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09 September 2009 @ 06:44 pm
“Gemma Fade”  

The problem, of course, with writing Gemma Fade’s story is that it would take a whole new universe, because it’s too big an idea to waste on fan fiction, which is what it would be if I left it in the Marvel universe. And that would defeat the whole geeky meta fanboy point of it (although I donno, there’s not much prose superhero fiction, it might be worth trying).

And it /would/ be a big idea. It would take a minimum, I think, of three viewpoint characters: Gemma herself, a Resistance fighter, and a modern comics reader caught up in the destruction of her fandom’s universe. And possibly a fourth character from the comics who wasn’t yet disappeared, like Gemma is. This would be a book-length story, at the least. So I am not writing it.

But if I were, Gemma’s story would start here:

“The landscape is barren. Windswept sands, jutting stone with edges softened by time, and a hard white sun above it all. I push my hands into the sand until they are buried wrist-deep, and from there gain the purchase necessary to drive myself to my feet. I stagger a few more steps, as buffeted by the wind as the land around me is. I have no destination, no goal; all I can think are a scattering of words so remote they hold no meaning to me.

This is Krypton to Kal-El, I think. This is the red sun to a man raised beneath the yellow. This is power, stripped away.

I have no idea who I am or what I mean, but these incessant thoughts tell me that something is lost. That once, I would have understood the words echoing in my mind; that now, there’s something to be regained, a battle to be fought and won. And this is all I know about myself, now:

It’s reason enough to keep going.”

(I very badly want a Gemma Fade icon now.)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on September 9th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't HAVE to be fanfic, you know...

As a What If? or Elseworlds, it is exactly the kind of story that the Big Two love to showcase. As was mentioned in the other thread, the story of the Sentry started roughly like this; DC's Tomorrow Woman is an example of the mirror of the story.

You could do this with the Marvel Universe. It wouldn't be 616, but it could be done.

Or you could honestly write the thing, assuming you didn't have ten dozen other ideas and series going already. ;)
kitmizkit on September 9th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
I suppose it could be done in a What If, although the usual 6-8 page format for those would be awfully limiting. Even a full single issue wouldn't really give you the room to play around the way I'd want to. :)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on September 9th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more along the lines of the "Earth X" trilogy they did, three graphic novel-length pieces telling one long alternate universe tale. It would have to be at least one GN to give it the scale it would need.

You could do it as a novel. ("You" specifically or generally, btw.) there have been very good superhuman novels, both using established characters and wholly original. I think in this case, presenting the story you've described, the medium would be part of the message, best served through the comic book medium.
silcristsilcrist on September 9th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
In fact, I read an enjoyable Spiderman novel that was basically a 'sequel' to the Morlun storyline (by JMS, IIRC) from the comics. A novel written by a friend of yours, Jim Butcher. :)


kitmizkit on September 9th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I really liked Jim's novel, in fact. That was a lot of fun. :)
kitmizkit on September 9th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome beyond belief, doing a large-scale graphic novel like Earth X. Too bad I'm not Alex Ross... :)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on September 9th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Frankly, Alex Ross isn't even Alex Ross, the way some people have built him up. :)

Still... Alex doesn't write everything he paints. Take a Chance! was great stuff, but I didn't think you did the art on it. (grin)

I think this would be a great graphic novel, but I also think it would be a very cool story in whatever medium. I'd love to read it, however it gets done.
kitmizkit on September 9th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
The not being Alex Ross has far more to do with my potential pull to pitch a project than with anything else. :)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on September 9th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Point. Of course, get someone like Alex Ross interested in the project and wanting to work on it, then he or she could pitch the project for you. :) Gail Simone, maybe? She's got a lot of pull right now and does good work. Art-side, Amanda Conner is a big star on the Art Crawl! right now.
omegaromegar on September 9th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
"Don't you forget about me"

Sorry, it just popped into my mind.

This story sounds really Intresting, though not sure how well it would work outside a major comic universe.
kitmizkit on September 9th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I think (I said confidently, and perhaps arrogantly) that I could make it work as a prose novel outside a major comics universe...but it'd be an awful damned lot of fun to do it as conceived of. :)
Liralen Liliralen on September 9th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
OOooo... and such a gorgeous beginning...
Cally Beckeldestmuse on September 9th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)

madmiss on September 9th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Well, Miss Kit.
How about simply creating the foundations and perhaps letting others have at it?
the beginning of a new empire of fiction, like DC, Marvel, Darkover?

It certainly is a very compelling idea...
roseaponiroseaponi on September 10th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
I second madmiss' idea :) Since I've been kicking around something similarish, too. A superhero fic anthology, perhaps?
T.M. Thomastmthomas on September 9th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Brilliant writing.
I've been working on a superhero novel for some time--which is, sadly, not nearly as good as the above paragraph.
annathepiper on September 10th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I've gotta say, this sounds like it was a hell of a dream. :)