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At the end of TheNineties, Creator/AlanMoore founded Creator/AmericasBestComics, an attempt to put a new twist on {{superhero}} comics from well before UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. ''Tomorrow Stories'', especially so. Where ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' started with mostly issue-length adventures, and ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' had a mystical adventure arc that eventually [[GoingCosmic went cosmic]], ''Tomorrow Stories'' was an AnthologyComic that brought back the 6-10 page stories common in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. It was a superhero AnthologyComic long after the fashion had passed.

Each issue comprised four stories, with five features introduced overall. These were:

* Greyshirt: A former low-level gangster with an armored shirt, a badass kerchief, and a cool cane.
* Cobweb: A sexy vigilante who worked closely with her chauffeur/sidekick Clarice.
* First American: An ineffectual JerkAss who happened to have a costume and a resentful sidekick in U.S. Angel.
* Jack B. Quick: A boy scientist given to experiments like putting buttered toast on a cat's back. (You see, toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet.) [[ForScience Never one to let morality get in the way of Science!]], to the despair of his folksy parents.
* Splash Brannigan: A living blob of four-dimensional ink. Quite friendly.
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!!Tomorrow Stories as a whole provides examples of:
* AffectionateParody
* AnthologyComic

!!Individual features provide examples of:

!!!Greyshirt
* ArchEnemy: Johnny Apollo.
* AscendedExtra: Nearly every supposedly one-shot character from the ''Tomorrow Stories'' Greyshirt segments reappear in ''Indigo Sunset'', either for a cameo or for the reveal that they were more heavily involved in Greyshirt's life than they first appeared to be.
* AxCrazy: Something of a staple in Greyshirt's RoguesGallery, most noticeably Johnny Apollo and Lapis Lazuli.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Johnny Apollo. The Lure reconstructed him using parts of itself.]]
* BadassNormal: And how!
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ella Bly sold Franky Lafayette out to Johnny Apollo in exchange for help in launching her music career. Well, years later she's now a famous blues singer and pianist, but her face was badly burned by Johnny with an iron.
* CoatHatMask
* CoolBigBro: Greyshirt to his younger sister Catherine.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Fanman, of Fanman Productions, really [[spoiler: Johnny Apollo.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: Subverted. The covers of ''Indigo Sunset'' feature stories that aren't the main focus of the issue, but are featured as newspaper stories in the back of the issues. This is keeping in the theme that the title ''Indigo Sunset'' is the name of the Indigo City newspaper.
* DatingCatwoman: With psychotic serial killer Lapis Lazuli. After she fakes her death, Lapis suggests the idea of leaving Indigo City and running off with Greyshirt. Greyshirt muses Lapis would probably try to kill him, and she sadly agrees.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Spats Katz' longtime moll Candi sincerely repents in prison just before her execution. [[spoiler: An explosion in the prison allows her to escape, although it's implied that the district attorney, an old childhood friend of both Candy and Greyshirt, purposefully turned a blind eye to her escape.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Greyshirt's sidekick, Rocky, barely appears in ''Indigo Sunset'' at all.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Carmine Carbone and Lips Lafayette. Carmine went to pot du to excessive drinking. Lips sold Carmine out to the police because prison was much safer than on the streets, considering Spats Katz and Johnny Apollo could've easily had him killed in the state he was in. She then goes blind from glaucoma and gives up her second child by Carmine for adoption. Their daughter, named Catherine Smith, is born slightly retarded from Lips' drinking and is raised in an orphanage. [[spoiler: By ''Indigo Sunset'', Lips is a blind newspaper vendor called "Lady L", Carmine is a shell of himself who lives in a halfway home for convicts, and Catherine is a twelve-year old papergirl. The three are kidnapped by Fanman (Johnny Apollo), both in an attempt to draw out Greyshirt and because Lips and Carmine could easily sue for the profits made from ''The Carbones''. As Lips and Carmine try to get out of the Indigo City mines, the sight of the Lure brings Carmine back to his senses. The two plan to make up for all the lost years by getting married and raising Catherine.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Lure.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: Lapis Lazuli, back when she still called herself Laverne, designed a ray that turned things into sapphire. The ray accidentally hit her and turned her skin diamond hard and blue, and also gave her a form of immortality.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: Vinnie Assapunto.
