Character Development

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Hi Jim,

I’m trying to come up with characters for my book. I was hoping you could maybe provide a little insight into how you came up with yours. I specifically liked Xaphine, could you use her as an example?

Thanks,
Rich.



Hi Rich,

General Xaphine seems to be a recurrent theme in character discussions… perhaps I should write her into another story.

You may be disappointed on this one, given that her development wasn’t a natural flow like you hear about people taking the personality of someone they met, or someone they like/admire, and create a character around that. General Xaphine didn’t start out that way.

Let me go back in time a little ways to when I was in college. Back then, I was writing stories for my buddies who were playing RPG games, including a Star Wars game. It was at this point that I came up with an awesome nemesis; Darth Malys.
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I forget the name of whom I modeled her after, but that’s unimportant at the moment. This character was a fairly young Dark Jedi, born of the force, influenced by the dark side, and possessing powers that are as out of her control as her own emotions. Despite that, she’s a capable warrior and effective leader. She nearly brought the galaxy to its knees by bringing together the imperial remnant and reactivating the old droid factories. Her one weakness was that she was unable to kill the boy she grew up with. No matter how far down the dark path she went, something inside of her refused to allow her to do it.

I was encouraged to write an actual story around her by my friends and that’s where the fan fiction: Star Wars: The Face of Evil.
(And in case you’re wondering, no I don’t have a copy I can post. My last copy was lost years ago.)

Though badly flawed and put further and further away from canon as new books… and now the new movie came out.
Obviously, my story was never going to get published. I held no illusions about that. So I let the story fall to the back burner and moved onto Divinity and Magnifica. As I was working on getting Divinity published, I was asked about writing a sequel to the book. It was at this point that I started formulating a new story. I created new characters, but didn’t really have a good premise. At this point, I went back to The Face of Evil and rewrote it, replacing the Republic with the Republic of Florence, the Imperial Remnant with the Holy Roman Empire, Jedi with angels, and Sith with demons. 

Okay… so now I had essentially transformed The Face of Evil into Damnation… however Darth Malys didn’t fit the bill as the chief antagonist. My main villain in this case was going to be a fallen angel who worked as Lucifer’s general during the Celestial Wars. Her seizing power, being a newcomer to a scene that had existed for eons didn’t make sense.

So I took the parts of the character that did work; her viciousness, her fighting abilities, her attitude, and her tactical brilliance, and started working on a new character. I really wanted this character to be a demon that people would recognize, given how important she was going to be. So I looked for demons with feminine or androgynous names that were well-known. That’s when I came across ‘Xaphan’ from the Dictionnaire Infernal. Xaphan, a male per that story, was an inventive demon who orchestrated setting fire to Heaven. Perfect!

So I took Xaphan’s back story and name and tweaked them. Instead of setting fire to all of Heaven, Xaphan simply set fire to the Celestial Temple where the Choirs of Angels congregated. It was more of a symbolic gesture in the declaration of revolution by Lucifer and his legions of angels. Against Lucifer’s wishes, she warned the inhabitants of the attack, giving them just enough time to get out. She viewed the spilling of angel blood as an unforgivable waste.

After her success, she was to take command of Lucifer’s forces and lead them in a war that would stalemate for an uncountable amount of time. So now I had a name, a back story, and MOST of her personality. I then added a very strict code of honor to her as a warrior as well. Now I had my character!
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So that’s where the ground work of this character came up. She was essentially a combination of another character I created, as well as some legend and folklore. The result was General Xaphan/Xaphine Lorenzi. Granted her appearance changes over time:
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Then later, I met a very talented model who matched the look I was going for,
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and she became the model and template for the character;
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So that’s how I came up with General Xaphan, and she remains my favorite character to this very day:
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So sometimes it comes right down to combining various ideas and previously created characters to create the final product. The best advice I could give you is simple. Create your character. Build them up from the ground, then expose them to different situations in your writing. Bend them, mold them… heck, torture them. Yes, I’m advocating torturing your character, especially if you’re going to expose them to tense situations later on. Get a feel for them and see how they’ll hold up, if they’ll hold up, and if they’re the right character to take on a lead. If not, then keep that character for later or relegate them to a back roll and its back to the drawing board, if so, then keep up with the development.

Anyway, I hope this helps.
Readers, how do you create characters, what draws you to a character vs. another? What attributes do you feel make a strong character? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks!

