History DorkAge / ComicBooks

7th May '16 5:43:44 PM bt8257
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* ''{{Spawn}}'' had a dork age after he killed his former boss Malebolgia. He teamed up with demons Ab and Zab, a CatchphraseSpoutingDuo, and fought vampires and British cannibals. Fortunately, it ended after he returned to Hell and lost his status as king.

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* ''{{Spawn}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' had a dork age after he killed his former boss Malebolgia. He teamed up with demons Ab and Zab, a CatchphraseSpoutingDuo, and fought vampires and British cannibals. Fortunately, it ended after he returned to Hell and lost his status as king.
7th Jan '16 8:18:28 PM nombretomado
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* Deconstructed by ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers''. The heroes have had their two earths and timelines fused, and the entire cosmos keeps warping as a result. When they finally meet the Grandmaster, a cosmic being who was nearly killed by the other organizer of the event that led to the universes fusing, Krona, he tells them to stop Krona, which would separate the worlds and put the timelines back to normal. The heroes ask him, basically, "What kind of worlds are we going back to?" The Grandmaster, with the last of his power, shows them the events of their lives. The Dork Ages end up sticking out more than anything else; about half the examples on the [[DorkAge/TheDCU DC]] and DorkAge/{{Marvel}} pages are seen. The most notable becomes [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] -- at the time of the comic's writing, he had gone crazy, killed off all the other Lanterns, tried to destroy and remake the universe, died, and become the host for TheSpectre. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And yet, when they debate, he decides to restore the old time because they are not gods to reshape reality as they see fit]]. Even more amazing when you consider that this is a reversal of what he himself tried to do in ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' during his Parallax phase.

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* Deconstructed by ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers''. The heroes have had their two earths and timelines fused, and the entire cosmos keeps warping as a result. When they finally meet the Grandmaster, a cosmic being who was nearly killed by the other organizer of the event that led to the universes fusing, Krona, he tells them to stop Krona, which would separate the worlds and put the timelines back to normal. The heroes ask him, basically, "What kind of worlds are we going back to?" The Grandmaster, with the last of his power, shows them the events of their lives. The Dork Ages end up sticking out more than anything else; about half the examples on the [[DorkAge/TheDCU DC]] and DorkAge/{{Marvel}} pages are seen. The most notable becomes [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] -- at the time of the comic's writing, he had gone crazy, killed off all the other Lanterns, tried to destroy and remake the universe, died, and become the host for TheSpectre.ComicBook/TheSpectre. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And yet, when they debate, he decides to restore the old time because they are not gods to reshape reality as they see fit]]. Even more amazing when you consider that this is a reversal of what he himself tried to do in ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' during his Parallax phase.
10th Nov '15 12:55:44 PM StFan
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** The series finally escaped its Dork Age with ''another'' Retool, with [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye James Roberts]] and [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise John Barber]] being put in charge of the series and doing some major [[WinBackTheCrowd cleaning up]] to retcon, rework, or explain the tangled mass of KudzuPlot created by the last two runs.

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** The series finally escaped its Dork Age with ''another'' Retool, with [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye James Roberts]] and [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise [[ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise John Barber]] being put in charge of the series and doing some major [[WinBackTheCrowd cleaning up]] to retcon, rework, or explain the tangled mass of KudzuPlot created by the last two runs.
19th Oct '15 10:05:40 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' entered one during the ''Reflections'' StoryArc which, [[BrokenBase while its quality is divisive]], suffered severe HypeBacklash over the MirrorUniverse conflict it [[CoversAlwaysLie seemed to promise]] [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot completely failing to happen]]. Fans jaded by it have given most subsequent issues mixed to negative reception. This happened during the Season 4 finale [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic of the show]], which fully [[WinBackTheCrowd won back the fandom after a relatively weak Season 3]], when the comics debuted [[WinTheCrowd and established itself]], making their current quality stand out more. The show has also done increasing amounts of WorldBuilding and other development that has lead to increasing [[ContinuitySnarl continuity discrepancies]] and risks invalidating the popular things to come out of the comics. That, plus the show now having the higher standard in writing, has lead to the comics being viewed as SoOKItsAverage at best and diminishing their ExpandedUniverse appeal.
16th Oct '15 4:53:25 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in an issue of ''{{Planetary}}'', where a superhero who went through a DarkerAndEdgier Dork Age during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks blames the resident [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] CaptainErsatz for it. The caped character in that issue is an obvious expy of Creator/AlanMoore's famous CerebusRetcon to the ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}[=/=]Marvelman franchise. (Perhaps not coincidentally, he also happens to look like ComicBook/TomStrong, another Moore character, though the similarities end there.) The masked, caped man is rather clearly an example of TheCape whose origin turns out to be far seedier than originally presented -- precisely what Moore did to Miracleman in the 1980s.

