Archive for February 8th, 2012

Feb 08 2012

Zyrion’s Review Forum

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I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Zyrion is writing a novel (target audience 12+) about a girl with brain cancer who gains telekinetic powers after her operation is interrupted by a fight between a superhero and a villain.

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Feb 08 2012

Richard’s Review Forum

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Richard writes:

“My main character is called Edward Snyde, but is mainly referred to by his surname. He is a bit of a misanthropist, and is easily agitated, but he tries to keep a mainly calm state of mind. This is because of his superpower: he can control people. This is done through a chemical he produces through his skin, that turns those that inhale it into a hallucinogenic state, in which Snyde can tell them what to do. This sounds great, but it has two drawbacks: Snyde must be completely focused at all times, and if he controls the person for two long, their basic brain functions stop, and the person being controlled dies.

 

In the world Snyde inhabits, all those with powers work for the Company: a large organization that pretty much serves as a superhuman military service. Anyone with powers who does not work in the Company (this includes criminals, old people- anyone) are collectively known as Manics, and are brought down by the heroes. Hero training begins at thirteen, and they can stop doing active crime fighting (but not leave the Company) after 30 years of service.

 

The main plot of the story revolves around Snyde and his division of beginning heroes (they have all just started in the Company). There are five mutants in the group:
-Shepherd (Snyde’s codename)
-Bonfire, a character who I also want to go into depth with. He can release large quantities of thermal energy, as well as absorbing other forms of energy, then converting them. He is the opposite of Snyde: Whilst he is resourceful, calm and antisocial, Bonfire is headstrong, arrogant and eager to be the center of attention.
-Specter, the stereotypical ‘little miss backstabber’. She has the power to enter people’s dreams, something that scares Snyde (he hates the thought that others can enter his head when he is unaware of it).
-Electron, the daughter of their first villain, Techulon (excuse for the cheesy name: her mother was an old school hero fan). She has the power to control technology through electrical signals
-Division, a highly religious boy that can replicate himself. He is also a sadist, and this troubles him deeply.

 

I want to show the development of the team members as individuals, and how the actions they take change one another (spoiler: Snyde becomes a manic). I also want to show the Company as both a good thing and a bad: whilst it keeps those that the public would be afraid of on a leash, and uses their powers for the good of mankind, there are some things that seem a little off (for example, using children as bio-weapons, and categorizing them based on their powers: Snyde has a purple ring on his chest, because he is psychic, and Bonfire has red, as his powers are energy based. This open discrimination creates a lot of tension, as psychics are generally seen as trouble, energy powers as big headed, and the children of Manics as evil.)

 

Any comments are greatly appreciated, as I want this novel (if I ever write it) to be as good as possible.”

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Feb 08 2012

1990s Superheroes

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If you picked up a comic book, what would be some of the cues that would tip you off that it was written in the 1990s?  If you were doing a parody of 1990s superheroes, what would your approach be?

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