Comic 779 - Blue vs. Gold, Page 9

21st Aug 2018, 11:00 PM in Blue vs. Gold
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Adam C. 21st Aug 2018, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Man, today was weird.... Okay, lemme comment on this before it goes up, then....

Yeah, if you guys assumed these two were a couple... well, that was intentional. I was trying hard to write all their interactions so people could assume they were dating when in fact they were just Amicable-Exes. Margret does get kinda flirty with him, but I wrote that as just her being playful and there being nothing in it implying she wanted to get back together. Heck, her last "appearence" in the comic was her turning down an offer to have dinner together (and Marvelous Man ignoring her).

Oh, also this moment in the Insomniac fight where he outright stated that Margret's memory of their relationship is quite different from Marvelous Man's.

I mentioned earlier I was pretty much writing her as Lois Lane and I meant it; she's kinda exactly what I pictured Lois would be like if Superman never came into the picture. In fact, writing this sequence really made me appreciate how likeable Lois is.

Lois has always been consistently written in the comics (well, other than the Silver Age) as being incredibly career-driven and focused on making a difference in the world through journalism. The next page of Blues shows that Margret isn't really interested in dating anyone seriously and wants to focus on her career, and that's always been the way Lois has been handled. While she flirted with Superman constantly, it was almost six decades of comics before she was willing to actually settle down and marry the big guy, and a few decades more before she agreed to have a kid (for the record, I've read the comics with Clark and Lois's son Jon and he's friggin' adorable).

But despite being extremely ambitious and cynical, Lois was also always written to be a compassionate and socially-conscious person. Her focus on journalism has always been geared toward exposing corruption and lies and attempting to make life better for people who don't have a voice. That's why despite not being interested in dating she eventually fell for Superman. It wasn't just "Hey, he's Superman, he's awesome," it was the fact that he was pure-hearted, intelligent, and determined on a level she genuinely didn't believe could exist when she first met him. I got the impression that if Superman had never come along she'd have had a perfectly happy life just being single and being awesome at standing up for the little guy in between her bi-weekly kidnappings.

Lois, only got involved with Superman because he had intelligence, compassion, and integrity. While he has other virtues, Marvelous Man is too self-involved to really embody those other traits to any great degree, and as such he couldn't woo Margret. I dunno, this has kinda been an odd way of summing this up, but Marvelous Man was written to subvert a lot of comic tropes I tend to see a lot, and one of the more annoying ones is not giving the main character and love interest any chemistry. Just putting one in the scenario where they save the other a lot (this happens a LOT in film adaptations). Lois and Clark were always the gold standard to me for superhero romances, which owes a lot to Lois being such a well-written, multi-dimensional character. Making an expy of her was a lot more fun than I was expecting, to the point that I might need her to show up in the future.

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Oh, speaking of the future, if you can't tell where this is going... uh.... strap in.
Martin F. 21st Aug 2018, 11:07 PM edit delete
Martin F.
Heh. Yeah, compared to all of that really not sure how much I'm going to have to say here by comparison.

But yeah, this whole relationship was pretty much being built up as a fake out the whole time. Kind of been trying to get in a good few signs of it, if nothing else in how consistently Marvelous Man really doesn't seem to actually consider how she feels about things before he acts.

Probably have more room to talk about that in the next page. Admittedly kind of tired as I type this but yeah, in either case hopefully everyone enjoys and be sure to swing by next time.
Adam C. 21st Aug 2018, 11:10 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Actually, related to Martin's point, a subtle touch I was trying to put in is that Margret probably doesn't like being called Maggie anymore; in most other scenes people either call her Margret or Miss Dillion. The fact that Marvelous Man insists on calling her by her high-school nickname was going to be a hint toward that, but didn't really work since we don't see her interacting with other people enough.

Comments:

Wolfintina 21st Aug 2018, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
While this is a much needed reality check for MM I'm extremely worried about what's going to happen now, the next page is going to be a whopper of a dosey.