Comic 621 - Who Blue Truly Are- Page 19

18th Feb 2017, 12:00 AM in Who Blue Truly Are
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 18th Feb 2017, 12:00 AM edit delete
Adam C.
I've mentioned before that I really struggle with Marvelous Man. The guy's meant to feel like he could plausibly be the hero of his own comic, just one that would make the reader uncomfortable and likely fall into the Designated Hero trope. It's really hard to balance that out.

Writing him kinda tends to be a double-edged sword. Heck, there's this one reader who usually defends Marvelous Man's actions in messages to me, and kinda-sorta like it just because it shows that to an extent people can see how he could be a hero.

One point of that is that I don't want to make him a strawman. If there's an obvious point he can raise to a discussion he should be allowed to make it (I honestly go insane when characters are having a discussion in a show or comic and the strawman has an obvious counter he just doesn't say), and was thinking they were all legitimate arguments against McCay. He really IS acting out of envy and bitterness.

That said McCay has perfectly good reason TO be envious and bitter. I mean... look what happened to him. You think he's 100% rational?

But yeah, we start to get into that theme I had in mind for the chapter; what shows you who you truly are? Well, according to Marvelous Man it's one's actions. We'll get more thoughts going forward.

Oh, and you can thank Martin for this one...
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Martin F. 18th Feb 2017, 3:00 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Yeah, noticed after coloring this one that you never actually see Marvelous Man from the waist down in this page and once you do notice it, it does kind of color things a bit. And I like that that's where I opt to lead in in commenting on t his one.

I do like that at least on a lot of his points in this page Marvelous Man really isn't wrong. McCay definitely comes from a place where you could understand why he'd be self-centered and self-pitying, but doesn't really change that he largely has been since he got his powers and hasn't really done anything to use them to benefit anyone besides himself.

Also think it reflects pretty well on showing Marvelous Man isn't really stupid that here he's able to talk himself into being able to get his hands on someone who can read his mind without being noticed. Probably actually take some serious willpower to pull that off even with him throwing points in McCay's face to distract him as he's doing here.

Incidentally you might notice we've started toning Marvelous Man down a little in size compared to how he had been coming out. He's still huge and towering over McCay, but it was getting a lot more cartoonish there for awhile.

Comments:

Wolfintina 18th Feb 2017, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
I don't even know what to think of the direction this fight is going, wonder what's going to happen next.
Adam C. 21st Feb 2017, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Next page is a bit... grim. ^^
Rastaba 18th Feb 2017, 10:54 AM edit delete reply
Rastaba
In the end my opinion of MM is...basically the same. I never really assumed him to be unintelligent as for a lot of things he has had valid points. He never knew the kids could protect themselves. He didn't know Qrime Qure could have died if he pulled the costume off. And he is in a sense correct that McCay could in theory 'fix' Decay conductor or a lot of people. We all saw this with that psycho who saw the world as totally tainted awhile back.

But a few strong/good points do not change my opinion of him. He refuses to acknowledge any side beyond the one that made him in his eyes a hero. He doesn't care about the consequences to his victims, ie, the bad guys/villains. I do believe if the tables were turned and MM had McCay's powers, he would have indeed toughed it out. Used them without a second thought as to the moral implications of stripping free will and identity in the pursuit of making these people better and the lives he saved.

I am mildly impressed he got a strangle hold on mcCay...but only mildly. In the end that only feels like it proves it. He doesn't care really about anyone but himself. If he really did, why wouldn't he try and talk to mcCay man to man when he certainly feels and is aware he has the high ground. He gets him where it matters...and drops back down to his own level and just starts throttling him. MM will never be a hero to me, uncomfortable or otherwise. Because in the end even when he has nothing really left to prove to an already broken man, he still seemed to feel the need to end him as a threat and grab him.

Also I didn't really find MM's proportions in this comic that outrageous when you remember how withered and decayed McCay is. It's relative size. Short slouched over scrawny guy + big tall beefy guy = giant. Even if compared to say Jake he might appear like a body builder by comparison.
Adam C. 21st Feb 2017, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh... Okay, wow, awesome comment. ^^ Do really appreicate the feedback, especially since that's mostly what I'm going for with the guy. I wouldn't quite say he's villainous, but he tends to have a self-centered viewpoint on morality that leads him to do villainous things.

.... Okay, now that I say it, maybe he is an outright villain.
Onasaki 18th Feb 2017, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
Onasaki
I have to agree with the above here. MM is still a selfish, egotistical jerk, who's self-justified in his lack of empathy for the 'bad guy'. He honestly believes he's a hero, despite the consequences of his actions, and that the ends justify the means.

He's just a villain who's told he's a hero.
Adam C. 21st Feb 2017, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh... Okay, wow. That's really comforting since that's mostly what I'm going for with the guy. ^^ He's on the "right side" so there's really nothing he can do that's wrong. THanks, that's.. that's really encouraging.