Comic 624 - Who Blue Truly Are- Page 22

1st Mar 2017, 12:00 AM in Who Blue Truly Are
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 1st Mar 2017, 12:00 AM edit delete
Adam C.
Heh. Okay, one thing I've said before is I'm nervous about how much screentime Marvelous Man gets in the comic, to the point that at times it seems like he's upstaging the kids. Part of the reason is that he gets really intelligent, thought-out reactions from the fans. I love getting that fall-out, even though it's coming about because the guy's not popular.

I get the feeling Marvelous Man's speech before opening the door would be his response to readers who've been leaving those comments. Notice how he's practically looking into the camera as he says it.

A lot of Marvelous Man's plot in the last chapter was set-up for this one. Insomniac was kinda collecting things to throw back in his face, and that's why we're re-visiting so many little scenes and exchanges.

One touch I really love by Martin are those two panels where Marvelous Man is in the extreme foreground and you see the flashback behind him. Martin added the touch that the flashback is brightly light and sunny, but the "current" Marvelous Man is still in the shadows of the room. It's little touches like that that just add to the surreality of the scene. ^^

This whole scenario on the hypothetical scenario of if Marvelous Man should resign or not mostly came from Captain America: Civil War being put on Netflix around the time I was re-watching it. While both sides were complete idiots, I was going more with Tony. Cap's position was largely trying to find a way to look noble while saying "I don't follow orders and will just do whatever I want from now on, deal with it."

That's one thing I like about Marvelous Man's speeches is he always tries to find ways to make what he does sound noble and heroic. I'm starting to wonder if it's for his own benefit. Like, if he knows his instincts can be wrong, but he prefers to spin his own wrong-doings into heroics rather than admit it.
Martin F. 1st Mar 2017, 12:10 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Think Adam said most of what really needs saying on this one, not sure how much I've got.

Funny thing, even with all the weird lighting tricks and dissolves and stuff going on in this one, this was still a much quicker page to do than most of the ones centered on the kids have been in this chapter. Speaking of we'll be cutting back to them next time - that last note on the page is more just a lead-in to when we return to these two as opposed to something that will be immediately explored.

If nothing else though I think this might be a good time to bring up Marvelous Man's appearance in Wright as Rayne and call back to that if anyone didn't read that scene at the time -

wrightasrayne.thecomicseries.com/comics/481

It isn't quiiite the same thing, but Marvelous Man's interactions with Hazel and Ivy League there on a level hit on some similar points as this, and while the level of response time he was given there was limited I do think it worked to show a similar sort of mindset. This specific event is actually something I want to call back to in Blues at some point in some way, but not sure how likely it'd be being across the country and all.

Comments:

Wolfintina 1st Mar 2017, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Wowzers this is intense, looking forward to seeing what the kids are up to back at the center.
Adam C. 3rd Mar 2017, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh... Really hope you'll be pleased with what's coming on that one. ^^
Rastaba 1st Mar 2017, 12:34 AM edit delete reply
Rastaba
I don't pretend to know more than the author behind the comic... it yeah, MM definitely lacks any perspective, or understanding of the simple possibility. Even acknowledging the possibility really that he could be asked to resign. After all, if it would never happen what is he afraid of? Is he afraid of the people he's attacked as a hero coming after him when he's 'weak' and vulnerable? Is he afraid of simply being seen as 'weak' and vulnerable again? Or is he afraid of being proven wrong and that his actions aren't objectively and unquestionably heroic. Is he simply afraid of having it proven he isn't really the hero and is just the guy they chose to give the powers and he suit to?

MM really needs a heavy dose of perspective and humility. Those last two panels show he might be starting to get the picture that he isn't quite proving himself infallible if he is already caught in a lie. In a refusal to follow an order. A refusal that might make them question his continued service as when he might chose to disagree with another. As much as he wants to believe he is the hero, the dude needs to see he isn't. He is just a man with powers using them to do little else but grandstand and feed his own ego.

Again, Quentin, he was in the right. He didn't know the kids could protect themselves. Even if he did, letting someone else be attached rght in front of you is kind of a d!ck move anyways. And decay conductor was freaking insane. A truly insane criminal. But any rational or remotely normal being should at least understand how being empowered as he is, his words and every action carry weight and responsibility greater than simply carrying a gun. He could throttle a man to death without breaking a sweat. He could nearly kill a man in cold blood in front of children and people and not apologize and not lose any sleep. The dude needs to get some humanity and quick. Else he sure won't die a hero.
Adam C. 3rd Mar 2017, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh... I dunno if I see Marvelous Man as a character really defined by fear. I think my failure is what would scare him, though. Failure to live up to the potential he sets for himself at being the best, protecting the world, ect. Maybe that's why he digs in whenever people try to tell him he's wrong.

Am glad you're kinda into Insomniac's plan, though. Was worried it was going in too weird a direction. ^^
Onasaki 2nd Mar 2017, 4:27 AM edit delete reply
Onasaki
I'm... just really really waiting on the edge of my seat for that moment... That one moment.

Where MM finally cracks.

I know it's coming. Insomniac's been toying with him the entire time. Everything, even MM trying to choke him to death. It was all intricately planned, calculated, down to the very decimal of perfection he could achieve. We're just beginning to scrape the darkest parts of what MM denies.

He's beginning to question, even as he tries to justify it. And Insomniac knows it.

Just a little more.
Adam C. 3rd Mar 2017, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh.... Yeah, good point. ^^ If nothing else, I imagine if Insomniac doesn't go down soon, Marvelous Man might fall back on thrashing about like he did with Decay Conductor.

But trust me, what MM's denying is a lot darker than what we've seen thus far.