* {{Expy}}: Lapis Lazuli is a cross between ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} and post-secondary-mutation ComicBook/EmmaFrost.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Subverted, in that most of the people who do the smoking are mobsters.
* HeelFaceTurn: Integral to his SuperHeroOrigin.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Ella Bly, former self-described "Whore with a heart of gold." She sold Franky Lafayette out to Johnny Apollo in exchange for a start on her singing career, but upon realizing that Franky is the only man in her life who has treated her with dignity and respect, she informs him that Johnny is on his way. Franky escapes in time, but for her trouble Ella [[spoiler: has her face disfigured with an iron by Johnny.]] On his part, Greyshirt has implied that he doesn't hold her betrayal against Ella.
* InsufferableGenius: Artist Andy Savannah, who made a living copying panels from ''Hoodlum Hits'', the comic that was about Franky Lafayette and Johnny Apollo, and passing it off as high grade art. He's a TakeThat at Roy Lichtenstein and he [[spoiler: gets killed]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: Lips, Candy, and Ella. In the case of the former two, their looks went down the drain from years of smoking and drinking. In Ella's case, [[spoiler: it was from being scarred with a hot iron by Johnny Apollo]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: People comment that Greyshirt's alter ego, Franky Lafayette, wasn't so much a bad guy as he was someone who was in it for the adventure. Not like his former partner and friend, Johnny Apollo, who was a sociopathic nut.
* KinkySpanking: Between him and Cobweb (naturally).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ella Bly had this reaction after selling Franky Lafayette out.
* NoodleIncident: Greyshirt's adventure with Pandora Siam is one of the few exploits of his career that's never been fully explored$.
* PaintingTheMedium: The word "Greyshirt" would always appear among the scenery, because this feature was an homage to ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''
* PetTheDog: Spats Katz was an abhorrent gangster with no regard for human life, but he strangely seems to actually care about Candi, enough that he pushed her out of the way of Johnny Apollo's car and saved her life at the cost of losing his legs.
* ThePowerOfLove: The fabled Star of Indigo sapphire, a giant sapphire which has the uncanny ability of uniting a man and woman together through the power of "Recognition."
* PunnyName: Vinnie Assapunto hates being the butt of jokes. Assapunto = ass + pun. Also, the title of his story is "The Butt Kicks Back", which is another rearrangement of his last name to "ass punt".
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Hit man Vinnie Assapunto goes on one after discovering that he's the butt of several jokes in Indigo City. The rampage is him tracing the jokes back to their original source, knocking off everyone he questions, until he finds out the source is really his psychiatrist.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Lady L.
* ShoutOut: to Will Eisner's ''ComicBook/TheSpirit''
* SpinOff: Was the only character from ''Tomorrow Stories'' to receive his own spin-off miniseries, which not only incorporated everything from the previous stories but further expanded his backstory and those of the supporting cast.
* StoryWithinAStory: ''Indigo Sunset'' contained a number of short comic strips done in the style of newspaper comics, up until the fifth issue.
* ThatManIsDead: The world thinks Franky Lafayette is dead. He thinks it's better that way.
* ThoseWackyNazis: One story focused on Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, reincarnated as cockroaches in an old woman's kitchen. They're later exterminated with some roach motels, but come back again as a germ culture that's implied to be incinerated.

