Comic 258 - Blues in the Night, Page 17

18th Sep 2013, 12:00 AM in Blues in the Night
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Adam C. 18th Sep 2013, 12:00 AM edit delete
Adam C.
McCay was the first villain for Blues I ever thought of, and I knew from day one to make him work he'd need a Non-standard character design around his eyes. Something that would be particularly freaky to look at. Wound up trying to base them off L's from Death Note and think the effect came out very nicely. The fact that they're bloodshot (and bloodshot blue at that) is all the more striking.

As I said before, McCay was influenced by a character from the Justice League episode Only A Dream, specifically the villain from that episode, Dr. Destiny. The episode was what made me a fan of the show, which in turn made me a fan of the comic which in turn made me a comic-book geek in general, so seemed fitting. Even the way McCay has been exerting his psychic influence over Stonewall in a bar is similar to the famous Sandman story in which Dr. Destiny drives the entire world mad while sitting in a diner.

I've already explained the flashback element of this chapter.... Oh, I'm just gonna say this now to avoid confusion; Genight isn't dead. McCay did.... something else to him. I'm saying that now because I know how this looks and I didn't want it being too weird when he turned up in a later page.
Martin F. 18th Sep 2013, 12:13 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Not sure what all to say on this one offhand... There is one thing relating to McCay's creation that's kind of funny to note, but I'll save that for a later page where it'd be a little more appropriate to bring up.

But yeah, this page is where things take a big shift for the chapter; it's been fairly dark so far but here's where it gets moreso. Really, it is sort of weird Blues would be the first of the comics to kind of go deeper with this kind of thing given it's supposed to be the more family-appropriate one, though the next chapters of the other two will both be going a bit darker as well.

I should really watch that episode at some point actually. I've barely watched any Justice League; as much of a superhero geek as I am I can't really get into it. Much more a BtAS / Beyond / StAS kind of guy.


Wolfintina 18th Sep 2013, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
Since one of the ways death is described is as eternal sleep it doesn't surprise me that McCay didn't kill Genight, death would be the easy way out, in some cases, to keep on living is the hardest path one must follow.
Adam C. 20th Sep 2013, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Maybe, or maybe I just need Genight alive for something in the future. We'll have to find out.
karma chameleon 18th Sep 2013, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
I think that McCay drove Genight off the deep end by using a new power of his: psychic suggestion, which, now that I think about it, explains all the weird dreams going on in the Institute (and the people on the ground in the last panel).
Adam C. 20th Sep 2013, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
That last part is definitely true. ^^ We'll see more of that soon.