History ComicBook / Wanted

2nd Jun '16 10:23:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Invoked with [[spoiler: Wesley]] by the end.
23rd May '16 9:05:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* EscapistCharacter: The comic is a very vicious [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this. Wesley Gibson is a put-upon hypochondriac loser whose girlfriend is cheating on him. Then he finds out that his deceased father was a supervillain assassin, so he assumes his father's open seat in TheMasquerade, TakesALevelInBadass, and eventually becomes one of the most powerful people in the world. However, when we say "supervillain", [[CardCarryingVillain we mean it]]. He becomes a mass-murdering psychopath who casually notes that he raped a celebrity, kills any innocent person who looks at him funny, and eventually [[YouBastard calls out the reader]] for cheering him on.
23rd May '16 9:04:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* EscapistCharacter: The comic is a very vicious [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of this. Wesley Gibson is a put-upon hypochondriac loser whose girlfriend is cheating on him. Then he finds out that his deceased father was a supervillain assassin, so he assumes his father's open seat in TheMasquerade, TakesALevelInBadass, and eventually becomes one of the most powerful people in the world. However, when we say "supervillain", [[CardCarryingVillain we mean it]]. He becomes a mass-murdering psychopath who casually notes that he raped a celebrity, kills any innocent person who looks at him funny, and eventually [[YouBastard calls out the reader]] for cheering him on.
5th May '16 7:32:13 AM Kalaong
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** ''Wanted'' explores the entire HerosJourney archetype of storytelling. Wesley is a [[{{Jerkass}} horrible, horrible person]], and every person he comes across seems tailor-made to cheer him on in his horribleness and [[EvilMentor mould him into a more competent horrible person]], offering moral support and justifying his actions for him, so that even when [[HeelRealization he has moments of introspection]] the answer is always "you're right, and you deserve all the power". Compare the journey of Wesley Gibson with the journey of a character like Franchise/HarryPotter. Lots of conveniently inherited guardians, assistants, resources, and lucky powers that save the day with bizarre ease. When changed to this context, the insidiousness of the archetype kind of comes to the fore.

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** ''Wanted'' explores the entire HerosJourney archetype of storytelling. storytelling by stuffing it in a blender with ProtagonistJourneyToVillain and hitting ''[[DarkerAndEdgier frappe]].'' Wesley starts out as an [[TheEveryman average]] [[ThisLoserIsYou loser]] before having the CallToAdventure ''[[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive forced]]'' on him; before the second issue is over, he's a [[{{Jerkass}} horrible, horrible person]], and every person he comes across seems tailor-made to cheer him on in his horribleness and [[EvilMentor mould him into a more competent horrible person]], offering moral support and justifying his actions for him, so that even when [[HeelRealization he has moments of introspection]] the answer is always "you're right, and you deserve all the power". Compare the journey of Wesley Gibson with the journey of a character like Franchise/HarryPotter. Lots of conveniently inherited guardians, assistants, resources, and lucky powers that save the day with bizarre ease. When changed to this context, the insidiousness of the archetype kind of comes to the fore.
15th Apr '16 5:38:49 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Mr. Rictus wants to go back to being a genocidal maniac supervillain like the old days. Seltzer doesn't usually but has a Multiverse-hopping transport for whenever he feels the urge. It apparently never dawns on him to just transport Rictus to an alternate universe and let him have his fun, avoiding the conflict altogether and [[spoiler: preventing his own assassination.]]
13th Apr '16 5:16:50 AM PistolsAtDawn
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* PreInsanityReveal: Mr. Rictus was a highly moral and religious man until a NearDeathExperience showed him that there was no afterlife, so he became an OmnicidalManiac.
15th Mar '16 12:35:09 PM worldbreaker
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** The result of the superheroes whom have survived the event that wiped out the rest of the heroes due to brainwashing and reality warping manipulations by The Fraternity.
23rd Dec '15 9:05:26 PM Tork
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** You can argue that its Black and Black Morality. The differences are negligible at best. The only differences in morality seems to literally be shooting babies in their cribs and ''maybe'' cannibalism.



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: Mr. Rictus wants to go back to being a genocidal maniac supervillain like the old days. Seltzer doesn't usually but has a Multiverse-hopping transport for whenever he feels the urge. It apparently never dawns on him to just transport Rictus to an alternate universe and let him have his fun, avoiding the conflict altogether and [[spoiler: preventing his own assassination.]]



* ImAHumanitarian: Mr. Rictus is seen eating someone. The looks on Adam-One and The Emperor's faces suggest it may have been [[spoiler: Seltzer.]] Considering [[NauseaFuel who killed him, and how]], one hopes that corpse was ''thoroughly'' cleaned.

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* ImAHumanitarian: Mr. Rictus is seen eating someone. The looks on Adam-One and The Emperor's faces suggest it may have been [[spoiler: Seltzer.]] Considering [[NauseaFuel who killed him, and how]], one hopes that corpse was ''thoroughly'' cleaned. It probably wasn't. And he probably doesn't care.


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* OrderVsChaos: The conflict between Seltzer's regime and Rictus's regime is that Seltzer wants to continue ruling the planet and making boatloads of money from the shadows while Rictus wants to set the world on fire.
23rd Dec '15 8:48:53 PM Tork
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* {{Expy}}: Inverted in-universe. In a twist, the comic book heroes and villains ''Wanted''[='=]s are based on are implied to be expies of ''Wanted''[='=]s "real life" versions, while the comic book versions are all that remain of humanity's knowledge of them after reality was edited. The book apparently started as a pitch for an AlternateReality take on DC's ''Secret Society of Super-Villains'', so all the characters can be traced back to Franchise/TheDCU villains in some respects.

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* {{Expy}}: Inverted in-universe. In a twist, the comic book heroes and villains ''Wanted''[='=]s are based on are implied to be expies of ''Wanted''[='=]s "real life" versions, while the comic book versions are all that remain of humanity's knowledge of them after reality was edited. The book apparently started as a pitch for an AlternateReality take on DC's ''Secret Society of Super-Villains'', so all the characters can be traced back to Franchise/TheDCU villains in some respects. Some of the background villains towards the end also resemble Marvel villains. You can see recolored versions of the Green Goblin, Hate-Monger, and Kang the Conqueror in Wesley's assault on Rictus's compound.
27th Nov '15 5:36:53 PM nombretomado
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* CrossOver: Millar was reluctant to do any crossovers but agreed to do one with the ''SavageDragon'' since he and Larsen are pals and had worked together in the past.

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* CrossOver: Millar was reluctant to do any crossovers but agreed to do one with the ''SavageDragon'' ''ComicBook/SavageDragon'' since he and Larsen are pals and had worked together in the past.
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