So Super Similar: 8 Hero-to-Hero Comparisons

*Pre-Post Announcement: Starting today, and for the month of October / until further notice, new posts will be hitting the Ever On Word blog on Fridays instead of Tuesdays. Hope to see you then! Now, onto our regularly scheduled content.

Happy one-and-a-half-week-iversary to the release of “So Super Dead”! Haven’t bought your copies yet? You can do so here (Amazon paperback), here (Amazon ebook), and here (Barnes & Noble ebook)! Already bought and read through your copy like some sort of super speed reader? I hope you’ll use your powers for good and leave an honest review on Amazon! (Other review sites, personal blogs, and wherever else are great, too, but it’s the Amazon algorithmic monster that most demands a heroic team effort to overcome.)

Speaking of superheroes … well, an enthusiast could do that all day. There’s legions of them! – most different enough to stay interesting, yet same enough to keep us coming back for those tropey tricks we love. Viva la diversity, though similarity’s the main focus of today’s blog post. More specifically: To which famous superheroes would I compare the members of “So Super Dead”s Gravity Assist?

Why, thanks for asking. Let us consider…

Gravity Max = A classic hero’s hero, a la Superman. At least, that’s very much how she seems to see herself. You’d certainly have a tough time finding another super team leader more invested in standing up for Truth, Justice, and the Second Earth Way.

SUPERMAN-PATRIOTIC
The eagle is totally the national bird of the moon, why not

Gravity Zero = I wouldn’t be surprised if Zero were to Supergirl as her twin is to the Man of Steel. But I’m not familiar enough with the DC heroine to know for sure. And honestly, when I think ‘flyer’, my brain goes to the movie “Sky High” and the MC’s mom, Jetstream. Surely as “mom friends” go, Zero would hardly be G.A.’s worst choice.

Jetstream

The Boomerang = His teleporting powers have different limitations, but I can see Boomer and a young Nightcrawler from the X-Men getting along just swimmingly.

nightcrawler apocalypse

The Luminatrix = I’m gonna go for broke and give this one to Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Because if anyone in G.A. can handle being a be-your-own-badass, firework of a super teen, it’s Trix. (Also, Boomer, you may wanna get a load of Negasonic in “Deadpool 2” for a possible reason as to why Trix doesn’t seem that into you…)

Negasonic

Xtra-Medium = Going back to “Sky High”, Nicky and MC Will Stronghold have an initial sense of powerlessness in common. Although, if Nicky were any “Sky High” character at all, it’s quite possible s/he would match up even more closely with Ron Wilson, Bus Driver. (When life hands you power-impaired lemons, give everyone else a lift to the lemonade … as the saying goes.)

Ron Wilson, Bus Driver

Bonus:

Brenna Walsh = Her ghostly phasing powers put me most in mind of X-Men’s Shadowcat. Just add in the anger and cynicism of, say, Jessica Jones.

Thackeray Kyle = It would be way too easy to compare Thackeray to a werewolf-bitten Van Helsing, so let’s try to stretch ourselves here. I’d rather match him up to someone like… the Winter Soldier. Strictly a hero? Not hardly. But a little bit super, a lot super at killing, and compelled to do deeds they’re not proud of, due to unfortunate circumstances.

Ryder Kidd = Thanks to this one line which, happily, I think I can insert here without crossing into spoiler territory…

/I don’t remember sitting in a closet,/ Ryder thought slowly. /Wait, do you mean me, or… y’know. The other me?/

…I can’t not equate poor Ryder with Bruce Banner and his struggles with “the other guy”.

In which superhero do you most see yourself and/or your favorite characters? Which of this past year’s superhero movies have you most enjoyed? On a scale of ‘meh’ to ‘so super psyched’, how much are you looking forward to reading newly-released “So Super Dead”? 😀 Tell all in the comments!

So Super Dead cover, remix 02.3, gallery

The ghost: Sure, seventeen-year-old Brenna hadn’t thought much of her life, but she’s not about to take her murder lying down. With one death to live and nothing left to lose, Brenna’s out for vengeance. Trouble is, her murderer’s already dead.

The killer: The reality of TV star Thackeray Kyle, the Vampire Hunter, is not the kind one lives to tell about. He’ll do whatever it takes – and take out whomever he must – to keep his secret safe. If only he could get his dead conscience to quit haunting him…

The talker: Agender mutant teen Nicky finally has himmer’s superpower, and s/he’s ready to save the world. …Or, y’know, talk to dead people, since that’s really all s/he can do. But now, caught between a responsibility to Brenna, a debt to a closeted monster, and the inevitability of a super-villainous terrorist attack, Nicky’s scrambling for the right words to bring two lifeless friends peace and prove himmerself a hero. Because if s/he doesn’t, the world’s dead will number far more than one ghost-whisperer can handle.

So Super Dead” – available now!

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2 thoughts on “So Super Similar: 8 Hero-to-Hero Comparisons

    • Heh, it doesn’t much /feel/ like keeping up, these days, but that’s just the adult life exhaustion talking. One project, one day, one step at a time. Good to hear from you, ol’ pal. ^o^

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