MHA: BROTHER VS BROTHER

“Anger against a brother is felt on the flesh, not the bone.”

African proverb

The following contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

My Hero Academia is starting to have Cain and Abel vibes as Shoto Todoroki and Dabi, two brothers, clash. The way these two sons of Endeavor utilized their quirks could not be more extreme. Despite being at risk of harming himself with his own fire, Dabi possessed immensely superior raw power than Shoto. Shoto is able to cool himself down with ease with the ice half of his quirk, but his fire is inferior to Dabi’s. Also, Dabi is far more experienced with both his quirk and in combat than Shoto. In addition, Dabi is a hardened killer while Shoto has been trained to subdue and restrain. Their grudge match ended with Shoto being completely overwhelmed by Dabi’s blue flames.

However, the blood feud between these two brothers is far from over. Just as Deku is destined to fight Tomura Shigaraki, Shoto Todoroki is destined to bring Dabi down. Because Endeavor is so emotionally and spiritually broken about Dabi’s fate, Shoto realized that his father does not have what it takes to bring Dabi down. Therefore, Shoto has resolved to deal with Dabi himself when the time comes. Unfortunately, Shoto is currently no match for his big bad brother. Both brothers are grievously injured from their brawl, but they will recover and I think they get stronger in their own way. Shoto will train like hell to master his ice and fire while Dabi may gain more quirks from All For One/Tomura Shigaraki. When the final round of their grudge match comes, I predict it will be the biggest superhero/supervillain fight second only to the final round between Deku and Shigaraki.

MHA: DABI’S LIMIT

“I am the god of Hellfire, and I bring you FIRE!!!!”

Arthur Brown 1975

The following contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

Since we were introduced to Dabi, we learned that his quirk has an unusual side effect on his body. In the most recent chapter, it was revealed that even though his flames were far more powerful than Endeavor’s his body cannot withstand the intensity of his fire. The reason for this is because his body is similar to his mother’s in the sense that it is built to withstand extreme cold but it is ill-suited to withstanding extreme heat. This incompatible mixture constantly puts Dabi at high risk of burning himself and has resulted in his many burns and scars. Dabi was the kind of fighter who is better suited to ending battles as quickly as possible. If he is in danger of overheating, Dabi would wield psychological warfare against his opponent until his body cools down.

During the Paranormal Liberation War, we got to see some of the super moves such as Flashfire Fist and Prominence Burn he learned from Endeavor. In addition to these techniques, Dabi engaged in a brutal brawl with his kid brother Shoto. Due to fighting a lot harder than normal, the toll his fire had on his body was harsher than normal. Dabi admitted that he could not longer feel anything and his eyes were producing tears of blood. This is a sign that Dabi’s fresh burns not only caused serious nerve damage but are also making him bleed internally.

Because of his physical restrictions, Dabi is unable to wield his flames at full power without killing himself. Still, even though his blue flames are self-destructive in nature, Dabi is the kind of guy who clearly does not care if his own power can potentially kill him. Dabi seems determined to keep fighting until he turns himself to ash. Sadly, due to the damage his body sustained so far, I don’t think Dabi can keep this up for much longer. However, I think there is a way for Dabi to overcome the limitations of his quirk.

Now that Tomura Shigaraki has the All For One quirk and every quirk All For One accumulated, Dabi can potentially acquire additional quirks that will counter the limits of his blue flames. Not only will this allow him to use his fire at full power, but it will also make Dabi an even more formidable supervillain. I look forward to seeing if this is the case. I will only find out when All For One/Tomura Shigaraki wakes up and is 100% at last.

KAIJU REBOOT STORY

After much thought, I have decided to give my kaiju novella, Karmathaur, a reboot as a full novel. While the novella was designed to be a short term adrenaline boost, this new novel will be more complex with a deeper story and more developed characters. Since kaiju such as Godzilla and King Kong have been rebooted more than once for a new audience, I thought it would be fitting if I did the same with Karmathaur. Also, I will be introducing several new kaiju in this reboot novel. Some will fight Karmathaur while others will become his allies. I look forward to engaging with this project when my schedule opens up. Overall, the novella was a good introduction to Karmathaur, but I believe this new novel will reinvigorate the character. The novella will be my equivalent to the original 1954 Godzilla film while the novel will be the beginning of my equivalent to the Showa and Heisei Godzilla eras.

