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''Damage Control'' is a comic (in both senses) series published in intermittent bursts by MarvelComics. Created by {{Dwayne McDuffie}}, it offers a lighthearted look at the MarvelUniverse through the lens of a company specializing in rebuilding areas devastated by superhero-supervillain throw-downs. HilarityEnsues when abandoned bits of AppliedPhlebotinum are picked up, superweapons are accidentally activated, and super-villains won't pay their bills.

The core characters are:
* Ann-Marie Hoag: Founder, first director, and current owner.
* Robin Chapel: Former Traffic Manager, current CEO. Her highly competent and businesslike exterior hides a friendly interior. Romantically linked to John Porter.
* John Porter: Account Executive. Has the knack for finding creative and practical solutions to complicated problems. Had a rivalry with Robin at first, and is friends with the Wrecking Crew villain Thunderball.
* Albert Cleary: Comptroller. Albert appears perpetually cool and unflappable, no matter how intimidating the situation. Possesses the ability to never wrinkle his suit.
* Eugene "Gene" Strausser: Chief Technician and supervisor of Damage Control's salvaged super-gadgets. Briefly became an armored villain when he was fired by the new board of directors.
* Lenny Balinger: Chief Foreman and head of the Search-and-Rescue division. Has a gruff, no-nonsense attitude, and stands by his crew through thick and thin.
* Henry Ackerdson: Head of Marketing. His ideas tend toward the outlandish and gimmicky, barely tolerated by the rest of the staff.

Given the unusual situations they face, the regulars at Damage Control often need to be a bit... ''creative'' in how they resolve problems.

