Every now and again I come up with ideas for stories I’d like to write.
More often than not, said stories are best suited for a visual medium like comic books or film.
I rarely, if ever; get around to actually completing these stories, but rest assured, all of them remain safely tucked away in the “vault” of my memory.
Oh yeah, and on countless barely coherent notepad docs stored on my computer…
Anyway, today I came up with a pretty decent premise for a story.
Being as this is a tale coming from the mind of the comic obsessed Azn Badger, the story involves a world where superheroes are pretty commonplace.
The protagonist is a superpowered young man that wishes to be a live the dream of being superhero, though his ability to do so is severely hampered by the nature of his powers.
In short, the man’s superpowers grant him the strength of “almost” one and a half men.
In other words:
He’s not very “super.”
Though a formidable street level crime fighter, with excellent fighting skills and a keen mind for strategy and planning; his reputation as a superhero never really grows beyond that of a local urban legend.
In an attempt to spread his influence and make a name for himself, our hero attends a local “superhero mixer.”
By the way, the “mixer” takes place at a superhero’s dumpy apartment.
Hey, just ’cause a guy’s a superhero doesn’t mean he gets a Fortress of Solitude, just for being “super.”
Needless to say, much like Captain Amazing in Mystery Men, sponsorships, either corporate or government based, are a much sought after source of income for most big-name superheroes in this story.
At the “mixer,” our hero gets a chance to rub elbows with some of the more famous (and powerful) heroes in the region, only to find that many of them write him off as a novelty and a disgrace to the “profession” of superhero-ing.
Insulted, humiliated, and more than a little down on himself after the experience, our hero turns his back of the superhero community, and decides to do something more practical (and lucrative) with his abilities:
He becomes a mercenary/hitman dealing exclusively in superhero related contracts.
While most of the details are unclear to me at this point, one of the key scenes I have in mind for the story, is one where our hero takes on the world’s most powerful superhero team; and defeats them (through non-lethal means) single-handedly in a wily Punisher/Bullseye/Spider-Man sort of way.
Another idea I had for the story, was that the strongest member of said team, a young woman; is actually too powerful for him defeat, thusly resulting in him hitting on her out of desperation.
Against all odds, she finds him charming, and the 2 become an unlikely couple.
Now, one thing that needs to be said about this story idea, is that the central character is not meant to be sympathetic, nor heroic in any way.
In short, he’s an asshole, and one with a very nasty chip on his shoulder.
His strength as a hero/mercenary, lies within his cunning and intelligence, and besting other, far more powerful superpowered beings in this manner is his way of looking down his nose at them.
All 3 are relatively low-powered, or in the case of the latter 2; unpowered; super-beings, with their resourcefulness and skill usually serving to make up for their meager attributes.
I wouldn’t expect my character to break the fourth wall like Deadpool, however his snarky, loudmouth attitude is something I’ll likely borrow.
For some reason, I’ve always found the idea of a relatively “weak” character somehow conquering a superior opponent, to be downright enthralling.
It worked for me when The Punisher wasted the entire Marvel Universe in Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe.
Hell, it even worked for me when Spider-Man hilariously bested Firelord.
Okay, maybe that last one was fuckin’ stupid, but the others were classics, I swear!
Anyway, I have no idea where I’m going with this story, but it’s something I think I’d like to keep working on for awhile.
Feel free to post ideas or comments!