BACK
LinkExchange FORWARD

Welcome to Brainstorm's Corner, a monthly springboard showcase. A springboard, basically a one-page prose summary of a comic book story, is the format used for submitting stories to companies such as DC Comics. In one page, a writer must describe the plot while also trying to make it as intriguing as possible. It's quite a challenge!

Brainstorm's Corner gives YOU, the reader, the chance to critique the story before a writer sends it off to every editor at DC. So let Fanzing know…would you pay to read this? If not, why not?


Welcome to Brainstorm's Corner, a monthly springboard showcase. A springboard, basically a one-page prose summary of a comic book story, is the format used for submitting stories to companies such as DC Comics. In one page, a writer must describe the plot while also trying to make it as intriguing as possible. It's quite a challenge!

Brainstorm's Corner gives YOU, the reader, the chance to critique the story before a writer sends it off to every editor at DC. So let Fanzing know…would you pay to read this? If not, why not?

GLOBAL GUARDIANS
Story and Images by Kurt Belcher

The Global Guardians are a group of international heroes, with their accompanying attitudes and prejudices, thrown together by the United Nations to deal with the 'little' international problems, after the JLA's decision to focus on more 'stellar' threats.

Old characters will be replaced by new characters as the series progresses – the results of certain story lines, character change, and even death – keeping the team dynamic fresh. However, the core group of the organization will remain more or less the same, to give the comic a fixed center that will always be dependable. Only in the wake of major story lines will the ramifications cause the team to undergo a major shakeup in terms of philosophy and membership.

Not only will the book explore the familiar 'heroes vs. villains' conflict, but intrigue between various government and international agencies will be looked into. Those include the inner plotting of the organization immediately surrounding the Guardians themselves, as well as groups like Checkmate, Task Force X, the CBI, the Red Shadows, Department Gamma, STAR Labs, Project Cadmus, and SOL, and their interaction in global stories.

The story itself will unfold over a 'yearly resolution cycle' similar to that used by Kurt Busiek in his Thunderbolts title, in which stories will build up over a year's time, to be resolved usually by every twelfth issue. The seeds for the next year's worth of stories and major conflict will be planted in the previous year.

If what I would do had to be compared to something else, I would say that what Steven T. Seagle is doing with Alpha Flight is the best comparison. A group of heroes from disparate backgrounds and personalities, some of them friends, working for an organization that is bigger and dirtier than any of them are aware. The organization has a number of plots and machinations going behind the scenes – and the team may or may not ever find out about some of these things. Still, some of them will eventually be felt and dealt with by the team, leading many of them to start wondering whom and what exactly they're working for. The idea also owes more than a little to John Ostrander's Suicide Squad in the nature and purpose of the team, with new members being assigned as old ones leave – and some appearing just for certain missions.

Fast friendships will be formed, and old friendships renewed on the team. Some of them, like Vikhor's and Terra's, end in sadness, whereas older relationships like that between Fire and Icemaiden will survive despite the circumstances thrown at them.
Click to enlarge

The team will initially have as members:

Captain Atom

Fire

Icemaiden

Terra

Vikhor (from Soyuz)

Lionheart

Rising Sun

Light (a new character)

But as members change, the team will eventually include entirely new members, except for three. This nature will continue, with 'outer circle' members changing constantly.

So, what did you think ? Was it good? Was it lousy? Splunge? Would you fork over anywhere from $2 and up to read it? Should DC hire this person immediately and you'll burn your collection (or at least Brother Power The Geek) if it doesn't happen?

Perhaps you would like to hold up your naked ideas for over 1500 people to see? If so, first check out DC's submission guidelines (available here thanks to Jon Karl Franklin Haynes).

All Characters are ™ DC Comics
This proposal is © 1998.

THIS ISSUE: