Comic 780 - Blue vs. Gold, Page 10

24th Aug 2018, 11:00 PM in Blue vs. Gold
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 24th Aug 2018, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
..... Yeah.

Okay, Marvelous Man has been carefully written so that most of the things he's done are to varying degrees either justifiable or understandable from his perspective. The thing with Qrime Qure? Totally makes sense. Fighting Insomniac? Insomniac started that fight. The intention was to make it so that it's more unsettling because he feels no real remorse or sympathy and can talk himself into anything while keeping the high ground. The only totally-unjustifiably evil things he's done are shaming Qrime Qure's wife and trying to block the kids from legally getting hero licenses. And now this.

Honestly a lot of the reason why Marvelous Man needed that establishment of feeling no guilt and thinking he could do no wrong was to sell that he could potentially commit a Moral Event Horizon like this. Because now that I'm really thinking about it, this might be the single most horrible thing a villain has done in Blues. I'd say in ANY of the comics if WaR didn't have Sera O'Hara, who's basically sociopathic walking cancer. Even then, this is just so.... personal.

At the same time though, I kinda like it because mind-controlling someone into loving you is the kind of thing that comes across really different if you're a kid. Like, when you're ten and read something like that you think "Oh! That's bad! He shouldn't do that!" You see it in Fairy Tales and the like all the time, right? No big deal. But when you're an adult and understand consent laws you read that same thing and think "Wait, so you jus- OH MY GOD!" Hell, there's a Mario comic where Bowser brain-washes Peach into marrying him and it's presented as being just typical bad-guy stuff without getting into the really weird implications. Especially when you look back and think "So... Wait, is that where Junior came from?"

For the record.... I don't think this is going to be explained in the comic proper (I had a scene in mind where he explains it but it didn't come up when I scripted it), I don't think Marvelous Man plans to do anything like... Y'know, like THAT yet. I'm pretty sure he's telling himself that he just has to go heavy on the brain-washing early on, and slowly ramp it down as she realizes how good she has it being his wife. I doubt he's thought further ahead than that but imagine it won't end well.

So yeah. He's already not the most popular character in the comics, to put it mildly, curious exactly how folks'll respond to THIS bombshell.
Martin F. 24th Aug 2018, 11:33 PM edit delete
Martin F.
So... Ominous.

Yeah, I think Adam kind of said everything that sort of needs saying here. Think the page came out pretty good though and yeah, hopefully this moment has the proper amount of impact for Marvelous Man pretty much crossing the line.

I don't know what else I've got to say really but hopefully everyone enjoys what's coming. Really still just getting our feet wet on this chapter, it's probably going to be a long one.

That said, yeah, I think O'Hara's probably worse than this is if only because she actually HAS gone as far as to threaten to cross that particular line.

Comments:

Rastaba 24th Aug 2018, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
...I honestly am not surprised in the least by this. Or shocked or mortified at all. I already knew MM was a bastard who made it clear when facing the insomniac that he had no real sense of guilt over what he did and could and WOULD justify anything to himself to suit him.

Honestly if anything I pity the poor douche for one line. “I’m Marvelous Man!” As that is the truth of him. The sad pitiful truth is he is Marvelous Man...and nothing else. WITHOUT looking it up, does anyone honestly remember his real name? I sure don’t.

He is Marvelous Man...the government sponsored hero who can do no wrong...and is clearly okay with that. That one sentence shows the truth. That he is Marvelous Man. And he’s exactly right...cause clearly he doesn’t think the man he used to be was worth shit compared to his name as Marvelous Man.

And so I just feel sad for him.

And for the record, looked it up and his name shouldn’t even be that hard to remember. It’s Michael Marshalls.
Adam C. 27th Aug 2018, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Yeah, I didn't wanna dwell too much on that aspect, but I think he felt there was some injustice about not being able to get whatever woman he wanted. He IS a major super-hero and all....

But thinking the person he used to be wasn't worth anything; I don't think that's the case at all. I think he feels like becoming Marvelous Man might've been fully realizing who he used to be; like he deserved it because he had qualities nobody else had. In his mind this was the only thing that COULD happen both because he deserved it and because he MADE it happen. He never really stopped being who he was, he just became more awesome. That's my take on it, at least.

Also, I never had trouble remembering his name myself, but I'm the writer so dunno if that counts.
Wolfintina 25th Aug 2018, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah this is exactly what I was afraid of, MM couldn't handle the reality check so he completely snapped, this is extremely terrifying.
Adam C. 27th Aug 2018, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Eheh.... Yeah, bit obvious but hope you're enjoying. ^^
babygirl 25th Aug 2018, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
You know I have a theory, I think its not just MM being douch I think its this powers of and I don't mean its going to his head.

I think the powers are mutating or enhance some parts of this mind/personality like insomniac's, I mean he all most did something to darkskull.
Adam C. 27th Aug 2018, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Hm.... That's plausible, but I dunno if this has anything to do with his powers. I think this might just be all him. It's just that the power inflated his ego even further.
karmachameleon 25th Aug 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
(Sorta) CALLED IT!

But yeah, what else is there to be said? He thinks since he acquired his powers, that the world should go his way. As someone who’s had these sorts of delusions of grandeur, it’s gonna end badly for him. And I’m not sure he’s ready for it to all come crashing down.
Adam C. 27th Aug 2018, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
I doubt it too.... Do hope you'll enjoy what's coming up, though. ^^
Onasaki 25th Aug 2018, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
Onasaki
About damn time he's stepped that line. And that rhymed.

I look forward to seeing his downfall. His destruction (whether it social, physical, or emotional) will be most satisfying.
Adam C. 27th Aug 2018, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Yeah, keep reading, mate. ^^ Doubt you'll be disappointed.