SUPERVILLAIN REVIEW: LEX LUTHOR

Another iconic supervillain is Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor would be a prime example of the mad scientist archetype because he utilizes technology and his intellect against Superman. One of Lex Luthor’s weapons of choice is Superman’s primary weaknesses: Kryptonite. With Kryptonite, Lex Luthor uses a mind-over-muscle method in order to fight Superman. In the film Superman Returns, Lex Luthor created a landmass that was completely made of Kryptonite, which was enough to give Superman the strength and vitality of a terminally ill cancer patient. What makes Lex Luthor such a dangerous supervillain is his intimate knowledge of Superman’s weaknesses, which he can exploit for maximum damage. Another aspect that makes Lex Luthor a prominent supervillain is despite his illegal activities, his wealth and resources give him powerful political connections, which gives him enough leverage to not only avoid prison, but also further his agenda. Overall, Lex Luthor is a formidable enemy to face whether if you have powers or not.

PREVIOUS CAREER: ACTING

One of my passions besides writing is acting. Throughout my time in high school, I spent all four of my years participating in a variety of different plays such as Charlotte’s Web, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

In Charlotte’s Web, I played Homer Zuckerman, which I portrayed with an accent similar to John Wayne’s. In Hamlet, I played the ghost of Hamlet’s father, which I did by impersonating a madman. With Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, I had two roles, Polonius and one of the pirates. While playing Polonius, I portrayed him as a zealot who was eager to serve. During the pirate scene, I poked my head out of one of the barrels with a bandana wrapped around my head, an eyepatch, and sword in my teeth. In addition, we also did a musical for Peter Pan and I played a pirate again, but I added even more energy into the role by making my character overzealous when it came to making Captain Hook happy.

Later in life, I learned how to do voice acting and impressed my instructor with an impersonation of Skeletor from He-Man. One might say that I excel at imitating eccentric and crazed characters. I might do some acting again. Only time will tell.

SUPERPOWER: INVULNERABILITY

Another iconic superhuman power is invulnerability, which is the ability to withstand considerable damage while remaining completely unharmed. In some cases, an individual can stand against attacks ranging from a barrage of bullets to a nuclear explosion. Two of my main characters, Patrick Donovan and Derek Marvin, possess this power in their own unique ways.

With Patrick Donovan, his ability to absorb heat not only increases his physical strength and stamina, but also his durability as well. The more heat Patrick absorbs, the more damage his body can withstand. When Patrick’s heat absorbing power first manifested, his invulnerability increased to the point in which he could tear apart solid machinery without injuring his bare hands.

With Derek Marvin, his body is already sturdy enough to sustain multiple collisions with energy shockwaves a blow from Cyber Shadow while only suffering a headache. However, even Derek’s durability has limits and can be breached if the attack inflicts sizable damage. Unlike Patrick’s version of the power, Derek’s invulnerability does not increase.

INSPIRATION: BULL SHARKS

Sharks have always served as antagonists in several works of fiction. One of the most dangerous sharks in the world is the bull shark, which is responsible for more shark attack fatalities than any other shark (even the great white shark). When I was in Hawaii last year, my family and I participated in a kayaking adventure down a river that was connected to the ocean. Bull sharks are notorious about being able to swim in murky, brackish water (fresh and salt water) and there had been sightings of bull sharks in the area over the years. With that in mind, there was a strong possibility that there were bull sharks underneath my kayak and I did not know. I had watched the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week so I knew what these sharks were capable of and the thought of a bull shark jumping out of the water and onto my kayak gave me chills. On the upside, I had gained inspiration from the experience for a possible supervillain in my sequel trilogy, someone who is just as savage and bloodthirsty as a bull shark. I suppose one can acquire inspiration from the most unlikely events.

MUSIC INSPIRATION: ODE TO JOY (SYMPHONY 9)

One of my primary sources of inspiration has always been music. Whenever I hear a particular kind of music, I can better envision certain scenes that take place in my series. One of these songs is classical music like Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from the 9th Symphony. Upon hearing this lyrical work, I can envision legions of supervillains marching to engage the Young Guardians in battle while simultaneously causing all-out chaos. One would say that this song serves as giving me a foreshadowing sensation that hints that everything is about to explode in a burst of untold power.

CHARACTER CREATION: ALEXANDER ANDREWS

In the third volume of my series, the Young Guardians have encounters with several enemies from their early superhero careers. These individuals were recruited by Vogan (the main villain) to serve as weapons against the Young Guardians. Among these miscreants is the first major criminal the Young Guardians ever defeated: Alexander Andrews. Before the Young Guardians’ careers took off, Alexander was a notorious serial killer and complete and utter psychopath. Although he is one hundred percent human, Alexander has capabilities that would consider him inhuman. For instance, he is freakishly strong, able to overpower and kill virtually any individual with his bare hands. He also suffers from a neurological disease that renders him completely immune to physical pain, allowing him to take serious damage while still able-bodied enough to fight. Psychologically, Alexander’s mind is so twisted and warped that reading his thoughts is impossible, which makes him completely unpredictable. With these traits, when the Young Guardians confronted him, Alexander nearly killed two of the Young Guardians before he was captured. In other words, Alexander Andrews is a dangerous foe to face.

SUPERHERO REVIEW: BATMAN

Another of my favorite superheroes is Batman, real name Bruce Wayne. The reason for this is because unlike some of the more prominent superheroes, he has no powers and relies on the use of gadgets, fighting skills, and razor-sharp wit. Batman is driven by the most common motivations of a superhero: family tragedy. Still, despite his traumatic past, I am impressed that Batman rarely resorts to killing. This demonstrates considerable will power on his part because in some incarnations, Batman often thinks about killing enemies like the Joker, but he knows that if he ever gave in to the urge to kill, he would never be able to stop. Also, Batman would be an epitome of what crime fighting can do to a superhero on a psychological sense. In some incarnations, decades of being Batman had made Bruce Wayne more jaded, grizzled, and darker. On the down side, Batman does have a tendency to fully trust only a handful of individuals, but he did not even trust his own Justice League colleagues such as Superman and keeps files on their weaknesses in case they ever need to be taken out. Overall, Batman is a prime example of an everyman and a recommended hero for anyone who is searching for someone who is dark yet just at the same time.