Comic book plot?
I want to know of this comic book plot is a good one.
3 teams of superheros learn of an all powerful being and learn that some of the heiress were keeping secrets about the being. They decide to switch onto 3 different teams. One who knows the secrets and didn't want to whirl with people who get butt hurt. One team who don't want to work with people who keep secrets. One team who doesn't want to work with either or wants to reunite to the original teams. They go and work in the new teams and eventually get into a fist fight.
- Anonymous4 years agoFavorite Answer
1) "all powerful being" is a Mary Sue or a Superman - going to be a very difficult character to work with in the long run. The only viable way to avoid dealing with it is that while it is still in statis, it somehow gets destroyed during the course of the infighting; so you never actually have to deal with the all powerful nature of the being and thus avoiding the Mary Sue entirely. [Just think of how weak that "all powerful" fear creature in the Green Lantern movie was. Having him fight a Sinestro with human foibles would be more interesting.]
2) The unstated stuff in the presentations requires far too much backstory to explain why who knows what they know and why they are keeping it a secret. If you can explain it in one sentence, then that will be a weak storyline. But if you can't explain it quickly enough, then you'll lose interest quickly. The only way to reveal this in an intellectually interesting way is to use a Tarantino non-linear time approach - like used in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. The non-linearity of time forces the viewer to accept what's being shown at any given time at face value, then "connect the dots" on their own.
The downside of that approach is that you will lose your less intellectual viewers/readers. And as a comic book, the novelty of your non-linear time approach might get lost in translation - readers will forget enough month-to-month between issues to make following what little continuity you have difficult. This will result in many of them deferring their purchases until enough content can be read in a single seating. That will completely destroy the conventional comic book revenue/release model.
That makes the bottom line: for a comic book, the best approach is the riskiest approach. Pass.
3) Watching groups of super heroes fight is getting played out. Part of what gave Batman longevity is that he could transform from a masked vigilante into a real detective transparently, seamlessly, without readers raising too many questions. The economic and social struggles of Spiderman is what gave him depth of character - playing him off Mary Jane Watson gave him personality, character and made him more human than super-hero; and hence made the super-hero more relateable.
Unless you're using well established characters in their own right, then you're going to have a long road to travel to relate the backstory of each of your characters and give me a reason to care. That's what made Watchmen interesting yet boring at the same time. Rorschach was a superior character, well developed as he was revealed through the course of the story/plot, but in the end he was extinguished like the flame of a match between the fingers of Dr Manhattan. That echoed over all the characters in Watchmen, they were flickered out or made disreputable at some point in the storyline, and by the end, you really didn't care about any of them.
that doesn't bode well for your plot line if you use that approach. you develop characters that ultimately no one cares about or finds interest in. if Watchmen 2 came out, I probably wouldn't bother watching/reading it. If a Dr Manhattan comic book came out, I wouldn't bother doing much more than reading the Wikipedia entry about it. The only interest remaining is the pinup girls - the b*tch and her mother, and that's only to follow their sexual exploits in what amount to the plotline of a penthouse forum article. The point is that if you're not careful, your characters can evolve in the same direction; which will really hurt future sequel and individual character comic book sales.
Secret keeping leading to infighting is a really weak/thin plot. The unspoken details have potential to be interesting, but the usual approaches would represent a high risk venture; so unless you can provide more details about character development, the plot, the storyline, the back story, the all powerful being, then there's no way something like this could receive the greenlight.
- 4 years ago