Police officers have always had a complex relationship with superheroes. Some cops view superheroes as vigilantes that need to be stopped while others support superheroes because they are too big to judge. I am thinking of including a cop character in my new superhero book and they will have a very complex relationship with the main superhero. To add to complexity, the cop will be related to the superhero in question and they won’t know until later. With the superhero persona, this cop would hunt them down and view them as a public menace. With the secret identity, the cop would view the superhero as a loving family member. When the cop discovers that their kin and the superhero are one and the same, things will become even more complicated between them. This police character will be a combination between Commissioner James Gordon from the Batman comics and Captain Quentin Lance from the show Arrow.
In the past, when I wrote superhero stories, I would not include sidekicks. Now, with my new superhero story, I am changing my mind. I am thinking of making the story about a single hero with three sidekicks that will consist of two boys and one girl, which will mirror Batman’s three most famous sidekicks; Nightwing, Batgirl, and Robin. However, all three of these sidekicks will have their own unique powers instead of relying on gadgets and martial arts. In terms of personality, these sidekicks will be similar to the Top Gear boys; Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. One will be obsessed with power and constantly make mistakes, one will be old-fashioned and detail oriented, and one will be loud and flashy. Overall, these three kids will serve as comic relief yet still put up a significant fight against criminals when they have to.
I have some ideas for the origin story of my new supervillain. Basically, I will be drawing inspiration from the 1941 film known as Citizen Kane. In Citizen Kane, a man who had everything started out as a rebellious idealist before his wealth and power gradually and inevitably corrupted and isolated him. Basically, my supervillain will be an aspiring young politician who comes from a privileged background. When his powers manifest, he realizes that he could use his powers to further his political ambitions. At first, he pursues his political agenda out of naive idealism, but over time it corrupts him and makes him keep wanting more. Eventually, this individual becomes a full fledged supervillain and starts a campaign of chaos across the country.
I remember a show I used to watch with my parents when I was a kid called Family Matters, which features the biggest nerd in the universe, Steve Urkel. I always found Urkel’s high voice, sense of humor, and awkward mannerisms to be beyond funny. For my next superhero story, I am thinking of making a sidekick who has a nerdy personality like Urkel’s. This sidekick would add comic relief to the otherwise serious story.
For my future fantasy books, I am thinking of introducing a particularly dark breed of monster: the kind that is born out of incest. Unlike real life, children born of incest in my books will not be human even though their parents would be human. Instead, they will look like beasts you will only find in your most unholy nightmares. These creatures will be what they are due to their parents being exposed to byproducts of a failed magical experiment. As a result, these monstrosities will roam the corners of the Empire, attacking towns and villages where they find them. I will be drawing inspiration from a creature known as the Shtriga, which was the Albanian version of a vampire.
Kings and noblemen always had their personal servants with them wherever they went. Easily one of the most famous royal servants would be Alexandre Bontemps, who was the personal valet of Louis XIV of France. Bontemps’s loyalty to his king was so absolute that he spent more time with the king than he did with his own family. As the king’s personal valet, Bontemps slept in the same room as the king, which was something even the queen consort was not allowed. Due to this, Bontemps was always available for the king’s needs at any time. Bontemps was not just Louis XIV’s personal valet, he was the king’s best friend and most trusted confidant. As the king’s personal valet, Bontemps’s duties involved overseeing all the day-to-day affairs of the royal household. I am planning on introducing a character who is the main protagonist’s personal valet and their relationship will mirror the relationship of Louis XIV and Bontemps.
I am thinking of drawing inspiration from World War 2 warships for my space opera series. The space ships in my series will share the same name as many of these real-life vessels. This will be similar to how the USS Enterprise from Star Trek shared the same name with a real-life World War 2 warship. They will even share the same model names such as dreadnoughts, frigates, and corvettes. In addition, I will be drawing inspiration from fighter planes and firearms from the World War 2 era. Like the warships, they will share the same model name as the real-life weapons. However, the ones in my space opera series will be far more technologically advanced. Normally, World War 2 is not my preferred time period, but I found a gold mine of inspiration in terms of weapons, military ranks, ships, and battle tactics.