If you're looking for the trope of the same name, please go [[DamageControl here]].
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!!This series provides examples, straight or parodied, of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: After the new Black Goliath joins the company, he's called the wrong name by everyone he meets. "Black Buck", "Big Brother", "Big Black"... He curtails this by changing it to simply "Goliath".
* AdaptationDecay: One story arc involved a Hollywood producer who wanted to make [[TheMovie a movie]] about Damage Control. The results were less than faithful.
* BadassNormal: Most of the staff are regular Joes and Janes struggling with cleaning up toppled buildings and retrieving villains' destroyed giant mecha.
** Lampshaded in the character profiles, which solemnly reported that the characters' strength level was that of a normal human of their age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.
* BlackAndNerdy: Albert Cleary is cut from the "Highly competent professional who happens to be black" mold.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Happens to Albert in the movie. Played by [[GoodTimes Jimmy "J.J." Walker]]. Albert was not thrilled either way.
* BrokenTreasure: One issue features a group of DoctorDoom's minions destroying their laboratory while researching new weapons, and hiring Damage Control to rebuild it exactly the same as it was before Doom finds out. It might have worked out if they hadn't then tried to stiff Damage Control on the bill, because surely they wouldn't dare try to collect from Doom in person...
* BunnyEarsLawyer: John Porter, more than any of the other employees.
* ButtMonkey: Henry Ackerdson.
* TheCameo: Every major Marvel character - hero and villain - shows up at some point. It's because they either need a service or to pick up their weapons from "Lost And Found".
* CelebrityEndorsement: One of Henry's proposed advertising campaigns was to center around [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Joe Fixit]], with the tag line "We Clean Up The Hulk's Messes, We Can Clean Up Yours". Needless to say, he wasn't pleased...
* CigarChomper: Lenny Balinger.
* CleanupCrew: Averted throughout. Despite being (at various times) co-owned by The Kingpin and a CorruptCorporateExecutive, Damage Control has never willingly dealt in criminal activities. They do provide some ''legitimate'' services to villains, as long as the villains can pay their bills.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: During one of Ackerdson's hair-brained schemes to brand the company, he gets the staff to dress up in spandex uniforms complete with capes. When one part of the scheme creates an underground flood, Porter and Gene are stuck when the elevator gets packed with regular crewmen. When Porter asks why he and Gene have to endure the flooding, the foreman exclaims "''You're'' the ones in the capes!"
-->'''John Porter:''' "He's got a point..."
* CoolOldLady: Mrs. Anne-Marie Hoag, who hobnobs with [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]], stands up to [[Characters/SpiderMan The Kingpin]], beats the living hell out of muggers, has survived multiple hostile takeovers and is best friends (and perhaps more) with NickFury.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: After Walter Declun took over Damage Control, he decided to generate more business by giving mutant growth hormone to supervillains to increase their powers and cause more damage as a result. This indirectly led to the Stamford incident, which in turn led to the infamous ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' story arc.
** Interestingly, only Wolverine saw this thread amidst the massive ConflictBall rolling around the superhero community, and so he was the one to give Declun his comeuppance.
* DamageControl: The series is centered around a group of people tasked with cleaning up after the destructive fights between superheroes and villains in the MarvelComics universe.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The central conceit of the series is that ''somebody'' has to clean up all those messes.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Done when Edifice Rex decides to use his powers to clean up the universe, reverse the Big Bang, force everything back into the cosmic egg, and then maybe put the egg on a tasteful pedestal. While the other cosmic beings consider how to stop him, Robin Chapel [[spoiler:realizes he's just doing his job... and fires him.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: In the first issue, John Porter helps the villain Thunderball cut through Damage Control's Lost & Found department. Later, when several employees are trapped with the Wrecking Crew, Thunderball recognizes John among them; he tells the Wrecking Crew to leave them alone [[EngineeredHeroics because John has superpowers]].
-->'''John:''' "LIGHTS OUT!"
-->(Lights go out, Thunderball hits the Wrecking Crew in the heads) ''*Bonk!* *Bang!* *Blam!*''
* GeniusLoci: The Chrysler Building, which became sentient and mobile after ''WorldWarHulk'' and wants to see the world. John Porter negotiates a deal where it can go on vacations in August, since no one visits Manhattan then.
* GenreSavvy: From the first issue, when a crewman foolishly picks up a glowing artifact that turns him into a cosmic power: "Yeah, can you send Legal over to the site? One of my guys just had an [[SuperheroOrigin Origin]]."
-->'''Lenny:''' "We lose more employees this way..."
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: The sex scene between "Robin" and "John" in the Damage Control movie.
* HeroInsurance: Explored rather than simply implied.
* HilaritySues
* InferredHolocaust: {{Lampshade}}d after ''WorldWarHulk'':
-->'''John:''' "We've never found a casualty at a Hulk site before, so I guess we shouldn't be too surprised."
-->'''Robin:''' "[[NoEndorHolocaust No deaths]]? Incredible."
-->'''John:''' "[[MST3KMantra I've always felt it's best not to dwell on these things.]]"
* InnocentBystanderSeries
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: One story had the company hired to repair damage to [[{{Comicbook/X-Men}} Xavier's School For Gifted Children]] from a super-battle. After the repairs were completed and the crew paid, Professor Xavier used his telepathic powers to erase their memories of the school's location and students.
* LovableNerd: "Gene" Strausser, who's essentially a big kid playing with Damage Control's collection of super-powered toys.
* MediumAwareness: Played with when SheHulk was a featured guest-star; the comic made fun of her [[FourthWallObserver fourth-wall savvyness]] at the time by repeatedly [[{{Lampshade}} Lampshading]] it... culminating when She-Hulk has a building collapse around her:
-->'''Lenny:''' "I always tell them -- when you [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], the whole structure collapses."
* NervesOfSteel: Albert Cleary, who serves overdue bills to '''''DoctorDoom''''' without showing any outward signs of distress. ("Outward signs" being the important bit here. On the inside, he's imagining himself in the morgue and praying for divine intervention.)
* NotSoStoic: Albert's normally-unflappable demeanor drops after he's been turned into an UncleTomfoolery caricature in the movie.
* OffscreenRebuilding
* OnlySaneEmployee: Robin Chapel.
* PunchClockHero: Done literally with the superheroes who work for Damage Control; these include Speedball (as an intern in his civilian identity), Hercules (community service), [[strike:Black]] Goliath, Monstro, and Visioneer.
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction: A company trademark, as featured in [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v420/Doop/marvelyearinreview/marvel_1989_the_year_in_review_p01.jpg this advertisement.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Damage Control often uses the super-powered gadgets, battle robots, and AppliedPhlebotinum they scavenge during their cleanups to expedite repairs.
-->The City of New York tried to fix the George Washington bridge for 7 months. Then they called us.
-->We fixed it in one day. Before lunch.
* RuleOfFunny
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick
* SexySecretary
* SuperOCD: Edifice Rex, a cosmically-powered crewman, declares his newfound duty was to clean ''the entire planet.''
-->"A world where garbage bags have built in handles. Where zip-lock stripes turn green, to assure proper sealage. Where spray cleaner comes in a bottle with setting both spray and stream. So many gifts they have, so untidy they are. Rejected though I am, I will leave them with this gift: a world of perpetual neatness. With a place for everything -- and everything in its place!"
* TitleTheAdaptation: ''Damage Control: The Movie''
* UncleTomfoolery: Happens to prim-and-proper Comptroller Albert in the movie adaptation. He files a lawsuit while the film is still screening.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: From the Damage Control scrap pile, run by Eugene "Gene" Strausser.
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