Modern comic books aren’t really fun anymore, especially those at Marvel and DC Comics. They’ve become more about cringe.
This turn to cringe is one of the main reasons why the medium is getting absolutely slaughtered by Japanese manga every single month in sales.
Today, we’re going to list the most ultra cringe moments from modern comic books. This list will be an ongoing list as it does not appear that modern comics will be letting their foot off the cringe pedal any time soon.
1. Faith #5
Back in 2016, Valiant Comics published Faith #5, a 48-page election special.
In one of the stories, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert saved failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from a superpowered burglar who decided to destroy his own helicopter and send it crashing down on Clinton at a political rally.
The book was written by Jody Houser and Louise Simonson, and Rafer Roberts with art by Meghan Hetrick, Pere Perez, and Colleen Doran. The Clinton story called “Faith In Politics” was specifically written by Simonson with art by Perez.
Also in 2016, Marvel Comics published their Spider-Gwen Annual #1 featuring a story introducing a new villain called M.O.D.A.A.K. written by Jason Latour with art by Chris Visions.
In the book, Latour and Visions basically turned Marvel’s infamous villain M.O.D.O.K. into President Donald Trump and called him M.O.D.A.A.K. or Mental Organism Designed As America’s King.
In the final pages of the story, the book just shows a female version of Sam Wilson as Captain America pummeling M.O.D.A.A.K.
In March of 2016, Marvel Comics turned Bobby Drake a.k.a. Iceman gay in the pages of Uncanny X-Man #600 by Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, Mahmud Asrar, Stuart Immonen, Kris Anka, Chris Bachalo, David Marquez, and Frazer Irving.
However, before they turned Bobby Drake gay in Uncanny X-Men #600, they made a younger version of himself gay by Jean Grey reading his mind in All-New X-Men #40 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mahmud Asrar.
Then in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #600, this younger now gay version of Bobby Drake confronts the other version of Bobby Drake and asks him if he is gay. It turns out he is too.
4. New Warriors
While Marvel has yet to publish their New Warriors title from Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Luciano Vecchio, the company heavily promoted the book back in March 2020 with the introduction of new characters named Screentime , B-Negative, Trailblazer, Snowflake, and Safespace.
The book’s writer Daniel Kibblesmith explained why he decided on Screentime, Safespace, and Snowflake saying, “Snowflake and Safespace are the twins and their names are very similar to Screentime; it’s this idea that these are terms that get thrown around on the internet that they don’t see as derogatory. [They] take those words and kind of wear them as badges of honor.”
Not only are the names super cringe, but Marvel explained that Screentime got his superpowers from “experimental internet gas.”
5. Alan Scott
In Infinite Frontier #0 writer James Tynion IV and artist Stephen Byrne made the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, gay despite him being in multiple relationships with women and having two kids.
Tynion even has Scott say, “Back in an earlier time, I kept a part of myself hidden from my friends and peers. I even let myself get married a few times to women I did love with all my mind, but I did that knowing there was something about myself I was hiding away.”
He then tells his two kids, Jade and Obsidian, that he’s gay.
6. Riri Williams
In Invincible Iron Man #8, writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist Stefano Caselli, and colorist Marte Gracia depict Riri Williams asking her elementary school teacher to oppress her when she declares she wants to be a scientist when she grows up.
Bendis literally has Williams tell her teacher, “You’re supposed to tell me nursing and teaching are noble professions and that people like me don’t get to grow up and be scientists.”
In response to the teacher indicating that she “can do whatever you want,” Williams says, “I was kind of hoping you’d tell me the opposite so I would have something to inspire me to prove you wrong.”
The teacher eventually caves Williams’ demands to be oppressed by telling her, “You’ll never be Tony Stark.” This then inspires Williams to be Tony Stark “except for that weird facial hair.”
In the final issue of Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, and Rachelle Rosenberg’s Mockingbird series, they put out a cover with Mockingbird drinking a lemonade or some kind of mixed drink in her hand while she wears a shirt that reads, “Ask me about my feminist agenda.”
The shirt wouldn’t just be featured on the cover, but it would also show up in the interiors. After battling with the Phantom Rider, Mockingbird is knocked off a cruise ship and transported to an island by a number of corgi mercreatures. While on the island she wears the shirt and drinks some kind of mixed drink.
In Batgirl #50 by Cecil Castelluci with art by Emanuela Lupacchino, Wade Von Grawbadger, Mick Gray, and Scott Hanna, and colors by Jordie Bellaire, Batgirl aka Barbara Gordon appears to join Gotham’s version of Antifa.
After storming out from a lunch with her father, Gordon is walking down the street, where she passes by a number of masked men pulling down a statue. She then takes in what appears to be rowdy protest as a smoke grenade is fizzles out at her feet.
And then Gordon is shown joining the group of violent protestors that appear all too similar to the actions of Antifa throughout the presidency of Donald Trump.
