Gargoyles (SLG)

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Gargoyles was a comic book series produced by Creature Comics and published by Slave Labor Graphics. It continued the story of the Gargoyles television series after the end of season two. The first issue, "Nightwatch" was released in June 2006, over ten years after the series left the air, although the events of the series pick up less than a week after "Hunter's Moon" Part Three, the second season finale. (The events of The Goliath Chronicles, the third season of the show, are not part of the comic book's continuity.)

Issues were written by Greg Weisman, and followed his Master Plan for the Gargoyles Universe. The first two issues, "Nightwatch" and "The Journey", were adapted from an episode that Weisman wrote for The Goliath Chronicles, also entitled "The Journey". Issues #3-5 ("Invitation Only", "Masque" and "Bash") told the "Halloween Double Date" story, a plot idea that Weisman revealed at Ask Greg in 1997. Issue #6 ("Reunion") used a script that Weisman had written for the Marvel Comics comic book series before its cancellation.

Due to the success of the flagship comic Gargoyles, Slave Labor Graphics released the first spin-off mini-series, Gargoyles: Bad Guys, on November 29, 2007.

The end of every issue would feature a section called "Etched in Stone" (alternatively "Wanted, Posters!" in Bad Guys) that would regularly feature news and updates by Greg Weisman as well as comments and questions from fans. Readers could submit their thoughts through Ask Greg. [1]

The first six issues of Gargoyles were collected in Gargoyles: Clan-Building, Volume One, a trade paperback. The remaining six issues were collected in Gargoyles: Clan-Building, Volume Two. The six issues of Gargoyles: Bad Guys were collected in the Gargoyles: Bad Guys - Redemption trade paperback.

Gargoyles (issues #4 to #6) won the 2007 Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Comic Book.

Following Clan-Building, at the 2009 Gathering, Gargoyles: Manhattan was teased as the tentative name for the next story arc. [2] When new comics were announced in 2022 by Dynamite Entertainment, the name was properly revealed as Gargoyles: Here In Manhattan. Gargoyles: Dark Ages was also being considered as the next spin-off mini-series. [3]

Content freedom

Weisman was apparently allowed a freer hand on content for this series than what the TV series permitted.

For instance, the comic was able to have:

  • Mild expletives ("Bastard!" in "Bash")
  • Action with more bloodshed as in Thailog's battle in "Bash"
  • Somewhat sexier clothing such as Angela's dress in "Reunion"

See Also