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    Hey I was just curious as to whether not anyone has read the comic series The Wicked + The Divine published by Image comics. I think its a great inspiration for Aberrant. Any other comics that are good inspiration besides those from the big two (Marvel/DC).

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    I definitely love Wicked + Divine. It's the only comic book that does super-powered celebrity culture as well as Aberrant. I hope the new writers give it a look. (I'm sure they have.)


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    • #3
      It's one of the primary inspirations for Scion. I'd look at Warren Ellis' Supergod as a counterpoint and second primary inspiration for Aberrant.


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      • #4
        As much as I love the wicked and the divine, I think it's more an inspiration for scion. If you want material for aberrant go with warren ellis comics like Neall said, or with mark millars Jupiter's Legacy saga.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Octavo View Post
          I definitely love Wicked + Divine. It's the only comic book that does super-powered celebrity culture as well as Aberrant. I hope the new writers give it a look. (I'm sure they have.)
          Jupiter's Legacy does a pretty good job with it too. Less material than Wicked + Divine. I enjoyed Super Crooks too. It may be too low-powered to be a Aberrant long-term inspiration but it's pretty good example of a team that's not a Justice League or X-Men analogue.

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          • #6
            I would also look at Multiversity: The Just (third issue in the series of single issues) by Grant Morrison as quick but cool take on what "modern" superheroics would look like.



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            • #7
              Shallow, self-absorbed, and ultimately meaningless?


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              • #8
                X-Statix is basically "Mutant Superheroes as Reality TV Celebs", lots of dying though, since it was initially X-Force.


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                • #9
                  The anime series Tokyo ESP and Tiger & Bunny. The former about the sudden appearance of super humans in modern Tokyo, one of whom is trying to destroy human society and leads a gang of thugs and sociopaths (the influence of the X-Men on it is openly obvious). The latter about a bunch of corporate sponsored celebrity superheroes and their personal issues in the midst of dealing with a killer vigilante, an escaped terrorist and a conspiracy.

                  Capes: Punching the Clock, a failed series by Robert Kirkman that ended up being incorporated into his Invincible universe. A company that hires out super-humans for public service.

                  Ultra: Seven Days, by the Luna Brothers, a very well written piece about three women working as celebrity superheroes.

                  American Way by John Ridley, about a government super team in the 1960s and its efforts to include the first black superhero. It's not brilliant, and at times a little on the nose (one of the Southern super humans, and the one who's the most overtly racist, is a human-torch type whose name is Southern Cross), but still an interesting read.

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