Comic 9 - The General Good Pg. 3

8th Aug 2011, 9:28 AM in Issue 0
The General Good Pg. 3
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Abt_Nihil 8th Aug 2011, 9:28 AM edit delete
Third page by literacysuks1 (lineart) and myself (script/colors/letters).

Sometimes I get tempted to write a lengthier comment. Rejoice, for today is that day!

Creating Bombshell, I had to answer the question: why create yet another superhero? Well, I believe many superhero comics are quite autistic, in the sense that they revolve around nothing but themselves (meaning, their own mythology). There's an overflowing pool of genre clichees and character archetypes, and sometimes it seems that a superhero creator's job consists in not much more than casting characters to fill out certain roles: the role of the majestic super-strong hero, the quirky super-fast one, the stretchy one, the dark and brooding one, etc.

Now, I wouldn't want to deny that what I've just described doesn't determine the quality of the actual stories. It's just that I felt that a certain question needed to be posed more often, and was answered too rarely: the question, what would YOU do if you had superpowers? (Or, in Bombshell's case: not exactly superpowers, but the resolve and the means to do extraordinary things.) That's the first and strongest connection to the reader, and the basic appeal that superheroes have to me. I find superheroes interesting insofar as they are thought experiments (much like most science fiction I like), and not just escapist mythology. We don't tell their stories just for the sake of telling stories, but also to find out more about our own world.

This is my basic train of thought regarding Bombshell, and in this 4-pager I try to hint at what I think sets her apart from other heroes.

Pages from issue 0 and issue 1 are going to update daily.

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JustNoPoint 8th Aug 2011, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
I would do very bad things with my super powers.... I'm so weak! :P

But yeah, most superheroes seem defined by their powers and not who they are. So much so that in most cases it's not even a big deal if they get replaced by another person that has the same or similar abilities.

As long as the symbol of that super power is still alive.
Abt_Nihil 8th Aug 2011, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Very true. Although, to defend mainstream comics for once, it can also be just as much of a thought experiment - a social or psychological experiment about how different personalities interact with the same "idea", the idea represented by the symbol (and possibly, the set of powers associated with it).
DAJB 8th Aug 2011, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Completely agree. And it goes even more so for super villains!

I remember one review of the first FF movie made the point that Dr Doom seemed to have no motivation or plan other than to get back at the FF. And, when I thought about that, I realised just how many Batman stories revolved around nothing more than the Joker or the Riddler trying to kill Batman; how many Green Lantern stories focused on Sinestro wanting to kill GL; and how many Superman stories boiled down to little more than Lex Luthor's attempts to kill Superman.

The villains so often exist not as characters in their own right, but simply as an obstacle for the hero to overcome.
Abt_Nihil 8th Aug 2011, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Exactly. I believe the way Mr Freeze was handled on the Batman animated series is a good example. He had some episodes in which he had clear-cut goals, and where Batman was interfering with these. And then he was brought back as a villain seeking nothing but revenge, and stopped being interesting at once.

Also, Dr Doom in the FF movies was just handled quite badly, overall :P There's a nice Dr Doom origin story by Ed Brubaker (I think) in comics. If only they had respected that a bit. Well, I am not completely against sacrificing mythology, but you'd at least have to come up with something that works!
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