14. TALIA AL GHUL (17 MONTHS)
In his “Batman Incorporated” series, Grant Morrison revealed that Batman decided to form an international organization of heroes specifically to stop the evil organization known as Leviathan. It was ultimately revealed that Leviathan was led by Talia Al Ghul, who had usurped her own father’s League of Assassins for the formation of this criminal empire. Opposing her was not just Batman, but also her own son, Damian Wayne, who was serving alongside his caped crusading father as the new Robin. Ultimately, Talia would not let her feelings for her son stand in her way and one of her agents ended up murdering Damian. A frenzied Talia was then killed by Spyral agent Kathy Kane, the original Batwoman in “Batman Incorporated” #12 (cover-dated July 2013).
Ra’s Al Ghul tried to resurrect both his daughter and his grandson, but he had no success. Ultimately, Batman was able to bring Damian back and mysteriously enough, in “Robin Rises: Alpha” (cover-dated December 2014), Talia returned, as well, initially with amnesia. Her memory returned eventually and she got caught up in a battle with another eternal warrior, Den Darga and his evil group, the Lu’un Darga.
13. CABLE (17 MONTHS)
Cable is no stranger to seemingly dying and then coming back to life. He’s a guy who can travel through time, so it is easy enough to “kill” him by just sending him into the future (or past) and making it look like he died. However, most of the time, these “deaths” are planned by the writers ahead of time. For instance, Mike Carey “killed” Cable in “X-Men” #200, but that was all part of the plan for him to show up again in “Messiah Complex,” where he became the protector of the first mutant baby to be born since M-Day (when Scarlet Witch wiped out almost all mutants on Earth).
In “Second Coming,” however, Cable’s death at the end of the story in “X-Force” #28 (cover-dated July 2010, where he helped the other members of X-Force get back to the present) was intended as an actual death. The writers of that issue, Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, noted that Cable was someone who would always be willing to die if that’s what it took to get a mission done. However, just like the other times, this death also just turned into Cable time-jumping, as revealed in Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ “X-Sanction” #1 (cover-dated December 2011).