Tag Archives: SUPERHERO

CHARACTER CREATION: JOSHUA RAUJE

Joshua Rauje is the short-tempered loose cannon of the Young Guardians.  I based him on one of my best friends, who wanted to be a kind of superhero who is fearless and possesses a powerful hatred towards criminals.  When engaging convicts, Joshua is not afraid to use violent methods to stop them, which makes his teammates nervous while around him.  The answer to his prejudice towards crooks is revealed in the second volume of the series.  Joshua’s powers consist of potent wind manipulation, which he can use to either create solid air balls that he could use to shoot from his fingers like bullets or overwhelming vortexes to blow his opponents away.  In addition, Joshua has a pair of eagle-like wings that he can use to fly.  Despite his short temper and unpredictability, Joshua is fiercely loyal to his teammates and a devout believer in their crusade against evil.

CONCEPT: THE GENESIS SPELL

While planning out the first volume of my series, I tried to brainstorm on ways the Young Guardians would acquire their superhuman abilities.  I did not want to use cliches such as radioactive waste or genetic mutations.  So, I turned my attention to something that transcends the laws of physics as we know it: magic.  After choosing the concept of magic, I decided on what the spell should be called and I so I decided on naming it the Genesis Spell.  I gave it this name because the word genesis means the beginning of something.  In my characters case, the spell would signify the end of their old lives as mere mortals and the beginning of their new lives as super humans.  According to Tinisha Dolaira, the Genesis Spell is a very rare form of magic that can only be used once in a sorcerer’s lifetime.  What it does is awaken a being’s hidden spiritual powers and alter their appearance to the peak of human conditioning.  However, the Genesis Spell only targets beings who are teenagers.  As an additional side effect, the Genesis Spell also renders its targets immortal in the sense that they will never grow old, get sick, or die of natural causes, but they can be killed if their physical trauma is great enough.  

Writing Update: Third Volume

As of last night, I have reached the 487th page of the upcoming third volume of my Young Guardians Series.  It is getting close to being complete and I estimate that it will be released sometime next year.  In this new book, the Young Guardians will face the main villain of the entire series for the first time while attempting to stop a plot to devastate the planet.  Along the way, they gain eight more members in their battle against evil, who each have their own reasons for confronting the main villain and his minions.  In this epic tale, the Young Guardians will face their greatest challenge yet.

Amazon Review: The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell

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The first volume of my series, The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell, has received the following five star review:

“This is an impressive book. I enjoyed reading it because the author is a gifted storyteller who has woven together a captivating and imaginative storyline. It did not take me long to read it, as I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

It is a fantastic tale of 5 teenagers whose lives are turned upside-down by the appearance of an extra-terrestrial being. The dialog is authentic and fast paced, and the writing is smooth and easy to digest. The story ends in a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil that will leave the reader looking forward to the author’s next work.

The best description of the book comes from the Author’s autobiographical pen. The author says that he and his friends, when in high school, always wondered what it would be like to be a superhero team and have super powers. He decided to survey his friends on what kind of powers they would like to have to fulfill their dream of saving the world and protecting the innocent. He says he based the super-villain on the bullies who harassed him at school. His book is full of “so cool” super-heroes as his imagination comes to life before your eyes.

The main character is Patrick, a young man who did not yet fully understand the ways of the world. He was too unaware to know the he was entering the years in which his choices would affect the outcome of his entire life. His teen years were important times. That is because his curiosity and adolescent experience might cause him to make either the biggest mistake of his life, or the biggest difference in the world.

In this book, the forces of light and darkness collide. It is an eternal story. It is a story that claims that since the dawn of time, the universe and its numerous realities have been haunted by the ghosts of its two sides. In this struggle there are two sides. For those who are righteous and benevolent, they follow the warm influence of light, willing to make their world a better place.

On the other side there are those who are malevolent and unforgiving. They claim that the forces of good are weak and will soon belong to the powers of darkness. That will happen when the skies shall darken, every soul will be devoured by fire, and the power of light shall be eclipsed, never to shine again. These are the ones who are trained by the seductive power of darkness, hoping to amass as much power for themselves as possible.

It is an endless battle that takes place in the Universe. Every second, each side struggles to acquire the most followers. This is an eternal story, traveling deep into the recent past, in which the powers of light and darkness converge.

The big questions is: who will triumph in this struggle?”

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: WATCHMEN

Written by Alan Moore, Watchmen invites readers into an alternate reality where superheroes exist.  Most of my life, I have known about the classical superhero who has a strong moral compass, but Watchmen introduces me to a new type of superhero that is morally ambiguous.  I enjoyed the character, Rorschach because he represented an individual who possessed zero tolerance of evil even in the face of Armageddon.  With Doctor Manhattan, I witness a person who wields unlimited power and immortality and as a result becomes detached to the mortals around him.  The villain is what I would categorize as a gray character because his intentions to unify the world were good, but the price he was willing to pay to make that happen was too high.  I enjoyed the complexities of his plan and the steps he took to make his goal a reality.  What this graphic novel shows its audience is that the world is not as black and white as most people think.  Instead, it consists of different shades of gray with individuals who are neither good nor evil, but in between.  I would recommend this graphic novel for anyone who is searching for an elaborate and intriguing story.

SUPERPOWER: IMMORTALITY

Even though the Young Guardians each have their own set of unique abilities, I gave them one power that they have in common: immortality.  They are immortal in the sense that they will never physically age, never get sick, or die of natural causes, but they can still be killed if the physical trauma they sustain is great enough.  In other words, even though they will not physically age, their minds will continue to sharpen as the years go by.  With this power shared among them, they would truly be Young Guardians of society.  I gave the characters this power because I realized that most superheroes would inevitably wither and die, leaving the world vulnerable to the wrath of evil.  So with agelessness, the Young Guardians will be able to save the world for a good long while.

CHARACTER CREATION: TINISHA DOLAIRA

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Tinisha Dolaira is the female lead of my series and love interest of Patrick Donovan.  When I created her, I based aspects of her personality on my late grandmother, which include a compassionate heart, a sharp mind, and strong moral code.  In addition, I made Tinisha the same age as my grandmother when she passed away.  In terms of species, I made Tinisha one of my favorite of all mythological beings, a high elf.  However, to avoid cliches from other sword and sorcery stories, I placed Tinisha outside of her comfort zone when she is transported from her home world into twenty-first century Earth.  She is very afraid and curious about how the modern world works and often turns to Patrick Donovan for comfort and explanations.  While she is inexperienced about the modern world, she is morally wise and has strong ideals.  Due to her advanced age, Tinisha serves as the big sister or motherly figure of the team.  Because of the nature of their first encounter, Tinisha feels like watching over Patrick and his friends to be her responsibility.