Continuing on with what I said about Doctor Kill, I am going to detail the plot.
The fact of the matter is that I haven't really given the series much thought. If anything, I was writing ideas of gag strips where I was figuring out how many times I can harp on the joke that he's a skeleton.
The original story that I had in mind with Doctor Kill was that he is scientist from the future who is in a "Terminator-like" situation where he must travel back in time to prevent a crisis from happening using the power set that only he has.
Not much to that, but it's a start.
The second idea is a bit more tricky. I wanted to write a story about parallel universes.
Doctor Kill is a brilliant scientist heavily effected by an event that has left him traumatized and dissatisfied. Instead of giving in to defeat, he uses all of his knowledge to invent a means of traveling through various dimensions. His goal? To find a reality where things worked out fine for him.
That's the basic plot. Granted, that sounds more like the backstory to a villain than hero, but I've always liked the idea of parallel universe. Perhaps this will be a story of discovery where our hero has to accept the things he can't change, and will play with the idea that the grass isn't always greener.
I'm just going to say it: Doctor Kill is nothing more than a figment of my immaturity.
I think skeletons are funny. I've always thought skeletons are funny.
I grew up on video games. If you've played enough video games, chances are you have fought a skeleton. They are the most common thing to show up in a video game, especially ones set in a fantasy-type setting.
The permanent smiles. The lack of flesh. The hollow areas of where eyeballs are supposed to be.
Skeletons are HILARIOUS to me.
I remember a kid, my mom used to get this catalog of party favors, and they had these skeleton keychains. I wanted one so badly, but the problem was that you can only buy them in bulk, and there was no way any parent would buy their kid a lot of 20 skeleton keychains. My friend, George, had one, and I was super jealous of him for years. (The dude ended up breaking it.)
So going back to Doctor Kill, the whole joke was basically this:
However, I wanted to make this skeleton even more ridiculous.
"Then you fight Dark Warrior. Ooooooh. Scary name. How about 'Death Guy' or 'Mr Kill?"
These are purposely bad names. I played around this in my head for a few seconds on how I could possibly make this concept even worse.
I began to think of Ed Wood's "Dr. Acula," and then it hit me: "Doctor Kill."
It's a dumb name, but man, do I feel that it can potentially be an iconic dumb name.
From there, the rest was history.
I drew a mock cover for Bloodwar X-Treme X-ecution Squad: 20XX, and I included "Doctor Kill" to the team. His design continued in the trend of 90's comics with kevlar body armor, wristbands, and elbow pads. The parts of his design that I feel make him stand out in regards to ridiculousness all stem from the fact that he is a doctor: a hospital standard issue name tag ID, a surgeon face mask, and a pair of daggers, which are supposed to be his operating tools.
Lastly, I included a high-tech eyepatch scanner. Why? Because it's what's supposed to be a giveaway that this whole thing is a joke. Why would a skeleton with no eyes ever need such a thing?
I wanted to make Doctor Kill to be this thing that would come off as menacing and badass to a 7 year old, but if anyone were to really sit down and dissect it, it's really stupid. I wanted a recurring joke to be that while he is equipped with really intimidating and threatening looking knives, Doctor Kill is not a killer. Contrary to how deadly and terrifying his giant, sharp knives look, they bestow Doctor Kill with healing powers.
I believe this is a good place to stop. Next week: I will talk about the story of Doctor Kill.