!!!Cobweb
* AllThereInTheManual: ''ABC A-Z'' #2 revealed the other incarnations of Cobweb and Clarice that have appeared in the 19th Century, the 1940s and 1960s were the ancestors of the current Cobweb and Clarice. It also revealed that the Cobweb of the 1940s was in fact the first heroic one, as all the previous ones were all debased and evil. Okay granted, Cobweb is still a bit debased.
* AnythingThatMoves: Although with the exception of Greyshirt, Cobweb has only ever shown romantic and physical interest in other women.
* ArchEnemy: Her only reoccurring foe is Octavia Price, the Money Spider.
* ArtShift: In nearly every issue Melinda Gebbie worked on, the storytelling format and art style changed.
* ChurchOfHappyology: A story about Scientology got [[ExecutiveMeddling eighty-sixed]] by parent corp Creator/DCComics, much to Moore's displeasure.
* DatingCatwoman: One story focused on Cobweb's sadomasochistic relationship with a male villain called the Mongoose. But the relationship was pretty much a straightforward hero-villain type of thing, except Cobweb's internal dialog played it out like they were lovers, as a parody of FoeYay in the superhero comic.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Cobweb's ancestor La Toile [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to heaven]] after becoming bored with the debauchery of the underworld and realizing that life is meaningless. [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible Or something.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Clothilde, the assistant of the 19th Century Cobweb, La Toile, became disillusioned when her mistress's tastes started becoming more debased than usual, so she fled to America with their children.
* EveryoneHasStandards: As kinky as Cobweb is, she was disgusted by Money Spider's advances and voices her disgust when she receives an unwanted kiss from her.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: In ''Tomorrow Stories Special'' #1, Cobweb and Clarice are caught in an inescapable DeathTrap. Thinking they are about to dies, they reveal their true feelings for each other and kiss. The villain is so turned on that he shuts off the DeathTrap so he can watch them make out.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Cobweb. She discovers that her enemy the Mongoose has come back from the dead (again) but has kidnapped ''another'' superheroine. Cobweb's response was to burn the building down with the two of them still in it.
* HomosexualReproduction: It is revealed that Cobweb and her sidekick/lover Clarice are the daughters of a previous Cobweb and Clarice, having been born as a result of a ritual where their ancestors made love in a certain place which had certain special qualities. This was because their ancestors were, due to an accident, from a OneGenderRace.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: With Greyshirt. She's the one woman he could never have, and you can probably figure out why. Well, they had ''sex'', of course, but still.
* KinkySpanking: Cobweb is into this.
* LegacyCharacter: The current Cobweb is not the first.
* LighterAndSofter: The "Li'l Cobweb" story. Only that could be applied to half of the story, as what Li'l Cobweb believes to be a case involving Russian anarchists is really her married neighbor having an affair with a police officer. The artwork shifts from intentionally cute while focusing on Cobweb and Li'l Clarice, to more adult oriented when focusing on the neighbor.
* LivingDollCollector: Phallocrates Phlange.
* LostTribe: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Lost Housewives of New Jersey.]]
* MultipleChoicePast: Greyshirt has tried investigating Cobweb's past in order to determine how old she is, going by reports of her crime fighting career in the 1940s and the novels about La Toile from the 19th Century. It later turns out there's been more than one Cobweb.
* RoguesGallery: Money Spider, the Lost Housewives of New Jersey, Little Bo Peep, Dr. Phallocrates Phlange, Isidric Lautermanns, and the Mongoose.
* ShoutOut: The story featuring Cobweb investigating a disappearnce in the fairy tale community seems to be one to ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}''. Or a TakeThat, depending on your perspective.
* {{Stripperific}}: Mostly see-through costume.
* TooKinkyToTorture: If anything, her internal monologues while battling the Mongoose reveal this. But Cobweb's very good at pretending otherwise.
* TrulySingleParent: Cobweb and Clarice are the latest generation of a bloodline of parthenogenetic Central American lesbians.
* VaporWear: Cobweb wears nothing beneath her see-through costume.
* WomanScorned: Her so-called "relationship" with the Mongoose ends this way.
* WriterRevolt: While nothing confirmed, Melinda Gebbie stopped doing the artwork for Cobweb after issue eight. The story after that would've been the aforementioned Scientology story.
* YouAreFat: Cobweb, after killing the Mongoose and his captive Astounding Woman by setting his hideout on fire, tells the press that Astounding Woman "was probably too fat to escape in time".

