History ComicBook / AstroCity

17th Jan '18 10:54:39 AM MikeW
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** Quarrel and Crackerjack are forced to face the fact that two people, as amazingly gifted athletes as they may be, just can't keep crime-fighting as they did in their 20s when they're hitting 50.
7th Jan '18 9:37:18 PM DoctorFluffy
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* BeingEvilSucks: A recurring theme, especially in later stories. Many stories show that villains are driven by a combination of greed and various personality disorders, and even when they DO win, they don't gain any real satisfaction from it. Many could have made a ton of money with CutLexLuthorACheck but for one reason or another aren't interested in legitimate work. As a result, the ones who make it to old age like Steeljack often have little to nothing to show for it.

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* BeingEvilSucks: A recurring theme, especially in later stories. Many stories show that villains are driven by a combination of greed greed, attention-seeking behavior, and various personality disorders, and even when they DO win, they don't gain any real satisfaction from it. Many could have made a ton of money with CutLexLuthorACheck but for one reason or another aren't interested in legitimate work. As a result, the ones who make it to old age like Steeljack often have little to nothing to show for it. Steeljack's viewpoint suggests that they're addicted to the adrenaline rush of it all.
25th Nov '17 1:03:23 PM BigShadow
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23rd Nov '17 9:19:12 AM narm00
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* AnimalSuperheroes: Enough to form an entire team, Pet Patrol, whose roster includes Dr. Monkey, Rocket Dog, Kittyhawk and Ghost Ferret (G-Dog was a member, but eventually stepped down).



* ArtificialHuman: A plot point in the "Victory" story arc involved civilians secretly replaced with plant-based copies. The doppelgängers were sufficiently human-like to give false testimony as [[ClearMyName part of a frame-up]] against Winged Victory, and evaporate into mist when cornered.
** Infidel has created dozens of non-sentient homonculi as servants and harem girls in his trans-dimensional fortress, because The Samaritan tends to get testy if he tries to kidnap real women from the main universe. They look and feel exactly like real women but are basically machines.
* AscendedFanboy: Altar Boy

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* ArtificialHuman: ArtificialHuman:
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A plot point in the "Victory" story arc involved civilians secretly replaced with plant-based copies. The doppelgängers were sufficiently human-like to give false testimony as [[ClearMyName part of a frame-up]] against Winged Victory, and evaporate into mist when cornered.
** Infidel has created dozens of non-sentient homonculi as servants and harem girls in his trans-dimensional fortress, because The Samaritan tends to get testy if he tries to kidnap real women from the main universe. They look and feel exactly like real women but are basically machines.
* AscendedFanboy: Altar BoyBoy.



** Stray is implied to be this, the earlier one being a heroic wolfman, the later one being a wolfwoman who'd once been a villain, [[AntiHero and still has a dark edge]].



** Another unusual one is Stormhawk [[spoiler:and G-Dog]].



** A heartbreaking example from the story of G-Dog. A dog, even if they have superpowers, is going to get old eventually.

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** A heartbreaking example from the story of G-Dog. A dog, Most dogs, even if they have superpowers, is are going to get old eventually.
22nd Nov '17 8:20:33 PM SilentStranger
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** Infidel has created dozens of non-sentient homonculi as servants and harem girls in his trans-dimensional fortress, because The Samaritan tends to get testy if he tries to kidnap real women from the main universe. They look and feel exactly like real women but are basically machines.



** It is also deconstructed in the Eisner Award winning "Show Em' All" issue. It shows that while supervillains COULD get rich from their creations or even by being more clever with their crimes, that's not why they do it, it's mostly the result of a desperate need for validation.

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** It is also deconstructed in the Eisner Award winning "Show Em' All" issue. It shows that while supervillains COULD get rich from their creations or even by being more clever with their crimes, that's not why they do it, it's mostly the result of a desperate need for validation. Everyone HAS to know how clever and powerful the villain committing the crime is, they'd rather lose outright than get away with no one knowing who did it.



* MundaneUtility: "On the Sidelines" focuses on a community of superpowered people who use their powers for mundane jobs, like construction and special effects, rather than heroics or villainy. Examples include a [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]] who controls things for stunt work, [[PlayingWithFire a fire-manipulator]] who's a glassblower, an [[TheEmpath empath]] who's a club deejay, and a man with SuperStrength who works in construction. Then a super-villain comes along who thinks their lack of world-breaking ambition [[NotSoWeak makes them ripe for exploitation...]]

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* MundaneUtility: "On the Sidelines" focuses on a community of superpowered people who use their powers for mundane jobs, like construction and special effects, rather than heroics or villainy. Examples include a [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]] who controls things for stunt work, [[PlayingWithFire a fire-manipulator]] who's a glassblower, an [[TheEmpath empath]] who's a club deejay, and a man with SuperStrength who works in construction. Then a super-villain comes along who thinks their lack of world-breaking ambition [[NotSoWeak makes them ripe for exploitation...]]]] It turns out this is not the first time this has happened.
18th Nov '17 6:50:54 PM Scorntex
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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.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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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.arrested.
** A heartbreaking example from the story of G-Dog. A dog, even if they have superpowers, is going to get old eventually.
21st Sep '17 10:52:40 PM foxley
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* SmokyGentlemensClub: Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.

