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Once upon a time, there was a man called Creator/RobLiefeld. Near the end of TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, his comics began to sell poorly. And there was another man -- Creator/AlanMoore. He felt guilty, because [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke a couple]] [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} of his comics]] drastically changed the industry, when everybody wanted to do something like him, thus creating the Dark Age. Those two men met and saw great opportunity with each other. Everything with Moore's name on it was selling, so Liefeld could save his company by hiring him. On the other hand all of Liefeld's heroes were [[CaptainErsatz copies]] of DC/Marvel characters or teams, and Moore got an idea how to use them to appeal to classic comics fans. At first, they started slowly; Moore got ComicBook/{{Supreme}} and turned him into a living love letter to SilverAge Franchise/{{Superman}}. It worked, so Moore got his hands on all Liefeld's characters. And this is when this story comes to life.

''ComicBook/YoungbloodJudgmentDay'' is a 3-issue miniseries (plus ''Aftermath'' one-shot) written by Moore and drawn by Liefeld and various other artists. ComicBook/{{Youngblood}} team member, Riptide, has been murdered and her fellow teammate, Knightstrike is the main suspect. Because the authorities don't want anything to do with it and it's the first case like that in history, they left the superhero community to handle this, with superheroes as the jury, courtroom, defense, prosecution and judge familiar with the community. But it's all only the beginning of a far greater tale, one older than our world.

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!!Tropes:

* AnachronicOrder: Flashbacks in the first issue jump from present to various times in possibly-random order - 1868, 436, 1943 etc. Later issues set them in chronological order.
* ArtShift: All flashbacks are drawn by different artists.
* BarbarianHero: Bram the Berserk
* CourtroomAntic: Skipper's actions would have turned the courtroom into a circus if it weren't one already.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Liefed's characters before Moore took over.
* {{Expy}}: The series was full of this as well, as it was heavily inspired by the ''New Comicbook/TeenTitans'' and a number of SilverAge teen hero books:
** Twilight is a {{Genderflip}}ped {{Nightwing}}, with {{FlashBack}}s showing that as a child, she also started off as an expy of the Dick Grayson {{Robin}}.
** And of course her mentor, Professor Night, was a {{Batman}} expy.
** Waxy Doyle was inspired by the [[SandmanMysteryTheatre Wesley Dodds Sandman]].
** Suprema is ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, specifically the innocent SilverAge version and not any of the modern DarkerAndEdgier interpretations.
** Satana is based off Satan Girl, Supergirl's EvilTwin.
** BrotherSisterTeam Speedwell and Poppy were expies of {{Quicksilver}} and the ScarletWitch.
** Riptide's father Storybook Smith is based off the [[GoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero Johnny Thunder.
* FutureMeScaresMe: [[spoiler: Marcus]] wasn't pleased to find what future had been written for him in the book, so he rewrote it.
* LighterAndSofter: Seriously, stories in ''Aftermath'' are, with the exception of [=MaxiMage=], classic SilverAge and BronzeAge adventures with DarkAge ex-poster boys.
* MacGuffin: [[spoiler:The Book of Hermes]] is a central plot element here.
* {{Metafiction}}: All over the place, with everything being a part of a story and a man who travels through imagination visiting to see what new stories are going to happen now.
* MightyWhitey: Zantar, White God of the Congo. This is almost endlessly {{Lampshaded}} by the casually racist narration during his part of the story, and later by one of his own descendants.
* MindScrew: The [=MaxiMage=] story in ''Aftermath''.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Lampshaded by a superheroine from sixties who says that she was considered as well-endowed back in the days, but compared to today's heroines, she feels flat-chested.
* PowerFantasy: Pretty much shows what can happen if somebody would make his PowerFantasy real.
* RealityWritingBook
* RetCon: The series did this to the heroes' DarkerAndEdgier counterparts.
* RewritingReality
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d, where Glory is keen to the idea of re-forming the Allies of Justice because she enjoys being the only woman in a team of men -- it's implied that it makes her feel like she's the one in charge.
* StableTimeLoop: It's mentioned that the League of Infinity first heard of Giganthro through historical records of the trial... where they helped their longtime friend and teammate Giganthro testify.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Suprema doesn't like these kinds of outfits, but finds costumes worn by men even worse.
* TheTropeKid: The Brimstone Kid
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: [[spoiler: As Marcus plunges the superhero world in the Dark Age, a lone silhouette of him is shown. The pose is almost exactly the same as the one on the iconic TheDarkKnightReturns first issue cover.]]
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