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''ComicBook/CommonGrounds'' is a six-issue comic book limited series created by writer Troy Hickman [[note]]adapted from his Small Press comic ''Holey Crullers''[[/note]] and published by Top Cow Productions in 2004. The series examined the life of superheroes and villains in and around a chain of coffee shops called [[TitleDrop Common Grounds]], all of which which serve as a neutral-ground between superpowered heroes and villains. Because of the lack of violence on their premises, these restaurants allow heroes and villains to speak to one another in amicable situations, and provided insights into their histories and personal lives as they are featured in normal, everyday situations while still in character as a hero or villain.

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!!The comic book provides examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Man-Witch is a little weirded out by the fact that women send fanmail to him in prison. He's evil, and all, but crazy is a little out of his depth.
* AnachronicOrder: "Elsewhere" (featured in the second issue of the series) takes place six months after Digital Man disappeared (in January, so it's July), which is after the dates given in the timeline for stories told in later issues. [[spoiler: It's also around the time that Analog Kid rescues him.]]
* ArtShift: Because each story is drawn by different artists, this is inevitable. It only really becomes apparent in "This'll Be the Day" and "Loose Ends", the latter of which features a cameo by two main characters of the former, American Pi and Zhang.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: American Pi -- she explicitly and [[TalkingIsAFreeAction out loud]] calculates the exact amount of force and angle of attack needed to knock out a thug.
* BadassNormal: Snowfire. Subverted/deconstructed in that he was killed just a few weeks into his hero career.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: You'd think a guy like the Acidic Jew would be a bad guy, right? Acid touch, and all that? But no. He concentrates as hard as he can to keep his powers at bay, and is always there to help in the event of crisis; he saved dozens of lives after the Oklahoma City bombings.
* BlessedWithSuck: He migt be able to circle the world in the blink of an eye, but the superfast hero Speeding Bullet also can not keep a girlfriend or sit through a movie. Because.....it....is....all....so....slow...
** The Acidic Jew dissolves everything he touches; he has to concentrate to stop it long enough for him to eat something he's holding, and nearly starved to death before he learned to do so. Deb-U-Ton is heavy enough to break wooden floors. Strangeness is ... well, a monster.
* TheCape: Captain Gallant, he even used to invite villains in for a hot meal between catching them and turning them in
* CaptainPatriotic: American Pi
* CaptainGeographic: Captain Gallant
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Subversion from the norm of ComicBookTropes, in that when Big Money offers a supervillain twenty-seven million dollars (in 1984 dollars, for reference) to stop his current evil scheme, the villain wisely accepts! (And promptly gets in trouble with the IRS.)
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Uber-American and wonderful person Captain Gallant has three superhero sons: Bloodstain, Die-Cut, and Deathmarch. It's a touchy subject.
* DarkIsNotEvil / LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: Blackwatch and Commander Power respectively]].
* DeathIsCheap: One of the rare instances where it is lampshaded while ''not'' being employed. When the founder of the Common Grounds restaurants is being interviewed, he expresses his profound belief that his son is ''not'' dead, since everybody knows it always turns out to be a dream, or a clone that was killed, or something of that nature. By the end he is practically [[TearJerker in tears]], but he is still clinging to hope that maybe, just ''maybe'', his son is still out there.
* DinerBrawl: Averted. Despite the cafe being frequented by super-powered enemies, great pains are taken to ensure there are no fights on the premises.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** He might be willing to rob banks, but the Mental Midget's arch-foe Man-Witch won't actually try to magically create money, since that might upset the US economy and he is still a Patriotic American.
** Even would-be world-conquering monsters have standards, as witnessed by the horror and sorrow that a group of them show on being told a tale about a drunken father forcibly toilet training his daughter... she dies of drowning and massive head trauma.
* GadgeteerGenius: Analog Kid built a death ray out of a magnifying glass and two slinkys at age 4.
* GeniusBruiser: Strangeness was top of his class at Harvard Law before being turned into a monster.
