Late the other night (really late), I was watching an old documentary on Stock, Aiken, and Waterman. They’re the guys that produced Rick Astley’s and Kylie Minogue’s hits of the late 80’s. I don’t remember how a fell into this rabbit hole. Again, it was super-late. So here I am watching this nonsense and then I see a clip from (John Landis’) Michael Jackson’s Thirller. I finally lay down to be and throw the “Thriller” video on. After it’s finished, before I turn over into Sleepytown, I see that “Bad” is next up. Ugh. It had been a minute since I saw young-Wesley Snipes push around the “King of Pop.” My drowsy eyes endured the music video up until “Joe College” transforms into, well, The King of Pop—flanked by his “Deus Ex Machina” homeboys.

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I woke up and grabbed my laptop.

Why has Michael effin’ Jackson never starred in his own on-going comic book? He was a comic book fan. Hell, Stan Lee offered MJ a chance to partner-up and purchase the then fledgling Marvel Comics. Captain Eo surely had its own book, but that was a one-shot. Maybe the main issue was the over theme or mood of the book. Panels of MJ dancing might not translate well. But if he was dance-fighting? Like the Moonwalker video game? With the right angle, how could this story not be worth a read? These guys are pretty rad.

Weeks back, I posted a blog regarding a speculative adventure with one of my favorite comic book teams, the X-Men. This particular entry you’re currently zipping through is more of an express, world-building exercise featuring MJ and the cast of characters from the “Bad” music video… as well as a few other creations and familiar faces. Let’s get started then, shall we?

WORKING TITLE 

B.A.D.: You Know It! You Know! (You Know!)

THE WORLD

B.A.D. boroughs

 

THE HEROES

B.A.D.: Battle Attack DancewarriorsDefenders of Old Big City from the treachery of villainy.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.50.45 AMShuh’mon (Hugh) Novitt (Team Leader)

Codename: The King

Abilities: “Moves” on a Cosmic level of power

Once dance-fought his way into another dimension. Dance-fought his way out. Can boogie beyond the capabilities of anything in the universes. Known for throwing disses in the midst of combat. (Hugh Novitt’s theme music.) Owns The Fedora Lounge, a nightclub in the Capone borough of Old Big City. Main-man of the city. You know him. You know it. You know it. Chum on-uh.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 3.18.30 PMBobby Hooter

Codename: The Backpack

Abilities: Terrestrial Teleportation, low-level Sorcerery.

Teleports the entire squad by way of the Dangerous Dimension—an alternate reality where the human mind is incapable of withstanding the dimension’s atmospheric psychic energies. Able to phase through most objects. Stores all of The King’s weaponry in a magic backpack which only he can access. Anthropophobic—he can’t go anywhere without Hugh Novitt (See: above-uh, chum on-ah), whom Hooter saved, and then escaped out of the Dangerous Dimension years ago. His experience in the dimension caused severe mental trauma, which explains his disorder.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.50.55 AMTino Torontow

Codename: ‘Thletics

Abilities: Super-agility, Probability Manipulation

The most athletic guy on the block. ‘Thelics bets a lot; so, basically this streetwise tough-guy abuses his ability to control the outcome of events. Always sporting fresh duds and killer “Glowglitter” enhancement packs. Star player of Old Big City’s underground Stickball league, where B.A.D. fields a team. They’re okay. Dancers don’t usually translate to Stickball. Tino keeps them above .500.

Oh wait, I didn’t mention Glowglitter—a synthetic form of what we humans call “glitter” which enhances the abilities of B.A.D. It was first developed by Dr. Barahptat Daboodop, whom B.A.D. now refers to as their sworn enemy, Pharaoh Nogo. He attempted to sell the “enhancement supplement” on the black market. The King upended Nogo and locked him up in the clink before the drug, I mean, enhancement supplement was distributed. (Or was it?)

