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"The original inspiration was that I wanted to write about boredom. The killer to me is someone who is bored and unsatisfied and needs to somehow fill a hole in his life. As I developed the idea I saw a real opportunity to make superheroes vulnerable, so that became a big part of my writing as the story developed."

- Tony McDougall

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Feb. 17th, 2017 03:34 pm
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"In a world that already hates and fears them -- what if only Black people had superpowers." - Black Mask Studios press release

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"This is something we’ve said prior, but this is in no way a commentary on comics. It’s not really meant to be a parody. We don’t have a replacement Batman because we can’t use Batman. We have characters who have a similar look or a similar story, but that’s on purpose. Like Rahal was trying to say, these are characters who have failed. It’s not always going to work out because the world already has a Batman, Night Knight, so your shtick isn’t going to work. There are already non-powered people with dead parents, so this isn’t going to work out for you, dude. What I love about having these superhero tropes in there is that it cuts down on the time that you need to explain stuff. As soon as you see Night Knight, we’re using that language to talk to our audience. They know what’s going on. And when you see our big Justice League/Avengers-type super-team, they’re on a moon base, and we don’t need to explain to you what they are. That kind of shorthand really helps get to the meat of the story."

- Donny Cates

"And jumping off of that, the reason I think you see all of this stuff is that we both just love comics. It’s not a parody, it’s a loving tribute. We have some direct, fun references to ‘90s comic books that aren’t a parody, we just think it’s cool."

- Eliot Rahal

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"It’s a love letter! It’s everything we love about superhero comics. We got it in our heads that we’re probably still four or five years away from being let loose on a Marvel or DC book, so we decided to build our own. Buzzkill already had this rich superhero world in the background and we could go play in that world. It’s a good hook, but without the other stuff it just becomes about what are we going to repo next week and that gets old.

The thing I like about The Paybacks is that in mainstream superhero comics you get a first act and then you’re perpetually in the second act. Spider-Man is always in his second act forever. The thing I like about The Paybacks and Buzzkill is that you’re going to get that third act.

From page one, panel one all of these superheroes have already lost. It’s over. How do you carry on and become a hero again when you’re a slave to the system?"

- Donny Cates

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"With great power… comes great corruption. Superheroes are real. They walk the earth as gods among men. But the fairy tales of them protecting mankind and being heroes were all lies. Humans have become their slaves, fit only to serve their super powered masters. But in man the nature of the true hero still survives… and one group rises up to challenge their self-appointed masters. Can they hope to succeed or will their opposition only push mankind closer to extinction."

- Zenescope press release

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Warning for violence and gore... but not in the way you think.

My Hero Academia has wrapped up another long arc, so let's take a moment to check out the first half of it. I'll post about the second half later.

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Hi there. Been a while. I've been reading through old Marvel issues and came across this. It's half a page from Iron Man 246, cover date September 1989. (That's postdated by about 6 months, of course.) It's not a full issue review or anything, but I thought it might be of interest.

Tony has recently been shot, paralyzing him from the waist down. He finds the situation intolerable. He spends a while sulking until he realizes that he can modify his armor to move his legs for him based on neural impulses.

(Of course, it never occurs to him that this is a major revolution in medical technology which could benefit thousands, perhaps millions of people and make him a bundle of money in the process. Because, as TV Tropes puts it, Reed Richards is useless.*

*Warning: TV Tropes link. Do not click unless you have several hours to kill and room for a dozen more browser tabs.)

Instead, he throws himself into being Iron Man while, as much as possible, avoiding being Tony Stark. Then he comes up with an idea:

Half a page )

If only there was some way to search every computer connected to the fledgling Internet for certain "key phrases" and return information based on the results! He could learn all sorts of things about his medical condition and what treatments might be available!

He tasks an employee with writing a "virus" to do it, knowing that it's a difficult task, and (in light of data privacy issues) not entirely ethical.

This is early 1989. Altavista was founded in 1995. Google (the search engine now part of just about everything on the Internet, with questionable privacy ethics) was founded in September of 1998. WebMD was founded in 1996. (And Tony's virus doesn't even try to convince you that you have cancer.)

Tony Stark was, characteristically, years ahead of the curve.

But, of course, it didn't occur to him to patent and monetize that idea, either.
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Big things are happening in the world of My Hero Academia and it's... really damn exciting. Let's take a look at what is coming soon...

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