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28th Mar '18 9:22:27 PM ChrisCmoney
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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}''. Aside from the same writer and artist (although Alex Ross only handles the covers and character designs this time around) many issues focus on street level average joes and people reacting to the world of colorful costumed heroes around them.
26th Mar '18 4:07:42 AM FirstStrike
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On March 23, 2018 it was announced that Creator/FremantleMedia will be adapting ''Astro City'' for television. Any details besides that aren't yet known.
23rd Feb '18 6:42:32 AM RedScharlach
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* ActorRoleConfusion: Crimson Cougar had this happen to him. He's an actor who plays a superhero on tv that, by chance, happened to stop a convenience store robbery while in his costume. This inspired a number of villains to come after him, to make sure he doesn't decide to become a superhero for real.

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* ActorRoleConfusion: Crimson Cougar had this happen to him. He's an actor who plays a superhero on tv that, TV who, by chance, happened to stop a convenience store robbery while in his costume. This inspired a number of villains to come after him, to make sure he doesn't decide to become a superhero for real.



** Infidel has created dozens of non-sentient homonculi as servants and harem girls in his trans-dimensional fortress, because 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.

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** Infidel has created dozens of non-sentient homonculi homunculi as servants and harem girls in his trans-dimensional fortress, because 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.



** ''The Tarnished Angel'' is about shame and the hold of the past. Main character Steeljack is haunted by regret for his supervillain past and for killing another kid in a gang fight. His criminal history and the steel skin he got during it also prevent him from getting an honest job. Kiefer Square, his home neighborhood, is trapped in a seemingly-inescapable rut of criminality, personified by a teenage aspiring second-generation supervillain. [[spoiler: The villain is a disgraced superhero whose attempt to create a crisis he could publicly overcome failed miserably. Having obsessed over it for years, he's decided to try again, this time killing off the supervillains he involves so they can't expose him. Side character Donelley knows about the previous but won't reveal it, because that would also reveal that he was fool enough that he hooked a great many people up with an employer who intended to kill them.]]

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** ''The Tarnished Angel'' is about shame and the hold of the past. Main character Steeljack is haunted by regret for his supervillain past and for killing another kid in a gang fight. His criminal history and the steel skin he got during it also prevent him from getting an honest job. Kiefer Square, his home neighborhood, is trapped in a seemingly-inescapable rut of criminality, personified by a teenage aspiring second-generation supervillain. [[spoiler: The villain is a disgraced superhero whose attempt to create a crisis he could publicly overcome failed miserably. Having obsessed over it for years, he's decided to try again, this time killing off the supervillains he involves so they can't expose him. Side character Donelley Donnelly knows about the previous but won't reveal it, because that would also reveal that he was fool enough that he hooked a great many people up with an employer who intended to kill them.]]



** Samaritan mentions that Honor Guard's alien detector is on the fritz. This seeming throwaway line is a critical plotpoint in "Confession."

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** Samaritan mentions that Honor Guard's alien detector is on the fritz. This seeming throwaway line is a critical plotpoint plot point in "Confession."



** Samaritan's fight with the Nightmare is the frontpage story for the Rocket in the very next story, "The Scoop."

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** Samaritan's fight with the Nightmare is the frontpage front-page story for the Rocket in the very next story, "The Scoop."



** Reflex 6 has corporate sponsors, and team benefits include a stipend, branding research, and a genre-saavy marketing department.

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** Reflex 6 has corporate sponsors, and team benefits include a stipend, branding research, and a genre-saavy genre-savvy marketing department.



* DoesNotLikeMen: This is the ''perceived'' image of Winged Victory, whose main concern is the well-being of women in modern society, to the point that she will focus on saving women in disaster zones. In reality, this has little to do with her personal opinion of men, but with the source of her powers: she's the avatar of a hive-mind made up of many great women throughout history, chosen to champion the cause of the world's women. She doesn't hate men, it's literally her job to focus on women issues first and foremost.

