Friday, November 12, 2010

The Moon Knight/McCormick Connection

Fair warning: If you haven't watched at least the last two episodes of South Park, there be spoilers ahead, so stop reading now I'm going to try putting a jump here for good measure.

And there's the break.

So: Kenny McCormick. Moon Knight. One and the same? I think so.

If you're not in the link-following mood, Kenny is the filthy-minded kid in South Park who used to die in every episode. These days he still racks up a pretty impressive body count, but not as often as he used to. The last episode revealed that Kenny is actually some kind of Lovecraftian horror - he can't die permanently, and any time he does he just wakes up back in his bedroom. He adopts the superhero identity of Mysterion because superheroes are fun, and he's surprisingly good at it. He wears a massive hood most of the time.

Moon Knight is a Marvel comics superhero who used to be a mercenary named Marc Spector. He was murdered in the desert and resurrected by the god Khonshu to fight evil. To do this, he adopts the identities of Stephen Grant, rich man about town, and Jake Lockley, poor cabbie. He also goes batshit insane on a regular basis. He wears a massive hood most of the time.

So here's my theory: Kenny grows up in South Park. He's a poor kid with no marketable skills who can't die, so he does a stint in the Marines. Because he's cursed with an exciting life, he ends up doing merc work after he gets out of the military and ends up working in Egypt under the alias Marc Spector. He gets beaten to death and resurrects - but his parents are dead by this point, so he just wakes up where he is, and Khonshu takes the credit. Kenny heads home and adopts the rich playboy identity because he likes getting laid, the poor cabbie identity because he likes going to dive bars, and the Moon Knight identity because he likes playing superhero. He wears a massive hood most of the time.

Crazy? Yes. Full of holes? Undoubtedly. But wouldn't it be great to see Marc Spector beat the shit out of a fat kid in an upcoming issue of Moon Knight? I certainly think so.

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And now the NaNoWriMo word count:

15057 / 50000 words. 30% done!

Not a bad day's work, but not a good month's work. I lost my day off to sleep, for the most part, although my XBox also played a significant part.

I've got four chapters "completed" now, unfortunately all of them need significant revision, and for at least three of them that includes significant plot points that will have a massive impact on the rest of the story. For now, I've noted down the changes I need to make and I intend to forge ahead. Time will tell if this is a good idea, or a really, really stupid one.

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