Archive: Spotlight Prologue: Notes on a Phenomenon

With one Power Pack entry this week, I thought I’d give the weekend archive post a little break from that action. So, how about some shameless self-promotion? Here’s the prologue to Spotlight:

Liam Ramsey. Digital Recording. July 5.

The world’s pre-eminent super-team has everything. Looks. Power. Respect. And a guaranteed career life-span of exactly five years.

When their five years are over, they’re done. They pass their power onto the next Big Winner and take back the life of a non-powered human.

Which isn’t to say they go back to normal. I mean, take a look at Josephine. After her five years as Psionica, Josephine translated her experiences into the biggest self-help book in the country. Her New York Times best-seller landed her the biggest talk show in the nation. Oprah who?

And Branson.  His good looks and natural charisma were setting hearts fluttering even before he became the shape-shifting Mammalian. Now he’s up for an Oscar, for criminey’s sake.

Of course, five years in the super-hero spotlight doesn’t guarantee fame. Jimmy–Void, Spotlight’s youngest member to date–found his experience did him little good. Poor kid wound up in a gang and died in a drive-by only three years after his stint as a hero.

Then there’s Cherice, A.K.A. Sonar. The E! True Hollywood people and VH1’s Behind the Music are still in arbitration over who gets the rights to that torrid little tale of former-hero-gone-wrong.

These are, of course, extremes. Not everyone goes in trying to be a star. There’s Henry, who didn’t even take a flashy sobriquet (much to the dismay of Spotlight’s publicist, I’m sure). Henry felt it his duty to serve. He did his time, saved lives, then moved back to the small town in South Dakota where he grew up. Married his high school sweetheart and started a little Mom and Pop restaurant with her, they say.

People join Spotlight for their own reasons. Their experience as a hero helps or hurts them, or merely makes for nice stories for the kids–all as befits the individual. Some are climbing toward something, some are running from something. No one can predict how The Stone will choose, but choose it does.

It’s choosing today, and you better believe the whole planet’s tuned in.

Originally published at Spotlight

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