History DarkerAndEdgier / ComicBooks

19th Jun '17 7:01:18 PM 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 sorely 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:Hippolyta originally had 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 sorely 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:Hippolyta [[spoiler:Diana is a ChildByRape between Hercules and Hippolyta and Hippolyta originally had kept Diana for the purpose to enact a war against all males]].
7th Jun '17 10:06:06 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** In the '90s the ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} mantle was passed from Barbara Gordon to [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], a character who came complete with a much darker origin (she's a mute [[{{Tykebomb}} trained from birth to be an assassin]]) and a costume that wouldn't look out of place at a BDSM club. Fortunately, she was written well enough in her own series to not come off as ridiculous, in particular being one of the most moral and kindly members of the Bat-family despite her grim background and sinister look.
** [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Bat-Azrael]] was a darker, edgier, more brutish version of Batman, created to show what makes the true Batman ''not'' a vigilante. However, DC was ready to keep Azrael as Batman, if it sold well enough.

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** In the '90s the ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} mantle was passed from Barbara Gordon to [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]], a character who came complete with a much darker origin (she's a mute [[{{Tykebomb}} trained from birth to be an assassin]]) and a costume that wouldn't look out of place at a BDSM club. Fortunately, she was written well enough in her own series to not come off as ridiculous, in particular being one of the most moral and kindly members of the Bat-family despite her grim background and [[DarkIsNotEvil sinister look.
look]].
** [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Bat-Azrael]] was a [[AntiHeroSubstitute darker, edgier, more brutish version of Batman, Batman]], created to show what makes the true Batman ''not'' a vigilante. However, DC was ready to keep Azrael as Batman, if it sold well enough.
20th Mar '17 2:53:02 AM CaptainTedium
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* In 2016, Creator/DCComics started the ''ComicBook/HannahBarberaBeyond'' initiative, which involved various comic books giving the grimmer and grittier treatment to several classic Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons.

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* In 2016, Creator/DCComics started the ''ComicBook/HannahBarberaBeyond'' ''ComicBook/HannaBarberaBeyond'' initiative, which involved various comic books giving the grimmer and grittier treatment to several classic Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons.
20th Mar '17 2:52:33 AM CaptainTedium
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* In 2016, Creator/DCComics began publishing various comic books that gave the grimmer and grittier treatment to several classic Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons.

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* In 2016, Creator/DCComics began publishing started the ''ComicBook/HannahBarberaBeyond'' initiative, which involved various comic books that gave giving the grimmer and grittier treatment to several classic Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons.
17th Mar '17 12:49:58 AM CaptainTedium
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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', a follow-up to ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't horrifically disfigured or horribly killed by the accidents that gave them their powers in the regular Marvel Universe are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.

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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', a follow-up to darker take on ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't horrifically disfigured or horribly killed by the accidents that gave them their powers in the regular Marvel Universe are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.
17th Mar '17 12:49:14 AM CaptainTedium
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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't horrifically disfigured or horribly killed by the accidents that gave them their powers in the regular Marvel Universe are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.

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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', a follow-up to ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't horrifically disfigured or horribly killed by the accidents that gave them their powers in the regular Marvel Universe are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.
16th Mar '17 11:48:41 AM CaptainTedium
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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''Ruins'', where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't horrifically disfigured or horribly killed by the accidents that gave them their powers in the regular Marvel Universe are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.

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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''Ruins'', ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't horrifically disfigured or horribly killed by the accidents that gave them their powers in the regular Marvel Universe are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.
16th Mar '17 7:18:24 AM CaptainTedium
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* In 2016, Creator/DCComics began publishing various comic books that gave the grimmer and grittier treatment to several classic Creator/HannahBarbera cartoons.

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* In 2016, Creator/DCComics began publishing various comic books that gave the grimmer and grittier treatment to several classic Creator/HannahBarbera Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons.
16th Mar '17 7:17:57 AM CaptainTedium
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* Creator/DCComics's 2016 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' turns the lighthearted kart series into ''ComicBook/WackyRaceland'', a post-apocalyptic desert race more along the lines of ''Film/DeathRace2000'' or ''Film/MadMax'' than a campy Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
* Creator/DCComics' 2016 adaptation ''ComicBook/TheFlintstones'', while still basically ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', features a lot more adult humor and storylines than what would be allowed in the 1960s cartoon. For example, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are [[ShellShockedVeteran Shell Shocked Veterans]], and in one issue Fred and Wilma are ostracized for practicing monogamy. Despite the more adult themes, the comic has a lot of heart, such as the topic of gay marriages (non-breeding pairs aided others in Fred's tribe).

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* Creator/DCComics's 2016 In 2016, Creator/DCComics began publishing various comic books that gave the grimmer and grittier treatment to several classic Creator/HannahBarbera cartoons.
** The
adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' turns the lighthearted kart series into ''ComicBook/WackyRaceland'', a post-apocalyptic desert race more along the lines of ''Film/DeathRace2000'' or ''Film/MadMax'' than a campy Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
* Creator/DCComics' 2016 adaptation ** ''ComicBook/TheFlintstones'', while still basically ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', features a lot more adult humor and storylines than what would be allowed in the 1960s cartoon. For example, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are [[ShellShockedVeteran Shell Shocked Veterans]], and in one issue Fred and Wilma are ostracized for practicing monogamy. Despite the more adult themes, the comic has a lot of heart, such as the topic of gay marriages (non-breeding pairs aided others in Fred's tribe).
** ''ComicBook/ScoobyApocalypse'' is a much darker take on ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' than what was done before by having Mystery Inc. fighting against real monsters in a post-apocalyptic setting.
8th Mar '17 6:43:53 AM CaptainTedium
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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''Ruins'', where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't disfigured or horribly killed are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.

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* The Creator/MarvelComics two-issue miniseres by Creator/WarrenEllis entitled ''Ruins'', where everything in the Marvel Universe has gone horribly wrong and the few characters who aren't horrifically disfigured or horribly killed by the accidents that gave them their powers in the regular Marvel Universe are corrupt and vile. Notable examples include Bruce Banner becoming a barely living mass of tumors instead of the Hulk, Charles Francis Xavier becoming a [[PresidentEvil corrupt president]] who imprisons mutants and mutilates them to keep their powers in check (e.g. blinding Cyclops to disable his optic blasts and de-limbing Quicksilver to prevent him from using his super speed), and Peter Parker's radioactive spider bite covering his body with a terminal web-like rash.
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