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Real Name: Nick Hopper (not his real name)
Villain Name: Plague
Hero Name: Locust
Nick Hopper has always been a kleptomaniac. He discovered, at a young age, that this was something best kept to himself, so he became a very good thief. Unfortunately, he had a bad habit of stealing the wrong thing from the wrong people. Adult life spent travelling the world, trying to stay under the radar and also steal shit, he eventually found himself in Egypt. Unsurprisingly he found himself part of a tomb-robbing crew, stealing artefacts and selling them to private collections. Enjoying the best gig he’d had in a while, his run of luck came to an end when his crew broke into the temple of an ancient locust god. Fleeing from the summoned swarm which ate the rest of his crew, he still managed to pause long enough to snatch the amulet from the temple altar. This fused with his skin, turning him into the avatar of a long forgotten god. He now has the ability to turn into a swarm of locusts at will. He can do this body part by body part, which finds an amusing body part. The swarm can be dispersed, but Nick can reconstitute himself from a single locust, giving him excellent durability. He returned to America, hoping to settle some debts, but found most people had forgotten him. A contact put him onto Suzie and he joined the team. Unfortunately, his changes are causing a deterioration of his mental health, but hey, life’s no fun sane, anyways.
I know I was gonna talk about this comics projects sooner, but I forgot alright?
Anyways, here’s a link to that first post, if you want to go back and catch on up.
The series, which I’ll hereby refer to as Life on the Z-list, because I like that name the most, had four main characters, plus a man/woman PR team who I’ve yet to come up with any real details apart from being a lot like Lindsay Neagle from the Simpsons. So I won’t talk about them.
Team Leader/The Brains
Real Name: Suzie Smyth
Villain Name: Repellor
Hero Name: Smooth Operator/Operator
Suzie’s dad, William Smyth was a brilliant inventor with an unfortunate habit of inventing things almost simultaneously with first Howard, then Tony Stark. Almost, as in, a couple of days behind. After becoming convinced that the Starks were somehow stealing his thoughts he became incredibly paranoid and dropped off the map, leaving his wife and a very young Suzie behind. When Suzie turned 21, her father turned up at their doorstep, mumbled something incoherent and died. She vowed revenge on Tony Stark, took her dads Repellor Rays, made herself an outfit and started stealing stuff and punching people. Soon though, she decided she needed a crew, if she was ever going to pull any real jobs so she set about recruiting some like-minded individuals.
So, a little while back I came up with a concept for a Marvel Comics team book, with all new characters. Now, obviously, this isn’t going anywhere (at least in the foreseeable future) I thought I’d share some of them here. I think I floated this idea here, ages back when I first had it, but I’ve done a bit more work on it since then. But hey, not going anywhere so, someone might as well enjoy it.
Potential titles: Life on the Z-List, the Revengers, The Replacements, Hometown Heroes, The Lighting Bolts.
Ok, so the idea was a group of super criminals in the midst of pulling a job in a smaller American city when the city is suddenly invaded by Skrulls, very, very, very late to the Secret Invasion Skrull war. After kicking in the heads of the Skrulls, the villains are lauded as heroes. In the midst of their partying they are approached by a PR agency, who want to make them into America’s ‘Small Town’ heroes. Adopting new identities, they tour the country, fighting villains, their own natures and one another.
I was inspired by Warren Ellis’s Nextwave and I wanted to explore the idea of manufactured heroes as well as the Marvel trope of villains becoming heroes and suddenly becoming successful; I don’t want these guys to be successful. I want them to have the shit beaten out of them on a regular basis. I want their only victories to be against normal humans, people paid to lose to them and complete goddamn scrubs. They’re good criminals, but they’re still the type that goes up against Iron Man for extremely reasons.
Some characters and issue outlines soon!
And maybe, I was wrong, but it felt right at the time. It felt, me or her. I hear this screeching in my ear and this sudden hotness in my shoulder. I’m wet and sticky and it hurts. I howl and throw myself backwards, throw her backwards. I hurt, the blade protrudes from my shoulder. I turn, and there she is. A girl, a little girl, couldn’t have been more than fourteen. She pulls another blade, a metal spike from her belt and comes at me again, still screeching. One pull of the trigger, and half of her head disintegrates. That was the first child I killed. It was not the last.
Episode 6: Glow confesses to Mike and Rosie that he is not some guardian angel, dispensing wisdom, but rather a demon criminal, hiding from his masters. He can feel their approach and instructs the couple in the construction of weapons to fight against the hit squad, led by a slightly more demonised Turtle. They are going to need extra help though, so they heavily drug a visiting Sea Dragon and drown him in a sink, then give him CPR. When he awakens he can see Glow, same as them. They try and explain the situation as best as possible, but he does not react well. Friends don’t drown friends then resurrect them into a new, hellish reality. Mike, Rosie and Glow fight against the hit squad, in several home alone style sequences, but all are hurt. When things look especially bad, Sea Dragon recovers and attacks Glow, somehow able to hit him. A strange portal opens and Sea Dragon and Glow fall into it. The hit squad disappears. Mike and Rosie make noodles and mix some more drugs.
