History DarkerAndEdgier / ComicBooks

28th Jan '16 2:39:48 PM Josef5678
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Sinkholes.
* [[Creator/RegisLoisel Régis Loisel]]'s [[FrancoBelgianComics re-imagination]] of ComicBook/PeterPan is most definitely this. Forget the cute Disney version of your childhood, [[AbusiveParents this]] [[AlcoholicParent one]] [[AttemptedRape is]] [[AnyoneCanDie most]] [[OurMonstersAreDifferent definitely]] [[FogOfDoom not]] [[SelfMadeOrphan for]] [[TheseHandsHaveKilled children]].
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* [[Creator/RegisLoisel Régis Loisel]]'s [[FrancoBelgianComics re-imagination]] of ComicBook/PeterPan ''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 this]] [[AlcoholicParent one]] [[AttemptedRape is]] [[AnyoneCanDie most]] [[OurMonstersAreDifferent definitely]] [[FogOfDoom not]] [[SelfMadeOrphan for]] [[TheseHandsHaveKilled children]].abusive]] and {{alcoholic parent}}s, AttemptedRape, and {{self made orphan}}s.
28th Jan '16 2:35:43 PM Josef5678
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* Much of Marvel's [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] runs in this vein. A stunning amount of the process of its "updating" traditional Marvel characters for the modern era has involved inflating the sex and violence content (e.g. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] isn't merely violent or even murderous, but is also [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]]; Quicksilver isn't just [[BigBrotherInstinct very protective]] of his sister the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, but is in a [[BrotherSisterIncest sexual relationship]] with her; [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] is a genius as expected -- due to a painful cancer-like affliction which has spread brain matter throughout his body and will soon kill him). "Updating" personalities means turning everyone into a complete and utter {{Jerkass}}. ComicBook/SpiderMan largely escaped.
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* Much of Marvel's [[UltimateMarvel [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] runs in this vein. A stunning amount of the process of its "updating" traditional Marvel characters for the modern era has involved inflating the sex and violence content (e.g. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] isn't merely violent or even murderous, but is also [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]]; Quicksilver isn't just [[BigBrotherInstinct very protective]] of his sister the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, but is in a [[BrotherSisterIncest sexual relationship]] with her; [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] is a genius as expected -- due to a painful cancer-like affliction which has spread brain matter throughout his body and will soon kill him). "Updating" personalities means turning everyone into a complete and utter {{Jerkass}}. ComicBook/SpiderMan largely escaped.

* Said Ultimate Universe spread to the 616-universe, as far as evil ComicBook/IronMan and Reed Richards and Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} expelling Xavier from the ComicBook/XMen (even though Cyclops utterly bombed as Top Guy at the school as far as Xavier saving the X-Men's asses during the Messiah Complex X-Over) and starting his own murder squad, a move even ''{{Wolverine}}'' found distasteful and only agreed to lead to try and keep Scott from turning Wolfsbane, ComicBook/{{X 23}}, and Warpath into soulless murderers). ** The whole "Professor X is no better than {{Magneto}}" creep from the Ultimate to the main universe that was exemplified by ''Deadly Genesis'', where it was [[RetCon revealed]] that Professor X led a team of X-Men to their deaths in rescuing his original team from Krakoa and just mind-wiped everyone into forgetting that it happened and trying again with another new team. And that Professor X later realized that the Danger Room was becoming sentient, but ignored it, leading to Danger being created years later.
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* Said Ultimate Universe spread to the 616-universe, as far as evil ComicBook/IronMan and Reed Richards and Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} expelling Xavier from the ComicBook/XMen (even though Cyclops utterly bombed as Top Guy at the school as far as Xavier saving the X-Men's asses during the Messiah Complex X-Over) and starting his own murder squad, a move even ''{{Wolverine}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' found distasteful and only agreed to lead to try and keep Scott from turning Wolfsbane, ComicBook/{{X 23}}, and Warpath into soulless murderers). ** The whole "Professor X is no better than {{Magneto}}" ComicBook/{{Magneto}}" creep from the Ultimate to the main universe that was exemplified by ''Deadly Genesis'', where it was [[RetCon revealed]] that Professor X led a team of X-Men to their deaths in rescuing his original team from Krakoa and just mind-wiped everyone into forgetting that it happened and trying again with another new team. And that Professor X later realized that the Danger Room was becoming sentient, but ignored it, leading to Danger being created years later.

* 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. ** One of the flashpoint events leading to this was WonderWoman's killing of BigBad Maxwell Lord.
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* TheDCU's 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. ** One of the flashpoint events leading to this was WonderWoman's Franchise/WonderWoman's killing of BigBad Maxwell Lord.

