History ComicBook / AstroCity

26th Jun '16 11:43:36 AM Eagal
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* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks: Often referenced, especially in flashbacks and by older supers. One in particular, fighting an ultra-modern superbot, thinks about how "Back in the day, I'd probably whip up a sonic tornado, get him out into the atmosphere or something." Instead, he just punches the shit out of it. With a water heater. And lays waste to six city blocks.
26th Jun '16 11:42:55 AM Eagal
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* UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: Interestingly, Astro City's Dark Age took place in the ''70s'' (eventually reaching its darkest depth in the early 80s) rather than the 90s, coinciding more with a real-world version of UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} than anything else.



* DoesNotLikeMen: This is the ''percieved'' image of Winged Glory, 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 worlds women. She doesnt hate men, its literally her job to focus on women issues first and foremost.

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* DoesNotLikeMen: This is the ''percieved'' ''perceived'' image of Winged Glory, 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 worlds world's women. She doesnt doesn't hate men, its it's literally her job to focus on women issues first and foremost.
26th Jun '16 11:42:01 AM Eagal
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* DoesNotLikeMen: This is the ''percieved'' image of Winged Glory, who's 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 worlds women. She doesnt hate men, its literally her job to focus on women issues first and foremost.

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* DoesNotLikeMen: This is the ''percieved'' image of Winged Glory, who's 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 worlds women. She doesnt hate men, its literally her job to focus on women issues first and foremost.
24th Jun '16 5:26:44 PM SilentStranger
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* DoesNotLikeMen: This is the ''percieved'' image of Winged Glory, who's 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 worlds women. She doesnt hate men, its literally her job to focus on women issues first and foremost.



** The Hanged Man is seen fighting one at the end of the "Confession" arc. It's implied that Shadow Hill may house or imprison more.

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** The Hanged Man is seen fighting one at the end of the "Confession" arc.arc, which is revealed to have been the true source of the serial killings in the area that had caused a serious case of social unrest. It's implied that Shadow Hill may house or imprison more.



** Then there's Jack-In-The-Box, who is the CEO and lead inventor at a toy company, and whose weapons are enhanced versions of his various products. He's also smart enough to cobble together a quick-freeze spray from leftover car parts in a junkyard.

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** Then there's Jack-In-The-Box, who is the CEO and lead inventor at a toy company, and whose weapons are enhanced versions of his various products. He's also smart enough to cobble together a quick-freeze spray from leftover car parts in a junkyard. Hell, back when he worked for a toy company, his toy designs were secretly sold to the mob for use as ''weapons''.



** Steeljack isnt a ''hero'' exactly, but he eventually realizes that his villain career was essentially pointless, as even when he DID make the big score, it never made any difference. After making parole for the final time, he decides to try and improve things in the slum he grew up in, where he becomes an all-around go-to guy if you're having problems, and the caretaker for the local cemetary where his mother was buried. He also ends up inspiring the second Goldengloves to become a hero rather than a criminal like her father.
** [[spoiler: The Living Nightmare]] at one point grows to desire to do good instead of mindless evil like he was created to do.



* 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.

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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.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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* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Astra loves her parents and the rest of the First Family, but she's still a child, no matter how powerful she is, and desperatly yearns for the friendship of other kids her age, to the point where she runs away to have an "adventure" of her own, which is actually just playing hopscotch on a nearby playground, while her superpowered family are going out of their mind with worry about which of their supervillain enemies have taken her.
17th Jun '16 11:51:29 AM CyberTiger88
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-> ''"They said don't be a dope, don't transfer, not there. They said Astro City's crawling with costumes, it's too dangerous. Think of the girls. But every big city's got some superheroes... And anyway, I had to get away, get clear -- before I wallowed so long I wound up drowned. I had to make a fresh start.''
-->-- '''Ben Pullam's pre-title InnerMonologue,''' ''Welcome to Astro City''
1st Jun '16 8:59:23 PM rikalous
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Most of the cast, really.

