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Seven Soldiers was a maxi-series, written by Grant Morrison, started in 2005 and ended in 2006. With two bookend issues, the bulk of the series was comprised of seven four issue miniseries, each one focusing on each one of the titular seven members. This series is notable in that none of the members of the team ever meet each other (with one or two exceptions). It is an update of DC's classic Seven Soldiers of Victory series.

The series starts with the son of the original Spider, Thomas Dalt A.K.A. "I, Spyder", visiting Slaughter Swamp outside of Gotham City, and encountering the "Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp" who have chosen him for a certain task. Meanwhile, an about to retire Greg Saunders A.K.A. Vigilante (who was later revealed to be finally submitting to his werewolfism) creates a new Seven Soldiers of Victory team, made up of Spyder, a new Boy Blue, Merry the Gimmick Girl (called Gimmix), Dyno-Mite Dan, and the Whip to defeat a giant spider that was supposed to have been destroyed during Saunders' tenure in the old West. The team kill the spider, but in turn are decimated by the mysterious Sheeda, lead by the Neh-Buh-Loh Man, who have come to destroy the world in "The Harrowing".

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Each of the miniseries focuses on each member:

  • Zatanna: After the events of Identity Crisis came to light and an incident in which she was indirectly responsible for the deaths of several of her friends and the release of a mysterious shape-shifting demon, Zatanna has lost all confidence in herself. But after meeting a mysterious young girl who asks to be her apprentice, Zatanna begins to travel down a path to learn the secrets of her father's legacy and regain her resolve. However, she soon discovers that her new apprentice is not entirely what she seems...
  • Shining Knight: In the age of King Arthur Dragonhead, young Sir Ystin (pronounced Justin) and the flying horse Vanguard invade the mysterious Castle Revolving belonging to the Sheeda to kill their queen and recover one of the Seven Imperishable Treasures, the Cauldron of Rebirth. In order to ensure its safety, Ystin tosses the cauldron out of the castle and escapes, but ends up in modern times due to Castle Revolving's time traveling capabilities. After coming to terms with the loss of Camelot and all of its knights, Ystin goes forth to search for a way to end the Sheeda. Meanwhile, Vanguard, who was separated from his rider, is found by a mob boss, who is placed in a mysterious cauldron when ever he dies...
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  • Klarion: In the underground Puritan village of Limbo Town, lives the young Witch-Boy Klarion. After the discovery of a Sheeda rider, the elders of the village announced the sealing of the only gate to the upper "High Market", much to the frustration of Klarion who dreamed of seeing the outside world. Upon seeing the elders turning into a vile monster, Klarion escapes and eventually makes his way to the surface world of New York City. Being approached by a mysterious man named Melmoth to join a gang of childish thugs to steal a giant drill, one Klarion eventually discovers is to be used to enslave Limbo Town...
  • Manhattan Guardian: Jake Jordan is going through a rough patch in his life: he's been fired from his job as a police officer after a nervous breakdown and his fiance, Carla, holds no respect for him. After his future father-in-law points him to a job for the mysterious "Manhattan Guardian" newspaper, the paper's founder, Ed Stargard, hires Jake as their "in-house superhero". While being the Manhattan Guardian has brought Jake out of his funk, multiple tragedies occur during the job, and Jake goes to confront Stargard. Upon meeting Stargard in person for the first time, Jake is told the story of the Newsboy Legion of Nowhere Street and their encounter with the Sheeda...
  • Frankenstein: The "Spawn of Frankenstein" himself. After fighting against the evil machinations of Dark Melmoth, Frankenstein (The Monster, who is shown to have taken his creator's name) goes into a deep slumber for many years. Upon an invasion of a high school by the Sheeda, Frankenstein revives to continue his work. After coming across his foe on Mars, Frankenstein discovers that Melmoth is the former Sheeda King trying to defeat his wife and that Frankenstein partially owes his existence to him. After defeating his foe in a particularly spectacular manner, Frankenstein is inducted into the mysterious agency, S.H.A.D.E. who send him on a mission to stop the Sheeda-affiliated Neh-Buh-Loh Man...
  • Bulleteer: Alix Harrower is an average woman, married to a Mad Scientist husband, Lance. Lance is attempting to create a new metallic superskin to become a superhero so he could live out his fantasy life with his wife or hook up with a superchick he met online. Unfortunately he Jumped at the Call, covering himself with his superskin, accidentally does the same to his wife, and dies in the process. Alix, who survives by a mere fluke, manages to stumble into the life of a C-list superhero while trying to deal with the husband's death and infidelity. All the while, she only really wants to be normal...
