History ComicBook / AstroCity

30th Mar '17 7:34:43 PM PaulA
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* LongingForFictionland: As a child, the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Mock Turtle]] always was trapped in wardrobes. Everyone thought he was an idiot. But he was trying to find a portal to [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]. If he could [[TheWizardOfOz have found a twister]] or [[Literature/AliceInWonderland a rabbit hole]], he would have tried that too. Once he is an adult and gets to Astro City, where the super human community saved him from some assassins and accepted him, he gets to a building's roof to see all the city, [[TheWizardOfOz put in her green visor, and all the city looks like an Emerald City]].

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* LongingForFictionland: As a child, the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Mock Turtle]] always was trapped in wardrobes. Everyone thought he was an idiot. But he was trying to find a portal to [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]. If he could [[TheWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz have found a twister]] or [[Literature/AliceInWonderland a rabbit hole]], he would have tried that too. Once he is an adult and gets to Astro City, where the super human community saved him from some assassins and accepted him, he gets to a building's roof to see all the city, [[TheWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz put in her green visor, and all the city looks like an Emerald City]].
16th Mar '17 6:58:44 PM Scorntex
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** Specifically, a Shadow Hill resident's daily routine includes ignoring a tentacle monster as it retreats from the daylight while she walks past it on her way to work.

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** Specifically, a Shadow Hill resident's daily routine includes ignoring a tentacle monster as it retreats from the daylight while she walks past it on her way to work. Issue #39 of the Vertigo series shows that another part of their daily routine includes repeating the blessing and wards needed to fend off whatever might be out there. The people who live there get by on a day to day basis, but only because they've gotten used to the vampires, the things that terrify the vampires into behaving, the Hanged Man hanging about, and the other unsettling weirdness that comes with the place.



* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The Broken Man arc is shaping up this way. Issue #5 is nothing but intriguing, frustratingly bizarre story fragments.

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* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The Broken Man arc is shaping up this way. Issue #5 is nothing but intriguing, frustratingly bizarre story fragments. It's not until issue #37 that any answers start showing up.



* PleaseSelectNewCityName: Issue #100, Vertigo issue #41, tells the story of how Romeyn Falls was renamed Astro City, in honor of Golden Age hero the Astro-Naut.

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* PleaseSelectNewCityName: Issue #100, Vertigo issue #41, tells the story of how Romeyn Falls was renamed Astro City, in honor of Golden Age hero the Astro-Naut. He saved the city from an alien invasion, which had levelled most of it.


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* UngratefulBastard: As a result of a HatePlague going around during the ''Confessions'' storyline, the people of Astro City complain about the Honor Guard stopping dual alien incursions rather than solving a murder case.
11th Mar '17 6:25:35 AM narm00
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** In "Yarn and Thumbtacks", one brief story has a man dealing with a snake cult, which the Broken Man interrupts. In "The Sky's The Limit", Zootsuit picks a fight with a snake cult. On the next page, the Broken Man interrupts the story to silently point back at the page.

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** In "Yarn and Thumbtacks", "Thumbtacks & Yarn", one brief story has a man dealing with a snake cult, which the Broken Man interrupts. In "The Sky's The Limit", Zootsuit picks a fight with a snake cult. On the next page, the Broken Man interrupts the story to silently point back at the page.



* TheNthDoctor: [[spoiler:When Mister Cakewalk falls out of recognition and popularity, and as times move on, he disappears. When jazz kicks up, the Jazzbaby appears, and turns out to be a reincarnation of Cakewalk with no recollection of her origins. It's implied it happened later on with Jazzbaby herself.]]

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* TheNthDoctor: [[spoiler:When [[spoiler: As times change, and the cakewalk disappears from memory, Mister Cakewalk falls out of recognition and popularity, and as times move on, he disappears. fades away. When jazz kicks up, the Jazzbaby appears, and turns out to be a reincarnation of Cakewalk with no recollection of her origins. It's implied it happened later on with Jazzbaby herself.]]


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* StringTheory: The Broken Man has this set-up in "Thumbtacks & Yarn", linking objects related to the Oubor and his plans to fight it, although the pins are stuck in thin air and looking closely at an object lets you enter its story. Later on, in "This Town", he says [[NoFourthWall we're]] not going in that room today, "the yarn's been unruly and the thumbtacks... it hasn't been pretty."
10th Mar '17 7:44:58 AM Divra
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* ComplimentBackfire: Steeljack breaks into the Honor Guard headquarters to warn them about another supervillain's plot, and is nearly immediately apprehended by a group of heroes, including Quarrel II, the daughter of one of his old accomplices, the original Quarrel. As he is dragged out, he mentions that her dad would have been proud of her. While he probably means that he would be proud that she got away from the slums and crime and became an upstanding citizen and hero, Quarrel flies into a rage at being complimented by an accomplice of her father's and a supervillain, and given approval by proxy from said father, whom she has done everything to distance herself from.
28th Feb '17 12:36:36 AM narm00
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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: They are in a few panels battling the Enelsians. They are mentioned to live on/under Glittertind in Norway. Visually, these ones look like the creations of JohnBauer dressed like stereotypical Norwegian farmers, and are strong enough to throw alien tanks around.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Zootsuit is only named in the solicit for Vertigo issue #41, not the issue itself.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: They are in a few panels battling the Enelsians. They are mentioned to live on/under Glittertind in Norway. Visually, these ones look like the creations of JohnBauer Creator/JohnBauer dressed like stereotypical Norwegian farmers, and are strong enough to throw alien tanks around.



