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"It came out of the raft of superhero movies and all the origin stories they tell. It struck me that they all had the same setup: ‘in an ordinary world one person becomes extraordinary.’ So the natural thing to do is to twist that: ‘in an extraordinary world, one person is ordinary.’ A plague gives everybody on the planet very disparate super powers, all apart from one guy. He’s the most ordinary man alive, and he was very ordinary in the first place. From there it’s a story about finding something extraordinary inside yourself."

- Rob Williams

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Date: 2017-02-24 03:00 pm (UTC)
lordultimus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lordultimus
So Normalman, basically.

Date: 2017-02-24 03:39 pm (UTC)
dcbanacek: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dcbanacek
Yeah its hard for me to buy this "All new, all great concept" (me paraphrasing the quote blurb) when Darkwing Duck did an episode about this... and that was 20 years ago and oh my god how time flies away.

Date: 2017-02-25 02:44 am (UTC)
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lb_lee

Every superhero needs a Normal Man to save!

Date: 2017-02-25 02:40 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
And Normalman debuted about a decade before that.

Date: 2017-02-24 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] onsokumaru
Hey kid, yes, you the kid who can turn things into GOLD!
Wanna get rich? Here's $50 if you turn that guy into GOLD!

Date: 2017-02-24 04:27 pm (UTC)
crinos: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crinos
How many burger places do you know that accept payment in solid gold corgies?

Because if you can find one let me know. By all means.

Date: 2017-02-24 04:57 pm (UTC)
erikred: (athos)
From: [personal profile] erikred
Basically, you've got a limited window of shock before the ramifications of that kid's powers actually reach his brain.

Before superhero singularity, bully and hustle. After superhero singularity, bully and hustle.

Date: 2017-02-24 05:09 pm (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
I would, but I can't move since my clothes are made of solid... oh, way, apparently I can move.

Date: 2017-02-25 10:43 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
He's possibly gold-kinetic too.

Date: 2017-02-25 10:42 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Aside from not being negotiable currency (What store owner would believe a kid had access to that much gold?) Gold is devalued every time he uses his powers.

Date: 2017-02-24 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] balbanes
Wasn't there an Ultimate FF arc featuring Ben as the only normal person on Earth?

Date: 2017-02-24 08:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] draganoche
Yeah, an alt-timeline where the FF traveled back in time to make the experiment succeed and didn't get powers. Skrulls gave everyone superpower pills and Ben was the only one to turn them down. Pills then killed everyone except for Ben who went back in time to negate everything.

Date: 2017-02-24 08:30 pm (UTC)
starwolf_oakley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
"Planet of the Capes" was on Darkwing Duck in November of 1991. I wonder how many times that concept has been used. Also, the heroes of Mertz are a bit goofy, but kept "saving" Darkwing Duck and Ordinary Guy because that's what heroes do.

Date: 2017-02-24 11:36 pm (UTC)
deh_tommy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] deh_tommy
So, My Hero Academia, then? Minus the titular academy, that is.

Date: 2017-02-25 12:42 am (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
Being normal seems pretty good compared to some of these powers. Being a bear? Worse than normal. Visible thought balloons? Worse than normal. Midas touch? Kinda cool until you die of either dehydration or starvation.

Date: 2017-02-25 10:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
To borrow a Wild Cards analogy, some people draw the Ace (useful powers without self-destructive side effects, or whose powers are so vast that the side effects seem a reaonable trade off), some people get the Deuce (like an Ace, but the power is essentially useless, like being able to change the colour of your skin to any dayglo power), and most get the Joker (gross physical mutation with no compensating abilities). This is a step up inasmuch as no one seems to draw the Black Queen (Instant mutation into a non-viable, or self destructive, being)

Plus just because the kid can turn things into gold, doesn't mean he has the Midas touch limitation, his power might be controllable, like Element Lad's.

Date: 2017-02-25 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] super_fly
Yeah, if you think ordinary man alone in a world of supermen is an original idea trust me, It Has Been Done.

Date: 2017-02-25 10:46 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I almost linked to that, but this isn't quite the same scenario, Bicycle Repair Man DOES have the default superpowers of everyone else, he just doesn't use them in his secret identity! :)

Date: 2017-02-25 02:46 am (UTC)
lb_lee: The Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, doubled over laughing. (bwa-hah-ha)
From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Man, I actually really like that taxi driver. I want to BE that dude, cheerfully accepting all chaos and insanity that comes his way.

I would totally read comics about the Philosophical Cab-Driver of Super New York, I'm just saying. ...I might have to write it.

Date: 2017-02-25 05:53 am (UTC)
glprime: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glprime
He vaguely reminds me of the Blind Zen Taxi driver of Top 10, taking you where the universe wills you to be (not where you wanted to go). Also he gets into accidents a lot because, y'know, blind. Lets the universe drive for him.
Edited Date: 2017-02-25 05:54 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-25 10:44 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Darn it you beat me to it on the Zen Cabbie reference.

Date: 2017-02-25 07:41 pm (UTC)
lb_lee: The Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, doubled over laughing. (bwa-hah-ha)
From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Oh, I totally remember him! I like this cab driver better, but I think the two of them would get along and be grand friends.

Date: 2017-02-25 07:46 pm (UTC)
glprime: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glprime
Just so everyone else can know what the hell we're talking about:

I present to you Bob "Blindshot" Booker, among the cooler 'pedestrian' powered characters in Alan Moore's Top 10 series.

Date: 2017-02-25 03:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
I can understand the reasoning behind having the main character, as the only non-super person being a "normal guy" (AKA kinda boring sadsack loser archetype), but frankly I'd be more interested if this starred literally any other sort of character.

Like, imagine if the main character were an actual normal person rather than this stock sadsack: Someone with a job and responsibilities and friends who they hang out with, and suddenly everyone around them becomes part of this fantastical new world and suddenly regular life seems like a pretty raw deal. Or what if everyone got superpowers except for someone like Elon Musk, or a world class athlete, or a power hungry politician, how would that person react? Hell, I'd even be down to see some sort of military/cop character doing the Marshal Law thing in a world where everyone else is on a never ending power trip.

As others have said above, this is actually a pretty pedestrian idea which has been done before, and I'm not super interested in seeing it used as an avenue for exploring why the greatest superpower is believing in yourself as a mediocre white dude.
Edited Date: 2017-02-25 04:15 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-25 10:19 am (UTC)
mastermahan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mastermahan
The world class athlete version is what happened in Earth X, actually - another Everyone Gets Powers scenario. The exception was Captain America, since the Super-Soldier serum protected him. Thus, he ended up embodying the peak potential of a human race that no longer existed.

The sequels went completely off the rails, but the original is a solid examination of the concept, raising questions such as whether a Peter Parker who no longer has relatively great power still needs to be greatly responsible, or if the world needs X-Men when everyone's a mutant.

So yeah - unless there's a twist coming, this doesn't really appear to offer anything new.

Date: 2017-02-25 07:51 pm (UTC)
glprime: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glprime
I actually enjoyed that part of it a lot until, yeah, the sequel series just got further and further away from itself, trying to explorer odder corners of the Marvel U and... IDK, make up some grand explanation for everything?

But when Luke Cage grabs Parker and says, "hey! I need cops who understand their powers!" but it's really another call for Peter to stop feeling for himself and be a hero again, because whether you're the most powerful person or not, be responsible with what you've got. (AAAAAAAAANGST).

Ugh, that series had some good moments.


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