  • Mister Miracle: Shilo Norman, one-time apprentice to the New God Scott Free, is doing pretty good for himself; he has achieved great fame as a master escape artist, just like his mentor. When attempting his greatest stunt yet, escaping a miniature black hole, he encounters the mysterious Metron in the event horizon, who desires to test him. Suddenly he finds himself in an alternate version of his own life, dealing with the problems of his fame while encountering people strangely similar to Kirby's New Gods... particularly one Mr. Dark Side... This series is frequently considered a Stealth Pilot for Final Crisis.

For the Original Team, See the Seven Soldiers of Victory.


Seven Soldiers provides examples of:

  • Abusive Precursors: Inverted. They're from THE FUTURE!
  • Accidental Child-Killer Backstory: Before becoming the Manhattan Guardian, Jake Jordan was a police officer who quit the force after shooting an unarmed teenager whom he had mistaken for the man who murdered his partner.
  • A Deadly Affair: Lance's affair turns deadly, with he himself being the one to die. In a twist this is not what he intended, though the woman he was cheating on his wife with finds it amusing and was the one who pushed him to try the experiment which killed him, as he was trying to make himself immortal for her.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Helen "Sky-High" Helligan
    • Sally Smart, alias Sally Sonic, alias Sara Smart.
  • Animal Testing: Lance tested his Smartskin on a mouse before he tried it for himself. The mouse survived and went on to become Alix's pet Mickey while Lance suffocated to death.
  • Arc Number: You'd think it'd be seven, right? #0 even has a character note how important the number seven seems to be. The thing is, it's actually eight, because there were eight members in the original Seven Soldiers. The things you need to pay attention to are stuff like Zatanna's "-Anonymous" meeting. Notice how there are eight people there. The eighth is Misty. Sevens-that-are-actually-eights recur throughout the story. The "Eighth Seventh Soldier" in the finale is the Spyder, who helps deliver the finishing blow to Gloriana.
  • Author Avatar: Nobeard of the Subway Pirates who bedevil the Manhattan Guardian is unilaterally considered a rendition of Morrison themelf. Nobeard's archrival Allbeard thus represents Morrison's hated enemy Alan Moore. Since Morrison is writing the story, Nobeard is the one who wins... Except for the subtext that Nobeard got exposed to radioactive material and got fatal cancers all in his body. But yeah, he came out of the fight alive...
    • According to Word of God, The Seven Unknown Men are all the authors who wrote themselves into DC Comics - meaning, of course, Morrison is among them (though not for Nobeard; they literally appeared as themself in Animal Man).
  • Badass Normal: The Guardian follows this trope, as does Sky-High Helligan.
  • Bathtub Mermaid: Suli Stellamaris attends publicity events in a large specially made tank since she cannot walk on land or spend much time out of the water.
  • Big Bad: The Sheeda, led by Gloriana Tenebrae. However, they're not necessarily the Big Bad in each character's individual series. In fact, most of the series have their own Big Bads.
    • Zatanna: Zor, who is something of a Man Behind the Man to the Sheeda.
    • Shining Knight: Gloriana Tenebrae
    • Klarion: Melmoth
    • The Manhattan Guardian: None, though he leads the charge against the Sheeda's armies in in the meta-series's final issue
    • Frankenstein: Melmoth for the first two issues, then the Neh-Buh-Loh Man in the final issue.
    • Bulleteer: Sally Sonic
    • Mister Miracle: Mr. Dark Side, also the Greater-Scope Villain of the meta-series.
  • Bifauxnen: The Shining Knight
  • Bishōnen Line: The Nebula Man actually becomes smaller when he returns as the Neh-Buh-Loh Man; he's clearly seen towering over the Soldiers in Justice League of America #100.
  • Blessed with Suck: Bulleteer. Alix didn't want to be a superhero, her husband did. She was perfectly happy with a normal life, and after she received her powers she had to quit her job as a special needs teacher, then discovered her husband's second life and in a fit of despair tried to commit suicide by running until she hit something strong enough to kill her.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: After losing her job as a teacher Alix becomes the bodyguard to a mermaid actress. While merfolk have a number of impressive powers in the DCU they are rather vulnerable on land so it makes perfect sense for Suli Stellamaris to get a bodyguard.
  • Bookends: Issue #0 ends with the deaths of Greg Saunders's team of Soldiers; the conclusion in issue #1 ends with the resurrection of the one slain Soldier, Mister Miracle.
