After years of failing health and a brief affair with Doctor Octopus (yeah, that happened), Peter Parker’s Aunt May was finally about to bite the big one. And, coincidentally, her ticket was about to be punched right in time for the highly publicized 400th issue of The Amazing Spider-Man. Marvel is nothing if not crafty.

J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mark Bagley crafted a picture-perfect sendoff for May as her last hours were met with overwhelming emotion and subtlety. There were no larger-than-life word balloons emblazoned with the word “WHY!” when May finally passed away, nor was there a supervillain in sight. Her death was met with the same emotion and gravitas as one in the real world, and that's what makes it work so well.

The image of Peter Parker clutching his dead Aunt while reciting a passage from a story she used to read him as a kid, Peter Pan, still gets us choked up. Too bad Marvel decided to ruin it by revealing this was nothing more than a robot imposter later on. Sometimes it seems like they want us to hit the bottle.