Thursday, May 10, 2012

ABC's of Crimsonstreak: Letter V

V is for villain.

Would heroes exist without villains? Would villains exist without heroes?

It's the driving existential question of superhero stories.

What creates a villain? In the case of Colonel Chaos, we don't know what initially turned him to crime. We do know, however, that he redeemed himself. Then, his beloved wife died and Chaos went down a dark path once more in an effort to bring her back. He's a hero in conflict with himself, a fascinating case study in the dual nature of man.

Maybe that's too deep.

People who can fly or run really fast need someone to fight against, and the best way to do it is to have them fight other people who can fly or run really fast. Hmm.