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* Parodied in an issue of ''{{Planetary}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'', where a superhero who went through a DarkerAndEdgier Dork Age during UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks blames the resident [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] CaptainErsatz for it. The caped character in that issue is an obvious expy of Creator/AlanMoore's famous CerebusRetcon to the ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}[=/=]Marvelman franchise. (Perhaps not coincidentally, he also happens to look like ComicBook/TomStrong, another Moore character, though the similarities end there.) The masked, caped man is rather clearly an example of TheCape whose origin turns out to be far seedier than originally presented -- precisely what Moore did to Miracleman in the 1980s.
20th Sep '15 8:21:24 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' from the early 90s to late 2000s. The first noticeable thing was Sabrina temporarily being changed from being a witch amongst humans to a witch living amongst supernatural creatures. They also changed her hair from having white bobbed hair to it being long and blond. Next were the [[RetCanon changes]] made due to the popularity of the TV series: Sabrina got a last name, her aunts look more normal, and Salem got a complete overhaul (he could talk, his fur changed from red to black, and he WasOnceAMan). Not soon after that the manga was given an ugly, "manga" redesign that turned off fans even though the storyline is arguably one of the best the comic has had and they returned Sabrina to having short hair. After its cancellation Sabrina has only appeared in ArchieComics cameos within the last few years. With ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' and the 2014 reboot it seems the DorkAge has completely passed

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* ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' from the early 90s to late 2000s. The first noticeable thing was Sabrina temporarily being changed from being a witch amongst humans to a witch living amongst supernatural creatures. They also changed her hair from having white bobbed hair to it being long and blond. Next were the [[RetCanon changes]] made due to the popularity of the TV series: Sabrina got a last name, her aunts look more normal, and Salem got a complete overhaul (he could talk, his fur changed from red to black, and he WasOnceAMan). Not soon after that the manga comic was given an ugly, "manga" "[[{{animesque}} manga]]" redesign that turned off fans fans, even though the storyline is arguably one of the best the comic has had and they returned Sabrina to having short hair. After its cancellation Sabrina has only appeared in ArchieComics cameos within the last few years. With ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' and [[ComicBook/ChillingAdventuresOfSabrina the 2014 reboot reboot]] it seems the DorkAge has completely passed
12th Sep '15 6:00:53 AM AndyLA
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* Deconstructed by ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers''. The heroes have had their two earths and timelines fused, and the entire cosmos keeps warping as a result. When they finally meet the Gamemaster, a cosmic being who was nearly killed by the other organizer of the event that led to the universes fusing, Krona, he tells them to stop Krona, which would separate the worlds and put the timelines back to normal. The heroes ask him, basically, "What kind of worlds are we going back to?" The Gamemaster, with the last of his power, shows them the events of their lives. The Dork Ages end up sticking out more than anything else; about half the examples on this page are seen. The most notable becomes [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] -- at the time of the comic's writing, he had gone crazy, killed off all the other Lanterns, tried to destroy and remake the universe, died, and become the host for TheSpectre. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And yet, when they debate, he decides to restore the old time]].

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* Deconstructed by ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers''. The heroes have had their two earths and timelines fused, and the entire cosmos keeps warping as a result. When they finally meet the Gamemaster, Grandmaster, a cosmic being who was nearly killed by the other organizer of the event that led to the universes fusing, Krona, he tells them to stop Krona, which would separate the worlds and put the timelines back to normal. The heroes ask him, basically, "What kind of worlds are we going back to?" The Gamemaster, Grandmaster, with the last of his power, shows them the events of their lives. The Dork Ages end up sticking out more than anything else; about half the examples on this page the [[DorkAge/TheDCU DC]] and DorkAge/{{Marvel}} pages are seen. The most notable becomes [[GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] -- at the time of the comic's writing, he had gone crazy, killed off all the other Lanterns, tried to destroy and remake the universe, died, and become the host for TheSpectre. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming And yet, when they debate, he decides to restore the old time]].time because they are not gods to reshape reality as they see fit]]. Even more amazing when you consider that this is a reversal of what he himself tried to do in ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' during his Parallax phase.
14th Apr '15 6:21:29 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in an issue of ''{{Planetary}}'', where a superhero who went through a DarkerAndEdgier Dork Age during TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks blames the resident [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] CaptainErsatz for it. The caped character in that issue is an obvious expy of Creator/AlanMoore's famous CerebusRetcon to the ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}[=/=]Marvelman franchise. (Perhaps not coincidentally, he also happens to look like ComicBook/TomStrong, another Moore character, though the similarities end there.) The masked, caped man is rather clearly an example of TheCape whose origin turns out to be far seedier than originally presented -- precisely what Moore did to Miracleman in the 1980s.

