History Creator / GrantMorrison

11th Dec '17 11:31:43 AM BeastC
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Supposedly, Music/MyChemicalRomance wanted him to make an appearance in the music video for [[Music/TheBlackParade "Mama"]] that never got made, where he would have played Satan opposite Liza Minnelli (who would have played the Virgin Mary). Though the "Mama" video never came to be, fans later got a consolation prize when he played the CorruptCorporateExecutive Korse in the videos from ''Music/DangerDaysTheTrueLivesOfTheFabulousKilljoys''.
30th Oct '17 9:17:01 AM CaptainColdCutCliche
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* ReimaginingTheArtifact: Frequently employed:
** In his ''{{JLA}}'' run, he brought back such goofy stuff as Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s Silver Age imp sidekick Quisp in a way that fit the tone of the new title.
** ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' was a project whose entire remit was to take dated or underused old characters and re-imagine them for today.
** ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' is almost nothing but Reimagining Artifacts from the 1960s and 1950s stories.
** ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' has a bunch of these, as part of his quest to make ''everything'' canon.
*** Morrison's unconventional take on ComicBook/{{Robin}} with the character of Damian Wayne deserves special mention. Where many fans have previously taken the very concept of a KidSidekick with a grain of salt (see above) because of the obvious dangers of the superhero profession, Damian shook up the classic Batman/Robin dynamic in that he was a ''scarily'' competent fighter who was [[TykeBomb raised as an assassin]] from an early age, and he could be even ''[[PsychoSidekick more]]'' deadly in the field than [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson,]] who served as the Batman to his Robin.
*** Morrison also brought back Bat-Mite, who was a thoroughly Silver Age thing that wasn't used beyond that point if not in some kind of Mxyzptlk story or something. Morrison reimagined him as the drug-fueled guide to Batman on his journey in "Batman R.I.P."... but then Mite disappears implying he actually averted this and really ''was'' an imp from the fifth dimension. Really, it's up to the reader's interpretation.
*** The Club of Heroes that Batman belonged to is reimagined as a kind of parody of the Legion of Super-Heroes; they were formed by a bored billionaire who wanted a club of heroes of his own, and Batman never even showed up to their first official meeting, and the club disbanded after that.
*** On a more general note, Batman's aversion for alcohol, at least as far as UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks had it, was originally part of his goody-two shoes personality. Now, it is part of his fear of losing his physical and mental edge if he drinks, so he has good reason to prefer milk.
20th Sep '17 4:13:10 PM dlchen145
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Grant Morrison, [[http://www.scotsman.com/news/iannucci-on-birthday-honours-list-1-2358596 MBE]], is a Scottish writer, best known for the complex use of meta-fiction within his stories.

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Grant Morrison, [[http://www.scotsman.com/news/iannucci-on-birthday-honours-list-1-2358596 MBE]], MBE]] (born 31 January 1960) is a Scottish writer, best known for the complex use of meta-fiction within his stories.
18th Sep '17 4:31:58 AM Silverblade2
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** His attempt to turn ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}'', Marvel's poster child for the WellIntentionedExtremist trope, into a CardCarryingVillain, though? Not well-received. The writers that came after him [[ArmedWithCanon couldn't retcon the whole thing away fast enough.]]

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** His attempt to turn ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'', Marvel's poster child for the WellIntentionedExtremist trope, into a CardCarryingVillain, though? Not well-received. The writers that came after him [[ArmedWithCanon couldn't retcon the whole thing away fast enough.]]
2nd Sep '17 1:39:13 PM StFan
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* ''[[EighteenDays Grant Morrison's 18 Days]]''

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* ''[[EighteenDays Grant Morrison's 18 Days]]''''ComicBook/EighteenDays''
2nd Sep '17 3:43:11 AM saltin
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* ''[[EighteenDays Grant Morrison's 18 Days]]''
30th Aug '17 6:00:56 AM StFan
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Whether or not his stories are good is a topic of much debate. Some people love them, some people believe he's just some wacky guy who can't write a story without severe WriterOnBoard and whose constant forays into ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs end up dominating his books to the detriment of plot and character. He did once state in the letters page of ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' that his protagonist, King Mob, a TuxedoAndMartini AuthorAvatar only got laid all the time because the comic book was a magic spell Morrison was casting, and so [[SympatheticMagic making his main character get laid would get him laid]]. And if you think he's joking, [[CloudCuckoolander you haven't read ''Supergods'']]

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Whether or not his stories are good is a topic of much debate. Some people love them, some people believe he's just some wacky guy who can't write a story without severe WriterOnBoard and whose constant forays into ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs end up dominating his books to the detriment of plot and character. He did once state in the letters page of ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' that his protagonist, King Mob, a TuxedoAndMartini AuthorAvatar only got laid all the time because the comic book was a magic spell Morrison was casting, and so [[SympatheticMagic making his main character get laid would get him laid]]. And if you think he's joking, [[CloudCuckoolander you haven't read ''Supergods'']]