9. Absorbing Man
In the pages of Thor #5 by Jason Aaron with art by Jorge Molina, Jane Foster Thor is fighting the Carl “Crusher” Creel aka the Absorbing Man.
During the fight, Aaron has Creel say, “Thor? Are you kidding me? I’m supposed to call you Thor? Damn feminists are ruining everything!”
He adds, “You wanna be a chick super hero? Fine, who the hell cares? But get your own identity. Thor’s a dude. One of the last manly dudes still left. What’d you do, send him to sensitivity training so he’d stop calling Earth girls ‘wenches’?”
Jane Foster responds, “I care not what you call me, Absorbing Man. Just be certain to inform your new cellmates that ’twas a woman who returned you to prison.”
Then she punches him in the jaw and thinks to herself, “That’s for saying ‘feminist’ like it’s a four-letter word, creep. And also…you know…for the robbing.”
In the pages of Angela: Queen of Hel #4 writer Marguerite Bennett and artists Kim Jacinto and Israel Silva censor Bor’s words in the dialogue as he battles Angela.
Bennett has Bor say, “What whorespawn slattern is this? Depraved whelp that slithered from the legs of (Nope too gross, sorry).
Bennett then has Bor say, “(A lot of misogynist filth) (Red Pill M.R.A. meninist casual racism) (Unsolicited opinions on Israel???)
Again in the pages of Thor #5 by Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina, after Jane Foster Thor beats up Absorbing Man, Titania arrives on the scene and proceeds to knock out Absorbing Man.
She then tells the Jane Foster Thor, “I ain’t fighting no woman Thor. And neither is he.”
“Not today at least. I’m standing down out of respect for what you’re doing. Can’t have been easy for you. Hasn’t been for me either,” she continued.
Jane Foster Thor interjects, “Do not think this means I will allow you to flee.” To which Titania responds, “I’m not asking you to. A little prison time will actually be good for me and Crusher. When we’ve been out too long, he starts to get a wandering eye.”
“But just so you you know this is a one-time girl power pass. Next time you get in my way… I will rip off your head and toss it in the Hudson.”
Jane Foster Thor responds, “Very well. And just so you know… I am going to hit you now. Rather hard.” She then proceeds to smack Titania with Mjolnir.
That’s right a Marvel supervillain decided to surrender because of girl power. Not only does she surrender she lets herself get whacked real hard.
12. Iron Fist
In the pages of Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #6 by Larry Hama, Dave Wachter, and Neeraj Menon, Danny Rand gives up the power of the Iron Fist to Okoye from the Dora Milaje in order to combat the Hierophant.
After Okoye defeats the Hierophant she attempts to return the power of the Iron Fist back to Danny Rand. However, Rand rejects her offer telling her, “That’s not the way it works. It’s yours now. And anyway, I wasn’t all that good at it in the first place.”
In Marvel’s Voices: Pride, in a short titled “Something New Every Day” by Lilah Sturges, Derek Charm, and Brittany Peer, Elektra Natchios has become Daredevil and discovers Charlene McGowan trespassing in an old M.G.H lab.
A group of roller-skaters named the Fast Five arrive seeking M.G.H. and a fight breaks out with Elektra trying to defend McGowan. As Elektra defends McGowan, McGowan lectures her about transgenderism when Elektra quipped, “Welcome to womanhood” after the Fast Five ignored the character.
McGowan tells Elektra, “You know, telling a trans woman ‘welcome to womanhood’ is actually kind of condescending? And it implies that we aren’t ‘real’ women until and unless we transition.’
Elektra then apologizes saying, “I apologize I was not aware of that!”
14. Alysia Yeoh
In the pages of Batgirl #8 by Hope Larson, Chris Wildgoose, Jon Lam, and Mat Lopes, Barbara Gordon goes to a bar in Burnside called Laundromat.
While at the club, transgender character Alysia Yeoh is not having a good time. Barbara asks Yeoh what’s the matter to which Yeoh responds, “We went to the fertility clinic today, to discuss our options and the doctor…He misgendered me. Didn’t even apologize.”
When Barbara says “that sucks,” Yeoh responds, “It doesn’t suck, Babs. It’s a punch in the gut. You lose your breath.”
Yeoh then proceeds to storm out of the bar.
15. Red Skull
In the pages of Captain America #28 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk, and Matt Milla, Red Skull is reimagined as a YouTuber that parodies the ideas of Jordan B. Peterson.
Red Skull can be seen on a laptop in a thumbnail for a video titled “Ten Rules For Life,” a clear parody of Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos.
Another panel shows videos titled “What Bismarck Knew” and “Barbarians at the Gate.”
As the comic came to a conclusion, Captain America is poisoned by Sin and then savagely beaten by a number of thugs. Red Skull uses the video to castigate Captain America and everything he stands for before offering his followers “the sword of manhood.”