Part 1, The Next Three Years Of My Life: [link]
Part 2, Sell That Damn Book, Danny: [link]
Part 3, I Was Not Ready For This: [link]
Part 4:OBJECTIVE: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND STORY BUILDING
I began working pretty heavily on LMS during the first quarter of 2009. I had now a handful of characters, a rough idea of the story, and a general scope of what I wanted the book to be. To get started, I felt every book should have a theme. Movies do, right?
Spider-Man: Great powers, great responsibility.
Batman: Be more than just a man, a symbol, and be remembered a legend.
Star Wars: The myth of a heroes destiny, and the truth that allows him to be set free.
Who was Gabriel? What type of character or archetype was he? What were his rises and downfalls?
I started with his History: Well, he's a super soldier created to help win an interstellar war and has been genetically created to be invincible. He wins the war, thus coming back to Earth and is celebrated as a hero. A new superman. Then it goes further, he becomes a celebrity, an icon. Movies, toys, books, cereals, clothes, you name it, they made it.
Then his powers: He's also incredibly intelligent, lethal, adaptable, and physically unbreakable.
I didn't want to give him regeneration, because that was Deadpool and Wolverine. But I wanted him to have the speed, strength and overall badass-ness that they had.
Could he fly? Hell no. Any supernatural forces? Well, not yet, but no.
Once I had his strengths, I then developed his weaknesses. The fun part.
How can an unbreakable man feel pain? Well, I came up with the idea that even though Gabriel is bullet proof, his friend's are not. So he was going to lose people around him, and I like a good character death, so future readers: No one is safe in LMS.
Then my father once told me something that really began to get me thinking. "The thing that's interesting about Gabriel, is that instead of a normal man becoming a superhero, it's a story about a superhero becoming normal
And holy shit, he was right.
I then began exploring the theme of death. To kill a God would be something unimaginable, and to have that type of power...That strength.
And then...boom. Dante, Gabriel's nemesis, was born.
I started putting it all together in my head. Dante want's Gabriel done with, so how do you kill an unbreakable man?
Well, you know how pissed you get when you run out of batteries? That's what Gabriel's life was. He was a dying battery.
At first, incredibly charged, most powerful. But if you drain it over time, you lose that strength and that will. And how do you drain a God?
By putting Him in a prison, LEVEL-9
, and torturing them physically and mentally for 9 years. Thus, draining the battery.
Piece by piece the story began framing in my head. Thoughts of Count of Monte Cristo, Oldboy, and other great revenge classics began inspiring in the back of my subconscious. And with that, Gabriel had to break out. He had to escape. So he does.
And then I thought, what do you do with a living icon, who's wrongfully shunned and betrayed, and shown to the world as a terrorist/murderer after he escapes?
You get revenge. And Gabriel, as prideful as he was, would want to make a book out of it. Prove to the world who he really was then and now before he finally was put down.
And that's where the theme of the book was truly born.
This was going to be Gabriel's Killbook of a Bounty Hunter
(Cont. with Part 5: [link]