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Most Much of the cast, really.cast. In some cases, for the same character.



* CentralTheme: Very prevalent in multi-issue arcs.
** ''Confession'' is about doing the right thing regardless of the cost. Central character Altar Boy's late father treated anyone who needed help, even when the community and his own son scorned him for letting himself be financially taken advantage of. The Crossbreed proselytize despite being mocked, and they and the Astro City superheroes in general keep fighting the good fight after public opinion and the city government has turned against them. [[spoiler: The secretly-vampiric Confessor wears a cross as a form of mortification, and performs a HeroicSacrifice to expose the villains.]]
**''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.]]



** Implied with Black Rapier, we haven't seen a lot of him but he appears to be Batman [[RecycledInSpace with fencing]] (or just a CaptainErsatz Franchise/{{Zorro}}). Plus Junkman describes him as a detective.

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** Implied with Black Rapier, we haven't seen a lot of him but he appears to be Batman [[RecycledInSpace with fencing]] (or just a CaptainErsatz Franchise/{{Zorro}}). Plus Plus, characters like Junkman describes and Steeljack refer to him as a detective.
31st May '16 3:02:27 PM Scorntex
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* ComicBookDeath: Averted far more often than played straight, but it does get a mention in issue 10 of the Vertigo series, when Winged Victory mentions one of her villains is ''dead'' dead.


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* DatingCatwoman: The Confessor has a thing with former costumed crook The Stray, who is cat-themed.


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* {{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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* NoSell: Dame Progress uses "pnuemo-paralyzing" shells in her war on crime. Mister Cakewalk, who she frequently faced, was largely immune to them (though he did note they stung a lot).


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Commander Flint, of E.A.G.L.E., who comes to one of Winged Victory's facilities to investigate it when she's under accusation. He hears her out, respects her wishes, and tells her he's not there to arrest her. When he gets word that a warrant's being put out for her arrest, he gives her a warning.


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** A high-class restaurant in the city is named Goscinny, after René Goscinny (writer and co-creator of ComicBook/{{Asterix}}).


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* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: Quarrel's first meeting with Street Angel has him encountering this, since he's already met a future version of her.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Discussed during Quarrel's arc in the Vertigo series, where Crackerjack wonders what became of the Crossbreed. They broke up after Noah died.
24th Apr '16 4:53:03 AM narm00
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** Steeljack's steel skin proves useful when he fights a group of demons vulnerable to iron.

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** Steeljack's steel skin proves useful when he fights a group of demons vulnerable to being attacked with iron.
22nd Apr '16 9:22:56 AM tomless
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* IntrepidReporter: Samaritan's civilian identity is as a fact checker at the ''Astro City Rocket''.

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* IntrepidReporter: Samaritan's civilian identity is as a fact checker at the ''Astro City Rocket''.''Current'' weekly magazine.
22nd Apr '16 12:10:34 AM narm00
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* PostModernMagik: Appears twice in the "Confession" story arc.
** First is with Mordecai Chalk, a cyborg monster-hunter with iron- and silver-enhancements, assorted mystical runes, weapons that fire anti-monster ammunition, and an onboard database that references thousands of occult tomes. [[spoiler:He tries to fight an occult serial killer and barely manages to survive.]]
** Second is [[spoiler:an alien squad fighting a vampire with holographic crosses, holy water-soaked cables, and a two-handed stake-launching cannon.]]

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* PostModernMagik: PostModernMagik:
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Appears twice in the "Confession" story arc.
** *** First is with Mordecai Chalk, a cyborg monster-hunter with iron- and silver-enhancements, assorted mystical runes, weapons that fire anti-monster ammunition, and an onboard database that references thousands of occult tomes. [[spoiler:He tries to fight an occult serial killer and barely manages to survive.]]
** *** Second is [[spoiler:an alien squad fighting a vampire with holographic crosses, holy water-soaked cables, and a two-handed stake-launching cannon.]]]]
** Steeljack's steel skin proves useful when he fights a group of demons vulnerable to iron.
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