MHA: STAIN’S QUEST

“I leave this as a declaration of intent so no one will be confused. Number one: Sic vis pacem, para bellum. Latin. The boot-camp sergeant made us recite it like a prayer. Sic vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war. Number two: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family. Number three: In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy it is necessary to act outside the law-to pursue…natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it’s an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment.”

The Punisher, The Punisher (1989 film)

The following contains spoilers from the My Hero Academia manga. You have been warned.

Now that Stain is free from Tartarus Prison, he is able to continue his crusade against false superheroes. In the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, countless superheroes retired from the massive public backlash. These individuals were superheroes in name only. They wanted to be loved and respected and win fame and wealth, but they had no genuine interest in helping people. Those individuals are throwing in the towel.

However, with Stain on the loose, retiring was probably not a smart thing for these false heroes to do. The reason for this is because their retirement has put a target on their backs. False superheroes are the one thing Stain hates more than anything else. By retiring, these false heroes are revealing their true colors, which will put them on Stain’s hit list.

Thanks to Dabi’s nationwide broadcast, Endeavor has been exposed as a wife beater and child abuser. Due to these revelations and Endeavor’s status as the Number One Hero, it is possible that Endeavor is a major target for Stain. In the past, it was proven that even Endeavor is afraid of Stain. Currently, Endeavor is hospitalized and emotionally broken, which will make him particularly vulnerable from an attack from Stain.

Stain is free and armed for battle as he retrieves his sword. With so many false superheroes exposed, it will be open season for Stain. I fear that in future chapters the streets of Japan will be piled high with the corpses of false superheroes.

I find Stain to be an intriguing character because he is neither a hero or a villain. He is an antihero who seeks to create a more just society and if he has to chop people up to do it is fine by him. He is like a mix between Deathstroke and the Punisher. Even though he is on the hunt for false superheroes, it is possible that he may become an unexpected ally for the true superheroes such as Deku. The reason for this is because Stain hates criminals as much as he hates false superheroes, which could make him a worthwhile ally against All For One/Tomura Shigaraki. Only time will tell as the story progresses.

A PREHISTORIC HORSE

One of the most intriguing examples of mammal evolution would be the horses. When they first began, the earliest horses, Propalaeotherium, were no larger than cats. These small creatures had feet that possessed four hoof-like toes. Due to their status as a prey item for predators, these animals were very skittish, ready to bolt at the slightest sound. As time went on, this small horse evolved and diversified into many forms. Some walked like gorillas and ate like pandas, some resembled rhinos and were twice as big as modern rhinos, and the rest became the horses we know today. I wonder if reverse engineered modern horses could turn into something resembling Propalaeotherium or the species that succeeded it. This will be something I will tinker with as I continue my dinosaur series.

ROBERT IRWIN’S ANIMALS

When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Steve Irwin, the world famous Crocodile Hunter. I was heartbroken when I learned he was killed by a stingray. Still, even though Steve Irwin is gone, it looks like his legacy is alive and kicking with his family. A prime example of this would be his son, Robert Irwin, who is truly his father’s son. Not only does Robert look like a younger version of his father, but he has the exact same confident and optimistic personality. Like his father, Robert is not afraid of any animal and regards them as either amazing, beautiful, or cute. When Robert was invited to the Jimmy Fallon show, I would watch those segments. During these visits, Robert would promote wildlife conservation by bringing exotic animals to the show. Jimmy Fallon’s reactions to these animals are always funny. Easily Robert Irwin’s funniest visit to the Jimmy Fallon show was when Kevin Hart was there as well. Even though Jimmy Fallon had funny reactions to Robert Irwin’s animals, Kevin Hart took it to a whole new level. Despite being the animal expert in the Jumanji movies, Kevin Hart is deathly afraid of animals in real life. Both Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon were afraid of Robert Irwin’s animals in one form or another. It was even funnier to see that Robert Irwin, a 14-year-old kid at the time, was braver and more mature than two grown men. I recommend following Robert Irwin as he continues his father’s legacy.

