Henry is kind of a difficult character to write. It’s fairly easy to make him unlikable, but the challenge is not letting him become a caricature. I think I’m skirting the edge on this page.
We’ve got some more guest art tomorrow, so be sure to come back and check it out!
I thought he was pretty likable here. I get a feeling that his heart is in the right place. He is pretty relatable despite his cockiness. That’s too bad about he and his father. Wonder how that’s going to play out.
Hmm… I actually wasn’t expecting anyone to find him likable here. Maybe I need to ramp up his arrogance!
Maybe sympathetic. Pain does that. There comes a time when you want Wile E. Coyote to catch that roadrunner and have it for dinner, nicely roasted.
Sympathetic might be a better word for what I’m thinking.
Henry’s one of those characters who needs to be very, *very* carefully broken, then put back together again, only this time without the weakness that kept him from being heroic in the first place.
That’s a pretty good assessment. It’s going to be a challenge for sure!
Actually, I think you struck a very nice balance here. Perhaps it’s a bad comparison, but I think you’ve created this series’ Major Charles Emerson Winchester. (Did I mention I’m a fan of M*A*S*H?)
Love the comic, keep up the good work!
Thanks, DynamoNED! Actually, the comparison to Winchester is a pretty good one, though I need Henry to be just a *little* more of a slimeball.
Henry’s job is to be a PR officer, which means that he has to be sort of likeable, at least on stage. That doesn’t mean that he can’t be a slime ball, too. I think you captured his essence in this comic, with the last two panels making him more human by showing part of his motivation.
Thanks, Justin! You’re right about him having both a public and a private face. My challenge is in managing Henry’s likability to the readers, who get to see both of these personas.
Actually, I think you just made him instantly three-dimensional. Efficiently laying out the nature of how his unhappiness makes him the jerk he presents to the others.
I don’t like him any more than before, but now it’s tinged with a little pity.
This is more of a question about the overarching world, but have the British come up with any ‘Specialists’ or ‘Ubermenschen’ of their own. Come to that, what about the Italians, Free French, Soviets, Japanese…
That’s a good question, and one that we get fairly often. The short answer is that only the US and the Nazis have super-soldiers. Question Mark is English, and though he doesn’t actually have an super-powers, he’s kind of the Batman of the group.
I’m going to write a blog post tomorrow that goes into more detail on the subject and explains our reasoning.
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