Pretty much every comic book character, from Archie to General Zod, has died at least once, mainly because comics get a big sales boost when readers think they're never going to see their favorite hero ever again. But of course that's never what happens -- publishers are not going to walk away from piles of future cash that can be made from those same heroes. It's kind of understood that, within a few months, they'll find some excuse to bring them back.
But explaining how those characters miraculously cheated death is when things get all kinds of weird, even by comic book standards. Like the storylines where ...
Nightcrawler Teleports Back to Life From Heaven
Nightcrawler, the X-Men's third-most-famous blue person, meets his end in Uncanny X-Force after taking a robot punch through the chest, a fate today's young people are all too familiar with.
How many more lives must be lost before we lower the robot punching age?
As if to confirm the finality of his demise, the next time we see Nightcrawler, he's in heaven, getting yelled at by his dickhead father, Azazel, who is equally dead.
This is the weirdest family reunion Nightcrawler's had since that time he fucked his sister.
It turns out Azazel is leading a demon invasion of heaven, and every eternally resting soul apart from Nightcrawler is terrible at fighting. Nightcrawler decides to enlist the help of his living comrades, the X-Men, by sending miniature versions of himself to create a portal to Earth, which is apparently a thing he can do now.
"Make sure one of you brings back my cowboy hat. It looks good on me, and I miss it."