  • Brain Theft: Neh-Buh-Loh was charged with killing Misty Kilgore and bringing her brain back to Queen Gloriana. Unable to do it, he instead brought stole the brain of a telepath and offered that to Gloriana instead.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: All over the place in Morrison's version, as is their wont, but most apparent in the two scenes where Zatanna directly addresses the reader.
  • Breakout Character: Frankenstein appeared in both Final Crisis and Blackest Night, got his own Flashpoint mini-series and had his own title for a while after the reboot. A different version of Sir Ystin also appeared in Paul Cornell's Demon Knights.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Bulleteer made a number of cameos in other stories after hers ended. The catch? She quit superheroing in the last issue of her series. It's most egregious when she appears in an incarnation of the Justice League seen in the series 52... a series co-written by Morrison themself!note 
    • Incidentally, Morrison themself considers the Young Justice comic version of Klarion to be this. Why? Because they thought that version - best known for introducing himself as "Klarion... Bum, Bum, Bum... The Witch Boy!" - was silly.
  • Captain Colorbeard: The Subway Pirates in Manhattan Guardian - though their names are Nobeard and Allbeard, more all around descriptions.
  • Celestial Body: The Nebula/Neh-Buh-Loh Man. It's explained that he was originally a miniature universe named Qwewq.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: I, Spyder's revamp in the 0 issue becomes very important in the conclusion.
  • Chrome Champion: Alix's skin was bonded with a metallic Smartskin.
  • Closet Punishment: Sally Sonic was shut away in a cupboard during her stay in the Orphanage of Fear.
  • Continuity Porn: The series references an absurd number of minor characters throughout DC history.
    • To give an example: Zor is actually an existing character, appearing in a story from More Fun Comics #55 as a one-shot villain for The Spectre. But who would know that?note 
  • Cowboy: Greg Saunders was a singing cowboy in his Secret Identity.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: The Guardian was sponsored by a newspaper.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: A recurring theme in the maxi-series is the corruption of innocents.
    • In Zatanna, a minor villain called the Tempter tries to convince Misty to give up part of her soul.
    • In Klarion, Melmoth plies Klarion with sweets in order to lure him into the Deviant Ones.
    • In Guardian, the Newsboy Legion were corrupted by the Time Tailor, who rewrote their futures into bad ones.
    • In Shining Knight, Gloriana tries repeatedly to break Ystin's will.
    • In Mister Miracle, Granny Goodness and her Female Furies seek to lead Shilo Norman to Dark Side.
    • In Bulleteer, Sally Sonic was tricked into imbibing an evil serum that turned her into a jaded antihero.
    • In Frankenstein, Uglyhead, aided by the Sheeda, drives one of his classmates into self-destruction.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Alix gains invulnerability and agelessness due to her moronic husband's failed attempt to make himself immortal to be with his extramarital lover, but her shiny new appearance means that she's not longer suitable for her job as a teacher for autistic children and her invulnerability stymies her attempt to kill herself when she realizes her husband was having an affair with a "superteen" porn star.
  • Death by Despair: The method of attack of one Sheeda weapon, a sentient ...thing... that torments it victims with painful truths much like a Harpy.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Gloriana's retinue includes both male and female slaves.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: For 22 pages. Seven Soldiers #0 follows a team of fairly unlikable Z-list heroes who all die at the end, at the hands of the newly introduced main threat. The story of the real protagonists starts after this.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The panel where Lance's smartware begins to spread to Alix and the look on her face.
    • It should be noted that the artist for Bulleteer purposefully drew Alix, Sally Sonic, and every other female heroine in poses reminiscent of supermodels in just about every panel.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Nebula/Neh-Buh-Loh Man, for starters. The flesh-eating Martian mantis-horses, and many of the Sheeda's 'pets', also probably count.
  • Evil Is Sterile: The Sheeda are so incapable of creating things that they have to travel through time and pillage previous civilizations in order to get the resources to maintain their own. The series as a whole could be considered a meta-commentary on the comic-book industry's tendency to plunder its own continuity for ideas.
  • Expy: The Newsboy Army are an In-Universe one for classic Jack Kirby characters the Newsboy Legion, where the Guardian character originated.
  • Faerie Court: Gloriana Tenebrae ruled over the fairy-like Sheeda for centuries. Following her death, one of her husband's bastard great-grandchildren took over before he got bored and left. It's unclear who currently rules.
  • The Fair Folk: The Sheeda were stated to be based on, and In-Universe source of the stories about, the Unseelie Court.