 



Readers,

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Collaboration/GB: A Response

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I wanted to continue on to the next opinion I had on writing trends, but I felt the need to stop for a moment to address some of the critical messages that I’ve been getting.

Ever since I posted my responses to the Ghostbusters controversy, the political correctness problems with writing, marvel, etc. I’ve been getting a lot of messages here, on twitter, and other places dealing with my opinions on each. Many of the responses I get are positive; thank you’s, pats on the back, and even more questions. This is great…

However recently, I’ve noticed an uptick in some rather angry people who disagree with me and have done everything from tell me that no one wants to hear my opinion, to calling me misogynistic and hateful, to telling me that my books look awful… to attacking my parentage.

Look, everyone has an opinion. EVERYONE. At times, they can certainly be misinformed, but everyone has one regardless. If people didn’t want to hear my opinions, I wouldn’t have a fairly good following, reader base, and my posts wouldn’t have comments on them. I also wouldn’t be getting emails from people asking me questions about writing… and other issues for some reason.

To everyone who likes Ghostbusters, Marvel, and the direction that this writing is going. All power to you, I’m glad that you enjoy it. However what I’ve seen recently is a huge push for diversity which has come at the expense of good story-telling. Women and minority individuals can be good characters. Two of the best villains of all time in my opinion; Phoenix and Maleficent, are both female. Whereas one of my favorite heroes at this point is also female; Lady Mechanika.
I’ve also enjoyed characters like Bishop, Forge, and Spider Gwen.

Unfortunately, the trend recently is to give story-tellers and movie makers a pass on creating weak stories and bad movies, as long as they’re pushing the right agenda… which in this case happens to be diversity. I think that is patently ridiculous and absolutely condescending. No one deserves a pat on the back for pretty much saying, ‘Yeah, here’s this script I pulled out of my butt last night. Yeah it’s crap, but look at all the minority characters and look at all the women I put in it.’

NO ONE!

I hold writers and movie makers to the same standard I hold myself to. If I see a movie or read a story that’s bad, I’m going to say it’s bad. If it’s bad because the creators are more focused on pushing an agenda than creating something great, or use an agenda as a shield against their laziness, I’m going to call them on that. I think doing any less would be a disservice to my readers.

In any case, I’m not going to stop posting my opinions. I stand by what I’ve said about the various hot-button topics that I posted on, and will continue to post more as they come up as long as there is some kind of writing take on it.

If you want to disagree with me or you have an opinion on the topics I write about that differ from mine, then go ahead and post a comment about it or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you and engage with you either in a new blog post or in a comment thread discussion. But when I get messages from people like what I mentioned above, I’m really not interested in trolls. Seriously, if you think something I said was misogynistic or bigoted, please let me know and I’d be happy to address it. If, however, you’re just going to call me such for the simple fact that you disagree with me, well that’s kind of insane.

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So to my readers, sorry for the rant. I will get back to my normal posts later in the week.

Thanks all!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Collaboration Gone Bad

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Hi there!

I saw your link on twitter and wanted to ask you a quick question. So I’ve been working with this friend on a political drama. Unfortunately we can never see eye to eye on anything. He’s a hard-left Liberal and I’m a fairly moderate Republican… or at least I try to be.
Anyway, my problem is that we’re trying to write about a political figure who actually existed and whenever we talk about specific issues with this person, it always seems like he’s not listening to me or he’s cherry-picking parts of what I’ve been saying and neglects the rest.
Let me give you an example:
Me: He was removed because some of the things he said were actually proven to be fake. However, he was spot-on with his condemnation of her.
Him: Oh so you think she should be condemned when the things he said were actually fake? I think we’re done here.
Me: No, I said SOME not ALL! Most of what she did was true!

I’m really starting to think that he’s doing it on purpose. I really want to write this piece, but we’re getting nowhere because of things like this. What should I do?