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.51.53 AMGil Shumbacker

Codename: The Top

Abilities: Divine Body Control, Sonic Vision

Unable to be knocked off-balance, always lands on his feet (or head). Master of several street-level martial arts. Blind in both eyes. Years ago, Nogo, then Daboodop, impanted new eyes inside of Gil’s actual eyes. This was odd. Why not take out the old eyes and put in new ones? This is the greatest Super-advanced scientist of another place and time, is it not? Nogo is that, by the by. Anyway, the new eyes in the old ones have sonic enhancers. Then again, I wonder if Gil would rather hear in sonar that see in sonar? Wait, can you “hear in sonar?” I may have just discovered something. So, yeah, this is Gil the Top. He can hear with his eyes and ears

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.52.02 AMSoup Kristly and Poncho Kazimitzu

Codename: Good & Plenty

Abilities: Hive mind, Telepathy, Telekinesis

They share brains, finish each other’s sentences at an annoying frequency, and melt your mind. Not much is known about Soup and Poncho beyond that. They just show up. The rest of B.A.D. thinks they’re weird (aside from one or two members). The King welcomes them. But they’re still weird. Not in a, “those guys look like they commit crimes on the side” way. More like in a “those guys are looking at me like I’m not who I say I am and it’s creepy. Why are you two always sneaking around in the background getting down, fighting-style?” way. Why does The King and co. put up with this tandem? Because they’re arguably two of the strongest hit-makers. As in, making punches. With their minds.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.51.47 AMTavares Angel

Codename: The Curtain

Abilities: Master Analyst, Persuasion

Runs the numbers; controls B.A.D.’s assets. The King’s childhood best friend. Set up B.A.D.’s front—PYC’s, a cookie shop in the Blackerwhite borough of Old Big City. They sell the best cookies on the planet. A few members of the team prefer their Glowglitter sprinkled on top of Snickerdoodles. Tavares calls them “Glowglitterdoodles.” He’s a smart guy, just not extremely creative on the titling front. He did come up with “The Curtain.” So, there’s a little redemption.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.51.27 AMThe drummer of Tesla

Codename: The Drummer of Tesla

Abilities: Technopathy – Mechanokinesis

Rock star by day. Rock star by night. Builder of anything by midnight. TDT builds all of B.A.D.’s vehicles and weaponry. The King’s a big Tesla fan. Once the boss realized TDT was able to build literally anything out of anything, the acquisition of TDT’s services was finalized. Soon after joining the unit, TDT built their subbasement compound underneath PYC’s.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.51.20 AMLouis Lochart

Codename: The Acrobat

Abilities: Super-acrobatics, Hair Empowerment

Carny. Stylist. Louis’s biology naturally takes to Glowglitter better than the rest of the team. An acrobat in the Ol’ Old Big City Circus. Hair grows at will—from anywhere—and gains durability. (Example: chest hair as durable as Kevlar.) Only way to “cut” his hair, is to burn his hair. Louis is known to smell like burnt ass. Hangs occasionally with Good & Plenty.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.51.39 AMD-Watt Turner

Codename: The Ice-Cold Crusher

Abilities: low-level Weather Manipulation, Cold Touch

Controls weather within a limited radius. “Freezes” his skin making his exterior more dense and tough, like an iceberg. Enemies often risk frostbite if contact is made with D-Watt’s skin in freeze-mode. He’s moody, though. Don’t expect many sunny days on the blocks across the Blugangsta borough of Old Big City.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.51.12 AMSamuel Coolranch

Codename: The Tonka

Abilities: Invulnerability, Gravity Manipulation

B.A.D.’s tank. Appears to move at near supersonic speed when pop, lock, and rushing enemies, when in actuality, The Tonka can “fall” toward them by controlling the direction of gravity around him. The Glowglitter takes to Samuel almost as naturally as it does to The Acrobat. His active gym-life increases his invulnerability. Samuel is a personal trainer and “Jam-ersizing” instructor at Gym In To Me—located in the Bubbles borough of Old Big City. You can see The Tonka occasionally attending Saturday morning’s “Boobs N’ Break’fus” at Dirty Diana’s on the south side. Good & Plenty are also valued guests of this establishment. They’re weird.

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 5.51.05 AMSinbad Suvighi

Codename: The Show-Gun

Abilities: Tactile Telekinesis, Genetically Enhanced Agility

Genetically bred by Pharaoh Nogo as part of Nogo’s alpha-stage experiments. Merely invincible. A force field protects The Show-Gun from severe physical damage and enhances his already enhanced enhancements. Commutes by way of flight at a supersonic level. Use field to act like sunglasses, shielding his outward appearance. Runs a self-defense dojo out of Gym In To Me. Often Tonka’s transport. Often waiting for Tonka to finish his business at “Boobs N’ Break’fus.”