  • Fallen Hero: Originally Sara Smart was a teen hero called Sally Sonic, but since she didn't age after her parent's deaths the state declared her a minor, took her house and forced her into an abusive orphanage. After she escaped she was taken in by a WWII era "hero," who had never been really all that heroic to begin with, who talked her into doing superpowered porn to make him money, got her addicted to drugs, and loaned her out to villains. By the time she meets Alix it has been a long time since she was anything like a hero.
  • Familiar: Teekl and the other draaga of Limbo Town act as these to their owners.
  • Fanservice: Zatanna goes through a few of her old costumes in Victory, all of which are sexy. She says she "likes to look good".
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Terrible Time Tailor, an alias of Zor, imposes one on the members of the Newsboy Army.
  • Fetish: Bulleteer's husband, in-canon, had a superhero fetish. It turns out that he wasn't exactly unique...
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Sir Ystin comes from a forgotten era.
  • Genre Savvy: The Sheeda Queen deliberately attempts to kill any superhero team with seven members. The only reason she doesn't do it to the 'right' Seven Soldiers is that the soldiers never actually meet and form a team.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Gloriana Tenebrae, The Queen of Terror, is right up there among Morrison's biggest monsters, and very scary indeed. (Not that her husband was much better...)
  • Growing Up Sucks: The absolutely horrible fate of the Newsboy Legion, see Tear Jerker. (Also probably a metaphor of the transition from The Silver Age of Comic Books to The Dark Age of Comic Books).
  • Henshin Hero: Sara Smart only has her powers when she's transformed into her Sally Sonic appearance, but she hasn't been a hero in a long time and is a henshin villain by the time of her appearance.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: As revealed in an issue of Bulleteer, Boy Blue summoned the Sheeda on the Iron Hand's behalf in #0 by blowing his horn; thus he unwittingly ensures that he's one of their first victims.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Greg Saunders team did this; hell they hired I, Spyder, the son of the original! Sheeda Queen Gloriana made the same mistake. Not to mention the "new" Little Boy Blue who summoned the Sheeda to decimate the team. It's subverted in the case of I, Spyder, who only turns traitor at the end and thereby helps destroy Gloriana.
  • Immortality Seeker: In Bulleteer, the titular heroine gained her unbreakable skin as a result of her scientist husband trying to preserve his own body in a metallic compound. Ironically, the compound ended up killing him.
  • Intentional Heartbreaker: The former Kid Hero Sally Sonic was seduced by Vitaman, an older superhero who learned that she was the daughter of the judge who had put him and his brother away. In order to avenge himself, he got Sally hooked on drugs and turned her into a criminal. Later, after getting free of him, Sally got revenge on all men by seducing married men and utterly ruining their lives before dumping them, which is how she became the archnemesis of Bulleteer, whose husband was her final victim, who died when he tried to give himself superpowers in the deluded belief that it would get Sally back.
  • Irony After the accident, it's implied that the reason Lance died is because he took off his wedding ring, which meant the metal coated his entire body and kept constricting until he couldn't breathe. Alix survived because she had her ring on, which left a small gap on her finger so the metal didn't totally cover her.
  • Ironic Echo: One of these connects Morrison's version with the Retcon regarding how the 1940s iteration ended, to wit, the Spider's betrayal of the 1940s team is matched and inverted by I, Spyder betraying Gloriana and thus helping the newer Soldiers defeat her.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: A standard aspect of Morrison's stories, but this is probably the best and most deliberate example besides The Invisibles.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: The Shining Knights, of course.
  • Legacy Character: Bulleteer (based on Bulletman and Bulletgirl), the Manhattan Guardian (based on Guardian and the Newsboy Legion) and Mr. Miracle. Shining Knight is an odd case (she's from before the original) and it's not clear if Klarion is meant to be the same character as the 1970s Klarion or what. And all of the Vigilante's ill-fated team.
    • Spin-Offspring: The short lived incarnation of the Seven Soldiers of Victory in Seven Soldiers #0 included the Whip III, granddaughter of the Whip II (a New Old West Zorro wannabe) and great-great-granddaughter of the Whip I (an Old West Zorro wannabe); I, Spyder, son of the original 7SoV member (and traitor) Alias the Spider; and Gimmix, daughter of Merry the Gimmick Girl and, therefore, niece of the first Star-Spangled Kid, who was also an original 7SoV member. In Seven Soldiers #1, the Bulleteer turns out to be directly descended from Aurakles, the world's first superhero.
