Author’s Note: Originally, I wanted this series to focus exclusively on Sean as it’s sole protagonist. Sean Waking was based on the legend of “Sun Wukong”, also known as The Monkey King. I thought it’d be cool to base a character off an old Chinese novel that I really dug.
While developing the story, I thought of other characters that would fit the team and thought I’d introduce them in side-stories before bringing them into the main cast. That way, each hero gets to be a protagonist of their own series before joining together. Reggie Thompson is one such character.
Reggie was inspired by the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas. The inspiration hit me in the lyrics of his Real World song, which went “I wonder what it’s like to be a superhero.” I liked the idea of some regular dude becoming a superhero, so I came up with this troubled outcast hero who manages to be both a hero and a menace at the same time.
Chapter 2: The God’s A Monster Part 1
At the same this was happening, a very different story was unfolding elsewhere. Several miles away from Dyna-Charge city laid the small town of “Ultra-Drive”. The town of Ultra-Drive was home to only a few superheroes and a near endless amount of supervillains. The reason for there being so few superheroes in town is that being a superhero in this neck-of-the-woods place wasn’t as profitable as it was in Dyna-Charge. The STRB had no standing in the town and there were no superhero-based organizations present in the city at all.
As such, more people turned towards villainy as that proved to be far more beneficial to one’s self. As such, the city was flooded with wannabe villains who wanted to drain the town’s plentiful economy and use the finances to move out of it. Despite repeated supervillain attacks, the town was surprisingly prosperous and had seemingly limitless funding. No one knew how the town kept getting as much funding as it did, making it a grand mystery in this quiet town.
Still, one may wonder why only a small group of heroes is able to hold back the overwhelming forces of evil in such a small town. The real reason for this is due to one man, Reggie Thompson. Reggie was a seemingly normal guy at first glance. He wore a blue shirt and pair of blue jeans, which was his outfit of choice. His hair was blonde and somewhat messy, due to him never bothering to style it.
He also wore a pair of black runners that had seen much better days. While Reggie did seem normal on the outset, he was far from being your typical guy. Reggie had superhuman abilities that were at godlike levels. He had super strength that could allow him to lift mountains, super-speed that allowed him to outrun bullet trains, and a level of invulnerability that bordered on the absurd.
It was due to these godlike abilities that Reggie was an outcast. Due to an incident 20 years that ended with Reggie losing control of his powers and leveling part of the town, everybody quickly lost trust in him. He became an outcast, despite eventually gaining control of his immense powers.
Nobody would talk to him or look him in the eye. Instead, people would just run away whenever they spotted him! He was an outcast, but he didn’t mind too much. In fact, he found that his status as a “harbinger of destruction” meant that he could go anywhere and do whatever he wanted! Nobody had the guts to tell him he couldn’t do something and he certainly had the power to back that sentiment up.
Today was just another one of those days where he was allowed to do whatever he wanted! It was a sunny day outside while Reggie was strutting around town. People saw the 6 foot tall bringer of destruction walking around and quickly moved out of his way, fearing that he would obliterate them if they they looked at him wrong.
He made his way over to a nearby bowling alley and opened the glass door to the building. He strutted inside the building and everyone inside it immediately took notice of him. People stopped dead in their tracks and looked right at him as a dead silence gripped the building.
“Sup, everybody?” Reggie asked in a very nonchalant tone. The people around him ignored his greeting and panicked at the very sight of him. They ran around screaming and freaking out. They quickly ran past Reggie and piled out of the building, fearing for their lives as they did so.
Reggie simply shrugged his shoulders and walked over to the corner of the bowling alley. After everyone had vacated from the premises, Reggie decided to enjoy himself. He made his way over to a vending machine near the farthest bowling lane and pulled a small coin from his pocket. Sliding the coin into the vending machine’s slot, Reggie quickly punched in the number for his desired item.
