History DarkerAndEdgier / ComicBooks

23rd Nov '17 9:48:41 AM lillolillo
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** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} Post-Flashpoint Supergirl]]'' started out this way, with Kara being a reluctant hero at best, traumatised and, like most teenagers would under her circumstances, feeling overwhelmed and simply wanting to go home. She also holds a fairly dim view of humanity at large, but considering that they keep shooting at her and have poisoned the atmosphere with Kryptonite. Grief morphed to rage, partly under the influence of being manipulated and betrayed by H'el, and ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton she became a Red Lantern for a little bit]]''. Now, however, she's discarded the Red Lantern Ring, has come to terms with her losses, matured and become that much wiser. She has since accepted Superman's charge to be Earth's hero in his stead in ''Comicbook/SupermanSuperLeague'' and ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth''.
* Franchise/TheDCU's ComicBook/PostCrisis universe was so grim, it supposedly drove UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}-inspired Superboy-Prime crazy -- causing him to become a mass-murdering fanatic and perhaps the darkest and edgiest DC character of all time.

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** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} Post-Flashpoint Supergirl]]'' started out this way, with Kara being a reluctant hero at best, traumatised and, like most teenagers would under her circumstances, feeling overwhelmed and simply wanting to go home. She also holds a fairly dim view of humanity at large, but considering that they keep shooting at her and have poisoned the atmosphere with Kryptonite. Grief morphed to rage, partly under the influence of being manipulated and betrayed by H'el, and ''[[Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton she became a Red Lantern for a little bit]]''. Now, however, she's discarded the Red Lantern Ring, has come to terms with her losses, matured and become that much wiser. She has since accepted Superman's charge to be Earth's hero in his stead in ''Comicbook/SupermanSuperLeague'' ''Comicbook/TheFinalDaysOfSuperman'' and ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth''.
* Franchise/TheDCU's ComicBook/PostCrisis universe was so grim, it supposedly drove UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}-inspired Superboy-Prime SelfDemonstrating/SuperboyPrime crazy -- causing him to become a mass-murdering fanatic and perhaps the darkest and edgiest DC character of all time.
20th Nov '17 4:07:02 PM ErichoTOME
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** Captain's America's enemy, the Red Skull, who was arguably already the most evil character in all of comic books is even ''worse''. He began his career by killing 200 of his own men and cutting off his face. He forced a woman to kill her husband or else he would kill their baby. He kills the baby ''anyway'. And he's ''Captain America's SON''.

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** Captain's America's enemy, the Red Skull, who was arguably already the most evil character in all of comic books is even ''worse''. He began his career by killing 200 of his own men and cutting off his face. He forced a woman to kill her husband or else he would kill their baby. He kills the baby ''anyway'.''anyway''. And he's ''Captain America's SON''.
20th Nov '17 4:04:57 PM ErichoTOME
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** Captain's America's enemy, the Red Skull, who was arguably already the most evil character in all of comic books is even ''worse''. He began his career by killing 200 of his own men and cutting off his face. He forced a woman to kill her husband or else he would kill their baby. He kills the baby ''anyway'. And he's ''Captain America's SON''.
8th Aug '17 4:58:14 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'' was explicitly advertised as being darker, sexier, and moodier, and many standard elements of Superman's story are given a darker spin -- for example, Jonathan and Martha are forced to keep Kal-El a secret after government agents secretly impound his spaceship in a secret base, Krypton's destruction was a deliberate act of war, and Superman's more angsty than other portrayals and is distrusted by the public. The rest of the ''ComicBook/EarthOne'' line follows suit as among other things, Bruce Wayne isn't as skilled as other versions and is originally solely about bringing in the man he believes had his parents killed to justice, Alfred is the family's bodyguard (not their butler) and encourages Bruce to kill, Jim Gordon is a reluctant DirtyCop, and [[spoiler:Diana is a ChildByRape between Hercules and Hippolyta and Hippolyta originally kept Diana for the purpose to enact a war against all males]].

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* ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'' was explicitly advertised as being darker, sexier, and moodier, and many standard elements of Superman's story are given a darker spin -- for example, Jonathan and Martha are forced to keep Kal-El a secret after government agents secretly impound his spaceship in a secret base, Krypton's destruction was a deliberate act of war, and Superman's more angsty than other portrayals and is distrusted by the public. The rest of the ''ComicBook/EarthOne'' line follows suit as among other things, Bruce Wayne isn't as skilled as other versions and is originally solely about bringing in the man he believes had his parents killed to justice, Alfred is the family's bodyguard (not their butler) and encourages Bruce to kill, Jim Gordon is a reluctant DirtyCop, and [[spoiler:Diana is a ChildByRape between Hercules and Hippolyta and Hippolyta originally kept Diana for the purpose to enact a war against all males]].males, Starfire is the source of several Titans' powers thanks to STAR Labs (leds by Cyborg's mother) experimenting on them]], and the Green Lantern Corps is already gone by the time Hal Jordan gets his power ring.
30th Jul '17 7:39:52 PM Josef5678
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* [[Creator/RegisLoisel Régis Loisel]]'s [[FrancoBelgianComics re-imagination]] of ''ComicBook/PeterPan'' is most definitely this. Forget the cute Disney version of your childhood, this one is most definitely not for children, as this adaptation has [[AbusiveParents abusive]] and {{alcoholic parent}}s, AttemptedRape, and {{self made orphan}}s.
** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Peter Pan abandoned and forgotten by his mother; Pan burying lost children in Kensington Gardens, complete with little headstones; Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys, & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell; and ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...oh, yeah, and The Lost Boys are made up of children ''who fell out of their baby carriages and were forgotten by their parents'', the comic is actually on par and an aversion. The Disney film was the LighterAndSofter revision.

