Power Class: Strength

After all, nobody knows the tale of Hercules and the Incorporeal Psychic Squid Thing From Dimension Z.

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So over the course of this blog’s lifetime, I’ve covered specific characters, archetypes, plots, and structures. I’ve went from the tabletop to the internet and YouTube, and now I’m going to introduce a new type of post altogether. Because if I keep putting it off and doing the same thing then I’m never going to get anything new done.

So without further ado, welcome to the first post in a new series about powers! Much like the posts about specific characters, but now talking about specific superpowers and abilities you get in fiction. And of course, I’m starting with one of the simplest and most direct powers: Strength.

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Comic Book Deaths And You

“We have to retrieve Blue Beetle’s soul from the Phantom Zone and his body from Gorilla City and get Etrigan to stick the two together!”

Ah yes, death. The final answer. The culmination of a gripping battle or a long march. A powerful tool in the writer’s arsenal, meant to create SHOCK and DRAMA. For surely all will be touched by the loss of their loved one, the legacy and memories they leave behind, and all the emotions that come with it.

And then there’s comic book deaths.

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Don’t be so shocked. Isn’t religious Sonic fanart a thing?

As part of my usual target audience, you’re more than likely familiar with the concept. A character ‘dies’ only to come back to life later, sometimes to joyful celebration and other times to rolled eyes. And of course, you know the various ways this happens: clones, robot doubles, magic, time travel, bad/mad science, fight with Death itself, it was a dream, reality gets mixed up, the works. And of course, the classic “The fans/profits demanded it.”

There are plenty of articles to discuss this particular trope’s merits and faults, both from a literary and in-universe perspective, but I won’t be going into those. Instead, I’ll do my best to present the usual ways this plays out, and hopefully give you some fun and some tips about writing along the way. Because really, discipline aside, it IS important to have fun with writing.

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