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* Parodied in an issue of ''{{Planetary}}'', where a superhero who went through a DarkerAndEdgier Dork Age during TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks blames the resident [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] CaptainErsatz for it. The caped character in that issue is an obvious expy of Creator/AlanMoore's famous CerebusRetcon to the ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}[=/=]Marvelman franchise. (Perhaps not coincidentally, he also happens to look like ComicBook/TomStrong, another Moore character, though the similarities end there.) The masked, caped man is rather clearly an example of TheCape whose origin turns out to be far seedier than originally presented -- precisely what Moore did to Miracleman in the 1980s.
2nd Apr '15 6:33:31 PM Blazer
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* It depends on who you talk to, but the ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comics are either still in or have left their DorkAge. It's easy to see when their Dork Age began -- post-issue 50, when [[BigBad Dr. Robotnik]] was killed off and Knuckles the Echidna got his own spin-off comic. As Knuckles had his own spectacular and amazing adventures, Sonic's plodded on even after Robotnik was reinstated and became Dr. Eggman. It got worse when the Knuckles comic got canned and his stories were turned into back stories, showcasing the amazing levels of CreatorsPet head writer Ken Penders was showing for Knuckles and his brethren while Sonic... stayed at home, went to school, dealt with aliens with a FreudianExcuse for hating everybody. (The infamous "[[HulkingOut Titan Tails]]" issue came out during this time, which should say a lot.) It got to the point where Penders and co-head writer Karl Bollers were at each other's throats, leaving them both to bail and forcing new head writer Ian Flynn to fix all of their problems.

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* It depends on who you talk to, but the ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comics are either still in or have left their DorkAge. It's easy to see when their Dork Age began -- post-issue 50, when [[BigBad Dr. Robotnik]] was killed off and Knuckles the Echidna got his own spin-off comic. As Knuckles had his own spectacular and amazing adventures, Sonic's plodded on even after Robotnik was reinstated and became Dr. Eggman. It got worse when the Knuckles comic got canned and his stories were turned into back stories, showcasing the amazing levels of CreatorsPet head writer Ken Penders was showing for Knuckles and his brethren while Sonic... stayed at home, went to school, dealt with aliens with a FreudianExcuse for hating everybody. (The infamous "[[HulkingOut Titan Tails]]" issue came out during this time, which should say a lot.) It got to the point where Penders and co-head writer Karl Bollers were at each other's throats, leaving them both to bail and forcing new head writer Ian Flynn to fix all of their problems. If you want to know a good point as to where the Dork Age began, look at the covers: if it just SCREAMS {{Animesque}}, then it's a Dork Age cover.
23rd Dec '14 12:29:11 PM supergod
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** After AHM caused massive rifts in the fandom and wasn't very well received, IDW did a {{Retool}} and put popular ''G.I. Joe'' writer Mike Costa on as new head writer. Unfortunately Costa had ''zero'' prior experience with ''Transformers'' (and didn't like the series much anyways) and ended up creating a hideously [[DecompressedComic decompressed]], [[HumanFocusedAdaptation human-centric]] storyline that shattered the already divided fanbase with just plain ''weird'' or [[IdiotBall idiotic]] plot developments. It also had [[TheScrappy Spike Witwicky]] and Bumblebee become [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]]. Costa's run [[GrowingTheBeard grew its beard]] later on but the damage was done. And in the midst of all this emerged the infamous ''[[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible Heart of Darkness]]" miniseries, generally considered the worst entry in the IDW continuity.

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** After AHM caused massive rifts in the fandom and wasn't very well received, IDW did a {{Retool}} and put popular ''G.I. Joe'' writer Mike Costa on as new head writer. Unfortunately Costa had ''zero'' prior experience with ''Transformers'' (and didn't like the series much anyways) and ended up creating a hideously [[DecompressedComic decompressed]], [[HumanFocusedAdaptation human-centric]] storyline that shattered the already divided fanbase with just plain ''weird'' or [[IdiotBall idiotic]] plot developments. It also had [[TheScrappy Spike Witwicky]] and Bumblebee become [[CreatorsPet Creator's Pets]]. Costa's run [[GrowingTheBeard grew its beard]] later on but the damage was done. And in the midst of all this emerged the infamous ''[[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible Heart ''Heart of Darkness]]" Darkness" miniseries, generally considered the worst entry in the IDW continuity.
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