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Danny Phantom: A Glitch in Time

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The art was great and very similar but distinct enough from the original show that it felt it could move around more (some shots were so cool to look at). I really had no idea what the story was going to be about, but I really liked it and it felt like a 2 part episode from the show haha. It has the barebones of a potential comic miniseries or a pitch for a reboot especially based on the ending. Even if it never gets additional content or a sequel, it's still a nostalgic, well written romp into the universe that I have no qualms recommending.

The story takes place after the apocalyptic Disasteriod, Danny Phantom is no longer living in secret and is famed for his heroic deeds; Amity Park reversed into a common patrol town for ghost hunters and teenagers. Danny’s ghost powers are somewhat diminishing. The series' concept of the hero's Love Interest gaining powers like them would become an official idea with the development of " Spider-Gwen". For irony, the franchise to use the idea would be the one that heavily inspired Danny Phantom. Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: While Dark Danny was originally portrayed as a monster whose tragic circumstances led to the loss of his humanity, here it's revealed that his actions are motivated by the loss of his loved ones deep down. Learning of this, Vlad agrees to save Dark Danny from being erased by the timeline so that he can start over. also I would love to erase Phantom Planet and this would be a great way of overwriting that finale)

Tropes appearing in this graphic novel:

The Time of Myths: The gang discover that the realms of "Spirit" (the Ghost Zone) and Earth were one unified world before disharmony caused the two to separate into their current state. It's stated that this separation will continue to grow and both worlds will collapse into total entropy eventually, implying that it's Danny's destiny to reunite the two worlds. Evil Is Petty: What else can be said about Dark Danny traveling into the past and messing with it just to ruin Danny's happy life? Danny Fenton/Phantom: The main protagonist, a half-ghost, half-human hero with supernatural powers. He's still in character, but he's mostly acting like he does when he knows he's overpowered and his plan failed completely. The book doesn't even really go "he's totally redeemed!" It's just like "well, he said he wants to try and do better, but is he really capable of that?" It also refuses to explain if Dark Danny is really redeemed or not. Some things that took me out of it without many specific spoilers were pertaining to Vlad, as even though he has his comedic moments, he seemed goofier in this comic. Maybe being abandoned in outer space and losing everything you have does that to you, but he felt less like the calculating genius adversary we know and goofy to extent I was just like 'this is Vlad?'. I also think a decision from a particular ghost at the end makes me question how certain choices or actions are even worth it when there's a way to start from scratch, removing the stakes. It felt like it cheapened everything everyone went through.

Given Name Reveal: While the book's place in relation with the main series may be considered Loose Canon, Dark Danny is merely referred to as "Phantom" by all the characters throughout the book (mostly to separate him from Danny).Growing the Beard: Following A Family Thing, the series seems to be coming into its own. Even Word of God has said that it was the story where the series would start really forming.

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