ll share the one that I was thinking of that inspired me to open up this theme…
In Avengers #395, the Avengers are in trouble, getting their asses stomped by Kang and his forces. However, Iron Man, who had previously been revealed to have been secretly working for Kang, betrays Kang at just the right moment. Years earlier, a plotline involving Kang and the Celestial Madonna resolved itself when Mantis married a plant-like alien being from a race known as Cotati who had taken on the shape of the late Avenger, Swordsman. Okay, once again, we set up with Kang kicking the Avengers’ collective butt…
and then the page turn reveal…
I don’t think there has ever been a line quite as good as a villain shouting, “Iron Man and the Cotati Swordsman?!” Great name for a band.
Okay, your turn, folks!
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