''Displaced Paranormals 7'' (better known as ''[=DP7=]'') was a comic created as part of the launch of Marvel's ComicBook/TheNewUniverse lines of comics. It featured seven ordinary people who, as a consequence of the mysterious "White Event", found themselves imbued with strange powers. The series lasted for 32 issues from November, 1986 to June, 1989. There was also an Annual published.

The series was noteworthy due to its realistic (for its day) examination of the real-world consequences of developing paranormal abilities. While some of the main characters had powers that were clearly advantageous, others had powers that were either balanced by tremendous costs or else were almost entirely negative.

David Landers was immensely strong and equivalently durable.

Dennis Cuzinski's body exuded an acidic substance which effectively cut off any chance of an intimate physical relationship.

Jeffrey Walters had superspeed, but had to eat constantly to avoid starving to death.

Lenore Fenzl was forced to cover every square inch of her body due to exuding an energy which acted as a form of anesthesia upon other people. Used for longer periods, her power also provided her a form of parasitic (and ultimately addictive) energy boost.

Randy O'Brien created "anti-bodies", energy-based copies of himself, each of whom exhibited unique personality traits, and one of whom eventually committed murder.

Charlotte Beck could alter the frictional properties of nearby surfaces, with no apparent ill effects upon herself.

Stephanie Harrington exuded an energy which granted physical ability boosts to herself and anyone who touched her (effectively a transmissable version of a healing factor). She was able to combine this with SheFu in combat.

The characters meet after being committed (either voluntarily or upon the request of their families) to the Clinic For Paranormal Research. The group escape after David and Randy discover that the clinic is engaging in secret MindControl experiments, and spend the first year of the comic being hunted across America by the Clinic's own paranormal agents.

The series was notable for being a high-water mark for its time in terms of writing and the quality of its story. It is a clear forerunner- both in tone and content- of the television series ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.


* ArtifactTitle: "Displaced Paranormals 7" was what the Clinic tagged our heroes when they were on the run; it doesn't really mean anything after that plotline is resolved.
* AuthorAppeal: Writer Mark Gruenwald apparently loved his home state Wisconsin-- which was the setting for much of ''[=DP7=]''.
* BalloonBelly: Sponge's power.
* BigEater: Jeffrey Walters was one of these, because of his abnormally high metabolism.
* BlessedWithSuck: This was a Marvel comic, so it's a given this trope would be invoked. David's powers were slowly killing him; Dennis, Lenore, and Randy all had PowerIncontinence, at least at first; Stephanie's husband wouldn't let her near their children until and unless she had herself BroughtDownToNormal.
** Stephanie's husband had no problems changing his mind though and 'tolerating' her return after he contracted AIDS, since her powers were the only way to ensure his survival. Once she learned the truth she promptly kicked him to the curb.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler:The Cure was a paranormal who had the power to do this to other paranormals. Mutator takes advantage of this, but most of the characters choose to keep their powers.]]
* CodeName: Early on, Dennis suggests using these because they'd be cool. The others are dubious, but Randy points out it might keep their real identities from being publicly identified as paranormal fugitives. They all pick names, which get used with varying levels of frequency.
* CoolOldLady: Lenore "Twilight" Fenzl.
* ExtranormalInstitute: The Clinic for Paranormal Research.
* {{Freakout}}: Dennis Cuzinski had at least one of these, most notably after realizing that his acidic skin secretions meant he could not safely touch another person, much less have sex with them.
* GravityMaster: The power of Deadweight, the {{CIA}} assassin who attacks the [=DP7=] in #29.
* GrowingMusclesSequence: David Landers had a horrifically painful one as his body changed.
* HealingHands: Stephanie had them.
* HorrorHunger: Lenore developed a craving for other people's life force.
* HurtingHero: David suffers a lot of pain; physical from regular bouts of PainfulTransformation from his powers, emotional from chronic bouts of depression from the physical pain and the trauma of such mental illness having previously taking his immediate family.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Stephanie Harrington.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: The power of RecurringExtra George "Mutator" Mullaney, whose body completely changed forms every 48 hours. Since many of these forms were ugly and/or useless, Mutator was another case of BlessedWithSuck [[spoiler:until The Cure [[BroughtDownToNormal brought him down to normal]]]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Dennis "Scuzz" Cuzinski.
* MakeThemRot: Dennis "Skuzz" Skuzinski's acidic skin makes everything he touches rot or burn away, including his clothes.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The White Event, the source of all the super powers.
** Followed later by the Black Event, with the creation of The Pitt by Starbrand's poorly thought out plan to get rid of the Starbrand power while hovering over UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}.
* MentalAffair: The psychic staff members Dexter Charne and Speck talked about this when they prepared to go into the mind of a comatose patient (either Stephanie Harrington or David Landers).
* PoisonousPerson: Dennis.
* PowerIncontinence: About half the cast had problems controlling their abilities.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: One of the effects of Dave's parability, giving him an involuntary mop of WildHair all around his lower face.
* PowerUpgradingDeformation
* RapidHairGrowth: David Landers' hair grows very fast as part of his White Event-inspired mutation. Every once in a while he gains about 50 pounds of muscle practically overnight, and that's when his hair grows out.
* SheFu: Housewife Stephanie Harrington only knew cheerleader moves from her high school days, but her power gave her a degree of protection, so she was able to use these in combat.
* ShoutOut: ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}'' used ''[=DP7=]'' in a storyline in which the titular team visited several alternate realities, including ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse''.
** And The Atlanta Blur- essentially a much faster {{expy}} of Jeffrey Walters- appeared in Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's ''Comicbook/SupremePower'', his homage of ''[=DP7=]'' creator Mark Gruenwald's ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme''.
* SuperSpeed: The power of Jeff "Blur" Walters.
* SuperStrength: The power of David "Mastodon" Landers.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted ridiculously since ''[=DP7=]'' takes place at a clinic for paranormal research. While there are a few bad apples (mostly in the upper echelons), a large chunk of the staff seem to be on the level.
* WallCrawl: Charly's powers allow her to do this.