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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.
Real Name: Donny Danowitz
Villian Name: SMASH
Hero Name: The Bull
Donny was always a big lad, but when he hit puberty he got even bigger. Also his skin stopped breaking. And his bones got several times harder. It probably had something to do with his parents being evil scientists, but Donny didn’t mind. He liked breaking things. When he left high-school he tried to be a superhero for a little while, but he wasn’t very good at it. Also it didn’t pay, like, at all.
So he became a doorman for the Kingpin, which paid very well. When Civil War rolled around, though, he marched himself into the nearest SHIELD office and declared that he was going to be a unregistered villain and where was the form for him to fill out please? This, of course got him locked up in The Raft, but he busted out in one of the many, many, mass escapes. This is when Suzie meet him and convinced him to join up with her. Under her direction, Donny has thrived in the fields of hitting people, breaking things and getting hit by things and not falling over. It is a all very good fun.
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!
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