Thanks,
Niko



Hey Niko,

Thanks for the letter. Honestly, I deal with people like your friend there all of the time. He may be doing it on purpose or he may be trying to think three argument points ahead. Either way, he’s clearly not listening to you. I’ve seen this with hard-liners on both sides of the isle, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to sway them in any direction. They believe what they believe and anyone who believes anything else is morally and ethically wrong and evil. There is no in-between. Take a look at my scale below:
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Generally speaking, I’d say most people fall into the small area where purple overlaps either red or blue. Sadly thanks to an unscrupulous and blatantly biased media, everyone thinks that most democrats or republicans fall into line either at the regressive or religious fundamentalist end. They and the politicians they support keep their offices and their paychecks by essentially ripping the United States, nay the entire civil world, apart.
Need an example? Okay, how about the new Ghostbusters movie? It was spun into a political debate where the overall quality of the movie was lost in hyperbole. Sony, the producers, the director, and the media, ran with the narrative that this movie was going to be a positive thing and everyone who saw it was promoting girl power while everyone who refused to, was a misogynist, MRA, etc. etc. and used YouTube trolls as the standard for Geeks and Geek Culture.
The end result was geek culture, yet again, wrongfully taking a hit to it’s credibility, and an angry and rightfully bitter fan base that dismissed anyone who said the movie was good as a regressive feminist or a Sony shill, while anyone who criticized the movie (this is perhaps more blatant), was verbally attacked as being a misogynist and/or a hateful person. These people included James Rolfe, Richard Roeper, and… of all people, known radical left-wing entertainment blogger Bob Chipman. This pretty much lead to a lot of forced reviews on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, and so on.
I could go on about this, but I spent way too much time covering it in some of my other posts, so feel free to go back and look. I couldn’t be bothered to keep going on the amount of damage that this type of unscrupulous media coverage has done.
Niko, you have my sympathy. Your friend sounds as though he’s probably someone around the regressive left side of the bar. You can try to talk to him and let him know what he’s doing, but I hate to say it, you’re most likely not going to be able to reason with him. These  types of people have usually already been indoctrinated into their beliefs and that is something that is very difficult, if not impossible to break. I’d highly recommend cutting ties with this person and attempting to either finish the story yourself… or find someone between the moderate left and radical left to finish with. These people are usually still willing to listen and open their mind, and that goes the same for the right side of the line.

Thanks Niko, wish I had better news for you. All the best luck on your writing!

Readers, what do you think? Should he try to see eye to eye with his partner or just give up and move on? Let me know in the comments below.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Just Start Over…

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Hi Jim,

I’m in a major bind… I was working on my latest piece. I’d been working on it for days and… forgot to save it. I was about 140 pages in and suddenly my computer blue-screened. I’ve lost everything and Word didn’t auto-save it. I’m not sure of what to do now. I feel like having to start from scratch is a fairly daunting task.
What should I do?

Thanks,
Terry


Hi Terry,

We’ve all been there. This is a mistake that we’ve all made at one point or another. I personally had to dodge being hit in the head by a laptop thrown by my roommate in college after his 20 page paper was lost when the same thing happened to him.

(Hehe… after writing multiple novels, thinking back on how tough we all used to think a typed 30 page, double spaced paper was… Oh man…)

Ahem… However, seriously Terry, 140 PAGES AND NOT ONE SAVE!? I’m sorry to say this, but you were really tempting fate more than any writer EVER should. Always save… ALWAYS! At minimum, save it at the end of every page, at minimum. Sorry to repeat myself, but it bears repeating.

Look, you’re going to have to. There really isn’t anything you can do. Think of it this way, you remember most of the story and can now really start to add meat to what you had already started on. Think of it as a chance to improve upon what you previously wrote.
Honestly, I myself have completely deleted and started stories over more than once when I didn’t think the story worked well, so it’s not unheard of and starting over is par for the course.

Anyway, that’s the best advice I can give you. Start over, good luck, and start saving!!!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Alternate Universe?

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Hi Jim,

I hope you don’t mind, but I saw your posts about asking a question and thought I’d shoot you an email. I saw from your other posts that you think using an alternate universe is poor story telling. I wanted to write a sequel to one of my books, but essentially it would be going back and exploring what would have happened had my character chosen a different path and how the outcome would have changed. Since you really seem to be against alternate universes, can you tell me how you would do it to avoid the problems you’ve talked about?

Thanks,
Malik.



Hi there Malik,

I don’t mind at all, thank you for the email! Just to clarify, I don’t hate alternate universes or people writing about them. Heck, my first novel WAS an alternate universe story being that it dealt with what the modern world would look like if elves and dwarves actually existed. My issue comes up when story tellers use it as a crutch to do… pretty much whatever they wanted without retconing anything. They change characters’ identity for no rhyme or reason and then use an alternate universe as a lazy excuse not to explain the change.

