What would you get if you mixed various superhuman powers together? Would you create an unstoppable force or an unstable explosion? I have used this concept in my main series in which the Young Guardians combine their powers in order to overwhelm an opponent they cannot defeat individually. Usually, this method of fighting was a last resort because of the devastation it unleashes. I am planning to continue this concept in my graphic novel series through the main character and main villain of the series. The hero will be a power mimic while the villain will be a power absorber. As a result, both of these characters will have a vast arsenal of superhuman powers at their disposal. With the right usage, they would be able to combine several of their copied/absorbed powers together in order to overwhelm their opponents. For example, if they could use telekinesis, ice manipulation, and electricity manipulation, then they would be able to summon a powerful beam of elemental energy that would blow away most opponents. With thousands of superhuman powers our there, the combinations that can be used is literally limitless. It is an exciting concept to think about and I look forward to tinkering with it further.
I had a relatively sad thought for my fantasy project. Because the king would have a large brood of children, the possibility exists that some of his children and grandchildren might be unsatisfied with the current line of succession. With this in mind, I was thinking of some of the king’s children and grandchildren rebelling against the king, led by one of his sons. I thought it would fundamentally complex and emotional if the king was forced to fight his own son even if his son rebels against him. I can imagine that the king would be greatly conflicted with such a situation and must choose between the future of his kingdom or the life of his son. The real question would be how the king would cope with the consequences of his choice. I am planning to draw inspiration from the Arthurian legend of King Arthur and Mordred for this section of the fantasy project.
Imagine if you had the ability to perfectly imitate every combat technique after witnessing it once. You could master any martial art within moments while it would take others years to master. For instance, if you watched a movie marathon of every martial art film ever made, then you would become a grandmaster combatant within a matter of days! It is a more limited version of power mimicry, but it is still formidable under the right circumstances. I am giving this power to the smartest of the main characters in my graphic novel series and his photographic reflexes will be an extension of his superhuman intellect and mental processing. With his inhuman mind, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with and I cannot wait to write about him.
As a devout Star Wars fanatic, I am completely excited about the new film, Star Wars: Rogue One! I am thrilled about this particular Star Wars film because it will depict the theft of the Death Star plans that will set the stage for A New Hope. For those of you who read the opening crawl of A New Hope, the theft of the Death Star plans is the first major victory the Rebel Alliance gained against the Galactic Empire. Due to this, Rogue One will be when we actually see that first major victory, which makes it even more exciting. To make this film even better, a character from The Clone Wars show will make his first live action appearance: Saw Gerrera! Saw is an interesting character because at this point he will have fought the Separatists during The Clone Wars and now he is fighting the Empire during the Galactic Civil War, which gives him a considerable amount of experience as a rebel fighter. Saw Gerrera will also represent the morally ambiguous area of the film because his tactics were so extreme that it is hard to tell if he is a freedom fighter or a terrorist. Either way, I am looking forward to seeing this film and intend to see the midnight premiere just as I did with The Force Awakens! May the Force be with us!
I have reached a scene of my graphic novel series in which the main characters are given a choice. Either they accept their destiny as the new heroes of the known universe or they stand aside and let the interstellar government suffer the wrath of evil. Because of their various backgrounds, the main characters never expected to be anyone special so accepting this new role will be a serious struggle for them. Imagine if you were an average person and then one day someone thrusts the role of hero upon you. What would you do in that situation? It is going to provide a considerable amount of emotional conflict that will set the stage for the team’s journey.
While developing the character of the king in my fantasy project, I thought of what kind of person he would be in general. I am thinking he will be a healthy combination between a politician and a warrior, which would make him a strong military leader and a capable monarch who can manage the kingdom’s political affairs. As a warrior, the king will have to deal with a number of invasions from a neighboring kingdom, which I will draw inspiration from the viking invasions of England. There will be one particular invasion that will feature prominently in the novel and the king will fight this invasion when he is just a teenager. For this invasion, I will be drawing inspiration from the Battle of Stamford Bridge of 1066 A.D. Essentially, the king will have to fend off these invasions while managing his kingdom and raising his large family at the same time. Due to this, the story will further elaborate on the stress the king will endure throughout his long reign.
I did more research for my new fantasy project and I made another discovery. There are rare cases in which human beings live for more than a century. In fact, the longest lifespan on record is 122 years and 164 days. With this in mind, I wondered how much the future king would accomplish if he ruled his kingdom for that amount of time. If he lived that long, he would outlive his children and most of his grandchildren and it would be likely that he would be succeeded by either one of his great grandchildren or great great grandchildren when he eventually dies. It will be interesting to write the point of view of such an ancient king.