Issue 2 - Page 21

13th May 2016, 6:00 PM in Birthright - Part 2
Issue 2 - Page 21
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Steven-Vincent 13th May 2016, 6:00 PM edit delete
Steven-Vincent
The long wait is almost over... In the next 2 pages I finally reveal Abby's costume. Hope people like it after all this wait.

Meanwhile on this page... One thing I continue to struggle with is the exact tone of the LL world (not her comic - that is set - but the rest of the world). Since LL is a Bronze Age comic produced in a world full of mostly grim, dark, gritty superhero stories, I'm trying to strike a balance... To have the characters in-world acknowledge that "heroes are different now," but still have a world that is much lighter in tone than modern comics.

I will be exploring this theme in the future. I only hint at it here with the line that heroes don't use names like "Lass" anymore.
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Centcomm 13th May 2016, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm
looking good , looking forward to her new costume.
Steven-Vincent 13th May 2016, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
It's coming... next 2 pages. Then in issue 3 she will be wearing it almost the whole time... same with issue 4. So you will get to see a lot of it.
revzet 13th May 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
revzet
Holy cow I love the colored text
Steven-Vincent 13th May 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Well it stands to reason that Abby would speak in red, white, and blue text. In fact, in City of Heroes, you could color your word balloons, and Liberty Lass spoke with white balloons, blue letters, and a red outline of the balloon. ;)
snuffysam 13th May 2016, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
snuffysam
I do kind of like the idea of Abby kind of being a bronze age hero in a world of modern ones. Could lead to some interesting themes.

P.S. I subscribed to this comic, like, a week ago. So... congrats on being the first comic I've subscribed to?
Steven-Vincent 14th May 2016, 7:09 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Thanks for the compliment (of subscribing). That means a lot.

Abby is definitely going to be old-fashioned compared to her world, but we are not going to get a fully modern superhero world here, because, well... I just don't like the way DC and Marvel are today. So there will be shades of their current style in the wider world, but not completely.
snuffysam 15th May 2016, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
snuffysam
I feel the same way. Even when they have lighter moments, it's still with the backdrop of dark stories.
Comic Fan 16th May 2016, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
I too agree. I just saw the latest Captain America. He's about as close to Bronze hero as one can get in this world, but that whole movie just devolved into the fracture of friendships and teams.

It had some good parts to it and I'm still retrospecting on the whole thing. But I think I found it (on balance) more depressing than uplifting.

Maybe that's because right is seen as wrong and wrong is seen as right, and good people won't stand up for what's right. Captain America himself seemed to be the only one. Even though he had friends on his side, they didn't seem to be really "all in" for right vs. wrong.
Comic Fan 16th May 2016, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
I should clarify that it's when the prevailing attitude of culture and society gets right vs. wrong all flipped the wrong way; it's that part that I found depressing.

Like blaming a young girl for a devastating explosion when all she was doing was trying to move a bomb-carrying terrorist OUT of a populated area.

It's not unlike blaming the military for collateral damage while doing precisely the job that we've asked them to do.
Steven-Vincent 16th May 2016, 7:41 AM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Captain America is very well done in the Marvel movies. He's always been my favorite Marvel hero.

I think the friends on his side were doing it for him. Most of them probably didn't care all that much about helping Bucky per se, and they probably recognized that the Winter Soldier program had to be stopped (if it was still going). But mostly they were in it because they trust and respect Cap. Falcon once said "Dude, Captain America needs my help. No better reason to get back in."
Tibbittz 17th May 2016, 12:20 PM edit delete reply
Tibbittz
This reads as smooth as butter. Things that would clunky in a lot of other writers' hands (like talking about the word "Lass") play so naturally here.
Steven-Vincent 17th May 2016, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Thanks.

I work very hard on dialogue in each scene... that doesn't mean it's perfect, but it's nice to hear that it flows well for others.
Nef 18th May 2016, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Nef
I half expected her to transform into her superhero self after uttering the words "Liberty Lass" in color. I'm glad she didn't. I think my daughters have contaminated me with the magical girls genre :)
Steven-Vincent 18th May 2016, 4:43 PM edit delete reply
Steven-Vincent
Heheh. No she has to change clothes in a closet or a phone booth or something. Which may be an issue in future stories.
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