About this commission

This is something as rare as…a fanstory? Not sure what exactly to call it, but it wasn’t a commission. In fact, I had no input in the story or plot at all. Rather, the author felt inspired after reading other Wingbat & X-23 stories like “Trigger Scent” and decided to write his own story with these characters. If you scroll down on this page, you’ll find a foreword written by the author, RobertoCasas, that goes into a bit more detail. Check it out.

Another thing that sets this story apart is that RobertoCasas has extensive knowledge of the X-men and Marvel universe. While some of my commissions have been from smutwriters with practically no knowledge of the X-Men that I’ve given a very limited character gallery and fed just enough information on personalities and things like that to get us through the non-smutty parts, here we have an expansive story that weaves into canon events and features cameos large and small from a variety of Marvel characters. To such a degree that the actual smut often takes a back seat to the intrigue and adventure. The author also excels at writing dialog and some of the scenes that are little more than talking have been a joy to read.

Personally, as an X-Men fan, it’s been a lot of fun. I have no idea where the story is going, but I’m enjoying the ride.

“Progressing” is the first part of a planned trilogy. The middle part, “Blood Call”, is currently in development.

Author: RobertoCasas [ Hentai Foundry ]

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Foreword by RobertoCasas:

Looking back it’s been 9 months since I started writing for Wingbat and his little pocket of the Marvel Universe and since I am one of those interesting sorts of people who enjoys the forewords that come with novels and graphic novels (even when I say I won’t anymore because so many authors unconsciously include spoilers in them) I felt it appropriate to look back on my run and share a bit about the process – Hopefully without spoiling or too much retconing of the actual events and my state of mind as they happened. To begin with I should say I wasn’t an established writer accepting the challenge of writing for a brand-new fan character. Rather I was a young pup leaping at an opportunity. I was new, untested and hungry to see and show what I could do but there was more to it than that: I saw in young Christian Aangher something I’d only experienced once in my comic book lifetime.

I saw Kyle Rayner.

I should explain: For those of you who don’t know, back in ’94 Green Lantern had a pretty large role in the whole Death and Return of Superman storyline. Namely, his home city was destroyed by Mongul and the Cyborg. This brought on a massive new character arc for Hal Jordan which meant the end of his run as GL and the beginning of a new story.

Ron Marz was the man who’d be taking over the series after Hal’s departure. New writer, new Lantern. But as he recalled in ’97, things were a little different compared to your typical reboot: “”I got the call late one night offering me GREEN LANTERN… Here was my shot to write a regular guy, a real guy. And for better or worse I was gonna get the chance to build this guy from scratch, because Hal Jordan was slated to pass in the mantle to… well, go make him up, the Powers That Be told me.”

I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy that introduction was to me almost 20 years ago… or how inspiring. Someone just up and told him: there’s going to be a new GL, it’s not going to be the old guy, and you’re going to make him up from scratch. It was a sandbox, albeit one with pre-defined limits. For starters it was Green Lantern. That meant a power source, a general appearance and a mythology around a ring of power. You had essential elements for the type of story that could be told, a few pre-existing conditions that’d serve as both crutch and lifeline to keep the story continuity, and finally, you had infinite possibilities to explore so long as you stayed within those parameters.

Which brings us to Christian Aangher and his run as Wingbat: small limitations, big sandbox. He was a mutant, he was on the adult side of the age of consent, and he had a predetermined long-term relationship with Laura Kinney, X-23. His appearance, frankly, shifted greatly. Some artists made him look a bit too much like a lanky teenager, some made him kinda average, and others made him huge. And his face: wow could I say a lot about his face. Artists made him look sometimes dreamy, sometimes studly, sometime wacky and sometimes goofy. I didn’t know what to make of this budding OC, this fresh face who reminded me so much of Peter Parker depending on who drew him. And there was another interesting little caveat: Christian was supposed to be a good guy. Maybe not a ‘nice guy’, not per se, but someone very different from all the previous flavor of men who currently dominated the X-titles. Not another carbon-copy sociopath, not a broken bird with issues, not an anti-hero with a heart of gold and certainly not yet another bad-boy or good guy who suddenly goes down the dark path. Laura, and the audience by extension, had enough of those types in her life and the romance with them still didn’t feel right. No, our young miss Kinney had been through the bad phase and she wasn’t some rebellious teenager making poor life-choices as an excuse (or substitute) for real adventure. Pundits speculated that Laura probably wasn’t the type of character who’d have a meaningful relationship and that became the challenge: writing a believable long-term romance for someone apparently love-incompatible. This was going to take some soul-searching. Fortunately, like all great starting comic-writers, I had a great body of previous works to dig through and build on.

There’s one little story, you might’ve heard of it, by a writer I greatly admire. A guy named Contingency. It was a story about lust, character, temptation and trying to be the good guy in the face of overwhelming temptation and the prospect of getting away with it consequence-free. ‘Trigger Scent’ is a wonderful work and really, everyone should read it long before they get to my stuff. And if I wasn’t indebted enough to the man who set up the psych profiles for these characters there was also a little gem of nuance there that fixed my other problem (“how do I make him an X-Man?”) Contingency wrote about Wingbat’s junk, and he wrote specifically that it was getting bigger not because Wingbat got harder but because he was making it larger. Intentionally.

From that moment on everything clicked. I had a mutant with a powerset reminiscent of Hank Pym or Reed Richards and I was set with all the tools to make a convincing storyline if I wanted it.

So, the imaginary Tom DeFalco (Marvel’s editor-in-chief ’87-’94) in my head slammed open the door to his office, barged into my little cubicle and told me “Hey Kid, we’ve got an opportunity for you. Laura Kinney is telling this guy Hellion off and taking in with this new guy. If you want him he’s yours to build him up some more so long as the book fits as side-stories for the current major timelines.”

“Any catch?”

“Nope. Just make the editor happy and you’ve got yourself a limited series. Blow it and nobody’ll even notice you existed. Try to stick to the existing canon and make it interesting.”

And that’s how it happened, me sitting in my chair in front of my computer mouthing a simple “You got it boss” as a story started forming. And I have to say it hasn’t been easy but it’s certainly been rewarding. Writing for pre-existing characters will always be controversial to someone, especially in comic books, and when writing love interest stories that’s probably doubled. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the little things that are shaping Christian up to be a hero in our story. After so many years of the same characters in mainstream comics I think we’ve all been looking forward to a new good guy we can enjoy reading about.

-RC