!!!First American
* ADateWithRosiePalms: During a brief stint when U.S.Angel was possessing F.A., she saw him heading into the bathroom and take out some magazines of [[{{Squick}} pigs and farm animals in lingerie.]] Thankfully she got out before she saw anything more.
* ArchEnemy: His most recurring foe, the fat, suicidal opera singer Gerta Dammerung.
* ButtMonkey: U.S.Angel once discovered a portal into F.A.'s mind, which she then exploited to his rogues gallery by renting his body out. The tables turned when F.A. discovered a similar portal into U.S.Angel's mind.
* CassandraTruth: The first issue had Gerta trying to destroy the world after seeing the depraved antics on a Jerry Springer-esque T.V. show, thinking the world deserves to be put out of its misery. By the end of the story, F.A. and U.S.Angel concede that she may have had a point, as the show host is actually the front man for an alien invasion and the audience actually ''sides'' with him when the truth comes out.
* DatingCatwoman: Actually married Gerta once, before leaving her for his aromatherapist.
* DeliciousFruitPies: As might be expected, First American included a parody of these ads.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: F.A. marries someone named "Blonde Woman", who's later referred to as "Blonde Transsexual" after he divorces him and has gender reassignment surgery. Their kids say his name wasn't "Stella."
* IdiotHero
* ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: Gerta once tried to flood the world using the genetically engineered, giant eyeballs of Gwenyth Paltrow. Why? Because she's twenty pounds overweight and will never get married.
* LegacyCharacter: A story in ''America's Best Comics 80 Page Giant'' reveals that First American is the descendent of the First First American, who originally came up with the idea of fighting crime in a costume with a funny name ([[RunningGag he had the funny name, not the costume]]). U.S.Angel quickly points out that this [[NoContinuity completely contradicts his established origin]].
* NoFourthWall
* ShoutOut: to Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's ''Fighting American''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: The relationship between F.A. and U.S.Angel shifts from her being a disrespected sidekick, to her barely putting up with him.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Gerta. Her attempts at destroying the world usually stem from her belief that it needs to be put out of its misery, or because of homicidal depression caused by her lack of a love life.
* YaoiFangirl: U.S.Angel enjoys writing ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' slash fiction.

!!!Jack B Quick
* AlienAbduction: An inversion. Jack actually abducts an alien of his own, and holds it hostage. In return, the aliens deliver Glenn Miller and his orchestra.
* BlackComedy: He fails to notice that his cheerful meddling in {{things man was not meant to know}} drives his [[AmericanGothicCouple simple farming parents]] into depression and eventually [[DrivenToSuicide attempted suicide]]. This is pretty much in the background.
* ChildProdigy
* InsufferableGenius
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum
* MadScientist
* SuicideAsComedy: Jacks science based hijinks and meddling in ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow eventually drive his folksy parents into depression and suicide. Their suicide attempts are frequently relegated to a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The townspeople have come gotten used to Jack's "meddling in God's domain", but still get annoyed when it disrupts their daily life.

!!!Splash Brannigan
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: This living liquid ''loves'' like letters.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In a story that had Splash go up against a white-colored doppelganger, after spending the entire story fighting, they dawn on an epiphany about co-operation and friendship... and then Splash disintegrates him. The moral? Don't bet on the white guy.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Sidney J. Kaput, Daisy's editor and the owner of Kaput Comics, once went on a rant about his carefully controlled heroin addiction, and how he once stalked Flo Steinberg and Marie Severin.
* NoFourthWall
* PluckyGirl: Daisy Screensaver.
* RhymesOnADime: He's energetic! He's poetic! He does this so much it's pathetic!
* ShoutOut: This time to ComicBook/PlasticMan.
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