SUPERHERO REVIEW: SUPERMAN

One of my all-time favorite superheroes has been Superman, birth name Kal-El, adopted name Clark Kent, also known as the Man of Steel, The Man of Tomorrow, and the Last Son of Krypton. What intrigued me about Superman was the fact that, unlike most superheroes, Superman was not given his powers, but were born with them. If I was in his shoes, I would like to know what it is like to have powers all my life, which would make me more experienced with them than I would be if I was given them at a late age.

I know everyone believes that Superman is all but invincible because of his immense powers and few weaknesses such as Kryptonite, red sun radiation, or magic, but there are some cases in which Superman nearly dies. In his first battle with the monster Doomsday, Superman was able to defeat Doomsday in a draw, but at the cost of his own life. In the film, Superman Returns, Superman was exposed to enough Kryptonite to give him the strength and vitality of a terminally ill person. In both cases, Superman was pushed to his limits and demonstrated enough vulnerability to show a human side to his otherwise alien nature. Also, the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, demonstrates that despite his overall boy scout demeanor, Superman is not without his flaws and has the potential of turning to the dark side, which breaks my heart.

In general, I admire Superman’s resolve and moral compass, which are things I believe every superhero should have. In this sense, it would be fair to say that Superman is an example of the model superhero. For those of you who have not read his adventures, which I’m sure are only a minuscule number of people, I would recommend him to anyone who is seeking a symbol of hope to rally behind.

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CONCEPT: RESURRECTION

One of the most interesting elements of fiction involves bringing the dead back to life. Because of the complexities of life and death, resurrecting someone would not be as simple or straightforward as it sounds. Due to the fact that bringing back the dead would involve delving into forces that no one can truly understand, if the resurrection is not done properly, the consequences could be disastrous. To truly bring a person back to life would require far more elaborate methods that few people would even consider. The natural order of things would inevitably find a way to balance itself out if it is tampered with, one way or another. Due to this fact, the resurrection in question may not have the result you would want. Instead, it could result in the creation of something unnatural and abhorrent. In my fourth short story, the potential consequences of resurrecting a person without the proper methods will be explored.

WRITING UPDATE: THIRD SHORT STORY COMPLETE!!!

I have just finished the final chapter of my third short story! I must say that I have a great sense of satisfaction in completing it since I wanted to write it for some time. Now, I will begin writing the fourth short story, which will revolve around a character whose powers revolve around magic. Based on what has happened so far, I have completed three short stories in less than a year, which is a new record for my writing career. I look forward to any new developments my writing will develop.

WRITING UPDATE: THIRD SHORT STORY (CHAPTER 9)

My current project has taken an exciting turn because I am on the ninth and final chapter of my third short story. This chapter will conclude the origin story of the main and most powerful supervillain in my series, Vogan. The final chapter will reveal the completion of Vogan’s descent into madness as well as the creation of his supervillain syndicate, the Black Pantheon, and the Young Guardians’ benefactor, the White Triumvirate. The Black Pantheon got its name because in mythology, a pantheon is a group of gods and deities, which is a direct reference to Vogan’s god complex. The White Triumvirate got its name because it has three leaders who see each other as equals. In addition, the reader will get a glimpse of Vogan’s master plan, which will be fully revealed by the fifth volume of the series.

CONCEPT: SUPERVILLAIN CATEGORIES

Some believe that there is no categorization about supervillains, but upon closer examination, I noticed that they each have their own unique connection to the superhero that makes them distinct. The first category is the type of supervillain who tests the superhero’s physical limits and is kind of like a common thug. Another category is the type of supervillain who is a typical sociopath and challenges the superhero on a mental level. A third category is the kind of supervillain who has an intimate knowledge of the superhero, allowing them to exploit their weaknesses for maximum damage. The last category is the kind of superhero who is more of a nuisance than a threat, indulging in petty crime such as stealing. In general, even though a supervillain always commits crimes and evil, they come in many forms, giving the superhero a challenge i any case.

WRITING UPDATE: FUTURE SHORT STORIES

Now that I am almost done with my third short story, I am already planning more short stories that will continue to fill in the gaps of my series. The next short story will revolve another significant character who will appear in the upcoming fourth volume of my main series. After this fourth short story is complete, I will resume my main series by starting the fourth volume. Once the fourth volume is complete, I will write four more short stories. Among these short stories will be a number origin stories for a number of the main characters such as Tinisha Dolaira, Triple Ace, Cynthia Andrews, and Cyber Shadow/Brick Baxter. With Tinisha story, it will not only tell her origins, but it will also give the reader a look at what kind of mystical world she came from before she crossed over into 21st Century Earth. For Triple Ace, her story will finally reveal what secret she has been hiding behind her mask, which she never removes even in front of her teammates. Cynthia’s story will elaborate on what traumatic event caused her to develop split-personality disorder and, as a result, two separate sets of powers. With Brick Baxter/Cyber Shadow, his story will not only reveal the mindset that will lead to him becoming a cyborg supervillain, but it will also illustrate how he survived his defeat in the first volume. I look forward to working on all of these future projects and bringing my superhero universe closer to completion.

WRITING UPDATE: THIRD SHORT STORY (CHAPTER 8)

I am entering the eighth chapter of my third short story and this will be the most morally ambiguous scene in the story. It will depict the origins of Vogan’s god complex and how he views himself otherwise, which will set the stage for the events that are currently happening in the series. Also, this chapter marks the near-completion of this particular short story and the beginning of the fourth. I must say that I feel a very special case of satisfaction from finishing this short story because I have always wanted to depict the origins of the main villain of my series who is the driving force of everything that has transpired so far.

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