1. Which (or what sort of) superheroes/superheroines appeal the most to you, and why?
My favorite is Deadpool, because 1) his concept of forth-wall-breaking-character was almost unique in superhero community when he was created 2) he wears mask not because he tries to hide his identity but because there is a very good reason to 3) he is funny 4) he is a badass despite being low-powered (his supernatural regeneration is his only superpower and is only here to conveniently provide his survival; he fights with regular weapons and not super-powered in that respect, just highly trained; he isn’t super-tough, isn’t super-strong and isn’t super-agile) 5) he has some very deep character arcs (of course, his character and backstory depends on the writer (as he admitted himself) but he is trying occasionally to do Right Thing despite being crazy and failing almost every time)
here is a series of his great moments from before he got four series and was mainly forgotten C-list anti-hero, if anybody is curious
Everybody from “Agent-X” miniseries and “Freak’s Squeele” (except Saint-Ange’s director)
Almost everybody from JLA: Unlimited, including all main cast because it wasn’t about having coolest powers
Main cast of Nextwave
Hellboy and main cast of it
Probably I like my heroes well-meaning, well-developed, a bit crazy/absurd, at least partially outcasts/underdogs and at least with some awareness of the world they live in
“Sandman”, “Lucifer” and “Transmetropolitan” aren’t about super-heroes precisely, but among my favorite comics as well
2. Which (or what sort of) superheroes/superheroines turn you off, and why?
Shallow, self-righteous (fanatical especially) with black-white no-compromise morality-that-often-depends-on-dress-choices, arrogant and/or emotionally or story-convoluted; too patriotic; those who never evolve or always “reset” back to basics all the time and never leave any consequences on the world around; those who have huge resources or genius intellect but can’t cure the cancer
Heroines that exist just to provide big boobs, bared midriffs, high-heels and cleavage; damsels in distress, most distressing when well-developed character become one
“Author darlings” of any kind or those who are there to spew author’s views on the reader
Exclusively heroes with good looks, exclusively villains with bad looks
3. What sort of things do you look for in a superhero/ine? Is appearance everything to you, or how ‘badass’ s/he is (as in how good s/he is against his/her foes), or the kind of person s/he is (morally impeccable like Superman, or bad-tempered like the Hulk, or arrogant like Namor etc), or the concept of the superhero/ine (whether s/he’s a mutant, magic-based, uses all sorts of futuristic gadgets, is a god/dess etc), or a bit of all these?
Origin is almost never important; I’m looking foremost for a good story and a good characterization, doesn’t matter if the character is morally impeccable if he/she has some depth to it; even “flawed” character like Punisher can be terribly written
I prefer low-powered heroes or “badass normals” to high-powered ones, ‘cause I’m finding that having noticeable limitations or limited powers usually makes a better story and a less irrational setting where heroes battle Horror from Beyond on a regular because there is nothing else that can be a challenge for them (but street crime somehow still exist)
4. If YOU could have FOUR superpowers, what would they be?
All-healing (preferably mass version), Flight, Talk/Write/Understand _all_ languages (even dead ones, slang or computer ones with all their nuances), Ability to solve environmental problems on planet-wide scale, like figuring out how to build effective full waste recycling, to build better renewable energy sources, grow forests, renew soils, and to bring back dead species of animals and plants or prevent existing species from extinction
5. Have you ever dreamt of superheroes/superheroines in your sleep?
Maybe once or twice. I remember following a guy who had a power to stop tsunami and another one who was able to jump between two parallel worlds