Comic 676 - Showing Your Blue Colors- Page 14

29th Aug 2017, 11:00 PM in Showing Your Blue Colors
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 29th Aug 2017, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Another little lesson, readers; if you're blackmailing someone, keep in mind who has the least to lose about the news coming out. Because that's the person who gets to make the biggest demands.

Yeah, this was another plan going into the chapter. If you're gonna ban the kids from being super-heroes you have to also address the "what about when they grow up?" issue. For Marvelous Man's personal ban on the group to have weight he'd have to swear he'd keep on it forever.

This is also where Marvelous Man, as the title suggests, shows his true colors. A lot of actions Marvelous Man's taken through the comic are if nothing else reasonable from his perspective. I'm pretty sure that thus far in the comics, the only TRULY unambiguously bad things he's done are chew out Qrime Qure's wife, bribe the doctor evaluating him, and this.

I do like how each time he does this, he works hard to keep to the moral high ground and frames it so that someone else is at fault for his actions. It does a nice job blurring the line between when he's doing something gruesome for a noble cause, and when he's just being outright nasty. Maybe the guy genuinely believes in his idea that the kids have to be punished for it somehow, even if this is the only way it'll happen.

That said though.... There's a biiit of a problem with Marvelous Man's threat here. I'm kinda just asking fans who spot it to kinda ignore it for now. I do intend to bring it up soon.

Jake's explanation of his blackmail in the second panel... I was kinda expecting folks to take issue with our heroes using such an underhanded tactic, so that was written to address any potential concerns. Heh... I didn't expect everyone to be so cool with it. Go team extortion! ^^
Martin F. 29th Aug 2017, 11:09 PM edit delete
Martin F.
I always like those connected panels, not a touch we do very often - nor should we really - but it can be pretty neat when it's used effectively, and I'd say it is here with the divide in reactions and height and the like. Kind of puts over the situation a lot.

Speaking of reactions, I do kind of like that subtle bit of apparent concern on Jake's face there. It's just kind of barely present, but I do like those occasional flashes that he isn't quite as apathetic or distant as he can come off.

Do also like Grant being the most fiery in offering up an argument, certainly appropriate since more than anyone he seems committed to this whole superhero idea and really focused on it. In general lot of good character stuff here with how everyone's reaction. Kind of not sure what Valerie's gazing off at though.

Not sure how much I've got besides that, but I do hope everyone enjoys.

Comments:

Wolfintina 29th Aug 2017, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Whoa well MM's sure showing that he's a giant jerk, wonder what's going to happen next.
Adam C. 1st Sep 2017, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Eheh... Hope you'll enjoy. ^^
Reaper Dragon 30th Aug 2017, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Reaper Dragon
MM can't think his way through a situation, can't talk his way anywhere (fail on insomniac) and can't use his stolen powers (let's see him try to produce electricity).
He only has half the blue blood advantages and doesn't have life experience and training to use them.
His argument is best used against him not the kids.
Adam C. 1st Sep 2017, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh... Nice point.

On the electricity thing, though.... I think the reason Marvelous Man doesn't use his powers to the fullest is that the genes were tweaked slightly to be compatible with his DNA. That's why he offhand has Grant's flight but not his sonic cry, and why I don't think he can absorb and re-purpose energy the way Valerie can. That's speculatory, though... Maybe he just hasn't tried. Genuinely dunno.
Onasaki 30th Aug 2017, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Onasaki
I have this... odd sort of feeling that MM isn't going to get stripped of his powers... but he might end up moonlighting as a superhero trainer as a result of keeping everything under wraps.

For all intents and purposes though? I think the kids are actually smarter then MM.
Adam C. 1st Sep 2017, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heh... Interesting theory. ^^

I do recall there being a plan to put something in his conversation with Insomniac, the Insomniac would wonder idly why Marvelous Man didn't seem smarter after getting the blue gene. Neil's conclusion would be that he was too complacent and didn't try to think more critically.