My new writing assistant Wally got a new leash and collar that are Flash-themed. The reason for this is because he is named after the third Flash, Wally West. Therefore, my puppy’s full name is Wally West Brown, fastest puppy alive!
In any society, past, present, or future, there are always forms of crime. As I continue to work on my sequel series, I wonder what kind of crimes would exist in a futuristic society. If an apocalyptic event were to occur and civilization is rebuilt from the ashes, I am thinking that the traditional forms of crime whether if it is petty or organized would no longer exist. With this in mind, I contemplate on what new forms of crime would replace the old ones. I am thinking the types of crimes that would rise in a futuristic world would depend on a number of factors. For instance, what kind of valuables would be worth taking, how would law enforcement handle crime, and what kind of environment would criminals operate in? There are so many questions to consider and I look forward to tinkering with this idea further.
As I continue to write the first volume of my sequel series, I brainstorm ways for my main characters to evolve as they begin their hero’s journey. For example, the strongest of the main characters will be one of the most powerful characters I ever created, but he will also be the most psychologically vulnerable as a result of traumatic event, which could inhibit his vast potential. The darkest protagonist will be supremely intelligent to the point of nearly being cynical while being driven by the desire to eliminate any potential threat to the world he lives in. The female lead would come from a pleasant lifestyle, which would mold her into a compassionate and caring young woman, but she would also be unbearably naive about the dark side of society. The most aggressive protagonist will come from a lifestyle that is simple yet poor, which would make him envious of his wealthy neighbors and aspire to something greater than his humble beginnings to the point of being overly ambitious. The eccentric protagonist will be arrogant, impatient, and a borderline insane adrenaline junkie as a result of his unstable power. Each of these characters will have their own story as they converge to form the new generation of Young Guardians. I look forward to tinkering with them later on.
In one of my new short stories, the main character is Robert Nathan, who is one of my favorite new characters to work with. He begins as a young man with high expectations and optimism. His origin as a superhero was a classical laboratory accident that transforms him into a being that is not made of flesh, blood, or bone. His powers consist solar energy manipulation and control over matter on an atomic level. He is by far one of the most radical protagonists I ever created and I look forward to developing him further in future works. If you wish to discover Robert’s story, click here.
In preparation for my comic book opportunity, I have written the first three issues of the comic book script. So far, everything is going well and expect to complete the script by summer and then I will pitch to the comic book publisher. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated on any further developments.
Another power manipulation ability is the ability to drain the powers of others and make them your own. I find this one of the cruelest of superhuman abilities because it strips an individual of part of their identity. The difference between power absorption and power mimicry is that power absorption takes powers away while power mimicry just copies powers. The one thing that these two powers have in common is that they allow the user to increase their own arsenal of powers, making them a force to be reckoned with. Because it is one of the cruelest of powers, I am planning to give this ability to one of the main villains and I intend to give them an even more twisted version of this ability to make them even more sinister.
My personal favorite version of Power Mimicry is Empathic Mimicry. What makes this version different from traditional Power Mimicry is that it not only copies powers, but it also allows the user to form an empathic connection with the one they copy from. There are two prominent examples of this ability: Peter Petrelli from Heroes and Hope Summers from Marvel. In both of these cases, the wielder formed an emotional connection with the super humans around them, which allowed them to copy powers. In addition, their power arsenals continued to grow with each power they copied. Even though this power makes the user progressively stronger, it also enables the wielder to develop a strong sense of compassion. I am thinking of giving one of my future characters this power.