Thursday, September 04, 2008

Meet 'N Greet #5

A little something different for this one--this is a character I actually deleted, because I didn't like the way it played, but I love the concept, so I'm keeping him alive in some small way by blogging about him here.

We all know about the famous secret bio-weapons projects the US government runs. They're well-known for concealing plans to make the ultimate living weapon, some sort of perfect killing machine with, say, razor-sharp claws, and perhaps some sort of, oh, I don't know, healing factor. Just as a hypothetical example. (Wink wink, nudge nudge.)

But what's less known is that there are also Brazilian secret bio-weapons programs. They use the molds from the American bio-weapons programs, and then repackage the resultant living weapons under a generic name because they're cheaper. Sure, it violates trademark and copyright, but nobody really cares about the kind of cheap, imported killing machines you can buy in the dollar store, ones with bad paint jobs and the chest logo put on with a sticker. (Damn, lost the subtle thread of the analogy there...)

That's what this character was--the generic Brazilian knock-off of a famous mutant super-soldier. Created from a different secret weapons program, made for cheap with a bad costume and no real personality, he's not Weapon X...

He is...Brand X!


Anonymous said...

I thought Wolverine was Canadian.

John Seavey said...

Wolverine's Canadian, but I'm pretty sure the Weapon X program is American. They kidnapped him because he fit the profile of what they needed.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's complicated.
It seems to be a joint program.

Anonymous said...

yeah, pretty sure the super-soldier/weapon plus program started as an american program but shifted to a joint program by the time of James Howlett being recruited.

Who knows, the Brits mightta been involved right back to the start, and therefore had some Canadian help back then (since we were very much part of the British Empire then) and it just continued.

Anonymous said...

Would you consider putting Highlander through storytelling engine diagnosis?

i enjoy your comments on CBR


John Seavey said...

Highlander's on the list, certainly. I've got most of the series on DVD, it's just a question of refreshing my memories of it.