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* [[Creator/RegisLoisel Régis Loisel]]'s Creator/RegisLoisel's [[FrancoBelgianComics re-imagination]] of ''ComicBook/PeterPan'' is most definitely this. Forget the cute Disney version of your childhood, this one is most definitely not for children, as this adaptation has [[AbusiveParents abusive]] and {{alcoholic parent}}s, AttemptedRape, and {{self made orphan}}s.
** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Peter Pan abandoned and forgotten by his mother; Pan burying lost children in Kensington Gardens, complete with little headstones; Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys, & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell; and ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...oh, yeah, and The Lost Boys are made up of children ''who fell out of their baby carriages and were forgotten by their parents'', the comic is actually on par and an aversion. The Disney film was the LighterAndSofter revision.
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30th Jul '17 5:31:16 PM FranksGirl
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** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys, & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell; and ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...oh, yeah, and The Lost Boys are made up of children ''who fell out of their baby carriages and were forgotten by their parents'', the comic is actually on par and an aversion. The Disney film was the LighterAndSofter revision.

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** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Peter Pan abandoned and forgotten by his mother; Pan burying lost children in Kensington Gardens, complete with little headstones; Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys, & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell; and ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...oh, yeah, and The Lost Boys are made up of children ''who fell out of their baby carriages and were forgotten by their parents'', the comic is actually on par and an aversion. The Disney film was the LighterAndSofter revision.
30th Jul '17 5:16:13 PM FranksGirl
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** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell, ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...oh, yeah, and The Lost Boys are made up of children ''who fell out of their baby carriages and forgotten by their parents'', the comic is actually on par and an aversion. The Disney film was the LighterAndSofter revision.

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** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys Boys, & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell, Tinkerbell; and ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...oh, yeah, and The Lost Boys are made up of children ''who fell out of their baby carriages and were forgotten by their parents'', the comic is actually on par and an aversion. The Disney film was the LighterAndSofter revision.
30th Jul '17 5:13:07 PM FranksGirl
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** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell, ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...the Disney film was a LighterAndSofter revision, anyway.

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** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell, ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...oh, yeah, and The Lost Boys are made up of children ''who fell out of their baby carriages and forgotten by their parents'', the comic is actually on par and an aversion. The Disney film was a the LighterAndSofter revision, anyway.revision.
30th Jul '17 5:09:18 PM FranksGirl
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** Considering the original play and books by J.M. Barrie had Wendy nearly killed by the pirates, the Lost Boys & a jealous Tinkerbell; Hook's hand chopped off and fed to a crocodile; Hook clawing Peter and leaving Peter to die of drowning and blood loss; Hook then attempting to poison Peter and almost killing Tinkerbell, ending with Hook being killed and ''fed to the crocodile by Peter''...the Disney film was a LighterAndSofter revision, anyway.
22nd Jul '17 1:57:16 AM WillBGood
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* Parodied by Creator/AlanMoore, at about the same time as he was getting a rep for it, in ''In Pictopia'', set in an absurdly darker and edgier version of a CaptainErsatz comic strip setting, with things like not-ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} as a prostitute, who gets raided by not-ComicBook/JudgeDredd. The main character, Nocturno the Necromancer (Comicstrip/MandrakeTheMagician) is horrified by what's happening to the place, especially when his goofy buddy Flexible Flynn (Comicbook/PlasticMan) is replaced by a snarling NinetiesAntiHero.

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* Parodied by Creator/AlanMoore, at about the same time as he was getting a rep for it, in ''In Pictopia'', ''[[http://swords-and-veeblefetzers.blogspot.com/2010/06/anything-goes-2-in-pictopia.html In Pictopia]]'', set in an absurdly darker and edgier version of a CaptainErsatz comic strip setting, with things like not-ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} as a prostitute, who gets raided by not-ComicBook/JudgeDredd. The main character, Nocturno the Necromancer (Comicstrip/MandrakeTheMagician) is horrified by what's happening to the place, especially when his goofy buddy Flexible Flynn (Comicbook/PlasticMan) is replaced by a snarling NinetiesAntiHero.
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