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14th Jan '14 5:23:46 AM LadyMomus
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Mark Waid is a well known comic book writer hailing from the U.S., but more specifically, [[SweetHomeAlabama Alabama]]. His experience is mostly with Creator/DCComics, with some of his most popular runs being on TheFlash and JusticeLeagueOfAmerica as well as many other series. However, he is known in most circles as the man that scripted the iconic ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' series, which has gone on to become one of the classic templates for the superhero reconstruction story ever. His most recent work is his own independent series, ''{{Irredeemable}}'', focusing on the Plutonian, a Superman-esque hero who out of the blue becomes a sheer psychopath towards his own ilk as well as the rest of the planet. He's also launched a companion series, ''Incorruptible'', which stars a supervillain who decided to turn good after Plutonian went insane. He's also writing an ongoing sequel comic to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

Waid came into his own in the mid-90's, a time when comics were obsessed with making things DarkerAndGrittier. Waid made his name by bucking this trend, penning light-hearted but emotionally gripping stories which hearkened back to the optimistic tales of the 60's, [[BreakthroughHit starting with]] his acclaimed runs on The Flash and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. He also co-created ''Impulse'', a Flash spinoff which at the time was just about the only humor-based superhero book being published.[[note]]Its pre-publication history is an excellent example of just how ''pervasive'' the DarkAge was; apparently one of the editors at DC was ''fuming'' at the fact that it was primarily humorous and SliceOfLife, rather than typical superhero fare![[/note]] Its success helped inspire other humorous series such as ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' and ''{{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}}'', and helped bring an end to what many fans consider comics' biggest DorkAge. Recently, at Marvel, Waid has been writing ''{{Daredevil}}'' in a LighterAndSofter series that seeks to reverse the unrelenting DarkerAndEdgier take on the character that has made up nearly the past 30 years of his history. So far, the results have been well received. Issue 7 received the Eisner Award for best single issue.

Ironically one of his most infamous (though generally well-regarded) stories is ''Unthinkable'' and its following StoryArc, which took the normally more lighthearted ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' and made it (briefly) DarkerAndEdgier via having nominal AntiVillain SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom cross the MoralEventHorizon in spectacular fashion, [[KickTheDog kicking about a million puppies]] on the way. Waid disliked the popular view of Doom as a NobleDemon JerkWithAHeartOfGold and wrote him as evil with delusions of grandeur. This didn't last beyond his run, but it did give Doom some of his best moments, all of which are still canon. He does consider his run on the 90s ''Justice League America'' a bit of an OldShame because he killed off Ice.

Of course, as his ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' writing credit suggests, Waid can do dark, as well.

He's known for a tight writing style where characters often speak in hurried sentence fragments in order to emphasize action. He's also famous for knowing nearly every last tiny scrap of DC Universe trivia there is, to the point that DC sometimes holds "stump Mark Waid" trivia challenges at comic conventions.
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Mark Waid's works contain examples of the following tropes:

* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Waid's current writing assignments for Marvel both have shades of this: it's kind of built in for ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', but Waid also makes it work for [[IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]].
* {{Reconstruction}}: Most notably on ''Daredevil''
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His work tends to be idealistic, though he's also done cynical work
* {{Snowclone}}: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").
* TakeThat: Several in [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1jcuyg/i_am_mark_waid_writer_of_comics_such_as_superman/ this thread]]
-->'''Reader''': Do you miss Wizard [magazine]?
-->'''Waid''': Only when I need toilet paper.

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Mark Waid is a well known comic book writer hailing from the U.S., but more specifically, [[SweetHomeAlabama Alabama]]. His experience is mostly with Creator/DCComics, with some of his most popular runs being on TheFlash and JusticeLeagueOfAmerica as well as many other series. However, he is known in most circles as the man that scripted the iconic ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' series, which has gone on to become one of the classic templates for the superhero reconstruction story ever. His most recent work is his own independent series, ''{{Irredeemable}}'', focusing on the Plutonian, a Superman-esque hero who out of the blue becomes a sheer psychopath towards his own ilk as well as the rest of the planet. He's also launched a companion series, ''Incorruptible'', which stars a supervillain who decided to turn good after Plutonian went insane. He's also writing an ongoing sequel comic to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

