Actor Richard Armitage said: “Sometimes you know your villain is doing really terrible deeds but you want him to succeed because he’s doing it with such finesse. You want to see him get his comeuppance but you also want to see him pull it off. It’s a real paradox.”
That is what makes writing the villains so much fun!
And we have several.
Some, like Mika and Father Fanning, there is not have much of a backstory. However, for the central villain in our series, Stan Lee, we have used this guiding principle: “A villain is just a victim whose story has not been told.”
Readers know Stan Lee’s story. They know what happens to his mother. How Declan abandoned him (or so he believes) at the Dunning Asylum and the subsequent torture by Dr. Pandor and her experiments. The terrible accident on the farm. All of these things lead Stan Lee to be the person he is by current day, 2010 and readers should have a fair amount of empathy for him, as bad as he is.
In a way, Stan Lee was not born a villain, he was created by the circumstances in his life.
What everyone who reads Onyx Webb learns pretty quickly is, almost no one is entirely good or bad. As in life, everyone is both light and dark, capable of good and evil and nothing is very simple.
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