* GoodGuyBar
* HappilyAdopted: Analog Kid
* HeroicBuild: Mostly played straight, but subverted in one story which centers around an overweight superhero's support group
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Subverted in the backstory, as instead of two heroes fighting and ultimately becomings friends and allies, two superheroes, an experienced one and a novice, accidentally fight each other (a situation referred to by one character as a "slugfest") and the experienced superhero ''kills'' the younger one. RealityEnsues as the survivor is subsequently arrested, sentenced to a lengthy term in jail, and emerges decades later unable to find gainful employment, forced to scrounge through the trash for meals. This actually serves as the key background moment of the entire series, as it was this event that lead to the foundation of the eponymous series of restaurants. The founder of Common Grounds, himself a former hero, was the father of the inexperienced hero killed in the brawl, and he started the neutral-ground eatery as a means of insuring that heroes (and even villains) would finally have a chance to meet one another and be able to clear up these minor confrontations before they could spin out of control in the real world.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: The Eternal Flame was the man to whom Prometheus gave the fire that he stole, granting him power over fire and immortality. He becomes a superhero and is still able to enjoy his life after all that time, still falling in love over and over again. He's looking forward to the second coming so he can hang out with Jesus again.
* MagicalSeventhSon: Man-Witch. He had about fourteen siblings because the "seventh son of a seventh son" thing doesn't count girls.
* MostCommonSuperPower: Magna-Woman had it, so she had a breast reduction surgery; her health is much better now.
* MuggingTheMonster: Played with. When Blackwatch and Commander Power, former superhero and villain, are accosted in an alley by knife-wielding thugs, Power scares them off with his lightning powers. After the thugs run away, he admits to Blackwatch that, with his advancing age, the harmless lightshow he put on is all he can do these days, and if the thugs had pressed the attack he would most likely have thrown out his back before he could to do any fighting.
* [[NamesTheSame The Name's Seperated Only By A Synonym]] : Snowfire should not under any circumstances be confused with the short-lived DCComics supervillain Snowflame, [[{{Pantheon/Otherness}} God of Cocaine.]]
* NinetiesAntiHero: Captain Gallant's aforementioned sons, also, in an interview the character Big Money talks about "grim" heroes that ave appeeared recently. From what we can see in the text they're very much in the minority, and most people consider them a joke.
* OldSuperhero: And villains
* PowerPerversionPotential: Mental Midget used his mind control powers in high school to make the most popular girl in school go to homecoming with him, [[OldShame he still regrets it]].
* PunnyName: Deb-U-Ton is an affluent young woman who weighs 2000 pounds after accidentally being made hyperdense. Mosche Chomsky bemoans the fact that the press refers to him as "the Acidic Jew", a name he feels is in poor taste.
** Man-Witch, on the other hand, had never heard of Manwich before Mental Midget mentioned it to him. He didn't seem to care.
* RealityEnsues: See above; killing somebody gets you a lengthy prison term and a miserable life once released, not a free pass or easy escape every two weeks.
* RedeemingReplacement: Strangeness and Charm are superheroes because they want to make up for their father's supervillainy [[spoiler: after he [[FaceHeelTurn stopped being a hero]]. Charm wants to honor that part of his legacy, not the fall that came afterwards.]]
* ReformedCriminal: Common Grounds runs a program to help former supervillains become productive members of society, atleast a few seem to have taken it
* ShoutOut: Blackwatch's stained shirt shows a [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} circular image with a red stain in the upper left]]
* TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks: In-universe the 1960's appear to have been this; complete with colourful costumes, classic do-gooder heroes and [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villains]]. Most of the characters who were active during this time look back on it with nostalgia, even the bad guys, Commander Power fondly describes it as "When heroes were heroes and villains were villains"
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Big Money, the Common Grounds founder.
* StrictlyFormula: The formulaic nature of 1960s monster comics is lampshaded and (gently) parodied in "Where Monsters Dine" -- all of the monsters were initially defeated by ordinary men described as nerdy, meek, wimpy or mousy.
--->'''Grondar, The Unbelievable Monster From Planet X:''' Man, what was it with those nerdy guys back then? Our plans for global domination went down the crapper just to improve their self-esteem.
* ThemeNaming: Strangeness and Charm are both [[strike:qualities]] arbitrary quantum number labels of quarks.
* TruceZone: The basic philosophy of Common Grounds; anybody (hero or villain) is welcome to come in and enjoy its services in peace and safety, and they are encouraged to meet and mingle in order to smooth out personal differences before they become dangerous in the real world. Details are sketchy, but apparently the restaurants hire people with superpowers as staff members in order to have the muscle to make ''sure'' that nobody starts anything.
* TwistEnding: The end of the Commander Power/Blackwatch story reveals that, [[spoiler:contrary to what the reader was made to believe, Commander Power was the villain and Blackwatch was the hero all along]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: During their conversation, Moshe (the Acidic Jew) guesses that Patricia (Deb-U-Ton) is seventeen or eighteen; she tells him that she's actually sixteen.

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