Saturday, 17 November 2012

In a parallel world...

So here's something I've been musing about for some time. I had the idea to try my hand at some power swap superhero/villain redesigns, where I'd take two heroes or two villains or a hero and his arch-nemesis, and switch their powers/origins around. I'll probably do some more, but to start with, here's Norman Osborn/Goblin and Peter Parker/The Black Spider. 
Norman was an average, teenage nerd with no friends, until he got caught up in a strange lab accident during a school visit to Parkertech Industries, owned by wealthy and ruthless scientist and business man, Peter Parker. An explosion exposed Norman to some experimental performance enhancers, which made him stronger, faster and even smarter. Initially using his new power to gain respect at school, after his younger brother Harry is killed by some thugs who Norman had tricked out of some money, on Halloween night, he decides to use his abilities for good. Inspired by a monster mask he sees in a shop, he designs a costume, gadgets and even a collapsable glider, and becomes known as the masked vigilante, Goblin!
Meanwhile, Peter Parker becomes aware of the explosion and how it has lead to Norman's transformation. Eager to reproduce the effects on himself, he climbs into a chamber into which the performance enhancer is pumped, in gaseous form. Unbeknownst to Parker, a small spider climbs in with him and bites him during the exposure process. The spider-bite gives him spider-like abilities, such as wall-crawling, organic webs and a precognitive 'spider-sense'. The power goes straight to his head, and Parker soon starts tampering with his genes more and more, until he is more animal than man: the hideous Black Spider!


H. said...

I think that this idea is really clever.

It would be kind of neat to see this idea implemented with Swamp Thing and Anton Arcane. I think it would be less "Alec is the bad guy" because then the whole point of that arc with the Floronic Man would be missed. The way to do it (or, at least the way I would want to do it) would be to make him much more uncaring as the avatar of the Green and to make Arcane a sort of human paragon. That would, I think, make Anton a protagonist that you could root for while maintaining the ethical ambiguity present in Swamp Thing.

Oh man, I'm woolgathering. I apologize. It's a good piece, and I think it would be a great comic book.

Thomas Fummo said...

First of all, thanks for the comment!
Second, love your profile pic (Robot Monster FTW!)
Third, I really need to read up on Swamp Thing :D I was just thinking of the usual Superman/Lex or Braniac or Batman/Joker. I'll look both of them up and see if I can come up with something interesting.
Thanks again!