Comic 672 - Showing Your Blue Colors- Page 10

15th Aug 2017, 11:00 PM in Showing Your Blue Colors
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 15th Aug 2017, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Ughhhh... Dialog on this page was really shoddy. Had to go back and punch it up like five times when doing these comments.

But yeah, we get a very brief glimpse into Jake's life before the start of the comic. I do like keeping things vague, but we can see his military history was... different to say the least, and that he only signed up for the military because he was in foster care. I dunno when/if we'll ever get into the situation with why Jake was IN foster care, but there is an explanation in mind for what happened to his parents.

Also I was surprised that Marvelous Man genuinely doesn't care if this goes public; as long as it means justice will be done he's willing to let the school's secrets get aired out, no matter how much of it splashes onto him. When I went into the chapter totally expected he'd cowtow to the threat of bad PR, but... No. He's not going to let that stop him from enforcing the law.

Again, realllly had to be careful about how to do this sequence. The reason it was so important to have Jenny and the kids appeal to Marvelous Man's sense of justice and be turned down on that front is because having Jake dive right into blackmail makes him look too villainous. It's kinda hard to have our heroes using extortion to keep themselves out of jail and still look heroic.

The way Marvelous Man talks to the kids was a bit of a surprise too.... There were plans down the line to have a sort of moral-busybody character who was trying to "protect" the kids for their own good and come off as incredibly condescending and infantilizing in doing so. The character has since been re-worked and that aspect got dropped, but still kinda wanted to explore the idea, so gave Big Gold a few of those traits.
Martin F. 15th Aug 2017, 11:16 PM edit delete
Martin F.
The subject of Jake's background is kind of a weird one. We have a lot of stuff in mind and we will definitely get into SOME of it at a point, but we really have no idea exactly how far into the whole matter we're going to end up delving. This is definitely not the end of the subject though.

Not sure how much else I've got to say on this one offhand, very dialogue-heavy and all. I'm kind of of two minds on having Marvelous Man outright assault Jake - it's certainly in character to and for what he thinks Jake is doing it makes sense he'd be pushed to that, but I kind of wonder if it's kind of coming off as painting him as too much in the wrong.

For what it's worth the script on that more had Marvelous Man just tapping him the way he did Hazel and Decay Conductor, but guess this looked more dramatic. Guess should probably see Lenore again after this if it was bad enough to be coughing up blood afterward, not a good sign there.

Comments:

Wolfintina 15th Aug 2017, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Jake doesn't see himself as a hero or a patriot MM, and he's not selfish, you left out the i in interfering in the first panel.
Adam C. 16th Aug 2017, 2:37 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Gaaaaaah, editted the dialog so many times and missed that. Eheh... ^^ Appreciate the catch.
Onasaki 18th Aug 2017, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Onasaki
Looks like his adventure with the Insomniac did little to change him. I really hope he dies in a horrifying explosion of death and murder. Preferably something with lots of fire, popcorn, and blood.

Sadly, I don't suppose I'll get my wish. I'd simply settle for him being stripped of his powers.
Adam C. 18th Aug 2017, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh... Whoa, that's some heavy hate, man. ^^