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Brat Pack (also sometimes called "Bratpack") was a miniseries created by Rick Veitch and published under King Hell Press, his company. Originally released as five issues, it was later collected as a graphic novel with a rewritten ending.

When the four most infamous teenage sidekicks - Chippy, Wild Boy, Kid Vicious, and Luna - are all killed by Dr. Blasphemy, four "lucky" kids are chosen to replace them. Unfortunately for them, the heroes they're partnered with have massive dark sides.

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This series contains examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: King Rad is persistently wasted. His drinking habit rubbed off on the first Wild Boy.
  • All Gays Are Pedophiles: Midnight Mink is the only explicitly gay character in the entire book, and he is also a pedophile.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: At the beginning of the series, Cody wants more than anything to be a sidekick. By the end of the story, he's an emotional wreck.
  • Blatant Lies: Despite her hideously withered body and missing teeth, Celeste Beno claims that she's only 27. It is nearly impossible to square this with her origin story, which suggests that at the very least, she's in her forties.
  • Body Horror:
    • The previous Chippy managed to survive the explosion that killed the other Bratpackers, but was left horribly disfigured as a result.
    • Beneath the makeup and the costume, Moon Maiden is a hideously withered old woman
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    • Midnight Mink's healing factor heals his wounds, but doesn't prevent scarring. Beneath the costume, his torso is covered in nasty scars and exit wounds. When Cody receives his healing factor, it allows him to survive a crowbar to the chest, but still leaves a truly ugly scar.
    • Kid Vicious' steroid regime builds up his body, but doesn't provide accelerate healing, and since Judge Jury regularly beats him senseless, his face is just a mass of bruises. He's also missing quite a few teeth.
  • The Cape: True-Man is Slumberg's answer to Superman, the pure, all-American hero.
  • Captain Ersatz: All of the main characters are based on established superheroes.
  • Closet Key: Midnight Mink claims that he was this for True-Man.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Cody, Beau, Shannon, and Karlo all happen to lose their parents just before being recruited as sidekicks.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Midnight Mink takes sexual advantage of his young male sidekicks.
  • Disappeared Dad: Karlo's dad is not really a part of his life. It's implied that he was living on the street.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Subverted hard; by the end of the miniseries, Luna has gotten pregnant at least once, and Moon Mistress has forced her to get an abortion.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Midnight Mink received a blood transfusion from True-Man, which gave him an accelerated healing factor, which is good, considering that so many people want him dead. He also shares this "gift" with Cody, enabling the kid to survive a crowbar to the chest. Cody then shares this with the other Bratpackers, allowing them to survive Black October's attempt to kill them.
  • Groin Attack: Part of what makes Moon Mistress so feared is her penchant for castrating men and collecting their testicles as trophies.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Just when it seems like the four heroes are going to once again get away with killing their kid sidekicks, True-Man returns finally and kills all four of them.
  • Queer People Are Funny: When Midnight Mink's homosexuality isn't being played for horror, it's being treated as a joke, with him prancing around and giggling.
  • The Paragon: True-Man was a genuine hero who sought to help people and actually uphold justice before he left. Needless to say, he is not happy with the other four "heroes" when he returns at the end.
  • Punny Name: One of the radio commentators is "Stanley Burr", as in Stan Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.
  • Really Gets Around: By the end of the series, Luna has slept with so many guys that she's not sure who knocked her up this time.
  • Shout-Out: The fifth issue mentions "Gay Neilman" and "Al Enmore". Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore have collaborated with Rick Veitch in the past, and Gaiman wrote the forward for one of the collected editions. There's also a mention of "Tom Roymas", which is almost certainly a shout-out to Roy Thomas.
  • Straw Feminist: Moon Mistress is an extreme parody of radical feminism, complete with constant lectures and conspicuously scrotum-shaped pouches hanging on her belt.
  • Training from Hell: Judge Jury's idea of training Kid Vicious is to beat him senseless and then force him into grueling labor.
  • Wretched Hive: Slumberg is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, a city overrun with crime where even the local heroes are awful.
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