* AuthorAvatar: [[ComicBook/TheInvisibles King Mob]], [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Mo G.]], [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad "The Writer"]] [[labelnote:*]]this one was actually written by John Ostrander as a TakeThat to his appearance in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''[[/labelnote]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers No-Beard]], both [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Wally]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Sages]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Mind]] [[Comicbook/FiftyTwo Grabber]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Man]], [[Comicbook/NewXMen Professor X]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers The Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp]], the "Batman" architect from ''Tales of the Unexpected'' [[labelnote:*]]again by a different writer, in this case Creator/BrianAzzarello. Morrison was reportedly unhappy with the character's [[PhoneticAccent Scottish accent]][[/labelnote]], and many more.

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* AuthorAvatar: [[ComicBook/TheInvisibles King Mob]], [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Mo G.]], [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad "The Writer"]] [[labelnote:*]]this one was actually written by John Ostrander as a TakeThat to his appearance in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''[[/labelnote]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers [[ComicBook/SevenSoldiers No-Beard]], both [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol [[ComicBook/DoomPatrol Wally]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo [[ComicBook/FlexMentallo Sages]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers [[ComicBook/SevenSoldiers Mind]] [[Comicbook/FiftyTwo [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo Grabber]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo [[ComicBook/FlexMentallo Man]], [[Comicbook/NewXMen [[ComicBook/NewXMen Professor X]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers [[ComicBook/SevenSoldiers The Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp]], the "Batman" architect from ''Tales of the Unexpected'' [[labelnote:*]]again by a different writer, in this case Creator/BrianAzzarello. Morrison was reportedly unhappy with the character's [[PhoneticAccent Scottish accent]][[/labelnote]], and many more.




->''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou I can see you!]]''

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29th Aug '17 4:13:35 AM crashkey
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He also tried to [[AnyoneCanDie kill Magneto]] once, but unsurprisingly, [[ExecutiveMeddling it didn't stick]].

He also wrote ''ComicBook/JoeTheBarbarian'', which ran 8 issues from March 2010 to March 2011. The story is about a diabetic boy who becomes hypoglycemic, and enters a fantasy world due to hallucinations.

He is the author of the non-fiction 2011 book ''Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero'', a mix between a critical history of superhero comics as he had seen it and autobiography.

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He also tried to [[AnyoneCanDie kill Magneto]] once, but unsurprisingly, [[ExecutiveMeddling it didn't stick]].

He also wrote ''ComicBook/JoeTheBarbarian'', which ran 8 issues from March 2010 to March 2011. The story is about a diabetic boy who becomes hypoglycemic, and enters a fantasy world due to hallucinations.

He is also the author of the non-fiction 2011 book ''Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero'', a mix between a critical history of superhero comics as he had seen it and autobiography.
25th Aug '17 12:58:30 PM StFan
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His first published comic book work was Gideon Stargrave in 1978. After a few attempts at Marvel UK, he started writing Comicbook/{{Zenith}} for Britain's ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' magazine. Like pretty much every superhero comic by English/Scottish/Irish writers during the eighties, it was both a superhero deconstruction and an excuse to take shots at UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. It was because of Zenith that Morrison was hired to do a comic about ComicBook/AnimalMan, a character few knew and nobody cared about, and started his long tradition of taking total losers and transforming them into something completely awesome. Next was the ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', turning them into the greatest constant MindScrew ever put into Four Colored pages.

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His first published comic book work was Gideon Stargrave in 1978. After a few attempts at Marvel UK, he started writing Comicbook/{{Zenith}} ComicBook/{{Zenith}} for Britain's ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' magazine. Like pretty much every superhero comic by English/Scottish/Irish writers during the eighties, it was both a superhero deconstruction and an excuse to take shots at UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher. It was because of Zenith that Morrison was hired to do a comic about ComicBook/AnimalMan, a character few knew and nobody cared about, and started his long tradition of taking total losers and transforming them into something completely awesome. Next was the ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'', turning them into the greatest constant MindScrew ever put into Four Colored pages.



Since then, he has worked with Creator/MarvelComics, writing the controversial ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' run, and the ''Marvel Boy'' and ''ComicBook/FantasticFour: 1234'' miniseries. He returned to DC, and wrote ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', ''ComicBook/{{Seaguy}}'', ''Vinamarama'' and ''ComicBook/{{We3}}'' for Vertigo before cutting loose in the Franchise/DCUniverse with the seven Comicbook/SevenSoldiers miniseries and the universally beloved ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''. He proceeded to yet again redefine the mindscrew in his ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman]]'' run, attempting to reconcile the character's 70 years' worth of interpretations, and finally realized his life long dream of somehow making the DC Universe a sentient being in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. He then went on to work on the new ''Batman Incorporated'' and ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Action Comics]]''.