*** A literal version shows in ''TeenTitans'', with the character Solstice. Prior to the New 52, she was a cheerful girl [[LightEmUp light powers]]. Afterwards, she had a permanently inhuman appearance and [[CastingAShadow shadow powers]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Kid Flash has become a murderous rebel leader from the future, Raven is secretly working for her demon father, Wonder Girl now gets her powers from an ArtifactOfDoom, and Superboy is the clone of Superman and Lois Lane's evil son from the future]].
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*** A literal version shows in ''TeenTitans'', ''Franchise/TeenTitans'', with the character Solstice. Prior to the New 52, she was a cheerful girl [[LightEmUp light powers]]. Afterwards, she had a permanently inhuman appearance and [[CastingAShadow shadow powers]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Kid Flash has become a murderous rebel leader from the future, Raven is secretly working for her demon father, Wonder Girl now gets her powers from an ArtifactOfDoom, and Superboy is the clone of Superman and Lois Lane's evil son from the future]].

*** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicBook/Supergirl 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 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 while he deals with [[spoiler: the Doomsday virus]].
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*** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicBook/Supergirl Supergirl]] ComicBook/{{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 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 while he deals with [[spoiler: the Doomsday virus]].

* DC's {{Vertigo|Comics}} imprint revolves around material intended for mature audiences. After the success of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'', and ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'', all of which starred fairly obscure characters from established DC canon, there were a few misfires - up to and including a brooding, psychological take on ''Brother Power, the Geek''. For the uninitiated, Brother Power is a human-sized hippie rag doll given life and super strength by magic sunshine who once ran for a U.S. congressional seat and was last seen orbiting the Earth. Someone tried to make ''that'' serious.
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* DC's {{Vertigo|Comics}} Creator/{{Vertigo|Comics}} imprint revolves around material intended for mature audiences. After the success of ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'', and ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'', all of which starred fairly obscure characters from established DC canon, there were a few misfires - up to and including a brooding, psychological take on ''Brother Power, the Geek''. For the uninitiated, Brother Power is a human-sized hippie rag doll given life and super strength by magic sunshine who once ran for a U.S. congressional seat and was last seen orbiting the Earth. Someone tried to make ''that'' serious.

** ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #1]]'' is perhaps the darkest G4 comic to date. Highlights include the BodyHorror of Sombra's transformations, his shattering of Amore after turning her into Crystal, and the StarCrossedLover story between Sombra and Hope. In contrast to the usual comics and show, there is very little humor in Sombra's tale, its pure tragedy.
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** ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #1]]'' is perhaps the darkest G4 comic to date. Highlights include the BodyHorror of Sombra's transformations, his shattering of Amore after turning her into Crystal, and the StarCrossedLover story between Sombra and Hope. In contrast to the usual comics and show, there is very little humor in Sombra's tale, its tale; it's pure tragedy.

