The Brunei Superhero Story is back with a new story arc – TAHUN SATU
GUARDIANS OF DARUSSALAM is a homage to the superhero genre with a local flavour.
Set in a heightened reality / fictional / alternate version of Brunei, it is a story of an ordinary boy named ADAM who gained super strength after an encounter with a magical giant archer fish – just like the legend of Brunei’s mythical hero, Awang Semaun. Initially reluctant, Adam soon finds the hero within him and set out to become a superhero for Brunei.
When dark forces rises and threatens the peace in Brunei, it is up to Adam and his allies to stop it and uphold the country as a DARUSSALAM – an Abode of Peace.
The latest three chapters make up a story arc titled “Tahun Satu” – a nice little nod to the famous Batman origin arc ‘Year One’.
While the first four chapters were origin stories, the latest three chapters are about expanding this fictional world. So you’ll get a taste of wide range of characters that inhabit this fictional world from journalists, the cops, the criminals, etc. To me, it makes the setting more rich and believable.
Although you will get an idea of the endgame of the story (the inevitable final battle between good and evil), there are enough characters and backstories that have been hinted or set up throughout which may or may not be used to fill up future chapters. I guess you can see the 7 chapters as a TV series pilot.
I’ll delve deeper into some of the specific new characters and themes introduced in this story arc in future posts.
In the meantime, happy reading!
ORIGINS Story Arc
ORIGINS part 1 – Adam encounters a magical giant archer fish that granted him extraordinary strength – the same ability as the legendary Bruneian folk hero Awang Semaun.
ORIGINS part 2 – Liza helps a victim of an abusive relationship. Adam struggles with his newfound strength and gets involved in a car accident.
ORIGINS part 3 – Ridzuan returns to Brunei from overseas and set out his own investigation on criminals. Meanwhile, Ali tries to convince Adam to use his superpowers to help others.
ORIGINS part 4 – As a new type of drugs begin to seep into the black market, Adam and Ridzuan makes their debut as costumed superheroes: Kapten Brunei and Balau Man
TAHUN SATU Story Arc
TAHUN SATU part 1 – Kapten Brunei and Balau Man meet for the first time as their fight against the drug dealers continue. Meanwhile, the local newspaper gets a warning from the police commissioner on its reporting of masked vigilantes
TAHUN SATU part 2 – Kapten Brunei makes its public debut. Ridzuan and Akmal gets into a heated argument on the role of masked heroes.
TAHUN SATU part 3 – Dangerous gang members take over The Daily Brunei office and it is up to Kapten Brunei to save the day.