Who remembers playing with their action figures back in the day? Each time you created adventures for them and when you were finished you put them back in the toybox and the status quo was reset, ready for the next adventure. Now imagine if their story, just like life continued without the reset button, how much more story potential might there be?
Following on from last week’s blog, I was thinking about one of my favourite comic documentaries: ‘Comics in focus: Chris Claremont’s X-Men’. In this documentary, Claremont and others discuss his approach to his X-Men run, from the 70s to the 90s. He always took the action forward without resetting the status quo, never recycling his villains or his storylines. This is exactly how I plan to continue the future of the Fire Angel Universe.
In my early Fire Angel short stories, which I wrote before my first novel, Fire Angel: Genesis, I had no plans to age Fire Angel. This was mainly driven by an interview I’d read in which a couple of comic writers had been saying that Marvel should never have aged Peter Parker/Spider-Man, as he’s now forced to be a responsible adult instead of trying to be a responsible teen. This made me think that if I allowed Fire Angel to age, it would ruin her character. But over time, and after having watched the Chris Claremont documentary, I started to rethink my stance. I began to see potential in evolving the characters and moving the Fire Angel Universe forward with new characters and new situations in which the characters could develop and grow. As Claremont says in the documentary, ‘To me it’s all one story, because life is a single story’. So why should my Fire Angel Universe be any different?