* Parodied in an ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' one-shot with the conceit that they were [[RunningTheAsylum fulfilling reader's suggestions]], one of which (pictured) was to add SteamPunk elements, give them all guns, draw them in a less childish style, and have them talk in a more naturalistic way rather than just punning all the time. The characters are shown drawn in a hyperdetailed [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] style (Asterix's feathered helmet wings are replaced with bat wings) with GrossUpCloseUp-type details on the normally cuddly characters; Obelix is wearing a BadassBandolier {{Pistol Whip}}ping Romans with a {{BFG}} in a missile stockpile (Asterix is phoning Getafix to tell him these new gadgets don't work), and everyone is engaging in dreadfully-written ''PulpFiction''-esque BuffySpeak, rendered in the UK English translation as [[BritishAccents Geordie]] (and still making a wholly unnaturalistic HurricaneOfPuns).
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* Parodied in an ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' one-shot with the conceit that they were [[RunningTheAsylum fulfilling reader's suggestions]], one of which (pictured) was to add SteamPunk elements, give them all guns, draw them in a less childish style, and have them talk in a more naturalistic way rather than just punning all the time. The characters are shown drawn in a hyperdetailed [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] style (Asterix's feathered helmet wings are replaced with bat wings) with GrossUpCloseUp-type details on the normally cuddly characters; Obelix is wearing a BadassBandolier {{Pistol Whip}}ping Romans with a {{BFG}} in a missile stockpile (Asterix is phoning Getafix to tell him these new gadgets don't work), and everyone is engaging in dreadfully-written ''PulpFiction''-esque ''Film/PulpFiction''-esque BuffySpeak, rendered in the UK English translation as [[BritishAccents Geordie]] (and still making a wholly unnaturalistic HurricaneOfPuns).
27th Jan '16 3:09:11 PM Josef5678
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** The shift also carried over to Batman's RoguesGallery, most notably TheJoker, who had been written as a comical "Clown Prince of Crime", but now returned to his [[MonsterClown psychotic murderous]] roots and building up one of the largest body counts in the DC Universe (only being outdone by alien societies and villains with near-god level power).
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** The shift also carried over to Batman's RoguesGallery, most notably TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, who had been written as a comical "Clown Prince of Crime", but now returned to his [[MonsterClown psychotic murderous]] roots and building up one of the largest body counts in the DC Universe (only being outdone by alien societies and villains with near-god level power).
13th Jan '16 9:11:18 PM jormis29
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* ''SupremePower'' is a darker and edgier reimagining of the original ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme''.
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* ''SupremePower'' ''ComicBook/SupremePower'' is a darker and edgier reimagining of the original ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme''.
13th Jan '16 6:46:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''SupremePower'' is a darker and edgier reimagining of the original ''SquadronSupreme''.
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* ''SupremePower'' is a darker and edgier reimagining of the original ''SquadronSupreme''.''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme''.
6th Jan '16 10:22:27 PM Doug86
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* In comics, this move is most famous for Franchise/{{Batman}}. After the end of the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series, it became apparent the campy tone had burnt out, and DC realized a change was needed quickly. With Denny O'Neil's writing and predominantly Neal Adams's gothic and realistic art, Batman was made a darkly fearsome night stalker much like he was in the original stories before he was softened for kids. Later, in the mid-80s, FrankMiller's ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' overclocked this to dangerous levels.
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* In comics, this move is most famous for Franchise/{{Batman}}. After the end of the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series, it became apparent the campy tone had burnt out, and DC realized a change was needed quickly. With Denny O'Neil's writing and predominantly Neal Adams's gothic and realistic art, Batman was made a darkly fearsome night stalker much like he was in the original stories before he was softened for kids. Later, in the mid-80s, FrankMiller's Creator/FrankMiller's ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' overclocked this to dangerous levels.
2nd Jan '16 1:42:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''SonicTheComic'' is this to the games at the time it was being produced, and ''SonicTheComicOnline'' is this to the source comic. The most well-known is that Super Sonic is a SuperpoweredEvilSide who eventually splits up from Sonic and becomes basically a physical god. Sonic once believes he killed his friends and falls into a HeroicBSOD.
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* ''SonicTheComic'' ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is this to the games at the time it was being produced, and ''SonicTheComicOnline'' ''Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline'' is this to the source comic. The most well-known is that Super Sonic is a SuperpoweredEvilSide who eventually splits up from Sonic and becomes basically a physical god. Sonic once believes he killed his friends and falls into a HeroicBSOD.
26th Dec '15 6:09:42 AM WhatArtThee
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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' seems to be becoming this, as Dr. Eggman very nearly killed off a Freedom Fighter (with a REAL machine gun turret). If it weren't for Sonic going back in time 10 seconds and saving them, almost all of the Freedom Fighters don't seem to be doing any better in the comic's latest issues. However, with the recent soft reboot, things have gotten just a little bit brighter than they have been.
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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' seems started out as a GagSeries similar to be becoming this, as Dr. Eggman very nearly killed off a Freedom Fighter (with a REAL machine gun turret). If WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog. Around issue 20 or so, it weren't for shifted to a more serious, interconnected tone similar to WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM. The Endgame arc (Where Sonic going back in time 10 seconds becomes a fugitive after being accused of killing Princess Sally, and saving them, almost all Robotnik is KilledOffForReal) is where it dove off the deep end, and established itself as one of the Freedom Fighters don't seem to be doing any better in the comic's latest issues. However, darkest incarnations of Sonic, dealing with themes such as abusive relationships, birth out of wedlock, drugs, genocide, and bigotry. It stayed that way for 10 years or so, before Ian Flynn took over as writer and returned the comic to a lighter tone, though still not ''as'' light as the recent soft reboot, things have gotten just a little bit brighter than they have been.games. Coincidentally, the darker period from issue 50 to 160 is widely regarded as the series' DorkAge, providing an example of TropesAreNotGood.

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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' seems to be becoming this, as Dr. Eggman very nearly killed off a Freedom Fighter (with a REAL machine gun turret). If it weren't for Sonic going back in time 10 seconds and saving them, almost all of the Freedom Fighters don't seem to be doing any better in the comic's latest issues. However, with the recent soft reboot, things have gotten just a little bit brighter than they have been.
20th Dec '15 7:40:01 PM nombretomado
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* TheDCU's ComicBook/PostCrisis universe was so grim, it supposedly drove the SilverAge-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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* TheDCU's ComicBook/PostCrisis universe was so grim, it supposedly drove the SilverAge-inspired 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.
19th Dec '15 10:13:32 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in issue #10 of the old ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' comic book. In it, the Rangers are brought to the set of a movie featuring a dark-and-gritty version of a superhero squirrel puppet who originally appeared in a {{Sid And Marty Krofft|Productions}}-type children's show. The character's creator is shown working as the movie's creative consultant and is not at all happy with the way the movie portrays his creation.
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* Parodied in issue #10 of the old ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' comic book. In it, the Rangers are brought to the set of a movie featuring a dark-and-gritty version of a superhero squirrel puppet who originally appeared in a {{Sid Creator/{{Sid And Marty Krofft|Productions}}-type children's show. The character's creator is shown working as the movie's creative consultant and is not at all happy with the way the movie portrays his creation.
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