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* SmokyGentlemensClub: Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their secret identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.
21st Sep '17 10:50:38 PM foxley
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* SmokyGentlemensClub: Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.
26th Aug '17 10:15:52 AM Scorntex
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* AnimalMotif: The Oubor is associated with snakes.



** Later on in the same issue we see a glimpse of what looks like one that's been imprisoned.
** Whatever the 'Oubor' is that the Broken Man is so afraid of sounds like one.

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** Later on in the same issue we see a glimpse of what looks like one that's been imprisoned.
imprisoned. [[spoiler:It's a fragment of the Oubor, locked up but still capable of influencing the world outside.]]
** Whatever the 'Oubor' is that the Broken Man is so afraid of sounds like one. It's eventually confirmed that it is. [[spoiler:It existed before mankind was around, and takes their existence personally. It's been manipulating and infecting heroes, erasing any and all knowledge of itself, and attacking the living incarnations of counterculture music.]]



* EvilIsNotAToy: Dr. Egyptus tried summoning the Oubor in exchange for eternal life. He didn't get what he was after.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The end of issue 5 of the Vertigo series has the Broken Man holding some newspaper clippings about the Menagerie Gang, the Ore-Master and the Silver Adept, all of whom are mentioned or featured in following issues.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The end of issue 5 of the Vertigo series has the Broken Man holding some newspaper clippings about the Menagerie Gang, the Ore-Master and the Silver Adept, all of whom are mentioned or featured in following issues.issues.
** During issue 100, the narrator mentions the Gentleman first appeared fighting the Bund-o-teurs, but despite this there was damage and death, including children being orphaned, and one specific man in a green sweater. These details prove to be very important a few issues later.


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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Part of the reason the Broken Man has no allies against the Oubor; it erases any and all evidence it was around, including visual records.
29th Jun '17 6:59:49 AM narm00
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** Mister Cakewalk and Jazzbaby are living personifications of music.

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** Mister Cakewalk Cakewalk, Jazzbaby, and Jazzbaby their successors are living personifications of counterculture music.



* BeingEvilSucks: A recurring theme, especially in later stories. Many stories show that villains are driven by a combination of greed and various personality disorders, and even when they DO win, they dont gain any real satisfaction from it. Many could have made a ton of money with CutLexLuthorACheck but for one reason or another arent interested in legitimate work. As a result, the ones who make it to old age like Steeljack often have little to nothing to show for it.

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* BeingEvilSucks: A recurring theme, especially in later stories. Many stories show that villains are driven by a combination of greed and various personality disorders, and even when they DO win, they dont don't gain any real satisfaction from it. Many could have made a ton of money with CutLexLuthorACheck but for one reason or another arent aren't interested in legitimate work. As a result, the ones who make it to old age like Steeljack often have little to nothing to show for it.



** Flashbacks to The Fifties might feature an appearance by the Bouncing Beatnik, who actually changes identities to social trends of the time. There've been at least [[TheNthDoctor four known incarnations]] in-universe: [[spoiler: Mister Cakewalk, Jazzbaby, the Bouncing Beatnik and the Halcyon Hippie. The first Vertigo issue's last page implies we may have seen another, very meta identity]]. The Beatnik's story began in the mid-19th century, before the founding of Astro City, with the murder of the mystic troubadour Silverstring, and the immolation of his namesake silver-stringed guitar in silver fire.

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** Flashbacks to The Fifties might feature an appearance by the Bouncing Beatnik, who actually changes identities to social trends of the time. There've been at least [[TheNthDoctor four six known incarnations]] in-universe: [[spoiler: Mister Cakewalk, Jazzbaby, Zootsuit, the Bouncing Beatnik and Beatnik, the Halcyon Hippie.Hippie, and Glamorax. The first Vertigo issue's last page implies we may have seen another, very meta identity]]. The Beatnik's story began in the mid-19th century, before the founding of Astro City, with the murder of the mystic troubadour Silverstring, and the immolation of his namesake silver-stringed guitar in silver fire.



* GlorySeeker: Altar Boy snaps out of this mindset after the Confessor's death.

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* GlorySeeker: Altar Boy snaps out of this mindset after the [[spoiler:the Confessor's death.death]].



*** Also Jack-in-the-Box II, as the current Jack initially took up the mantle to capture the crime boss his father died pursuing.

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*** Also Jack-in-the-Box II, as the current Jack he initially took up the mantle to capture the crime boss his father died pursuing.



* TheNthDoctor: [[spoiler: As times change, and the cakewalk disappears from memory, Mister Cakewalk fades away. When jazz kicks up, 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: As times change, and the cakewalk disappears from memory, Mister Cakewalk fades away. When jazz kicks up, Jazzbaby appears, and turns out to be a reincarnation of Cakewalk with no recollection of her origins. It's implied it happened later on The pattern repeats with Jazzbaby herself.subsequent incarnations, each forgetting their previous lives.]]



* 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.

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* UngratefulBastard: As a result of a HatePlague going around during the ''Confessions'' ''Confession'' storyline, the people of Astro City complain about the Honor Guard stopping dual alien incursions rather than solving a murder case.



** One issue featured a flashback to The Assemblyman, who built weapons and gadgets for anyone with the cash.

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** One issue featured a flashback to The the villainous Assemblyman, who built weapons and gadgets for anyone with the cash.
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