I have been watching a superhero documentary on the History Channel called Superheroes Decoded. It talked about the origins of the superhero genre and how it has evolved over the past century of American history. It talked about how every superhero served as a representation of the times America was in. This was an enjoyable show to watch and I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about the origins of the superhero genre and how it ties in to American history. I am thinking of following this show’s lead and basing my new superhumans on the times America is currently in. There is definitely more than enough inspiration to go around.
One of the most infamous supervillains would have to be Doomsday because he was the one who killed Superman. The chaos, death, and destruction he leaves in his wake certainly earn him his name. His duel with Superman was easily one of the most epic hero/villain battles I have ever seen. This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, Doomsday being the unstoppable force and Superman being the immovable object. In addition, I like Doomsday’s ability to regenerate from any injury and adapt to it so that he could not be beaten the same way twice. This power easily makes him one of Superman’s deadliest enemies because he keeps coming back stronger and more durable than before.
After watching The Incredibles 2, I noticed something familiar in the hero/villain relationship of Elastigirl and Screenslaver. Their hero/villain relationship reminded me of Superman and Lex Luther. Like Elastigirl and Screenslaver, they were initially friends, but became bitter enemies. Superman/Elastigirl is the superpower idealist while Lex Luther/Screenslaver is a genius inventor and billionaire. Like Lex Luther, Screenslaver viewed superheroes in general as a threat to humanity and uses Elastigirl’s weakness (freezing) against her just as Lex Luther routinely uses Kryptonite against Superman. I like how Disney and Pixar reinvented these classical superhero references while making the film and I hope they do it again in the next one.
As a superhero fanatic and writer, I have always been bothered by the most troublesome riddle: How do you punish the Punisher? The Punisher has been judge, jury, and executioner to any criminal he hunts, but in the end is it even possible to punish the embodiment of punishment? I got my answer when I read a Runaways comic in which the Punisher got his butt kicked by Molly Hayes, who was an eleven year old girl with superhuman strength. No matter how you look at it, nothing would be more humiliating for a macho man like the Punisher than having his butt handed to him by a little girl. What do you think? Is there a better punishment for the Punisher or is this it?
At my latest book signing, I had a close encounter with a Graboid from Tremors! I didn’t make much noise, but the creature found me out! Still, it was an unforgettable experience and made my book signing all the more worthwhile.
It is sometimes discouraging whenever a superhero dies because some of them are true heroes. It also is good for the story because despite all of their powers and skills, superheroes are still mortal and can die. One of the superhero deaths that left a lasting impact on me was the death of Edward Blake aka The Comedian from Watchmen. The reason for this is because The Comedian was such a flawed character who lived a violent life and he died a violent death. His death also set the events in the Watchmen comic in motion. As I draw closer to finishing my fourth volume, I realize that there will be a lot of superhero deaths in the final battle and it is the hardest thing I ever had to write.
After much planning and negotiation, I am finally pushing forward my long-awaited graphic novel project. It will be an adaptation of my first book, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell. I have never done such a project before in my writing career, but I can imagine that it is even more lengthy than writing a normal book. Fortunately, the artist I am working with is enthusiastic about future developments. I will keep you updated on what is to come and wish me luck!
I have just read the first four volumes of DC Comics’ New 52 Earth 2 storyline and I am enjoying the series so far. It depicts how one generation of superheroes (Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman) sacrificed themselves to save the world. Then their mantle is taken by a new generation of superheroes. I have witnessed the reimagined origin stories of classical superheroes such as The Flash/Jay Garrick, Green Lantern/Alan Scott, Hawkgirl/Kendra Saunders, and Doctor Fate among many others. In addition to presenting new versions of some of the classic heroes, Earth 2 also presented different versions of other heroes. For example, Red Tornado was Lois Lane instead of John Smith and Batman was Thomas Wayne instead of Bruce Wayne. Thomas Wayne, in particular, reminded me of the Flashpoint comics and proved to be a darker and more brutal Batman than his son Bruce Wayne ever was. Overall, this is proving to be a very interesting read and I would recommend it to anyone enjoys DC Comics and the general superhero genre.
I have just finished reading volume 2 of Earth 2 and I was thrilled to witness the reimagined origin story of my all-time favorite magical superhero: DOCTOR FATE!!! I always loved to see the good doctor work his magic against supervillains, but the New 52 Earth 2 storyline depicted his magic on a whole other level. Also the New 52 Doctor Fate is not Kent Nelson like the traditional comics. Instead, this Doctor Fate is Kent Nelson’s grandson, Khalid Ben-Hassin. As a result of his exposure to the Helmet of Fate’s magic, Khalid has psychological issues because since magic always comes with a price the price of using Doctor Fate’s magic was his sanity. In a way, I can relate to this due to my issues with having autism. We both strive to overcome them in order to make ourselves greater. Overall, I enjoyed this new version of Doctor Fate and look forward to seeing what other spells he has up his sleeve.
After reading the New 52 Earth 2 storyline, I enjoyed this reimagining of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Unlike the Green Lantern Corps of Oa, who power their rings through a battery, Alan Scott’s ring is powered by planet Earth herself. This version of Alan Scott is interesting because he lost his lover before acquiring his powers and even though he was dealing with a great deal of grief he still possessed the drive and determination to save the world. At one point, Scott was tempted by a supervillain to be reunited with his lost lover, but ultimately resisted the supervillain’s manipulations and saved the day. Also, it looks like Scott’s ring will lose its power if he moves too far away from the planet while the Green Lantern Corps have to constantly recharge their rings through their batteries. I look forward to reading more of his adventures as a superhero and defender of planet Earth.