    • Word of God is that Klarion is intended to be the same character as from The Demon comics, though from an earlier point on the timeline. After conquering the Sheeda, he uses Castle Revolving to go back in time to the 70's comics. However, it doesn't appear that any writer other than Morrison was aware of this, based on his subsequent appearances post-7SoV.
  • Les Collaborateurs:
    • In Klarion, the Submissionaries were installed to keep the people of Limbo Town compliant for when Sheeda returned.
    • In Frankenstein, Uglyhead cheerfully aids the Sheeda in their attempts to spread throughout his hometown.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: The series was simply the Leading Comics formula, but on a grander, more epic scale.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Qwewq. Look at the first three letters of a QWERTY keyboard.
  • Meaningful Rename: The Nebula Man now calls himself the Neh-Buh-Loh Man while the Oracle's name turns out to be a corruption of "Aurakles".
  • Mind Screw: To be expected from a series written by Grant Morrison.
  • Mortality Phobia: Alix Harrower got her powers from an accident brought on by her husband's extreme obsession with his own mortality. Unable to cope with the thought of going grey or developing wrinkles, Lance Harrower tried to infuse his skin with a metal coating, but instead suffocated when the coating completely enveloped him. Alix herself became coated in the stuff after he grabbed her for help.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The first issue of Bulleteer shows Alix both in and out of lingerie.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Bride
  • Necromancer: All of the residents of Limbo Town use necromancy as a way to survive, which makes controlling Frankenstein an easy task for Klarion.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted as Sheeda Queen Glorianna discovers Justin's gender by smelling "the blood of the womb."
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Zatanna wears one in some of her costumes.
  • One Extra Member: In the conclusion, I Spyder acts as an unofficial "eighth soldier" and helps defeat the villain. Given that he was remade by the Seven Unknown Men, this was probably the whole point of the character both in and out of universe.
  • Orphanage of Fear: Madame Eva Martinette's Bleakdale Home for Bereaved Children was run by an abusive woman, and given that Sara was only a child in body by the time she was forcibly sent there due to her lack of aging the fact that she ran away is no surprise.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Suli Stellamaris is a beautiful mermaid with a very long purple tail who works as an actress.
  • Painting the Medium: There's a sequence in Victory where Zatanna and a few friends go through another dimension, and the scenery shifts to compensate. The panels become cubes, for starters, and—it's remarkably difficult to describe.
    • During Zatanna's fight with Zor, he eventually starts ripping apart other panels, and Zatanna defeats him by falling through the empty space on the page so she can beat him to the future. Immediately following that, she tries to reach out of the comic itself, through a window to the Seven Unknown Men bordered with gears, typewriter heads, and colored ink.
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: The Subway Pirates
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Iron Hand spends decades hating Greg Saunders, the original Vigilante, and even orchestrates the coming of the Sheeda and the deaths of Saunders's new Seven Soldiers team in the mistaken belief that Saunders was a racist after hearing him refer to one of the Hand's henchmen as "your kind." In fact, Saunders had recognized that said henchmen was a werewolf because Saunders was too.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The series had something of a prologue in JLA Classified #1-3 (collected in the trade paperback JLA: Ultramarine Corps), which introduced the Sheeda and the Neh-Buh-Loh Man (well, reintroduced in the latter's case).
    • Mister Miracle's story is one for Final Crisis.
    • Word of God is that each of the seven individual series was intended as this. As part of their pitch, Morrison specifically used characters with long publication histories or legacies, but little to no time in the spotlight. The intention was to have the most popular character or characters spin off into their own ongoing series.
  • Prophecy Twist: "The spear that was never thrown". It turns out to refer to Aurakles's descendants. One of them is Alix Harrower/Bulleteer, who delivers the final blow to Gloriana Tenebrae when she accidentally rams her with a car while struggling with Sally Sonic for control of the vehicle.
    • There is a prophecy that the Sheeda will be defeated by a group of seven soldiers, so they pragmatically look out for groups of seven and either eliminate them or run away when they can't win (as they did when they fought the Justice League). But no-one said the seven soldiers had to be part of a single group.
  • Revenge Through Corruption: Vitaman was a criminal who was put away by Judge Smart. Once he gets out of prison, he gets his revenge by going after Smart's daughter, Sally Sonic. He seduces her, making her believe they would become a superhero couple. However, he get her involved in sex work, her hooked on drugs, and turned her into a criminal.
