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Alexis_Royce, September 24th, 2019, 9:54 am

Currently figuring out what our update schedule will be in the future, but for now, let's at least get this page's grayscale version up.

I try to let my comics stand on their own, because I put a lot of thought into them, and I'm worried that I'll look like some kind of David Cage or Peter Molyneux, when you look at the gap between my ambition and my capabilities. It's usually better to stay quiet and let something be what it's gonna be. But I've got something here about my side of working on this thing that might be worth saying. Y'know, as a writer.

The whole idea behind Evil Plan, back in 2006, was that one moment in superhero stories. Where the villain's plan is crumbling around them, and they start to yell out, "Noooo, how could this possibly be?! How could I possibly FAIL!"

And it's such a cliche, you know? Those lines just pass in one ear and out the other. It might as well be a sound effect. But that kinda stuck in my head. How does a lone crackpot get so convinced that they can use violence and technology to take over the world? It would have to be an emotional thing, right? Arrogance, and getting locked into this future you see for yourself. That you've worked so hard on something, that you need to win. You deserve to win. That was the, I guess you'd call it "ethos" behind writing Evil Plan? To make people really think that the bad guy was going to win this time. That Kinesis could do it. That that moment would actually sting. That when he asked "how could I possibly lose," his crushed hopes would hold some weight with the readers.

And then a decade later, I, uh, cut that line. Aheheheh.

For dumb little Stanley Alfred Hurst, taking over the world was always a way to recapture a relationship. A time when he was happy. A time when, unbeknownst to him, he was taking advantage of Will. Someone too emotionally weak to stand up for himself. That relationship was unhealthy, and it colored his expectations of what a healthy society would be like. Will was focused on him. Took care of him. To the exclusion of anyone else. The world, too, should do all those things for him. Kinesis was in too deep, so that even when that person did finally stand up to him, Kinesis rejected and murdered Computer too. Kinesis doesn't want real human connection. He wants to be coddled. He doesn't recognize Alice as an equal until he thinks she's murdered someone for him. I think he knows, deep down, that what he did to Will is messed up. That's why he lashes out over and over at Lime.

The first drafts of the end of Evil Plan had Kinesis slowly bleeding out from battle damage, trying and failing to make that connection with Computer. I, obviously, like this better. He should have appreciated the diversity of the people in the world around him, instead of hating on them. If he hadn't supplanted them all with Will's mind and weaknesses, maybe enough of the people on this page would have been clear-headed not to push in. Someone out there would still be driving an ambulance. These injuries really don't have to be fatal. It's not his fight with Kevin that kills Kinesis. It's the sea of wailing, frightened Williams, deprived of any Computer memories, any ability to understand what's going on or act accordingly. It's just ONE person, en masse, freezing up and making the wrong call.

So in the end, I never even wrote that line. The one that the whole comic was written for. But it's good to be flexible, and to see where things take you. And I hope that that feeling is still there. Evil Plan's always been about wanting to see the Bad Guy Win.

And what it feels like when he doesn't.

User Comments:
eekee, September 24th, 2019, 11:28 am

Yeah, you were right to cut that line, It's pretty clear that's what's meant. And, after he killed Computer, I didn't particularly want him to win any more. Well, I sort-of did, just to see the corrupt superhero organization go down, but... eh, it got complicated.

One crit, tho: your big comment on this page feels too soon, Alex. It feels like a spoiler because it's not quite clear he's dead, and... well, I had to think about it kinda hard before I realised the shout of "He's not breathing" *probably* wouldn't galvanise them into appropriate(ish) action.

Hm... it's entirely possible I've seen too many shows with improbable last-minute saves. Even though I got fed up with those shows, they still somehow define what I assume about what I see. Weird...

