Superheroes and super villains are huge, not just in comics but in movies and novels as well. So there’s nothing more exciting than the idea of creating a new superhero/villain from scratch. But aren’t all the good ideas taken? Not necessarily.
Our task this time was to create a concept for a superhero, create an origin story, a typographical design featuring their name, and design them using pictures of ourselves. We also had to identify the three common origin types: trauma, when a traumatic experience changes someone to the point of them becoming heroes, as in the case of Batman; destiny, when they have no choice but to take up their abilities, such as Harry Potter; or chance, when the hero is endowed with ability by circumstance and sheer luck, such as Spiderman. My story follows the latter, as seen below. Here’s the story:
The One who Sees (name of the combination host and symbiont)
(Host name: Arthur Zimmerman)
(Symbiont name: Unknown, referred to as ‘[the] Symbiont’)
Far outdating humanity, a race of observers who travel nomadically around space exists. These creatures are mainly comprised of energy, with a small physical body portion within the energy. These creatures instinctually travel in packs, and seem cognitively limited, but in fact are hyper-intelligent and empathic, with some telepathic/kinetic abilities. In 1933, the Observers, passing nearby to the Sol system, were drawn towards Earth by all of the individual beings expressing such strong emotions and complex thoughts. Most of that pack didn’t enter the system; however, a group of twenty-three did approach the planet, leaving the pack. They traveled to the Earth and observed many humans, overwhelmed by the anger and tension that would eventually lead up to World War II. The Observers split up even further, going off to observe different people. Many of the Observers went and focused on people who would eventually form the Nazi Party of Germany. They learned that they could physically join with the humans symbiotically, and begin to influence their thoughts. Unbeknownst to them, becoming symbionts and joining with humans often left the human’s brain irreparably damaged, and that they had to share control of the body with the psyche of the host. If one of them took too much control, then the host body would die, and the symbiont and host-psyche would die along with them. Most of the observers who joined ended up killing the host eventually, after the host showed madness and aggressiveness. Some learned how to cope and keep their host alive for extended amounts of time, including that of Adolf Hitler himself. This is where The symbiont eventually did end up making a mistake, which led to madness and eventually suicide (which most people assumed was due to his guilt).
One symbiont did not join to a host immediately, but stayed outside and observed the other Observers, and learned from their mistakes how to safely assume a host. It spent about twenty years searching for a suitable host, eventually finding a psychologist in Rhode Island by the name of Dr. Arthur Zimmerman. Zimmerman had been researching the psychology of human emotion and empathy, which is what drew the lone Observer to him. Rather than try to take him by force, the observer waited two years to watch him, until finally revealing itself in 1956 to the Doctor. It shared ideas with him, showed him the Observers’ empathic abilities, and showed him what it witnessed. Arthur was bewildered, but then curious. They communicated by Arthur having a thought and the Observer reading it, then sharing its own ideas. Once Arthur was convinced to allow him to work with him, the Observer merged with the Doctor. Arthur was still badly injured, and mutilated. The symbiont had panicked during the process, and hurt the Doctor. Once the process was finished, they were linked, but the Host was left with a wound in the front of his face, marking him to the other symbionts who managed to live. He has been in hiding ever since, evading the other symbionts and human contact in general.