‘Sodom by the Susquehanna’ Update

Artwork of Adam White for the story, “Warrior” (the third short story in “Mortal Gods: Ignition”). Initial sketch by Paul Hair. Second sketch and finished artwork by José Cano. All artwork © Paul Hair.

Artwork of Adam White for the story, “Warrior” (the third short story in “Mortal Gods: Ignition”). Initial sketch by Paul Hair. Second sketch and finished artwork by José Cano. All artwork © Paul Hair.

“Sodom by the Susquehanna” likely will be the next Mortal Gods story I complete. But there still is a lot of work to do on it. So here is an update on its status.

Liberate Liberty provided an overview of “Sodom by the Susquehanna” and a host of other planned stories in late July. A tease of the current synopsis of “Sodom by the Susquehanna” is as follows. (The finished product might be different.)

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A black supremacist domestic terrorist group called Demand Freedom has established a safe haven in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It has all but taken control of the state capital. The group has become strong enough that it’s a nationally recognized force. Many local, state, and national leaders support it.

Sodomites started Demand Freedom. Additionally, the decentralized group coalesces around the idea that white, Christian, normalsexual men are responsible for all the evils of the world and therefore the world must destroy them.

Adam White (the protagonist of, Mortal Gods: Ignition) returns as the protagonist for “Sodom by the Susquehanna.” (The timeline for “Sodom by the Susquehanna” falls after the events of, “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood,” but before the events of, “The First Transgender Superhuman,” and, “Warrior.”)

Adam is now part of a clandestine government organization known as the Strategic Effect Group (SEG). Publicly, however, he and his fellow SEG members have cover jobs with an ostensibly nongovernmental organization known as the Analysis and Assessment Research Group (AARG).

Superheroes and Bathrooms, and the Latest on the Next Mortal Gods Stories

Excerpt of variant cover art for “Alters” #1 from AfterShock Comics. Art by Richard Case.

Excerpt of variant cover art for “Alters” #1 from AfterShock Comics. Art by Richard Case.

Superheroes have joined the War on Bathrooms. And as they join the fight, it’s a good time to provide an update on the latest Mortal Gods stories I’m working on and how my work is the opposite of everything you find in mainstream culture.

Ssalefish Comics, a North Carolina comic book store, paid an artist to design a variant cover for Alters, a comic book series featuring a “transgender” superhero. The cover (featured above) shows this character attacking a bathroom that has committed the crime of being segregated for the sexes.

This news follows a column I wrote in June called, “Captain America Should Become a Christian and Fight ‘Transgender’ Terrorists.” I ended the column with this conclusion.

But like I said, I encourage Marvel to continue down this path. It’s an opportunity for me. And who knows? Maybe someday I’ll write a story about a good guy fighting transgender terrorists.

And I indeed did start writing a story with transgender terrorists as part of the plot. “Zir” is one of three Mortal Gods stories I have outlined that take place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Right now, it will be the second story I plan to complete.

The first story I plan to complete is called, “Sodom by the Susquehanna,” and that will also chronologically occur before “Zir.”

“Zir” and “Sodom by the Susquehanna” will feature themes and plots entirely different than what you find everywhere else in entertainment and culture.

One final note: you might have noticed this is the first update I’ve made at Liberate Liberty since the start of September. There is a reason for this drought. In addition to creating rough outlines for a variety of stories (including the ones previously noted here at Liberate Liberty), I’ve been doing a lot of work for hire.

So keep following Liberate Liberty for posts on entertainment and culture, and for original fiction—including Mortal Gods stories featuring transgender villains.

Image source: AfterShock Comics Twitter account (‏@AfterShockComix).

Black Widow Won’t Benefit from a Solo Movie

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Still image from the official "Captain America: Civil War" trailer.

Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Still image from the official “Captain America: Civil War” trailer.

Fans of the Marvel Comics character Black Widow may be clamoring for her to have her own movie, but it won’t benefit the character if producers ever fulfill that wish.

News, rumors, and demands continue surfacing about a future Black Widow movie that would star Scarlett Johansson as the titular character. Yet if this eventually occurs, it won’t benefit the character because one of her central draws is her mysteriousness.

Liberate Liberty published, “Women as Mystery in Literature,” on July 9 and noted that enigma is part of the feminine allure.

There are two prominent female characters in Mortal Gods: Ignition: Victoria and Amanda. Victoria plays important parts in the first two stories while Amanda only appears in the second one. And while the stories spend significant portions on both women the reader doesn’t learn a whole lot about them. This is intentional. This makes them mysterious and thus makes the reader want to know more about them. In other words, this quality helps sustain the reader’s interest.