However, what you’re doing sounds interesting. I’ve often thought about it myself; {SPOILER ALERT} What would have happened had Toby not investigated when he thought he’d heard someone cry out in the darkness. What if Corban didn’t go after Mary in Chicago. What if Father Antonelli didn’t turn Adalyn over to the church… and most importantly, the various outcomes of Xaphan’s exile.
Any one of those plot threads would work very well and I’ve often thought about how I’d peruse something like that.
There are actually several theories about something like this. One that seems to stand out is that even all time streams end up in the same, if not similar placed outcomes, even if drastic changes are made. It won’t end up exactly the same, but it will be pretty close. I’ve seen several stories emulate this and it is one idea that I actually do like.
I would honestly say that if you’re going to take this route for a sequel, don’t be bound by the original story too much. I would say that the best stories in alternate universes are when the very nature of the story changes, the character relationships are different as a result, some characters survive that didn’t before, but in the end the story manages to end on a positive; the bad guy is still defeated, though perhaps by a different character or different means, and perhaps the story takes on a darker or more gritty end.

Honestly, I would recommend picking up a copy of the Star Wars Infinities, especially Return of the Jedi:
907297-star_wars__infinities___return_of_the_jedi_v1__4__of_4___2004_3____page_1I say this because they are a perfect example of what I’m talking about. They are the stories of what happens when a single slight changes that most would consider insignificant happens, and the result throws the entire story into unbalance. The resulting stories are a lot grittier than the originals they’re based on, and take a lot of unexpected turns. I won’t give away what happens in the end, but it’s not what anyone would expect.

Anyway, in summation, I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong and you’re definitely not abusing the alternate universe plot device. If you need any help or would like another eye to take a look at what you’re doing, please let me know.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Let Me In (2010)

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Bullied at school, neglected at home and incredibly lonely, 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) spends his days plotting revenge on his tormentors and spends his nights spying on other residents of the apartment complex. His sole friend is Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz), a strange girl who comes out only at nighttime. Both outcasts, the two form a strong bond. When Abby’s caretaker disappears amid a series of gruesome murders, Owen begins to suspect that she is hiding a terrible secret.



Okay, I have to admit this… I’m a horror movie junkie with a slight guilty pleasure tragic drama. I usually flick on horror movies while I work as they make the day pass by a lot faster… don’t know why but they do.

So I went hunting for a movie that I’d seen recently, but couldn’t remember the name of. That’s when I ran into this gem of a movie. I’d never heard of it before, but unlike most of the fair you find under the ‘horror’ section of Netflix, it actually has a fairly high rating from both audiences and critics. Okay… well I’d never heard of it.

I managed to find a copy online and quickly downloaded it…

OH MAN!!! This movie was pretty good. In terms of mood, it was pretty dark and dreary, but even among the depressing atmosphere, the chemistry of the characters was a high point.  I really… REALLY don’t want to give too much away for those who have not seen it yet, but if you like suspense, horror thrillers, and you’re the type who likes stories about loves that can never be, this is the movie for you.

It starts off a bit slow, but it really does get better and better… The two leads do a really good job and you really feel what they’re going through. Despite the bad things that happen, you still really want them to be together and you’re still rooting for them despite the fact that you pretty much know it won’t happen.

Chloë Grace Moretz brings an eerie innocence to her character that contributes to the mind eff that follows when you see what she is and does. That’s all I’m going to say about it.

On a side note though, I know some people criticize that fact that the leads in this movie are only 12, but how is that any less realistic than the time-honor Studio Ghibli movie, Ponyo? The chemistry is age-appropriate in my opinion.

Anyway, definitely check this one out if your taste is similar to mine! It literally is the best of everything.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Spider Gwen… is it good?

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Let me just say that I had high hopes for this series. An alternate reality where Gwen gets bitten instead of Peter Parker. Peter dies and Gwen becomes spider… woman. The premise is great, the costume if awesome and the character is pretty good too. The end result is a series that literally flies off the shelves and rarer variants showing up on Ebay for 10x the face value.

So with all that said, what do I think of the book itself? Well let’s start off with quality…
First of all, maybe I’ve gotten spoiled by indie comics that put their all into their work, using the best of everything that they can get, but Marvel has gotten a little cheap lately. The paper and ink they use is admittedly not the greatest stuff in the world. So whenever handling one of their newer comics, try not to keep you fingers in the same place for too long… the ink will come off. Again, this isn’t a rail against Spider Gwen, just mass-produced comics in general.