OTHER NOTABLE CHARACTERS

Dr. Barahptat Daboodop

Codename: Pharaoh Nogo

Abilities: Super Intelligence, Chemical Manipulation

Once the mentor of The King and his B.A.D. compatriots. A harrowing trip to the Dangerous Dimension left the mind of then Dr. Daboodop in ruins. The persona of “Pharaoh Nogo” was born when The Supreme Leader’s forces took over the southernmost point of Old Big City, detached the land mass of South Capone and transformed it into the island now known as Eo City. Fearing that B.A.D. stood zero chance of stopping the invasion, Nogo took on the, “if you can’t beat ‘em…” approach. Never once since working under the guidance of The Supreme Leader has Nogo stood face-to-face with the entity. Nogo now controls the criminal and scientific activity of mainland Old Big City, sworn to destroy B.A.D., the monster Nogo created.

“The Supreme Leader”

Codename: Supreme Leader

Abilities: unknown

Emerging from the Dangerous Dimension, The Supreme Leader and her horde of loyal mercenaries took over southern Old Big City and literally took the chunk of rock as their own. Those of the Dangerous Dimension can tell you of The Supreme Leader’s terror. Unfortunately, humans and even “Dancewarriors” don’t last very long in that plane of reality. Once thing we do know is that she wants to rest of Old Big City to house his realm from the “other side”—a “core” at the center of two universes.

The Lost Children

Abilities: Mind Control, Telepathy, Impenetrable Psionic Shield

A chorus of The Supreme Leader’s synthetic children literally shelved inside of The Supreme Leader’s Throne Room within her main headquarters on Eo City. The Lost Children consider The Supreme Leader to be their “mother,” often referring her as such. Much like obedient children, they carry out any orders under the guidance of their mother.

The Super Black Ninja

Abilities: Invisibility, Adoptive Muscle Memory

Exiled from their homeland in The Orient. Invades Blugangsta while B.A.D. is preoccupied with the discovery of Eo City. Honorable at any cost.

  • Billie Jean Kong

Codename: The Unbreakable

Abilities: Aside from the powers the Super Black Ninja already possess, The Unbreakable is the master-defender of the clan. Unmatched in combat due to latent magical shield prophesized never to have reached full potential.

An orphan who once knew a young, Louis Lochart a.k.a. The Acrobat, before he joined the circus. Joined the clan after conning her way through her teens before reaching The Orient. Joined the ranks, endured the torture, and became a Super Black Ninja. Adopted by the clan itself. Her masters are her father figures.

  • Kong Dao

Codename: Sifu

Abilities: Divine Power Bestowal

The Super Black Ninja. Grants the special abilities to those who survive the torturous training to become part of the clan. All but Billie Jean. She is the prophesized Unbreakable. One comes every 100 years. Once thought he held the latent magic needed to become the master-defender. Still feels he would make a better Unbreakable. Jealous of how powerful his adopted daughter, Billie Jean, is becoming. Wants to overtake Blugangsta, cordon it off and by way of magic and culture, and cultivate the small island into a new kingdom for his exiled people.

This comic essentially writes itself. Establish B.A.D. cleaning up the bad guy interlopers sent by Pharaoh Nogo. They find out that The Supreme Leader is planning to take over the rest of Old Big City. Who is the Supreme Leader? What has become of Eo City? B.A.D. thought Nogo was problem, now this “Supreme Leader?” Fortunately, Bobby Hooter a.k.a. The Backpack, is familiar with The Supreme Leader’s presence in the Dangerous Dimension. He knows the only thing The Supreme Leader brings to Old Big City is doom and uncertainty. The King trusts Hooter and orders The Curtain and others to prepare B.A.D.’s business endeavors for war. B.A.D.’s philanthropy now switches gears to “strategery.”

As I’m writing this paragraph, it’s been nearly 24 hours since I thought of this idea. I’m currently outlining eight volumes of stories that began as ridiculousness, but has now turned into a brief obsession. I think there may be some mileage here. Once I finish the eighth volume’s outline, I’ll put it down and see if my brain stays in this world. If it does so, that’s usually when I know I need to finish what I started. Would love to hear your thoughts, readers.

Until next time.

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