MHA: RISE OF THE TRUE HEROES

Allow me to give my lord one last piece of counsel, the same counsel that I once gave my brother when we parted for the last time. He was three-and-thirty when the Great Council chose him to mount the Iron Throne. A man grown with sons of his own, yet in some ways still a boy. Egg had an innocence to him, a sweetness we all loved. Kill the boy within you, I told him the day I took ship for the Wall. It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born. You are half the age that Egg was, and your own burden is a crueler one, I fear. You will have little joy of your command, but I think you have the strength in you to do the things that must be done. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.

Maester Aemon, A Dance With Dragons

Now that so many superheroes are resigning after the Paranormal Liberation War, the stage is set for a new generation of heroes to take the mantle. For generations, most superheroes were just glorified celebrities that craved love and respect from the public, but did not really care about helping people. Those individuals are being culled from the herd due to the mass resignations. With these individuals out of the way, the true heroes will be revealed.

In my opinion, a true superhero is a warrior of justice who is willing to do anything and everything to defeat evil even if it costs them their life. The question is how many of the remaining heroes have what it takes to fill that role. I think the answer has been right in front of us the entire time.

Since the series started, the students of Class 1A have unwittingly been groomed for the role of true heroes. Not only did they undergo serious character development and refined their quirks to a fine edge, but they have more real-life experience with supervillains than any of their peers, even Class 1B. However, despite all those learning experiences, their final test is about to commence. Up until now, the students displayed an innocence that was contagious, but all of that changed after they were traumatized by the horrors of the Paranormal Liberation War. With the country descending into anarchy and the false heroes throwing in the towel in droves, these kids need to let go of their innocence. They need to harden their resolve and prepare to return to the battlefield.

After seeing the death and destruction Gigantomachia caused despite the students attempt to stop him, the students will likely restore their resolve. This experience will likely make them more determined than ever to make sure something like Gigantomachia’s rampage never happens to innocents again. With this renewed resolve, the students will be able to push forward in the future.

The loss of their innocence will serve as the catalyst for the biggest character development of the students so far. They witnessed firsthand what kind of evil they were dealing with and what it would take to combat it. Due to the massive public backlash, it is likely they will not be returning to UA because the school might be shut down. With the school no longer available, the students will need to use what they have learned up until this point to continue the fight. With the Hero Safety Commission dismantled and civilians taking matters into their own hands, the relevance of a Hero Provision License will be rendered moot. With such constructs no longer restraining them, the students will be able to use everything they have to take All For One/Shigaraki and his minions down.

This is one of the main themes of My Hero Academia is the idea of passing the torch to the next generation. The older heroes had their chance in the spotlight and now it is time for some new blood. When Deku wakes up and recovers from his injuries, he will lead his classmates back into the fray and into a world ruled by chaos. From that chaos, the light of hope will be rekindled as true heroes emerge.

ILLUSTRATION SAMPLE

With the final touches on the agreement with my illustrator nearing completion, I look at some of his other work. Above is an example of his work that has the kind of quality my dinosaur book’s illustrations will have. I like this style of illustration because it has just the right amount of attention to detail without going overboard. Once the agreement is cemented, I look forward to submitting my descriptions for each illustration. I have spent a lot of time and effort coming up with the descriptions and it will be satisfactory to finally see them in the flesh. I will keep you updated on any further developments. Wish me luck!

MHA: A DARKER STORY

“To them, you’re just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these… these civilized people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.”

The Joker, The Dark Knight

The following contains spoilers from chapter 300 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

The last remnants of the hero society are crumbling in the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War. A few chapters ago, one lone superhero expressed a desire to retire and seek a new profession. That one retirement has multiplied greatly over the past two days since the war.

While Best Jeanist and Hawks were driving around town, they manage to stop a gang of supervillains that were released from prison by All For One/Shigaraki. Under normal circumstances, such a victory would produce joy and cheers. Unfortunately, because the public’s faith in the hero society has been broken, only half the crowd expressed joy at Best Jeanist’s victory. When he asked about why the local heroes did not deal with this gang, it was revealed that all the superhero agencies in the area have shut down and retired from the massive public backlash. Best Jeanist tries deploying his own agency to pick up the slack, but they are too few in number to deal with such a growing problem.

