Today, according to CA’s parent blog, the Asylum Network, is National Cliche Day, and in order to celebrate, I’ve put together a gallery of my ten favorite comic book cliches!
Putting this together was one of those experiences where I was almost overwhelmed with choices, as seventy years of super-hero comics have resulted in an entire language of recurring tropes, from the tradtional Marvel Comics Fight-Then-Team-Up to Gotham City’s absolute refusal to put homicidal maniacs behind anything tougher to break out of than your average grade papier-mâché. But it ended up being a lot of fun picking out the ones that were fun to talk about from the near-limitless selection Laura Hudson and I bantered back and forth.
If pressed, though, I’ve got to admit that my favorite of the ones listed is the outright insanity of super-villain names. Like I said when the last issue of Batman and Robin came out, if I’m Dick Grayson and I meet a guy named “Oberon Sexton,” I’m just going to start hitting him on general principle, and if I’m Jeremiah Arkham, I’m going to think very carefully before hiring “Alyce Sinner” to help me run my asylum.
In either case, give it a read, and if you’d like to share your favorite four-color cliche, feel free!