I received a pleasant surprise from the manga studio instructor I am working with. He read both of my books recently and wrote the following five star review for each of them: “Fascinating story and great for graphical novel production.” I am pleased that he enjoyed my work and I look forward to seeing where this will lead. Wish me luck.
In the superhero genre, a vast majority of superheroes use a secret identity in order to protect their loved ones or as a way to name their alter ego. Some superhero names are impressive while others are uninteresting, but they nevertheless play a role in the life of a superhero. When I created the main characters of my series, I decided to avoid giving them superhero names because original names are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Despite this, some superheroes allow their real names to become public knowledge, which is what the Young Guardians do because after an unexpectedly traumatic event, the Young Guardians found no point in having secret identities. Instead, they go by their real names as though they are normal people, which can serve as a reminder of who and what they were before they became neohumans.
I have reached a point in my fourth volume in which the Young Guardians’ five new recruits are first introduced. As I describe them, their abilities, and traits, I have decided that one of my future works will involve a trilogy focusing on them. They are an interesting group of characters from different lifestyles and I have planned the first volume of this trilogy out. As I go deeper into the fourth volume, I look forward to seeing how they will be accepted into the Young Guardians in preparations for the battles ahead. I will keep you posted on any further developments.
I have been very busy with my writing lately. In terms of editing the upcoming third volume, I have reached the fifth chapter. I still have a ways to go before it will be ready for publishing, but I believe it will be complete on schedule. Also, while working on the fourth volume, I have finished the first chapter and am halfway through the second chapter. In the first chapter, the Young Guardians receive a cryptic warning of an incoming threat and in the second chapter, new heroes engage supervillains who are responsible for a hostage situation and attempted robbery. I look forward to seeing how the story will progress as the writing process continues. I will keep you all updated on further developments.
Triple Ace initially joins the Young Guardians in the second volume to serve as their bodyguard, but eventually becomes a full-time member at the end of the second volume. The best way to describe her is a high-tech ninja who is armed to the teeth with advanced weaponry of her design. Her weapons of choice include a pair of katana swords that have blades that can vibrate at super-high speed and a rechargeable shotgun that fires plasma shells. In terms of personality, she is strong, mysterious, and straight-forward. She also has the disciplined mindset of a soldier who is blindingly loyal to her employers and follows orders to the letter and does not ask questions. Also, she is very secretive about her true identity and never removes her mask, even in front her teammates. Aside from her weapons, Triple Ace is a frighteningly formidable martial artist, is at peak human conditioning, and has a genius-level intellect. While serving as one of the team’s bodyguards, Triple Ace is also in charge of transportation, driving the Young Guardians around in her heavily modified and weaponized Hummer Limousine, The Blue Hammer. Before the second volume, I noticed that Patrick and Tinisha were the only main characters who have a relationship, so I wanted to give the rest of the team a chance to have a love interest, so I introduced Triple Ace. Also, because she has no powers of her own, she serves as the human element of the team.
In the superhero genre, the hero has to overcome an archenemy in order to achieve victory. Every supervillain has certain aspects to them that make them a worthy challenge to the hero. Some are completely insane with no logical goals, others are highly intelligent and methodical in their diabolical plans, and a few are far more complex. When I designed the supervillains the Young Guardians would be up against throughout the series, I drew inspiration from heinous individuals I encountered personally and general concepts of what villains are. With Cyber Shadow, I took the sadistic and mentally unstable mind of a school bully and demonstrated how he became an empowered, vengeful serial killer when his already troubled mind was struggling to adapt to his cybernetic enhancements. With Fanoxean, I evaluated everything that is considered the epitome of pure evil and gave it the physical form of a being who started out as an innocent bystander, but becomes possessed by a malevolent entity that seeks destruction above all else while relishing inflicting turmoil wherever it goes. With Vogan, I took what I considered the darkest aspects of my personality in order to create a man who has seen so many indescribable things in his long lifespan and lost so much that he becomes disillusioned and has a goal that he blindly believes will make the world a better place. Every supervillain has different personalities and motivations, but they generally seek to achieve their goals no matter how much pain and suffering they inflict on those around them.
The editing process for my third volume is underway and at the rate it is going, I estimate that the publication process can begin this winter. I am genuinely excited about this and will keep you informed on any further developments. Wish me luck.