Before the Paranormal Liberation War, Japan was enjoying a period of relative peace and prosperity that was created and enforced by All Might. During this time, superheroes hardly had to deal with any real emergencies on a daily basis. They would get fame, glory, money, and public respect in exchange for being a glorified celebrity who deals with minor crises. Now that All Might retired and the age of peace is over, superheroes are coming face-to-face with the true reality of being a superhero. The definition of the word “hero” is being challenged as society struggles to pull itself together. With so much public backlash and chaos, many superheroes are retiring from the stress. When the going was good, these superheroes stay in the game and were content, but when things go out of control they threw in the towel. This only exacerbates the problem the country is facing with the public viewing the retiring heroes as cowards and fakes. Worse, with the remaining superheroes and police being so severely understaffed, they will not be able to get the chaotic crisis under control any time soon.

With their faith in hero society shattered, the public starts taking matters into their own hands. They would fight back against supervillains with both their quirks and support items. However, without proper training, these civilians only made the damage and casualties worse. The hero Wash may have arrived on the scene, but he arrived too late and was criticized by the civilians for it.

Due to so many superheroes retiring and the country descending into anarchy, this is the perfect time for true superheroes to emerge and fight back against All For One/Shigaraki’s army of supervillains. The false superheroes who only fought crime for money, fame, and glory will be culled from the herd with these mass retirements. In their place will be the true superheroes who are fearless warriors willing to give anything and everything to defeat the supervillain hordes. When it comes to the students of UA, I wonder which of them will step up to the plate and which ones will quit.

This whole situation is exactly what supervillains such as Stain and the Meta Liberation Army wanted. While the false heroes are being weeded out, society has entered a state where they can pretty much do whatever they want with their quirks and virtually no one can stop them. It is revealed that Stain was among the supervillains who escaped from Tartarus Prison. He walks through the streets without a care or worry in the world as a free man. Then he collects his sword and prepares to continue his crusade against the false heroes.

As the status quo crumbles like stale bread, the public pins all the blame for the chaos on one man: Endeavor. As the Number One Hero and All Might’s replacement as the Symbol of Peace, Endeavor became the public face of the hero society. All the chaos, death, and destruction that resulted from the Paranormal Liberation War happened on his watch. His reputation was further ruined by Dabi’s broadcast, who exposes Endeavor as both a wife beater and child abuser. With Endeavor’s failure to contain the war’s damage combined with Dabi’s broadcast, the public now view Endeavor as a pariah.

Endeavor may be physically healed, but he is mentally and emotionally a broken man. After his encounter with Dabi, Endeavor was so grief-stricken and guilt-ridden by his actions as both a father and a husband that be breaks down and cries. He is soon joined by his family, including his wife Rei Todoroki, who wants to talk about Toya Todoroki and how he became Dabi.

As Endeavor is suffering the public’s wrath, something tells me that he will be getting help. While he was with Best Jeanist, Hawks said that he was going to come clean with the public regarding his past. The Todoroki family may tell the public their side of the story as well. These could be a coordinated effort to minimize the public backlash Endeavor is facing. However, even if they tell the public their side of things, it may make things worse for Endeavor instead of better. While it was proven that Hawks did not kill Best Jeanist, the public still saw unmistakable footage of Hawks murdering Twice. In addition to his past as the son of a criminal, Hawks will also have to come clean regarding his status as a murderer. Also, even if the Todoroki family try to tell their side of the story, it will only reinforce the facts that Dabi released in his broadcast. In general, Endeavor is in a lose-lose situation.

Overall, the story of My Hero Academia has taken a far darker turn as a new age of chaos begins. When the story began, we witnessed a time of innocence during the waning days of an era of peace. Now that the peace has ended, that sense of innocence is gone. As superheroes drop like flies either from death, injury, or retirement, a new generation of true superheroes will rise to take the mantle and continue the never-ending war between good and evil. I look forward to how the story will unfold from here.