Waid came into his own in the mid-90's, a time when comics were obsessed with making things DarkerAndGrittier. Waid made his name by bucking this trend, penning light-hearted but emotionally gripping stories which hearkened back to the optimistic tales of the 60's, [[BreakthroughHit starting with]] his acclaimed runs on The Flash and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. He also co-created ''Impulse'', a Flash spinoff which at the time was just about the only humor-based superhero book being published.[[note]]Its pre-publication history is an excellent example of just how ''pervasive'' the DarkAge was; apparently one of the editors at DC was ''fuming'' at the fact that it was primarily humorous and SliceOfLife, rather than typical superhero fare![[/note]] Its success helped inspire other humorous series such as ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' and ''{{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}}'', and helped bring an end to what many fans consider comics' biggest DorkAge. Recently, at Marvel, Waid has been writing ''{{Daredevil}}'' in a LighterAndSofter series that seeks to reverse the unrelenting DarkerAndEdgier take on the character that has made up nearly the past 30 years of his history. So far, the results have been well received. Issue 7 received the Eisner Award for best single issue.

Ironically one of his most infamous (though generally well-regarded) stories is ''Unthinkable'' and its following StoryArc, which took the normally more lighthearted ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' and made it (briefly) DarkerAndEdgier via having nominal AntiVillain SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom cross the MoralEventHorizon in spectacular fashion, [[KickTheDog kicking about a million puppies]] on the way. Waid disliked the popular view of Doom as a NobleDemon JerkWithAHeartOfGold and wrote him as evil with delusions of grandeur. This didn't last beyond his run, but it did give Doom some of his best moments, all of which are still canon. He does consider his run on the 90s ''Justice League America'' a bit of an OldShame because he killed off Ice.

Of course, as his ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' writing credit suggests, Waid can do dark, as well.

He's known for a tight writing style where characters often speak in hurried sentence fragments in order to emphasize action. He's also famous for knowing nearly every last tiny scrap of DC Universe trivia there is, to the point that DC sometimes holds "stump Mark Waid" trivia challenges at comic conventions.
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Mark Waid's works contain examples of the following tropes:

* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Waid's current writing assignments for Marvel both have shades of this: it's kind of built in for ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', but Waid also makes it work for [[IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]].
* {{Reconstruction}}: Most notably on ''Daredevil''
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His work tends to be idealistic, though he's also done cynical work
* {{Snowclone}}: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").
* TakeThat: Several in [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1jcuyg/i_am_mark_waid_writer_of_comics_such_as_superman/ this thread]]
-->'''Reader''': Do you miss Wizard [magazine]?
-->'''Waid''': Only when I need toilet paper.
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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Waid's current writing assignments for Marvel both have shades of this: it's kind of built in for ''DareDevil'', but Waid also makes it work for [[IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]].

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Waid's current writing assignments for Marvel both have shades of this: it's kind of built in for ''DareDevil'', ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', but Waid also makes it work for [[IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]].
26th Oct '13 7:46:57 AM SeptimusHeap
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* EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His work tends to be idealistic, though he's also done cynical work


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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His work tends to be idealistic, though he's also done cynical work
* {{Snowclone}}: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").
7th Oct '13 1:48:56 PM gibberingtroper
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* {{Reconstruction}}: Most notably on ''Daredevil''

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* {{Reconstruction}}: Most notably on ''Daredevil''''Daredevil''
* TakeThat: Several in [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1jcuyg/i_am_mark_waid_writer_of_comics_such_as_superman/ this thread]]
-->'''Reader''': Do you miss Wizard [magazine]?
-->'''Waid''': Only when I need toilet paper.
12th Sep '13 1:30:22 PM moloch
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Mark Waid is a well known comic book writer hailing from the U.S., but more specifically, [[SweetHomeAlabama Alabama]]. His experience is mostly with Creator/DCComics, with some of his most popular runs being on TheFlash and JusticeLeagueOfAmerica as well as many other series. However, he is known in most circles as the man that scripted the iconic ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' series, which has gone on to become one of the classic templates for the superhero reconstruction story ever. His most recent work is his own independent series, ''{{Irredeemable}}'', focusing on the Plutonian, a Superman-esque hero who out of the blue becomes a sheer psychopath towards his own ilk as well as the rest of the planet. He's also launched a companion series, ''Incorruptible'', which stars a supervillain who decided to turn good after Plutonian went insane. He's also writing an ongoing sequel comic to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', and well-received {{Daredevil}} at Marvel.

