History DarkerAndEdgier / ComicBooks

6th Jan '17 5:10:13 PM nombretomado
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* ImageComics' March 1993 one-shot ''Darker Image'' is this, featuring the first appearances of DarkAgeOfSupernames heroes Bloodwulf and Deathblow. It is also notable for containing one of the first appearances of ComicBook/TheMaxx.

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* ImageComics' Creator/ImageComics' March 1993 one-shot ''Darker Image'' is this, featuring the first appearances of DarkAgeOfSupernames heroes Bloodwulf and Deathblow. It is also notable for containing one of the first appearances of ComicBook/TheMaxx.
4th Jan '17 1:58:52 AM LondonKdS
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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.

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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.ridiculous, in particular being one of the most moral and kindly members of the Bat-family despite her grim background and sinister look.
15th Dec '16 3:41:07 AM Tron80
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*** 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]].
15th Dec '16 3:40:06 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'' is her origin story. In the original Silver Age version, she lands on Earth and is found by her cousin who sees that she is being taken care of (even if his methods are questionable). The Post-Crisis StoryArc involves kryptonite meteors, fanservice, a paranoiac Batman and Darkseid kidnapping her and brainwashing her. On the plus side, Superman immediately wanted to take his cousin in and introduce her to Lois.
** At the beginning Kara was a naive, innocent, sweet newcomer. However she grows up during the Silver and Bronze Ages, and although she never stops being an idealistic hero, her childlike innocence goes away. This is made clear in ''Adventure Comics'' #424, in where she wears sexy clothes while trying to get a scoop.
** When Supergirl ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} was rebooted in the Post-Crisis continuity]]'', several writers and editors thought the best way to update the character was turning her into a mood-swinger, self-centered, bratty jerkass. This strategy continued until DC realized that Supergirl's fans hated it. Supergirl's earlier characterization was retconned out and she became a troubled, insecure but ultimately good and heroic teenager again.
** ''[[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''.
12th Dec '16 1:32:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Superboy-Prime saga, which climaxed in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', was followed by an even darker and edger storyline called ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', and also saw the relaunching of numerous series with a generally darker tone. A prime example is ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}''; issue #1 featured a team of superpowered spies infiltrating a Kobra base and leaving no survivors (with the BadAss heroine of the series, Sasha Bordeaux, shooting the Kobra BigBad dead, execution style). The series muted its violence considerably after the first half-dozen issues.

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** The Superboy-Prime saga, which climaxed in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', was followed by an even darker and edger storyline called ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', and also saw the relaunching of numerous series with a generally darker tone. A prime example is ''ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}''; issue #1 featured a team of superpowered spies infiltrating a Kobra base and leaving no survivors (with the BadAss badass heroine of the series, Sasha Bordeaux, shooting the Kobra BigBad dead, execution style). The series muted its violence considerably after the first half-dozen issues.



** In ''Uderzo croqué par ses amis'', a compilation album of short stories drawn by various artists about Uderzo, one story is a realistically-drawn, historically-accurate, painfully serious take on the concept of a pair of Gaulish warriors fighting Romans using magic potion. For instance, the magic potion appears to be a kind of religious MagicFeather, they put the skulls of dead Roman soldiers around their village to keep them out (like the historical Gauls did), and they murder Romans with swords. It turns the usually ridiculous little Gauls into something quite dramatic and mystical and BadAss.

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** In ''Uderzo croqué par ses amis'', a compilation album of short stories drawn by various artists about Uderzo, one story is a realistically-drawn, historically-accurate, painfully serious take on the concept of a pair of Gaulish warriors fighting Romans using magic potion. For instance, the magic potion appears to be a kind of religious MagicFeather, they put the skulls of dead Roman soldiers around their village to keep them out (like the historical Gauls did), and they murder Romans with swords. It turns the usually ridiculous little Gauls into something quite dramatic and mystical and BadAss.badass.
4th Dec '16 2:22:28 PM InSetsofThree
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* Even though ''ComicBook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam'' was generally an all-ages, LighterAndSofter take on Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family, its version of Freddy Freeman was darker than any other continuity's. Instead of suffering from partial paralysis, he's a complete paraplegic: and since Freddy's spine was broken by debris from by a building destroyed by Captain Marvel, he hates Billy and Mary, and blames them for his injuries. This is a far cry from the original Freddy, whose spine was broken by Captain Nazi, who idolized Captain Marvel for saving his life, and who generally managed to have a fairly upbeat attitude despite his troubles.

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* Even though ''ComicBook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam'' was generally an all-ages, LighterAndSofter take on Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family, its version of Freddy Freeman was darker than any other continuity's. Instead of suffering from partial paralysis, he's a complete paraplegic: paraplegic; and since Freddy's spine was broken by debris from by a building destroyed by that Captain Marvel, Marvel imploded, he hates Billy and Mary, and blames them for his injuries. This is a far cry from the original Freddy, whose spine was broken by Captain Nazi, who idolized Captain Marvel for saving his life, and who generally managed to have a fairly upbeat attitude despite his troubles.
30th Nov '16 5:43:27 PM InSetsofThree
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* Even though ''ComicBook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam'' was generally an all-ages, LighterAndSofter take on Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family, its version of Freddy Freeman was darker than any other continuity's. Instead of suffering from partial paralysis, he's a complete paraplegic: and since Freddy's spine was broken by debris from by a building destroyed by Captain Marvel, he hates Billy and Mary, and blames them for his injuries. This is a far cry from the original Freddy, whose spine was broken by Captain Nazi, who idolized Captain Marvel for saving his life, and who generally managed to have a fairly upbeat attitude despite his troubles.
23rd Nov '16 3:50:08 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.

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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.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]].



* Creator/DCComics's ''ComicBook/EarthOne'' takes the same apporach as ''Ultimate Marvel'' did. Among other things, Krypton's destruction was a deliberate act of war, Superman's more angsty than other portrayals and is distrusted by the public, 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]].
10th Nov '16 9:57:14 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* 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.

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* 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).
10th Nov '16 10:01:30 AM nanakiro
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* Creator/DCComics's 2016 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' turns the lighthearted kart series into ''Wacky Raceland'', a post-apocalyptic desert race more along the lines of ''Film/DeathRace2000'' or ''Film/MadMax'' than a campy Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

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* Creator/DCComics's 2016 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' turns the lighthearted kart series into ''Wacky Raceland'', ''ComicBook/WackyRaceland'', a post-apocalyptic desert race more along the lines of ''Film/DeathRace2000'' or ''Film/MadMax'' than a campy Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
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