Running Riot - 14 - 38

21st Mar 2020, 12:00 AM in Better Luck Next Time
14 - 38
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RunningRiot 21st Mar 2020, 12:00 AM edit delete
All three characters in the middle of panel 4 were very nearly semi-major secondary characters in this comic.

From left to right, Maenad was created way back in Chapter 5, and was originally planned to be part of the final confrontation with Brother Earth before I decided we already had enough characters with claws and she would've been a distraction. Waaaaay way back when I was first doing basic plotting, Brother Earth had no powers at all and it would have been Maenad whose geokinesis he was exploiting.

The middle character, Malice nearly replaced Unstoppable in the final confrontation. She was going to be a prisoner who joined Gauntlet's breakout, with even Truckernaut convinced she was a merciless cold-blooded murderer when, in actuality, she's a coward who can't fight and just freaks people out. I wouldn't have had time to explore her backstory with any satisfaction and I thought giving a redemption arc to a character who'd only just been introduced would've felt a little unearned, so her role as a combatant was replaced with Unstoppable and Charybdis while her role as a psychic was replaced by Devilfish who'd all earned a little closure.

The third character Zero Signal very nearly replaced Umbrage back in Chapter 4, and when I decided that wouldn't work he nearly replaced Harrow as our lone parkour vigilante. Ultimately I decided I just couldn't make Zero Signal's powers work in a visual medium. He completely silences everything he touches, including himself. Even after I rejected him we still nearly got a cameo back in Chapter 11, but ultimately I decided to use the Chav Joker and Harley Redcap and Seizure (NSFW) instead.
RunningRiot 4th Apr 2020, 3:21 AM edit delete
My apologies for the delays. RL has been hectic.

These are trying times, and I hope everyone is staying safe out there. Corona Virus is no joke.
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Darius Drake 7th Apr 2020, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
@ Running Riot: No need to apologise, real life comes first. You look after yourself, too!
Lord monkeyfish 7th Oct 2020, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
hey man, still here, checking in once a week to look for new updates, keep it cool and stay safe, cant wait for you to get back ;)
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