Comic 786 - Blue vs. Gold, Page 16

14th Sep 2018, 11:00 PM in Blue vs. Gold
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 14th Sep 2018, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
Eheh.... It kinda occurred to me yesterday at work just how tired this particular bit is getting. This is the third friggin' time we've used the "psychic wave across the city to which the kids are immune" plot as a potential call to action and I'm honestly starting to get embarrassed. It's a convenient way to have the kids rush in to save the day that would also let them stay secret while at the same time stop a major-level threat that was dangerous to a large group of people. The first time it was used against Insomniac I thought it was really clever, less so the third time it's been used. Sad part is I have yet another story idea that would use it, but now I'm either gonna revise that or make sure to shelve it for a long, LONG time.

But yeah, I wanted to really sink in that now that he's psychic Marvelous Man is unopposable. Nobody can really discipline or stop him anymore, and this is the result. I actually do love sequences that show the bad guy having more or less "Won." It's especially important when you have a villain who's at least somewhat possessing of a point to show what happens when he has everything he wanted and how horrible he can be with it. Makes it all the more important that someone, some hero, can come around to stop it.

Admittedly, that last line of Marvelous Man's is rather painfully on the nose, in a way that I didn't realize until I was adding the dialog to this page. Especially since it's imposed over the image of a setting sun. Heh.... You can almost hear Linkara making some kind of sarcastic comment about how eye-rolling it is.

Did love just how much this shows off the scale of the event, though. Our comics are starting to become more comfortable with showing bigger-scale events and conveying it as such (one reason I love O'Hara's plot over in WaR), so this felt nice. Again, show why the hero is needed and really help the audience root for them.
Martin F. 14th Sep 2018, 11:08 PM edit delete
Martin F.
Yeah, I never quite realized it myself but this is kind of an easy well to fall back into, albeit one that at least keeps logically building off of the previous instance - the reason they recognized it the second time was specifically because of the first and this time both directly comes as a consequence of Marvelous Man losing to Insomniac and the aftermath of that is what has them so on edge about him in particular. Still, is something we've done a good bit in a fairly limited amount of time. . . especially considering we also had a fairly similar plot line in Wright as Rayne once with the wave of depression, although that one was kind of a more subtle sort of thing than the voices in your head route.

Not sure what else I've got offhand but hopefully everyone enjoys how this one came out, happy with it on the whole. Be sure to swing by on Wednesday - the next page is one we've been looking forward to for a LONG time, and I'd imagine the same goes for a lot of you.

Comments:

Wolfintina 14th Sep 2018, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
You guys are not overdoing this, I certainly don't mind if it happens again, MM is doing this completely on purpose which makes it much worse than what Insomniac was doing.
babygirl 15th Sep 2018, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Your right, with Insomniac that guy did not know he was hurting people but with MM he dose not care and I still think its being an RBB that's making him even worse then he was without it.
Rastaba 15th Sep 2018, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
Taking bets how many people wind up having strokes, seizures, and of course bleeding from places that are not so pretty to bleed from (literally anywhere), before the someone either stop MM or he gets a dose of decent morality like Insomniac did. The options are ‘a few’, ‘some’, ‘lots’, ‘a ton’, and ‘Holy Crap, How Can He Think He’s The Good Guy?!?’
babygirl 16th Sep 2018, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Dose a lot mean the whole city? and a ton means the city and beyond? i am thinking its a ton why?

Well because when Insomniac did that he had no idea he was hurting the city, and that he had not slept for 2 weeks.

But MM dose know this new power of this is hurting people and he thinks he's still doing the right thing, and i still think its the powers that's making him into a monster.

I mean its really the powers, i mean we don'
t know what he was like before, there is little doubt that MM was that different then he is now.

But i think before becoming a RBB he did have some morality, i thinks its the powers just like with what Andy said about Qrime Qure in Based On A Blue Story- Page 34.,the powers are massing with his bran making me do this. But i don't know what do you think?
Rastaba 16th Sep 2018, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
We actually do have evidence he was the sort to justify himself even BEFORE actually receiving powers. In Who Blue Truly Are, Insomniac revealed through Marvelous Man’s flashback that he had in fact bribed the evaluator who ‘ranked’ the other potentials.

While there is no doubt a wide gap between bribing a man to get a job, and unwaveringly subjecting the city to mental anguish in search of information about one individual...they BOTH stem from the same self-reasoning that he believes he is doing the right thing and damn those who disagree and the rules that would prevent him.

While I do believe the power is indeed affecting him and making him WORSE, I do NOT believe it is the powers themselves affecting him more than the concept of his own power in and of itself that is bringing about the worst aspects of himself. He has the power to make others see he is right now. That is what is making him worse rather than the actual powers which I will admit MAY be having an effect on his brain chemistry. At least from what I have observed.
babygirl 16th Sep 2018, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Your right. But in Blue Debut- Page 11 he said he was able to get a scholarship playing football and was able to save money so his folks could pay for his little sister to go to college, so that tells us he did have some morality.

And i have observed the same thing happen to Insomniac, but unlike MM, Insomniac started out wanting to do good more then wanting the glory.

But the powers have changed him, i mean shadowing MM his kind of massed up.
Rastaba 16th Sep 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
I never said he didn’t have some morality to him, once upon a time. But we do know for a fact MM was willing to justify his own actions even before the powers themselves could have started affecting him beyond ‘I want super powers so I can be the hero I know I can be!’ Self-justification is his biggest fault which is what is rapidly dragging him down from a simply cringy vain government sponsored hero into the villain he doesn’t realize he is becoming. Whether or not the powers are actually doing anything more than giving him license to justify more by not needing to actually ‘explain’ why he’s right has yet to be established.

And I won’t argue that Insomniac is messed up, cause he SO is...but he at least is painfully sleep deprived and stressed from a power he can’t, as far as we have seen, turn off. Actual mental fatigue which while caused by his powers are not directly from his powers affecting his brain beyond preventing sleep, even passing out.
babygirl 16th Sep 2018, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Your right on MM guy was a dumbass before the powers, but with the powers any humanity he had is going down the drain.

And i think Insomniac's powers are directly affecting his brain, i have this idea he was a night owl before the powers why, well because he was in the CIA and i think when your in that group ou have to some times pull in all nighter to stop the bad guys.

So what if the powers bring out or increase the bad mental ticks a person has, like Insomniac sleep problem or MM's license to justify anything for the grater good.

All so what dose cringy mean i hear that sometimes but don't know what it means.
Rastaba 16th Sep 2018, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
It means it makes you want to cringe, it’s that embarrassing or awful to you. And I don’t honestly remember specific details as to Insomniac’s past, such as him working distinctly for the CIA, or what...and while it adds up, it already acts under the assumption that the powers ARE affecting their brain chemistry. Which while possible, has not yet, to my memory, been confirmed with these two. Quentin is an entirely different mess, so using him as an example doesn’t really fit.
babygirl 16th Sep 2018, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for telling me what cringy means.

And we do find ou Insomniac did i think work distinctly for the CIA its in Blues In The Night- Page 30 were we see a younger McCay being asked why he wants to work for the CIA.

Your right about Quentin i was just using what Andy said to talk about MM and Insomniac, and your right it has not been confirmed with these two, this is just a fan theory.