  • Serial Homewrecker: The former Golden Age heroine Sally Sonic has become a pathological homewrecker as a result of being stuck in a permanently teenaged body, deliberately seeking out married men and sleeping with them specifically to ruin their marriages. For added villainy, after she finds out that her latest target, Lance Harrower, died in an accident, forcing his widow Alix to rent out her house in order to pay the bills, she moves in under her civilian identity, ingratiating herself with the unsuspecting Alix so that she can eventually kill her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Alix's pet mouse is named Mickey.
    • Bulleteer's fight with Sally Sonic involved the two beating each other with Alix's refrigerator. The entire Bulleteer miniseries seemed to be a nod towards Women in Refrigerators, as Alix is a woman whose entire life has become one tragic mistake because of her husband, same said for Sally Sonic.
    • Melmoth is named after Melmoth the Wanderer.
    • Gloriana is almost certainly named for the eponymous character in The Faerie Queene. Her obsession with preserving her youth and vitality might also be a nod toward the fact that the literary Gloriana was based on Elizabeth I, who spent her later years trying to conceal her advancing age in order to stave off calls for her removal.
  • Sinister Subway: In The Manhattan Guardian, the New York subway system is home to a bizarre underworld in which bands of subway pirates raid stations to kidnap commuters off the platforms as slaves, and their mad captains race each other in search of a 'god machine' somewhere deep under NYC.
  • Spiritual Successor: Has one in Demon Knights, which amongst other things reintroduces the cyclic nature of Camelot, as well as the Seven Soldiers version of Shining Knight fighting with six other bad-asses to stop someone from misusing a grail. Sound familiar?
  • Stock Unsolved Mysteries: The Klarion miniseries has a rather unique solution to famous 16th-century mystery of the missing colony of Roanoke Island.
  • Stocking Filler: Zatanna
  • Take That!:
    • Zachary Zor might be this to Alan Moore. He takes Zatanna and turns her into a similar, but Darker and Edgier character with a different name and consistently talks about his beard. It should also be noted that Alan Moore wrote the story that killed Zatanna's father.
      Zor: It's a magnificent beard and you know you want one!
      • Alternatively, Zor could represent the readers themselves, as we often see events from his visual perspective (and we, like him, are always on the outside looking in) and one of the Seven Unknown Men comments on how he bet Zor didn't think he could bleed. This could apply to the READER not knowing he could bleed in a comic.
      • Unless, of course, he's Warren Ellis - he certainly talks like him.
    • At one point, Frankenstein says that "madmen have said that the meek shall inherit the earth". Guess where that saying originally came from?
  • Time Abyss: The Nebula Man is three billion years old. The Sheeda may or may not count, but Aurakles is certainly another.
  • Time-Traveling Jerkass: The Sheeda are an entire race of fairy-like bastards from the far future who travel through time and pillage human civilization for raw materials to maintain their crumbling civilization. And then there's Melmoth, their former king, who went back in time to the days of the Roanoke colony and impregnated all of its female inhabitants.
  • Token Super: Shining Knight is this for the original incarnation. While the rest of his team were Non Powered Costumed Heroes. Shining Knight rode a winged horse, wielded an enchanted sword and wore enchanted armor.
  • Total Party Kill: Issue #0 sees Greg Saunder's team get completely wiped out.
  • Transformation Trinket: Sara Smart uses the magical Whistle of the Wind Kings to transform into her super powered Sally Sonic form.
  • Trauma Conga Line: See Bulleteer.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: Alix has a pet mouse named Mickey that survived her husband experimenting with Smartskin on it.
  • Warrior Poet: Frankenstein can lengthily quote Milton or The Bible even - or especially - in the middle of combat.
  • Weak to Magic: Gloriana Tenebrae is vulnerable to the magic of Caliburn.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It actually happens to quite a few characters at the end of the series. Klarion's fate is entirely Word of God and was likely ignored by later writers. Frankenstein was last seen under Klarion's control, which seems entirely ignored in his subsequent appearances (in Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis, though the former may be justified). The worst offender is Misty Kilgore - she just (metaphorically) vanishes from the story, and has subsequently undergone Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
  • Whip It Good: Legacy Character The Whip (3). She even has a sexy, impractical costume.
    • She actually lampshades this, calling herself a superhero fetishist.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Misty Kilgore's backstory is a retelling of the "Snow White" tale.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: "You have a stupid hat!"
  • Zerg Rush: Frankenstein at one point has to fight off a huge horde of vicious, chemically-maddened woodland critters. There are enough that their combined body masses add up to several tons, which mean that when they all pile on they don't so much hurt him as bury him.


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