This is a pretty straightforward continuation of page one. We introduce El Supremo, our satire of Superman. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a Latino in the Superman role as a commentary on the illegal alien aspect. I have always found it funny that one of the great symbols of American pop culture and
is Superman - an illegal alien. Literally. The origin as originally scripted
was going to be a single "large
central panel that bleeds multiple images together" but Matt did a neat
thing separating the images but weaving them like piece of cloth or a film
strip across the page. While the origin is the primary point of the page, the
continued conversation between Dr. Peters and Dr. Felicity set up an important
future plot point, as well as cements their characters' personalities. Americana
I also managed to work in both name gags onto this page. Carlos Cabrera and Baxter Bayne our send ups of
Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. The
alliteration is intentional, like so many of Stan Lee's comic book creations.
I'll admit my naming gags can get complicated (I do have to amuse myself).
Anyone who follows me on twitter knows my son got me into baseball, so I wanted
a Latino last name that sounded like .
I went with Venezuelan Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. I chose Carlos
simply because they sounded good together.
While with the other name I just went through substituting other letters in
place of the W in Kent . B just sounded
best and I picked Baxter because of the Fantastic Four's Wayne (and the alliteration). I
admit I almost went with Virgil Vayne, Zack
Zayne, or Carl Cayne. but they all sounded too European sounding). I like the
end note which sets up the next page nicely. Baxter