** In "Yarn and Thumbtacks", one brief story has a man dealing with a snake cult, which the Broken Man interrupts. In issue 100, a hero who looks an awful lot like Jazzbaby picks a fight with a snake-cult. On the next page, the Broken Man interrupts the story to silently point back at the page.

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** In "Yarn and Thumbtacks", one brief story has a man dealing with a snake cult, which the Broken Man interrupts. In issue 100, a hero who looks an awful lot like Jazzbaby "The Sky's The Limit", Zootsuit picks a fight with a snake-cult.snake cult. On the next page, the Broken Man interrupts the story to silently point back at the page.



* PlanetaryRomance: A major part of Starfighter's past adventures.

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* PlanetaryRomance: PlanetaryRomance:
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A major part of Starfighter's past adventures.
** Also a good part of the Astro-Naut's
adventures.


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* PleaseSelectNewCityName: Issue #100, Vertigo issue #41, tells the story of how Romeyn Falls was renamed Astro City, in honor of Golden Age hero the Astro-Naut.
27th Feb '17 7:57:01 PM Scorntex
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The Living Nightmare is an embodiment of fear, to the point that even if it's destroyed, [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil as long as there is fear]] it will return.

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: AnthropomorphicPersonification:
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The Living Nightmare is an embodiment of fear, to the point that even if it's destroyed, [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil as long as there is fear]] it will return.return.
** Mister Cakewalk and Jazzbaby are living personifications of music.


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* FateWorseThanDeath: One of the Blasphemy Boys gets controlled by ''something'', and one of the others shoots him through the head. Immediately thereafter, his ghost rises up and says he hadn't been doing any of it. Before he can get further the thing grabs his soul. The last survivor of the team even wonders if the thing had actually killed him, or whether he was still alive.


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* TheNthDoctor: [[spoiler:When Mister Cakewalk falls out of recognition and popularity, and as times move on, he disappears. When jazz kicks up, the Jazzbaby appears, and turns out to be a reincarnation of Cakewalk with no recollection of her origins. It's implied it happened later on with Jazzbaby herself.]]
27th Feb '17 6:34:38 PM Scorntex
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* CallBack: The first ever issue of Astro City has the Samaritan flying alone in his dreams. The twentieth anniversary issue also focuses on his dreams of flying, only this time Winged Victory is flying alongside him.

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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The first ever issue of Astro City has the Samaritan flying alone in his dreams. The twentieth anniversary issue also focuses on his dreams of flying, only this time Winged Victory is flying alongside him.him.
** In "Yarn and Thumbtacks", one brief story has a man dealing with a snake cult, which the Broken Man interrupts. In issue 100, a hero who looks an awful lot like Jazzbaby picks a fight with a snake-cult. On the next page, the Broken Man interrupts the story to silently point back at the page.


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* RealityEnsues: The man who would become Mister Drama tried robbing a theatre he'd failed an audition at, and made no attempt to hide who he was. The stick-up was successful, but the victims remembered his name and face and told the police, who quickly went to his house. Only the fact that he wasn't in prevented him from getting arrested.
12th Feb '17 9:48:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHunter: Mordecai Chalk. A cyborg monster hunter whose missing body parts were destroyed by occult creatures, Chalk makes quite an impression for a character who was only 'on screen' for a handful of panels.

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* TheHunter: HunterOfMonsters: Mordecai Chalk. A cyborg monster hunter whose missing body parts were destroyed by occult creatures, Chalk makes quite an impression for a character who was only 'on screen' for a handful of panels.
23rd Jan '17 9:39:29 AM Shinzakura
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** The Chessmen were a group who originally performed chess-themed crimes, but over the decades, as turnover occurred, they decayed into just a typical group of thugs with flamboyant outfits.
5th Jan '17 2:32:48 PM Eagal
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* HumansAreSpecial: An alien infiltrator evaluating Earth for possible conquest decides to observe Crackerjack as his "make or break" example of humanity, and moves from personal contempt of Crackerjack to a grudging admiration - that in spite of Crackerjack's egotistical and half-assed approach to heroism, he's still genuinely trying to do good. And then [[spoiler:Crackerjack's identity is revealed and the self-righteous old bags in the same apartment building who had looked down on his civilian identity suddenly started talking about how much they loved him and how proud they were]]... and [[HumansAreBastard enraged at this sudden hypocrisy, the infiltrator sends the invasion command.]]

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* HumansAreSpecial: An alien infiltrator evaluating Earth for possible conquest decides to observe Crackerjack as his "make or break" example of humanity, and moves from personal contempt of Crackerjack to a grudging admiration - that in spite of Crackerjack's egotistical and half-assed approach to heroism, he's still genuinely trying to do good. And then [[spoiler:Crackerjack's identity is revealed and the self-righteous old bags in the same apartment building who had looked down on his civilian identity suddenly started talking about how much they loved him and how proud they were]]... and [[HumansAreBastard [[HumansAreBastards enraged at this sudden hypocrisy, the infiltrator sends the invasion command.]]
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