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Since then, he has worked with Creator/MarvelComics, writing the controversial ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' run, and the ''Marvel Boy'' and ''ComicBook/FantasticFour: 1234'' miniseries. He returned to DC, and wrote ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', ''ComicBook/{{Seaguy}}'', ''Vinamarama'' and ''ComicBook/{{We3}}'' ''ComicBook/We3'' for Vertigo before cutting loose in the Franchise/DCUniverse with the seven Comicbook/SevenSoldiers ComicBook/SevenSoldiers miniseries and the universally beloved ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''. He proceeded to yet again redefine the mindscrew in his ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman]]'' run, attempting to reconcile the character's 70 years' worth of interpretations, and finally realized his life long dream of somehow making the DC Universe a sentient being in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. He then went on to work on the new ''Batman Incorporated'' and ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Action Comics]]''.



* AllThereInTheManual: ''Anarchy for the Masses'' for one thing offers a mighty effort at deciphering ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''. Most notably insightful are the numerous interviews with Morrison and crew. Otherwise tends to give away tons of more or less required information about his work in interviews, which usually end up unread on obscure corners of the Internet.
** ''Final Crisis Sketchbook,'' essentially a collection of notes and "behind the scenes" comments on the creation of ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis,'' contained tidbits of information that never appeared in the actual comic ... like, say, the identities of some of the characters.
** The later chapters of ''Supergods'' also contain a fair amount of WordOfGod, especially regarding the genesis and intended meaning of Comicbook/TheInvisibles and Comicbook/FinalCrisis.
* AncientConspiracy: ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' revolves around them.

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* AllThereInTheManual: ''Anarchy for the Masses'' for one thing offers a mighty effort at deciphering ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''.''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''. Most notably insightful are the numerous interviews with Morrison and crew. Otherwise tends to give away tons of more or less required information about his work in interviews, which usually end up unread on obscure corners of the Internet.
** ''Final Crisis Sketchbook,'' essentially a collection of notes and "behind the scenes" comments on the creation of ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis,'' ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', contained tidbits of information that never appeared in the actual comic ... like, say, the identities of some of the characters.
** The later chapters of ''Supergods'' also contain a fair amount of WordOfGod, especially regarding the genesis and intended meaning of Comicbook/TheInvisibles ComicBook/TheInvisibles and Comicbook/FinalCrisis.
ComicBook/FinalCrisis.
* AncientConspiracy: ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' revolves around them.



* AuthorAvatar: [[Comicbook/TheInvisibles King Mob]], [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Mo G.]], [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad "The Writer"]] [[labelnote:*]]this one was actually written by John Ostrander as a TakeThat to his appearance in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''[[/labelnote]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers No-Beard]], both [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Wally]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Sages]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Mind]] [[Comicbook/FiftyTwo Grabber]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Man]], [[Comicbook/NewXMen Professor X]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers The Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp]], the "Batman" architect from ''Tales of the Unexpected'' [[labelnote:*]]again by a different writer, in this case Creator/BrianAzzarello. Morrison was reportedly unhappy with the character's [[PhoneticAccent Scottish accent]][[/labelnote]], and many more.
** As ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' was collected without the letter columns from the single issues, one deeply odd fact about Morrison has been mostly lost to memory. After his representation in the comic, Kirk Morrison/Gideon Stargrave/King Mob, spent a few issues slowly dying of a gunshot wound to the stomach, Morrison himself nearly died from a collapsed lung. Morrison draws a straight line between what happened to King Mob and what happened to him, which may explain why King Mob spends most of volume 2 balls-deep in Ragged Robin...
* AuthorGuestSpot: Famously in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''. Hilariously, fellow DC writer John Ostrander realized not long after that by writing himself into a comic Grant Morrison had put himself ''in continuity'', and made "the Writer" a member of the Comicbook/SuicideSquad for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one issue]].

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* AuthorAvatar: [[Comicbook/TheInvisibles [[ComicBook/TheInvisibles King Mob]], [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Mo G.]], [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad "The Writer"]] [[labelnote:*]]this one was actually written by John Ostrander as a TakeThat to his appearance in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''[[/labelnote]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers No-Beard]], both [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Wally]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Sages]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Mind]] [[Comicbook/FiftyTwo Grabber]] [[Comicbook/FlexMentallo Man]], [[Comicbook/NewXMen Professor X]], [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers The Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp]], the "Batman" architect from ''Tales of the Unexpected'' [[labelnote:*]]again by a different writer, in this case Creator/BrianAzzarello. Morrison was reportedly unhappy with the character's [[PhoneticAccent Scottish accent]][[/labelnote]], and many more.
** As ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'' ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' was collected without the letter columns from the single issues, one deeply odd fact about Morrison has been mostly lost to memory. After his representation in the comic, Kirk Morrison/Gideon Stargrave/King Mob, spent a few issues slowly dying of a gunshot wound to the stomach, Morrison himself nearly died from a collapsed lung. Morrison draws a straight line between what happened to King Mob and what happened to him, which may explain why King Mob spends most of volume 2 balls-deep in Ragged Robin...
* AuthorGuestSpot: Famously in ''ComicBook/AnimalMan''. Hilariously, fellow DC writer John Ostrander realized not long after that by writing himself into a comic Grant Morrison had put himself ''in continuity'', and made "the Writer" a member of the Comicbook/SuicideSquad ComicBook/SuicideSquad for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one issue]].



