I am about to watch the series premiere of Watchmen, based on the most celebrated graphic novel of all time! I have read the original graphic novel and seen the movie so I am intrigued about finding out which direction the show will take.
As a great man once said, “The world will look up and shout ‘save us’ and I’ll whisper ‘NO!!!'”
I just realized something that I could include in my new superhero book. In my story’s universe, superheroes have only been around for three years. Characters such as that can have a big influence on the public. As my characters’ exploits increase, some members of the public may be inspired by them. This would lead these civilians to become superhero copycats and start taking the law into their own hands. A development such as this will not only affect the main characters and New York, but also the government as well. My main characters’ war against crime will be the spark that brings about an age of heroes.
New York City has been the city of choice for superheroes for decades. It has been featured throughout Marvel Comics, TMNT, and even cities like Gotham City and Metropolis have served as inspiration from the Big Apple. I am thinking of doing the same in my new superhero book. However, it will be a completely different version of New York City. Earlier in the story, a series of wars had been burning fossil fuels a lot faster than normal. As a result, the ice caps melted and the old New York is underwater. Therefore, the city was rebuilt as a collection of five artificial islands interconnected by a network of bridges.
I remember the fictional martial art known as “Guns Kata”, which was prominently portrayed in the film Equilibrium. It also made appearances in various anime and manga. Gun Kata is usually achieved through intense mental and physical training. However, I will be creating a character in my new superhero book who can fight with guns in this fashion. He achieves this fighting style not through training, but through natural superhuman accuracy, reflexes, and mental processing. This character will also be cowboy themed so finding creative ways to fight with guns would be ideal for him.
I have made great progress with my new superhero book. I have written the opening crawl that explains the alternate timeline of my world, the prologue, and the first two chapters. I have decided to make this a standalone book instead of part of a series. I will, however, write a group of spin-offs that talk about the origin stories of the main characters and how they came to work together as a team. The prologue is a scene in a talk show host, where the superhero team is discussed with differing opinions. The first chapter introduces the strongest of the main characters while the second chapter introduces the female lead. One character will be a lazy writer while the other works in a strip club when they are not fighting crime. I am taking this route with their secret identities because I want them to be flawed and relatable. In addition, this is a dystopian story so places such as strip clubs would be common place like something out of a Mad Max film.
I did some research on asylums in New York and I came across the Hudson River State Hospital. It was an insane asylum that closed seven years ago. However, I am thinking of drawing inspiration from this building for my new superhero book. Superhero stories such as Batman had asylums such as Arkham Asylum. Supervillains are often criminally insane and they often get sent to asylums so I am thinking of staying true to this tradition. In the alternate timeline my story takes place, Hudson River State Hospital will still be open except it won’t be the home of supervillains. Instead, one of the main characters’ former teammates ends up in this asylum after a traumatic near-death experience while fighting crime.
One of the main characters in my new superhero book will be cowboy themed and he will be a serious badass when it comes to fighting criminals. I have been drawing inspiration from Rorschach, the Punisher, Bullseye, and Darkman while creating him. His powers include the following:
- Super Accuracy
- Super Marksmanship
- Super Knifemanship
- Super Reflexes
- Super Combat
- Super Agility
- Improvised Weapon Mastery