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* DoesNotLikeMen: This is the ''perceived'' image of Winged Victory, whose main concern is the well-being of women in modern society, to the point that she will focus on saving women in disaster zones. In reality, this has little to do with her personal opinion of men, but with the source of her powers: she's the avatar of a hive-mind made up of many great women throughout history, chosen to champion the cause of the world's women. She doesn't hate men, it's literally her job to focus on women women's issues first and foremost.



** [[spoiler: The Living Nightmare]] develops a sense of self, overcoming the pain its various masters used to control it and deciding to become a hero.

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** [[spoiler: The Living Nightmare]] develops a sense of self, overcoming the pain that its various masters used to control it and deciding to become a hero.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Just about everyone at one time or another, since the stories rarely focus on the big, planet-shaking battles that characterize traditional superhero comics, which is mostly shown as background noise while the POV character desperatly tries to handle their own, comparatively minor problem.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Just about everyone at one time or another, since the stories rarely focus on the big, planet-shaking battles that characterize traditional superhero comics, which is are mostly shown as background noise while the POV character desperatly desperately tries to handle their own, comparatively minor problem.



* MotiveDecay: Winged Victory's villain, Karnazon. According to WV he used to be a VisionaryVillain who did things like rob Fort Knox, but eventually flanderized himself into a one note chauvinistic douchebag who only cared about proving the superiority of men over women, just to needle Winged Victory.

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* MotiveDecay: Winged Victory's villain, Karnazon. According to WV he used to be a VisionaryVillain who did things like rob Fort Knox, but eventually flanderized himself into a one note one-note chauvinistic douchebag who only cared about proving the superiority of men over women, just to needle Winged Victory.



** Roustabout has, in reality, a public identity in the CloseKnitCommunity of the carnival and the towns it visits, but because he's wanted by the law, the community acts as a large-scale SecretKeeper and even feigns ObfuscatingStupidity as if it were a ExtraStrengthMasquerade.
* SecretKeeper: the entire town and carnival in "Pastoral"

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** Roustabout has, in reality, a public identity in the CloseKnitCommunity of the carnival and the towns it visits, but because he's wanted by the law, the community acts as a large-scale SecretKeeper and even feigns ObfuscatingStupidity as if it were a an ExtraStrengthMasquerade.
* SecretKeeper: the The entire town and carnival in "Pastoral""Pastoral".
1st Feb '18 11:32:35 AM narm00
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After an indefinite hiatus due to Busiek's health issues, the comic resumed publication in June 2013 as an ongoing monthly series published by Creator/DCComics. It is part of their Creator/{{Vertigo| Comics}} line, but divorced from [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} the new, Vertigo/Wildstorm-inclusive DCU]].

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After an indefinite hiatus due to Busiek's health issues, the comic resumed publication in June 2013 as an ongoing monthly series published by Creator/DCComics. It is part of their Creator/{{Vertigo| Comics}} line, but divorced from [[ComicBook/{{New 52}} the new, Vertigo/Wildstorm-inclusive DCU]].
DCU]]. The monthly ends in April 2018, with the series continuing as original graphic novels.


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** Michael Tenicek made his first appearance in "The Nearness of You" in 1998, returning 20 years on in 2018 for issues 50-52 of the Vertigo series.
24th Jan '18 11:51:21 AM MikeW
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* SpottingTheThread: The key moment of "Confessions" is when Brian confronts the Confessor with various observations he's made.
-->'''Brian''': You're prenaturally strong and fast. Bullets go through you. You can turn into mist. You mesmerize people with a look...You snuck up on me [[spoiler: when I was looking in a mirror! You don't have a reflection! You...you're a vampire, aren't you?]]
-->'''Confessor''': Ah, Brian, well...well done.
** Shortly after, Brian openly notes that "I spotted the clues but you ''let'' me", knowing the Confessor wanted him to figure out his secret.
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.
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