* BittersweetEnding: ''ComicBook/{{We3}}''. Period!

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* BittersweetEnding: ''ComicBook/{{We3}}''.''ComicBook/We3''. Period!



* BombThrowingAnarchists: {{Deconstructed}} in a lot of his work, especially ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''. Unsurprising since Morrison himself is [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} also an anarchist]].
* CanonWelding: The concept/character of "Qwewq" or "Earth-Q" has shown up in almost all of his DC work. It was a miniature universe created as an experiment by [[Comicbook/AllStarSuperman Superman]] with [[RealWorldEpisode no superhuman elements]]. It was "poisoned" by the intrusion of a supervillain named the Black Death and the [[NinetiesAntiHero Ultramarines]] were sent in to restore order, but it was too late and the [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers Sheeda]] manipulated it into becoming Ne-bu-loh AKA The Nebula Man. It was eventually [[ItMakesSenseInContext impaled by Frankenstein.]] It's also implied that this is the "Real World" that Comicbook/AnimalMan and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol visited, and may also be the "caged baby universe" powering Comicbook/TheAuthority's shiftship. If you're feeling particularly philosophical, you could make the case that it's supposed to be our universe, meaning that Superman created us and our universe is destined to become a supervillain due to humanity's overwhelming cynicism.

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* BombThrowingAnarchists: {{Deconstructed}} in a lot of his work, especially ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''.''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''. Unsurprising since Morrison himself is [[UsefulNotes/{{Anarchism}} also an anarchist]].
* CanonWelding: The concept/character of "Qwewq" or "Earth-Q" has shown up in almost all of his DC work. It was a miniature universe created as an experiment by [[Comicbook/AllStarSuperman [[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman Superman]] with [[RealWorldEpisode no superhuman elements]]. It was "poisoned" by the intrusion of a supervillain named the Black Death and the [[NinetiesAntiHero Ultramarines]] were sent in to restore order, but it was too late and the [[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers [[ComicBook/SevenSoldiers Sheeda]] manipulated it into becoming Ne-bu-loh AKA The Nebula Man. It was eventually [[ItMakesSenseInContext impaled by Frankenstein.]] It's also implied that this is the "Real World" that Comicbook/AnimalMan ComicBook/AnimalMan and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol ComicBook/DoomPatrol visited, and may also be the "caged baby universe" powering Comicbook/TheAuthority's ComicBook/TheAuthority's shiftship. If you're feeling particularly philosophical, you could make the case that it's supposed to be our universe, meaning that Superman created us and our universe is destined to become a supervillain due to humanity's overwhelming cynicism.



* CosmicDeadline: ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', ''Comicbook/SevenSoldiers'', ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''. It's practically his style.

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* CosmicDeadline: ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'', ''Comicbook/SevenSoldiers'', ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''.''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'', ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. It's practically his style.



* DeconstructorFleet: Most of Morrison's work revolves around deconstructing, subverting, and mashing together as many tropes and genres as possible. Sometimes this covers a staggering variety of things (see ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''), and sometimes his focus is narrowed to merely the entirety of the Creator/{{DC Comics}} universe (see ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'') or the history and mythos surrounding a particular character (see ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman his run on]] ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''), but he's always doing it in one form or another.

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* DeconstructorFleet: Most of Morrison's work revolves around deconstructing, subverting, and mashing together as many tropes and genres as possible. Sometimes this covers a staggering variety of things (see ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''), ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''), and sometimes his focus is narrowed to merely the entirety of the Creator/{{DC Comics}} universe (see ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'') ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'') or the history and mythos surrounding a particular character (see ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', [[Comicbook/GrantMorrisonsBatman [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman his run on]] ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''), but he's always doing it in one form or another.



* DeusExMachina: He handwaves most of his run in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' himself.

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* DeusExMachina: He handwaves most of his run in ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' himself.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Comicbook/TheInvisibles as a group are that.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Comicbook/TheInvisibles ComicBook/TheInvisibles as a group are that.
22nd Aug '17 12:40:13 PM StFan
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* ''ComicBook/{{We3}}''

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* ''ComicBook/{{We3}}''''ComicBook/We3''
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