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Patch
02-10-2009, 06:07 AM
... characters with powers but no costumes?

This was several years ago. Did any books ever come out and what was the name of the line?
With the success of NBC's Heroes and the current state/look of some comic book superheroes, it seems a little like an idea that could have worked but was just before its time.

Ashwin Pande
02-10-2009, 06:09 AM
uhh... I forgot what the line was called...

but HARD TIME was a result of this.

TheTravis!
02-10-2009, 06:11 AM
They should still do it. Heroes hsn't worked well enough or become universal enough to prohibit others from doing a similar idea.

Criden
02-10-2009, 06:13 AM
Yes, the FOCUS line. The titles were Hard Time, Fraction, Touch, and Kinetic.

Hard Time was a terrific series by the late Steve Gerber with stunning Hurtt art. It ran for 12 issues, then there was a 7-issue "season two."

Fraction had an interesting premise--bunch of guys have to share an Iron Man-esque for criminal purposes--but was pretty dull.

Touch was pretty interesting, too: superpowers jump from one character to another, from an actor to his agent and so on. Pretty good, but the star was the Wes Craig art.

Finally, Kinetic was a lot of fun, kind of a fascinating take on the Spidey origin, but with the Indie sensibilities of Kelley Puckett and Warren Pleece. It reads particularly well as a whole.

Henry!
02-10-2009, 06:14 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/20/DC_Focus_Intro_top.jpg

TheTravis!
02-10-2009, 06:14 AM
Is any of this collected in trade?

Adrian B AWESOME
02-10-2009, 06:15 AM
uhh... I forgot what the line was called...

but HARD TIME was a result of this.

Yep. DC Focus came and went. Massive failure, financially.

Four titles, the only good one being Hard Time (which was actually great).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DC_Focus

Criden
02-10-2009, 06:18 AM
Is any of this collected in trade?

Yes:

Hard Time: Vol. 1 (http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Time-Life-Steve-Gerber/dp/1401204716)

and

Kinetic: The Complete Series (http://www.milehighcomics.com/comicindex/trade-paperback/title/Title-KINETIC-TPB--2004--by-DC-Comics.html)

were the only ones, I believe. Neither is currently in print, but you can find both at the links above.

Patch
02-10-2009, 06:20 AM
They should still do it. Heroes hsn't worked well enough or become universal enough to prohibit others from doing a similar idea.

Could create a variety of new characters.

Even if they were half-costumed/half-norm (like the Titans in that NYCC photo thread), it'd be interesting.
Devin Grayson and I once kicked around the idea of a female Martian Manhunter who appeared human but, of course, had amazing powers. Her heritage was going to be a reveal around the 12th issue.

Now they have Martian Girl, so -shrug-

Patch
02-10-2009, 06:23 AM
Yes, the FOCUS line. The titles were Hard Time, Fraction, Touch, and Kinetic.

Hard Time was a terrific series by the late Steve Gerber with stunning Hurtt art. It ran for 12 issues, then there was a 7-issue "season two."

Fraction had an interesting premise--bunch of guys have to share an Iron Man-esque for criminal purposes--but was pretty dull.

Touch was pretty interesting, too: superpowers jump from one character to another, from an actor to his agent and so on. Pretty good, but the star was the Wes Craig art.

Finally, Kinetic was a lot of fun, kind of a fascinating take on the Spidey origin, but with the Indie sensibilities of Kelley Puckett and Warren Pleece. It reads particularly well as a whole.

Thanks, Criden.
It sounds almost like a science-fiction line. Wonder if they stressed any gonzo, adventure-esqe aspects.

Brother Power the Gong
02-10-2009, 06:24 AM
About 95% of my ideas involve non-costumed powered characters. But, brilliance aside, I am not very self-motivated and cannot draw.

:(

Captain Sensation
02-10-2009, 06:54 AM
Kinetic was fucking awesome. I bought the trade on a whim and wished there was more of it.

Jef UK
02-10-2009, 07:16 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/20/DC_Focus_Intro_top.jpg

That's a terrible logo. It reads like, "Defocus."

TheTravis!
02-10-2009, 07:17 AM
That's a terrible logo. It reads like, "Defocus."

That's what I thought at first, too.