A can of soda rolled down from the machine and into the chute at the bottom. Reggie reached in and pulled the can from the machine, like an explorer grabbing a rare diamond. Plucking the soda from its resting place, he gripped it firmly in his hand and walked over to a table.
Reggie sat down and was about to open his can of soda, only to be interrupted by the sounds of screaming from outside. “Can’t a man drink his soda in peace?!” Shouted Reggie as he abruptly stood up. Reggie ran towards the door and pushed it open, right before walking outside.
He immediately spotted the thing that was causing people to freak out: A giant monster made out of blue goo! This giant slime ball had a visible mouth and piercing yellow eyes. “Fear me, town of Ultra-Drive! I am Mr. Gelatinous, the greatest villain of all time!” Shouted the slime-ball in a strange and echo-y tone of voice.
Reggie looked up at the slime monster and proceeded to glare at him. “Get out of my town, I’m trying to drink soda!” Shouted Reggie while staring up at the slimy monstrosity. “Look at the balls on this one! You dare challenge the mighty Mr. Gelatinous, little one?” Asked the blob of slime as he moved closer to Reggie.
“Nah, it’s not a challenge. Pretty sure something needs to be difficult to be a challenge.” Said Reggie in a smug tone-of-voice. “Ah, to be so young and foolish! Very well, you shall be the first to die!” Shouted the blob as he advanced on Reggie. Reggie balled his hand into fist and held out his arm. He then pulled it back and smacked it directly into the giant blob with a hearty punch.
The blob’s body began to vibrate, before exploding violently! Bits of slime rained down from above as the blob’s body split apart. “What the hell?!” Shouted the many pieces of Mr. Gelatinous in tandem with each other. “No one interrupts my quality time and gets away with it. Leave now and I won’t break you into smaller chunks!” Exclaimed Reggie as he narrowed his eyes at the blobs.
“Very well, I shall leave! Just be warned, you haven’t heard the last of Mr. Gelatinous!” The individual blobs then slithered away into nearby sewer grates and effortlessly entered them using their liquid bodies. The blobs soon disappeared from sight, leaving Reggie alone. Reggie looked around and found that nobody had seen him fend off the giant blob. Everybody had vacated the streets and nobody had bore witness to Reggie’s heroic feat, just like always.
He let out a deep sigh and hung his head in disappointment, right before re-entering the bowling alley. It was always the same with him: He’d do a heroic act, but either nobody around would see it or nobody would care. He was an outcast to everyone else, someone who was treated as a monster for something he did by accident 20 years ago. Reggie gave his head a good shake and decided to shove those bad thoughts to the back of his subconscious. He decided to focus on the good and re-entered the bowling alley.
As Reggie walked through the empty bowling alley and towards his table, he noticed something odd. His soda was still there, but it appeared to be encased in some kind of translucent green pyramid. Said pyramid appeared to be made out of some kind of strange pulsating energy. “What the heck is this?! How am I supposed to drink my soda in piece now?” Asked Reggie as he stared at his encased soda.
“Don’t you know that stuff will rot your teeth, dear boy?” Asked a strange and ethereal voice from behind. Reggie turned around and found what appeared to be a bunch of floating green triangles made out the of same raw energy that covered his soda! The triangles flew about and then drifted towards each other. The triangles then began to interlock with each other, forming a vaguely humanoid shape in the process. They formed into a strange triangle-man, like something out of a weird sci-fi movie from the 80s.
Reggie stared at the bizarre triangle-man in awe, while being utterly confused at what the being was. “Hello, good sir! I’ve come here to talk to you about something. Tell me… Is it true you killed your own parents 20 years ago?” Asked the triangle-man in his bizarre and alien-sounding voice.
Reggie narrowed his eyes at the triangle-man as repressed memories came flooding back. Memories of an event that forever changed who he was a person and forever cemented his status an outcast. It was recalling these memories that caused Reggie to freeze in place, unable to say or do anything. All he could do was stand there as flood of both rage and sadness began to overtake him…