I have three questions about Comic Book Characters........?

A fan of comic book heroes and villains, but by no means an expert on the subject........

1. What does "pre-crisis" mean?

2. What does "bloodlusted" mean?

3. How often do storylines get changed? Example: in Hulk vs Thor Loki was Hela's father, but in Ragnorak Odin was.

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  • 2 years ago
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    1) Every so often....actually QUITE often, DC writers realize they've made a mess of their continuity and reboot everything. Crisis on Infinite Earths was one of the bigger reboots, so "pre-crisis" refers to the way the stories were told before that event.

    2) Bloodlust isn't really a comic term. It refers to someone who is interested in killing for killing's sake. They WANT to kill...sort of like a serial killer. The character may not be a serial killer, but merely gets put into this bloodlust state involuntarily and wants to resist it, but bloodlust describes the urge.

    3) Your example involves movie to comics. Anytime you make an adaptation of a story from one medium to another, there are changes. Novel to movie, comic to movie, tv to movie, movie to TV, movie to book, movie to comic...everything. This is because different mediums tells stories differently.

    A movie has a high budget, tends to attract a large audience of both casual interest people and dedicated fans, and has a short run time. So the kinds of stories you can tell vary ALOT from a comic book series which is serial, nearly infinite run time (assuming popularity), goes through different writers and artists, and generally only attracts hardcore fans.

    Movies of comic properties therefore tend to drop the silliest or most over the top concepts. TEND TO. See the talking Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy for an exception. They also tend to abbreviate the backstories so they can fit in the time alotted. They tend to be more focussed.

    There's also changes within comics. Depending on how the change is done we either call it RETCON or REBOOT. Reboot means wiping everything clean and starting fresh with your own take on the story. Retcon, short for Retroactive Continuity, is lazy writing wherein an author doesn't like something that happened in the comic's past and therefore implies other things happened (when they didn't) or even contradicts what happened.

  • 2 years ago

    1. Pre-crisis refers to the continuity before 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. After the event, there were significant changes to the characters' origins and backstories.

    2. It means when a morally good character becomes enraged and is willing to kill.

    3. When comic stories get adapted into TV and film, there will be changes so that the story can make sense in a different format.

  • 2 years ago

    1...Crisis on Infinite Earths was a major DC event.

    2...no idea

    3....often with a new writer

  • 2 years ago

    Originally it meant events before "Crisis on Infinite Earths" but now there are so many crises that the term is confusing.

    As to story lines, they are changed frequently. The movie people are under no obligation to keep to the comic story lines.

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