In a dystopian future, crime is bound to reign supreme and unchecked. No matter how advanced or sophisticated a society becomes, crime always becomes an integral part of it like a parasite feeding off its host. I am going to depict crime on an extreme level with drugs, arms dealers, mobsters, gangs, you name it. Crime is going to serve an integral role in the origin stories of my main characters. There will be five gangs, one gang per character’s origin story, and they will all answer to one supreme crime lord. I am thinking of basing these gangs on fads that have happened in recent years and give them a dark twist. The main characters individual battles with these gangs will ultimately lead to them meeting one another to face the supreme crime lord. It is going to be a story with even more moving parts than my Magnus Dynasty Saga.
Superhuman durability has always been one of the most common superpowers in fiction. Superman can shrug off bullets and Aquaman can withstand the crushing depths of the deep ocean. In Stan Lee’s Superhumans, I saw two insane and extreme examples of real-life superhuman durability. In one case, a professional wrestler has a skull that is thick enough to withstand a blow of a sledgehammer and hammering a large nail through a sheet of steel. The other case is about a Shaolin monk who could withstand over 200 hundred pounds of force from a power drill in his stomach, throat, and head. In both of these cases, both men took an insane amount of punishment and walked away with only minor scratches, bruises, and scrapes. I am going to analyze the science behind real-life superhuman durability and contemplate on how such a power can be pushed to the fullest on a believable level as I brainstorm for my superhuman series.
When we think of time manipulation, we think of being able to control the time flow through all eras, creating alternate timelines and changing history however you want. However, I think that form of time manipulation is way too powerful, almost borderline godlike. Therefore, I am thinking of including a character with a more limited and believable form of time manipulation. They would be able to freeze, fast-forward, or rewind any event as long as it is limited to just one hour. They could freeze time for only one hour, fast-forward an hour into the future, or rewind one hour into the past. If they try to do it any longer than an hour, the strain will either leave them severely debilitated or kill them.
As I continue brainstorming for my superhuman series, I came to realize that I am in the process of creating the craziest supervillain I ever designed. Even though this individual will only appear in the first volume, I intend for him to leave a significant impression on my audience. I created supervillains such as Cyber Shadow, Fanoxean, and Vogan and they all had their complex flaws and forms of insanity and evil. However, this new villain is going to have a form of evil that is more human, which I think will make him more frightening than my previous creations. One could argue that this guy is going to be my personal Joker.
Imagine having the power to make everyone see, hear, feel, smell, and taste whatever you want them to. The types of illusions you can conjure and their intensity would be limited by your imagination and focus. You could make your opponent see a demon or a firework display among countless other things. I am thinking of including this power in my superhuman series and there will be a case in which a wielder of this power projects an illusion that is so powerful, scary, and intense that they unintentionally traumatize a few hundred people.
In an increasingly technological world, I like the idea of an individual who can bend technology to their will. Technopathy would be a power that would put even the best hackers in the world to shame. You could breach any firewall with ease and hijack a robot army with the power of your mind alone. Due to the many forms of advanced technology in my superhuman series, I am thinking of including a character who can control technology.
Telekinesis has always been one of the most common yet potentially most powerful superhuman ability in both science fiction and fantasy. Generally, telekinesis is the ability to manipulate matter with the mind without any physical contact. Apart from moving objects with the mind, it can be utilized in a wide variety of different ways. As Superboy from DC Comics and Sylar from Heroes demonstrated, telekinesis can be used to give its wielder superhuman strength by channeling psychokinetic energy through their muscles. Telekinesis can also give its user control over their own personal gravitational field, which would give them the ability to fly. One can also coat themselves in an invisible telekinetic force field, which would shield them from most forms of physical assault much like how Superman’s invulnerability operates. Overall, if a character is able to apply telekinesis in all of these diverse applications, they could be a force to be reckoned with.