The series, ends, at least for now.
Episode 5: This entire episode has a sitcom style audience reaction track, complete with canned laughter, oooooohs, aaaaaaaahs and so on. Mike and Rosie and to a lesser extent, Glow, can hear the audience, but they are trying to ignore it. It clearly annoys them, though. A pair of small demons arrive at the apartment one morning, just as Mike is selling to a client, a smirking frat-boy type who calls himself Turtle, ‘y’know, like that bro in Entourage.’ After getting rid of Turtle, Mike threatens to kill both the demons, but they implore him to help them. Glow suggests killing them, Rosie suggests helping them. Mike sides with Rosie. The little demons (Clicker and Snick) need help getting a key that slipped from their world into the human one and they heard that Mike and Rosie could see their kind. They both seem terrified of Glow, while he is mostly indifferent towards them.
Clicker and Snick constantly tell each other bad jokes, eliciting reactions from the ‘studio audience’.
All five go after the key, hidden in a nearby park, but are secretly followed by Turtle. After fighting and defeating a tree-beast, they retrieve the key and open a door for Clicker and Snick to go through. Meanwhile Turtle is shown to not be human at all, but a monster hidden in a human body’s chest (kinda like that dude in Total Recall) and he reports to a shadowy figure that he has found Glow and the ‘ones who see’.
Episode 4: An infestation of demon worms, electric blue, fuzzy, with a mouthful of teeth has sprung up in the apartment. Mike and Rosie are frenetically exploring the top floor of the building, trying to find out where they are all coming from. Glow is about but he is not speaking to them. Sea Dragon visits, looking for another buy, but they turn him away. Halfway through their search, with the worms multiplying the power goes out. It appears as though the building next door has discovered that they are stealing power by way of a series of extension cords. As soon as this happens the worms start making a horrid hissing noise and Glow begins talking again. Mike and Rosie want to turn the power back on, perhaps by stealing from the building on the other side, but Glow advises against it. Mike ignores his advice and goes next door. In the dark, Rosie notices all the worms are moving in one direction, and she and Glow follow them to find a giant egg in process of opening. When it does open a strange, electric blue, fuzzy monster emerges and begins to gobble up the eager worms. When Mike reconnects the lights, they begin to move away again and the monster starts to get angry. Rosie races around, switching off all the lights, the monster eats the rest of the worms, thanks her in a posh British accent and leaves. Sea Dragon comes in and buys more drugs.
Episode 3: Rosie wakes up one morning to find that Mike is not there. She explores the apartment, but there is no note, no nothing. They never leave the apartment alone. She realises they have no way of contacting one another: they don’t use phones any more. She explains all this to a very bored, chain smoking Glow. She decides to check some of their regular haunts, the local supermarket, their supplier, she even tries calling Sea Dragon from a pay phone, but he is deep in a trip. As she explores, she begins to lose track of time, with day and night seeming to swap from second to second. With something giant and dark skittering at the edges of her vision she returns to the apartment, hoping Mike has returned. They meet each other in the back alley and Mike explains that he awoke to find her gone and spent the day looking for her, experiencing the same events. They turn to Glow for an explanation, but he is gone.
Episode 2: A mostly normal man appears at their breakfast table on morning. Normal, apart from, y’know, his insubstantialness, the ability to teleport and his bright glowing eyes behind his glasses. He is far more pleasant than most of the other demons that appear, so Rosie recommends they ask him to stay around. Mike, would rather he killed every last one of the damn things and sets about trying to get rid of it. While Rosie deals with a client, a spaced out dreamer who calls himself Sea Dragon, Mike makes his formula but it doesn’t work on the newcomer. He introduces himself as Glow and offers to fill them in on what has happened to them. They take him up on his offer, but he has a few conditions. He asks to stay around and that they protect him against the thing that is after him. After defeating it (a shadowbeast), they all play UNO.
TV show idea that I came up with a little while ago. I’m never going to do anything with it, so I thought you guys might like to see it.
A young couple, both brilliant chemistry students, suffer a near death experience while on extremely powerful, home-made hallucinogens. Six months later and they are locked in an apartment in an abandoned building, hiding from the demonic creatures that now plague their lives. Are the creatures real? Is the couple mad? Is continuing to make and sell the drug such a good idea?
Episode 1: We are introduced to Mike and Rosie as they recover from almost drowning. As they blearily lurch back to life, something haunts crowd that has gathered behind them. The episode follows twin narratives, Mike and Rosie’s meeting in an advanced chemistry class and subsequent relationship, inter-cut with their lives now, camping out in an abandoned building and selling drugs to a bizarre array of lesser dealers. A fuzzy demon haunts their apartment, continually taunting them as they concoct a potion to burn it to death.
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