As for Spider Gwen… well her costume is nice and the story premise is interesting. She’s gotten bit by a radio-active spider and now has all the powers Peter Parker had in the prime universe. However, she later gets blamed for Parker’s death and, unlike Spider Man, is hated by the people around her. Like Parker, she has a hard time balancing her real life with her alter ego, but unlike Peter, she has to contend with her father being a cop and the fact that she blames herself for Parker’s death. All of this makes for an interesting story.

However, there are a number of things that I really do not like about this series at all. For starters this comic has fallen victim to the same Social Justice nonsense that I’ve taken issue with Marvel comics in the past. As I said before, I have no issue with older characters passing on the torch to younger, newer characters of different backgrounds and walks of life. That’s fine… but Gwen can be seen on any number of occasions conversing with Reed Richards.
reed_richards_earth-1102… Nope, not that Reed Richards…

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UGH!!! No, not him either, thank God!!!

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Yup, THAT’S our Reed Richards. How do we know he’s Reed Richards? Well because they say he is and he has Reed’s signature Salt and Pepper hair… despite a young kid in school… what the hell?
Okay, this is what I’m talking about. Passing of the torch is one thing. Captain America did this right, Thor did this right… this… ugh. This is putting diversity and social justice ahead of good story-telling. I’m sorry, but the whole alternate reality excuse can only extend the suspension of disbelief so far. Having another character stand in for Reed would be one thing. Taking a character and changing his physical appearance, but pretty much keeping his personality the same, with little to no explanation, and then hiding behind the alternate universe excuse is PISS POOR story-telling… and among the many reasons why I’m slowing starting to pull away from Marvel.
Heck even Stan Lee, the big creator behind most of our beloved characters spoke out against this in an interview with Newsarama:
“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” he said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that… It has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that. I say create new characters the way you want to. I don’t see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they’ve already been established.”

And he’s 100% right. I’m certain he doesn’t have a problem with Spider Gwen, given how it’s explained that she takes on his powers… however I think he would have an issue with this new Reed Richards. Marvel used to handle social issues and diversity very well. They tackled issues like the Holocaust with the X-Men, racial diversity, etc by using mutants instead of race for their narrative, and it worked well. In addition, unlike the people who hated mutants, the teams spanned several different races, had an acceptable number of both genders, and had people from multiple religious backgrounds.
Anyway, I’ve already delved into this enough in other topics, back on subject.

I find the interior artwork to be unimpressive, and it doesn’t help that often the comic is split into sections with different styles used. Also, I’m not huge into the comic taking a whole page or two to pretty much reprint the same thing over and over to remind every one of what happened in the first issue or two. That is a waste. Buy the other issues and read them first if you don’t know what’s going on.

Finally, this story is a tie-in to a much larger web of stories dealing with a ‘Spiderverse’ and multiple different alternate realities. At times, it doesn’t seem like the books know if they want to be their own story, of part of a bigger story. The result is a slew of cameos from other realities and the inclusion of temporary storylines that takes focus away from the primary story and leave the reader… well me anyway, scratching my head.

So, in summation… is it good? Well… ah… no not really. It has potential and the issues where we’re dealing with Gwen’s personal dilemmas are interesting enough, but it get’s buried in the absurd social justice and alternate reality fiascos that are plaguing Marvel comics right now. Am I going to stop buying issues? No, like I said, the story has potential, and I’m still hoping that Marvel will clean up its universe. Right now, everything about Marvel is pretty much tethered together with a very fragile bond that is the ‘alternate reality’ story base. If they don’t do something soon to fix this, eventually the whole thing will come crashing down and Marvel will have little choice but to pull a DC and hit the reset button.

I can honestly get past the Reed Richards issue if Marvel doesn’t keep straining my suspension of disbelief, but tethering Gwen’s universe to the others needs to stop, and hopefully will soon.

Anyway, that’s my two cents. I know it’s all over the place… but so is this book. Give it a chance if you’d like to see where Marvel could go with the once-beloved Gwen Stacy character. If you’re looking for good comicbook art, the alternate covers alone are worth picking up, so I’d recommend it for that at least.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

You can also add me on Twitter!

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim