Oct 10 2011

More Random Questions About Superhero Stories

Published by at 11:44 am under Reader Questions

From Google queries:


What does a good superhero story include?  

  • Interesting characters.  I’d like to see some personality traits (or combinations of traits) I haven’t seen before and some unusual decisions that most other superheroes wouldn’t make.  In particular, when the character gets superpowers, I think that a character’s decision to become a superhero will be more interesting if it doesn’t come right after the character gets superpowers.
  • Particularly if your target audience is older than 13, I think it would really help to give the characters something exciting to do outside of combat.  Depending on your genre and personal preferences, that could include investigation/crime-solving, relation-building , scenes from the superheroes’ regular lives that develop them, etc.
  • A hard-to-predict plot.


Interesting story blurbs.  I saw this synopsis on SuperheroNovels.com: “…aboard a late night flight from Tokyo to Portland, a disabled war veteran transforms into a werewolf. Now it’s up to a Japanese punk band, a Muslim terrorist, two stoner pilots, and a limbless superhero to subdue the hellhound.”  Hmm.  I like the wacky mix of “protagonists” (although I’m more likely to root for the werewolf over the terrorist–at least the werewolf gets better 29 days out of 30).




Are there any implants that give superpowers?  The most common superpower, definitely.  I’m not aware of any other surgically viable superpowers now, but I think some will be within 20-30 years.  One surgical implant I use in my own writing is recoil suppressors in the wrist and sound mufflers in the ears that dampen the sound of gunfire.  In terms of mental abilities, some sort of implant for technopathy might be viable within 30 years.


If you’re rejected by one agent.  Umm, keep trying.  I’d recommend revising your query if you’ve submitted to 10 agents and haven’t heard back from any within a month.


Most evil animals?  My picks would be platypi, moose, Norwegians, jellyfish and squirrels.

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “More Random Questions About Superhero Stories”

  1. Mynaon 10 Oct 2011 at 1:05 pm

    What is with you and Norwegians? xD

  2. Wingson 11 Oct 2011 at 9:25 am

    You’re all wrong. Ponies…ponies are the most evil animals.

    Put a pony in a room full of girl scouts, and that pony will allow itself to be petted by all of them…and then it will run towards me on its stubby little legs and try to bite me. And even if I stop it the first time, it will keep trying to bite me until I am forced to flee.

    …I really hate ponies.

    – Wings

  3. B. Macon 11 Oct 2011 at 12:56 pm

    They’re acceptable targets.

  4. CCOlsonon 11 Oct 2011 at 1:11 pm

    My best friend would argue that cats are the most evil animals. He claims they are all secretly plotting to kill us and that the only thing keeping them from the act is their lack of thumbs (which are required for opening canned cat food).

  5. Marquison 11 Oct 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Tsk tsk foolsih children, I believe monkeys are the evilest creatures alive. The movie planet of the apes. a monkey directed that film.

  6. Marquison 11 Oct 2011 at 1:28 pm

    They shall come

  7. TheCakeIsALieon 30 Oct 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Cats. Cats are evil.

    By the way, speaking on implants. “The Invisible Man” was a great TV series where the guy hand a gland implanted in his head that enabled him to be invisible. Then again I watched it when I was 16, so it’s probably not as good as I thought it was. (That’s why you never go back to watch the TV shows you had when you were a kid………Power Rangers anyone?)

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