Black Widow (aka: Natasha Romanoff) is also an intelligence professional. This emphasizes that secrecy is core to her character.

So having the Black Widow as a supporting character works great. It is perfect for her because secrecy is who she is. Alternatively, making her the central character of a film would do a disservice to her because it would degrade that mysteriousness.

In the end, of course, this won’t matter. Marvel likely will make a movie about Natasha Romanoff. Maybe the public will like it and maybe it won’t. But it ultimately will be the wrong way to use the Black Widow in a movie.

Image source: Captain America: Civil War Trailer

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Adam White as he appears in the story, "Warrior," part of "Mortal Gods: Ignition".

Adam White as he appears in the story, “Warrior,” part of “Mortal Gods: Ignition”.

Boasting of being “unique” is common. But Liberate Liberty really is unique compared to Hollywood and the entertainment industry. And two older news stories, along with two new ones, provide comparative examples of just how different the fiction from Liberate Liberty is and will continue being.

As I’ve written previously, I’m not trying to convince people to abandon mainstream offerings. But I am showing how my fiction is different—how it’s exciting and new, and something you’ve never seen before.

Two older news stories on the entertainment industry are perfect for contrasting between the everyday and what I’m writing.

First, the Daily Mail reported in 2008 that the BBC aired an episode of a TV series called Bonekickers in which a member of a “far-Right evangelical” Christian group beheads a Muslim.

And in April of this year, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hollywood plans to make another adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, which is about “a totalitarian theocracy existing in what was once the United States . . . .”

Mortal Gods: Ignition juxtaposes nicely with both the Bonekickers episode and The Handmaid’s Tale. It is a collection of three short stories that have themes entirely different than what you will find in either of those offerings.

Here’s a quick passage from MG:I (“The First Transgender Superhuman”) that gives you an idea of what I mean.

The Caucus had formed some time ago after the President had seized absolute power following a Convention of States.

The Convention of States had come about after a handful of national leaders had helped organize it in response to the President after he had already grabbed a substantial amount of authority. However, once they had assembled the Convention of States, the President and his party had said that in doing so they had nullified the entire Constitution, and that he then had the power to rule with an entirely new interpretation of the law. His opponents had countered that a Convention of States did no such thing and had spent countless weeks writing articles and papers for media outlets and think tanks, and filing legal motions to prove that he was wrong. The President and his backers had simply ignored them.

The Caucus had originally lacked cohesion and the ability to function as a unit. Many of its leaders had conflicting ideas and agendas on what to do about the President and his regime. And that wouldn’t have changed had it not been for Amanda and her ability to persuade and mollify people. And once she had succeeded in helping make the Caucus an effective entity, the nation had its first true, albeit secret, opposition to the President and his party in years.

“They will not like what I will do,” Adam told her. “And when they see what I will do, do you honestly think they’ll be able to hold onto their newfound courage?”

Amanda smiled at him and leaned forward, placing both finely manicured hands on his desk as she got closer to him. “Of course they won’t. But I’ll be there to force it back into them,” she said, looking him straight in the eyes.

Adam looked back. “Okay.”

Recent news stories also provide great examples of the uniqueness of Liberate Liberty.

For example, read this August 2016 story on the entertainment industry from Hollywood Reporter. And then read this other story from the Hollywood Reporter. Expect the opposite from Liberate Liberty.

Future stories in the Mortal Gods universe, along with other fiction unrelated to Mortal Gods (including the new story, “The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.”), will be unlike anything else you’re used to reading.

So keep reading Liberate Liberty and the stories you see here. And tell others about them too.

BRAND NEW STORY: ‘The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.’

'The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.' Cover Art. © 2016, Paul Hair.

‘The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.’ Cover Art. © 2016, Paul Hair.

What happens when an idiot obtains superhuman abilities? A darkly humorous tale. Liberate Liberty presents, “The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.,” a brand new, original, FREE short story.

Visit Liberty Island to read the full story. And while it is free, you may contribute to the tip jar at Liberty Island. You also can purchase, Mortal Gods: Ignition and Winning through Losing at Amazon. Or, you can purchase both books and contribute to the tip jar.

Thank you for reading and tell others about, “The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.”!

First Draft Complete of ‘The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.’

So what’s the next original fiction from Liberate Liberty going to be? It almost certainly will be a short story called, “The Life and Death of Deadlier N. U.,” and I’ve completed the first draft.

The tale is a darkly humorous one that examines what happens when an idiot gains superhuman abilities.

The full short story will be published for free at Liberty Island and I will post a link here at Liberate Liberty once that happens.