Allow me to give you a little preview of the new superheroes in my latest superhero story. I will not mention their names (which will remain classified until publication), but I will give you an idea of their respective personalities.
The male lead will be an artful individual who loves being theatrical. His interests include acting, reading manga and superhero comics, practicing martial arts, and music. Before becoming a superhero, he dreamed of being an actor. At the start of the story, he is aware of the flaws of the world around him, but does not give them much thought. When his powers manifest, he is initially unaware that he even has powers. When he becomes aware of his powers, he can barely control them and one of his main challenges throughout the series is learning to control his growing powers and achieve even greater heights to do good.
The female lead has two distinct personalities. One personality is shy, kind, and gentle while the other is sadistic, cruel, and bloodthirsty. Her gentle personality is a deeply religious girl while the cruel personality is a cynical atheist. The development of these two personalities is due to psychological trauma as well as the manifestation of her powers. When her gentle personality is in control, her powers are hardly significant, but when her dark personality is in control, she is virtually unstoppable. Her main struggle is learning to reconcile the two halves of her personality.
The third main character is the brains of the group. He is an eccentric, quirky, and borderline insane genius who is more connected with technology than people. He views everything in the world to be a test subject for his experiments including himself. He becomes a superhero not out of some moral obligation, but because he wanted every opportunity he could get to test his inventions. His main struggle will be learning how to connect with other people and develop a form of empathy.
Overall, these characters are among the most complex and morally ambiguous I have ever created. I look forward to deepening their respective character arcs.
While watching futuristic documentaries on Curiosity Stream, I discovered ways in which people can be made superhuman through artificial means. Experiments were done to increase the muscle mass of cows and mice through genetic engineering. These animals were injected with the IGF1 Gene, which stimulates muscle growth on a cellular level. Unlike steroids, the IGF1 Gene is a natural protein that does not break the body down. The muscles of these cows and mice were increased in size by 400 percent. Imagine if the Running of the Bulls involved unleashing bulls that were as large and powerful as these super cows. Also, the super sized mouse in the picture above would be a real life Mighty Mouse and it reminds me of something from a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Both of these animals could be test subjects for a real life super soldier program like Captain America! Based on these test results, I wonder what these muscle enhancers will do to humans. We can have a real life Hulk on our hands! I will toy with this concept of genetic engineering in my new superhero story and it will serve as a potential countermeasure for humans against real Superhumans.
I had an idea I would like to try for my new superhero story. I have always been a fan and admirer of Stan Lee, the founder of the modern superhero genre. I kept track of all his cameos, attended some of his conventions, and watched a number of his shows. Now, however, a bright light has gone out in the universe when Stan Lee died. He was two years older than my sainted grandmother. Thanks to his decades of creating superheroes, Stan Lee has left an overwhelmingly fruitful legacy. He gave us superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and the X-Men. To honor and pay tribute to Stan’s memory and legacy, I am thinking of basing a major supporting character in my new superhero story after him. The character will not share his name, but he will share some aspects of Stan’s physical appearance and personality. This character will serve as a homage and salute to this great man!
When Marvel Studios did a montage of all of Stan Lee’s cameos over the years in the opening of Captain Marvel, the only words that crossed my mind were, “We love you, Stan!”
I was one blessed geek today! I got to meet the man who has been the voice of Batman for as long as I have been alive: Kevin Conroy! I grew up watching this man’s version of Batman! Just being in his presence made my life complete! It was like meeting the Dark Knight in person!
Today, I went to WonderCon with my dad and it was a glorious time!
What would you do if you could make anything explode with the power of your mind? This power can be achieved by infusing your target with energy until it explodes. For example, if your target is a person, then you turn them into a living bomb. To quote the first Ghostbusters movie, “Imagine life as you know it ending instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.” That pretty much sums up what happens to the target of this power.
Imagine having skin and muscles that are so flexible and durable that they can absorb the impact of any attack. Punching characters with this ability has been described to be like punching a pillow. This would make a character like a living punching bag, but they would be a punching bag that could punch back. I am thinking of including a Hulk-like character in my new superhero series with this power.