Alexis_Royce, September 24th, 2019, 11:59 am

@eekee: Honestly, it's one of the reasons why I posted it. Superhero comics have really ruined death for themselves. You NEVER assume that someone's dead for good in a genre that so frequently retcons and doesn't have the nerve to actually kill off a character. I could have shown him get graphically trampled to death, I guess. But this isn't an R-rated comic. XD

But yeah. This body ain't getting back up.

Arc (Guest), September 24th, 2019, 1:45 pm

And thus, the one thing he longed for killed him. God damn it, Stanley.

Lordxana (Guest), September 24th, 2019, 4:42 pm

I've been reading this comic for, well a long time to be sure. While I understand what you are going for this was...disappointing. Not because he lost, but because the loss was so quick and easy. A five minute battle and then he is killed by the hero.

It feels like this ending was really rushed, or maybe thats what you are going for? But it feels kind of low that this comic I've been reading for such a long time hits its conclusion within such a short period. Love the comic, but I don't think I can say the ending endears itself to me.

eekee, September 25th, 2019, 4:31 pm

@Alexis_Royce: Ah, yeah, that makes a ton of sense, actually. It would be impossible to show he died in this genre.

And yeah, thanks for not doing the other kind of showing he died! XD

(Can't reply, except to my own posts. ;)

Lucarvee, September 25th, 2019, 9:21 pm

That's what he wanted?! A world where he could trust everyone because he felt that no one was to be trusted. Tragic.

Sol, September 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm

I do have to agree with Lordxana on that point a bit. We're constantly shown how smart he and Alice are, and Stanley knows that Amazingman has the same powers as him, but better. You'd think he would have had set up the battlefield to be more in his favour than he did. I kept expecting there to be more to his plan than there was for that fight. Or for Alice/Dr. Dynamis to be more involved in it than she was.

It's not the ending in itself I have a problem with, just the final battle was a tad... anticlimatic considering how easily he lost.

Guest, September 28th, 2019, 2:04 pm

Anticlimax is a frequent side effect of the webcomic art form. It's harder to pull off a magnificant explosion that rends the world in twain when you do two pages a week. However, given what happened here...
I dunno.
It's bittersweet of course.
But it also feels like a resolution to all of this. I don't know what'll happen next though...Kinny is dead. Dynamis is...somewhere? She might give up. She might go hide. But the story, in a broad sense, is over. (I mean, I'll still be reading, but this is basically what the penultimate climax?)

Thank you guys for everything

Arcanestomper (Guest), September 28th, 2019, 11:49 pm

My primary comment is that it's not clear that it's the crowd of fake Williams that kills him. If I was reading this without the author's note I would assume that he took too much damage getting tossed through the window.

I also agree with the other posts that this felt a bit fast. When he started smiling at the end of the fight I thought it was because he had a plan to turn things around not just the crowd of williams.

That said I'm glad he didn't. He lost any sympathy I had for him when he decided to replace everyone's minds. That's mass murder, and whatever my feelings about the hero organization as a whole I'm glad Amazingman took him down.

Guest, October 1st, 2019, 4:02 pm

Not a world where everyone can trust each other.
A world where he can trust everyone.

An important distinction.

Guest, October 3rd, 2019, 6:36 pm

Hm...if Stanley had rendered Will a few days after he first set up CompWill, would he have been fine because all of the Wills would know what they were doing?

Lordxana (Guest), October 8th, 2019, 2:27 am

So I've had more time to read over, and I think I realize something about how this is ending. Mainly for this to be the last fight for him, god he held the idiot ball the entire way. Knowing he was part of the hero group but totally ignoring the chance he would have his shields?

It feels like in a webcomic called Evil Plan, not much of the actual plan itself was actually put forward. Or was that supposed to be the feeling that the entire plan was just to set it up and wing it from there? Because I never got the feeling that winging things was the set plan after everything was said and done.

Calico J (Guest), October 14th, 2019, 10:47 am

Wow. What a moment for the comic.

And you know it affected the readers when no one made a "Oh my god, they killed Kinny! You bastards!" joke.

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