Ask Chris #261: Evil Opposites
Q: What do you think are the ingredients of a successful evil-opposite type villain? -- @Rheiret A: If you've been reading the things I write about comics for a while, then you probably already know that on the list of plot elements that I'm a complete sucker for, Evil Opposites are right near the top. I love 'em almost every time they show up, and one of the big reasons why is that there actually aren't a whole lot of ingredients. They're one of the simplest concepts to introduce, sometimes to the point of just straight up flipping around the colors on the good guy's outfit and then having them declare loudly and often that they really, really hate the hero. It's that simple, and when it's done right, it can also be one of the most effective ways to introduce a long-running arch-nemesis.