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Mark Waid is a well known comic book writer hailing from the U.S., but more specifically, [[SweetHomeAlabama Alabama]]. His experience is mostly with Creator/DCComics, with some of his most popular runs being on TheFlash and JusticeLeagueOfAmerica as well as many other series. However, he is known in most circles as the man that scripted the iconic ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' series, which has gone on to become one of the classic templates for the superhero reconstruction story ever. His most recent work is his own independent series, ''{{Irredeemable}}'', focusing on the Plutonian, a Superman-esque hero who out of the blue becomes a sheer psychopath towards his own ilk as well as the rest of the planet. He's also launched a companion series, ''Incorruptible'', which stars a supervillain who decided to turn good after Plutonian went insane. He's also writing an ongoing sequel comic to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', and well-received {{Daredevil}} at Marvel.
''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
12th Sep '13 1:30:05 PM moloch
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Mark Waid is a well known comic book writer hailing from the U.S., but more specifically, [[SweetHomeAlabama Alabama]]. His experience is mostly with Creator/DCComics, with some of his most popular runs being on TheFlash and JusticeLeagueOfAmerica as well as many other series. However, he is known in most circles as the man that scripted the iconic ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' series, which has gone on to become one of the classic templates for the superhero reconstruction story ever. His most recent work is his own independent series, ''{{Irredeemable}}'', focusing on the Plutonian, a Superman-esque hero who out of the blue becomes a sheer psychopath towards his own ilk as well as the rest of the planet. He's also launched a companion series, ''Incorruptible'', which stars a supervillain who decided to turn good after Plutonian went insane. He's also writing an ongoing sequel comic to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

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Mark Waid is a well known comic book writer hailing from the U.S., but more specifically, [[SweetHomeAlabama Alabama]]. His experience is mostly with Creator/DCComics, with some of his most popular runs being on TheFlash and JusticeLeagueOfAmerica as well as many other series. However, he is known in most circles as the man that scripted the iconic ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' series, which has gone on to become one of the classic templates for the superhero reconstruction story ever. His most recent work is his own independent series, ''{{Irredeemable}}'', focusing on the Plutonian, a Superman-esque hero who out of the blue becomes a sheer psychopath towards his own ilk as well as the rest of the planet. He's also launched a companion series, ''Incorruptible'', which stars a supervillain who decided to turn good after Plutonian went insane. He's also writing an ongoing sequel comic to ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', and well-received {{Daredevil}} at Marvel.
22nd Aug '13 12:28:48 AM Quietomega
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* EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").

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* EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").Electric").
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: His work tends to be idealistic, though he's also done cynical work
* {{Reconstruction}}: Most notably on ''Daredevil''
12th Aug '13 6:14:14 PM nombretomado
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* EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").

to:

* EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''FantasticFour'' ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").
24th Jul '13 1:09:08 PM Doc_Loki
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Mark Waid's works contain examples of the following tropes:

* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Waid's current writing assignments for Marvel both have shades of this: it's kind of built in for ''DareDevil'', but Waid also makes it work for [[IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]].
* EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones: Waid appears to have a particular dislike for these. His pitch for writing ''FantasticFour'' contained a specific promise to never write a story titled "I Sing the Body ''Elastic''" (from "I Sing the Body Electric").
8th Jul '13 12:23:52 PM GhostOfAGeek
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He's known for a tight writing style where characters often speak in hurried sentence fragments in order to emphasize action. He's also famous for knowing nearly every last tiny scrap of DC Universe trivia there is, to the point that DC sometimes holds "stump Mark Waid" trivia challenges at comic conventions.

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He's known for a tight writing style where characters often speak in hurried sentence fragments in order to emphasize action. He's also famous for knowing nearly every last tiny scrap of DC Universe trivia there is, to the point that DC sometimes holds "stump Mark Waid" trivia challenges at comic conventions.conventions.
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