How to Create a Plausible Superhero Origin Story

And thus begins the era of three comics a week, with a strip I'm quite proud of, but which fell through the cracks of my increasingly complex posting schedule for a couple of weeks.

 

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Reader Comments (42)

Before I go shopping for model rockets, a hot glue gun and a plastic souvenir Viking hat, I'll compliment you for your work, Scott. Awesome comics, love the art and the humor, keep working hard, man!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharles

I laugh every time i see that boxing glove-knife!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDylan Callahan

I always wonder if Rocket Hat is in any Way influenced by the Rocket Man from Gravity's Rainbow....

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeeger

I want to see a movie featuring the heroes and villains of Basic Instructions!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicco Fleming

Ha! Third panel really made me laugh. Reminded me of the classic Pinky And The Brain scheme to claim compensation for a faked, incomprehensible accident involving a microwave and non-dairy powdered creamer. Contract Bridge should really have been in there too. Narf!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterObscureTransformersToy

Always funny when it's the League of... whatever. Wahoo!! So excited for the new schedule!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Frame 4:Brilliant! I had to laugh at that one! And we finally learn of Rocket Hat's origins. It was like watching X-Men Origins:Wolverine!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilvanos of Perenolde

"Slapped to death by hemophiliacs, and I was powerless to save them." That line had me doubled over. You're always on, but this comic is ridiculously funny. And the Judger finishing with, "It was okay, I guess. I haven't really given it much thought." Great work, sir.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I like the Knifeketeer's excessively specific origin story.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRavenBlack

I hate dumb fanboy comments like "best comic ever".

Unless, of course, I'm the dumb fanboy who's making them.

Best comic ever.

When is book 3 going to be ready?

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMP

I love Rocket Mans posture. Ready to be handcuffed by the Moon Men. Great Strip!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

Isn't this a rerun?

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClik

>It was like watching X-Men Origins:Wolverine!

Only it didn't suck!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEyespy Guy

Model rockets, a hot glue gun and a plastic souvenir Viking hat - $75
Being slapped to death by a hemophiliac - Priceless

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

Great comic, though I think panels #1 and #4 look a little similar...
And throughout the entire strip, not a single character changes expressions. Looks to me like the evil doing of the CopyPastor!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

The Knifeketeer's mouth is different between frames 1 and 4! Ha, gotcha!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

Contract Bridge. Holy crap that is funny! Some of the younger ones aren't going to get that brilliant gem.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStaneslav

Panel 2 killed me. Great line!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBart

You're a google location icon? What superpower is that, knowing where you are?

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterebud

Look a little closer, Ethan. Not only are #1 and #4 similar, but apart from a little cropping, #2 and #3 have a similar similarity (pun intended).

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHari

...And, of course, after I'd won my powers in a bridge game, I was forced to give up the game forever, because the American Contract Bridge League has banned anyone with the power of Omnipresence from tournament competition. Hence, the bleak undercurrent to my superhero persona: in the process achieve great powers, I had to abjure the one great love of my life: contract bridge.

Just like Bruce Wayne seeing his parents gunned down, no?

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjvwalt

Not real fond of the 4th panel punch line. Would of went with a super-glue bonds instantly to skin angle.

Love the super-hero cast though. You could do a whole spin-off with just them.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob

For some reason, these hero-oriented comics always seem flat to me. Kinda like that movie Mystery Men, where I really wanted to enjoy it, and they always seemed on the cusp of something funny, but it just never quite happened.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

no one has mentioned the ever-so-slight dig at Missy-who's judgements are apparently found to be "vague and poorly considered" by her husband!
A truly HILARIOUS comic!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann65

It always weirds me out to see Rocket Hat and Omnipresent Man in the same frame together.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRaptor007

ohhh, dissed by the judger. how cruel is that!

@ethan - some time back scott did a strip where all four panels were the same art, just to see if we were paying attention. turns out many people were. im too lazy to look for it, but im sure you could search back to find it

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

I have read and enjoyed all of your comics - especially the episodes that feature Rocket Hat and/or Omnipresent Man. Still, the Knifeketeer's origin story was the best laugh I have had in a while. Hilarious!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNIP

Nope, not a rerun, just very familiar graphics, oh wait is that redundant? You need to buy Scott's books. It explains everything.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

'slapped to death by a hemophiliac' - one of your best lines.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterme

Actually Raptor, it weirds me out that we DON'T see Omnipresent Man in EVERY frame. But not until you put the idea into head.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Skubinna

Are Rocket Hat's hands still cuffed in front of him?

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

Three cheers for the Legion of Super Heroes, and the Knifeketeer!
... but I seem to recall Rocket Hat gained his powers using experimental technology he created to fight the Moon-Men. A chin strap was involved.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersnowyowl

I've recently taken up knife throwing as a hobby and I am married to a lawyer. Therefore EVERY SINGLE FRIEND has emailed me to accuse me of being The Knifeketeer and my wife of being The Judger.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlatsot

"It always weirds me out to see Rocket Hat and Omnipresent Man in the same frame together."

Technically speaking, Omnipresent Man is in every frame.

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Panel 2 = Amazing, hahaha

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRay

I dunno why, but rocketman always reminds me of Dante from Clerks. Oh yea, and after a week and a half I've finally read all the backlog!

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershane

you are justly proud of this one, sir!

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhiterabbit

You are spoiling us!
(Cuts off nose)

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStefing

Well, they are right next to each other and it's not like one of them can be in two places.... oh my god omnipresent man CAN be in two places at the same time!

He's got a double secret identity! :D

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterljdarten

I was busting up stitches with the Knifkateer's origin.

October 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIDB

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