Saturday, September 01, 2007

Superhero Death Trap #9,923,501

Even with the mass-media saturation of superheroes these days, there's a general feeling among non-comic book readers that comics are filled with repetitive stories in which a hero is trapped by a villain, the villain spouts his or her evil plan, and the hero escapes at the last minute to save the day.

While this type of plot may be very common in James Bond movies, it's not prevalent in comics at all. I can't even remember the last time I read a story which featured any kind of superhero death trap.

So that's my question of the day:

What was the last comic book you read which featured a hero caught in a wonderfully elaborate death trap (or a death trap of any kind)?

6 comments:

Chad Nevett said...

The most recent example I can think of is in the recent Punisher War Journal arc where Hate-Monger has Frank tied up, rants at him for a while, before presuming to kill him. A low-tech sort of death trap, but one nonetheless. Especially as Hate-Monger wanted Frank to dress up as Captain Punisher before offing him.

Marc said...

How about Detective Comics as of late? Robin in the Joker's clutches? And again the Joke putting Bats in the electrified chair?

Timothy Callahan said...

Good. More?

Adam & Elaine get married said...

Er, arguably the latest Batman arc

Timothy Callahan said...

Nah, I don't think the Ten Little Indians plot is much like the death trap. I could see how you could stretch the definition to include it, but Morrison actually did a classic Batman death trap in Batman: Gothic, so that's more of what I'm thinking.

Manolis Vamvounis said...

i also think the latest Batman story arc is an insanely intricate death trap...

otherwise: superman's recent encounters with the Prankster over at Busiek's title. Ero's entrapment of Flash Thompson in David's F'N Spiderman, Poison Ivy's death trap of the villainous duo in Countdown...