10 of the Best Retcons in Comic Books

Have you experienced a time when a critical detail in your favorite superhero's history changed? That's a Retroactive Continuity or Retcon.

Recently a Redditor asked, “What are the best Retcons in comics?” The internet responded to deliver this list of comic book retcons. 

One Redditor said, “The downfall of Hal Jordan was emotionally relatable. The man had a full meltdown, and his turning into parallax out of grief/fear and then coming back as Spectre was a great character arc. I enjoyed John's take on the character!”

Hal Jordan

Another Redditor observed, “Cable being retconned as Scott's son added a lot of depth and story opportunity to what had previously just been a terminator rip-off!”


One user admitted, “I'll always dislike Max's turn to evil; it never sat right with me, even if it's gotten some added context. It always felt like something that should've been a one-off thing that we would have moved on from shortly afterward with a good redemption arc.”

Maxwell Lord

One Redditor said, “Moon Knight's alternate identities becoming legit disassociating identity disorder. Like in the first issue, you get Moon Knight‘s basic origin of coming back to life and taking the cowl, and then suddenly, he's back in NYC and has multiple alter egos in the space of a couple of panels.”

Moon Knight

One user posted, “Wolverine‘s claws being bone and not implants. That's the one that sealed my love of X-Men forever and ever. (I fully recognize that this is a retcon of a retcon – At first, his claws were equipment that he wore, then they were implants).”


One Redditor said, “The 2014 event AXIS retconned that Pietro and Wanda are not biologically related to Magneto, generally understood by fans to be a move by Disney to distance the two characters from the X-Men since they didn't hold the film rights.”


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