Comic 290 - Blue Guardians, Page 12

4th Jan 2014, 12:00 AM in Blue Guardians
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Martin F. 4th Jan 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Now Grant gets his speech! Valerie and Andy on Wednesday.

Not sure how much I have to say on this one. I'm happy with it, but it's not like there's this much in the way of art to comment on or a range of colors or anything. This'll be Adam's place to speak on mostly, I wager.

Yeah. The chapter still has a few more weeks left to go, so be sure to keep reading!
Adam C. 4th Jan 2014, 2:03 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Man, this came out great. Even though I'm usually not-entirely-comfortable on the whole "Walls and Walls of Text" pages, I wound up so pleased with the speech that this is one of my favorite pages in the chapter. Either this or the kiss.

I really do stand by this idea, and I think it holds up pretty well. Granted, there are a lot of heroes who I'm not entirely sure about where they'd fit (Iron Man for instance) but for the most part, the split seems pretty clear, and serves as a good way of connecting super-heroes to the heroes of the real world like Firefighters or charity workers. Again, a route I had no idea I'd take when I made Heather's dad a fireman.

For some weird backstory.... A cartoonist named Jules Feiffer wrote a book in the sixties called The Great Comic Book Heroes, which was a series of essays written about various major names in comic that were coming out when he was a little boy in the Golden Age. It gives some very interesting insight to the early popularity and behavior behind characters like Superman, Captain Marvel, Batman, and The Spirit, as well as general thoughts on superheroes in general and the author's attempt to make a name for himself in the world of cartooning. It's all very well-written and fascinating if you're a super-hero fan. That speech in Kill Bill about the Superman/Clark Kent relationship? That was outright stolen from the book.

I heard about the book from my brother, who talked about some of the points it brings up about super-heroes. Among the conversation he brought up this particular aspect, and thought it was pretty fascinating. So much so that I actually tried half-heartedly to get the book for a while. When I wound up applying this particular aspect to Grant's speech, I wanted to read it first, but when I couldn't get a copy, just typed it up anyway.

This past Christmas, my sister actually gave me the book as a gift, long after this page had been written and drawn. I promptly read it cover-to-cover trying to find the points brought up in Grant's speech and.... it wasn't in there. When I questioned my brother about it, he replied, "That was just my own thoughts."

Still a good read, but odd story about this particular speech. For once my brother tosses me something I can use in the comic.

.... And yeah, I stand by what I said about Peter Parker. Usually it seems less about helping people for the sake of helping people and more about not wanting the ghost of Uncle Ben shaking his head in disapproval. .... I have issues with how Peter's written, in case you couldn't tell.


Wolfintina 4th Jan 2014, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
This is really neat and cool and where do think Alex Rayne would fit in?
Adam C. 5th Jan 2014, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh... I'd say Alex Rayne definitely chose his lifestyle. You can tell since he keeps helping people even after the switch.
Jax 5th Jan 2014, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
First off amazing speech. Second of also giving my opinion on the iron-man question, I believe there are more then two type of superheroes. There is also those who start on a personal vendetta and get pushed into broader heroeing like iron-man. You also have those who do it for good reasons but also the benefits.there is probably more but hey nobody is an expert.
Adam C. 5th Jan 2014, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Very glad you liked the speech. ^^ Rather proud of it myself.

I don't quite agree with you point though; it seems more like a further split on the division already in place. If you do it for a vendetta (like say Frank Castle), I'm not entirely sure I might call you a super-hero, but if so you're still choosing to do it. Things may escalate, but it's your decision to go into it. Likewise if you choose to do it for more reasons than just helping people (like Booster Gold), it's your choice.

Thing with Iron man is I'm not sure how much was decided on by fate by his capture by terrorists and shrapnel injury, and how much was his own choice. .... Actually, after discussing this, I'm thinking the latter, since after he escaped, he was the one who decided to move forward.