Dialogue and interaction between characters are what can make people care about them. But not just any interaction will do. Make it meaningful, and interesting. Have the reader learn about the character, by the way the character interacts with the world around them.
This brings up another point, don't neglect the supporting cast. They are just as important as the main cast, helping to embellish and flesh out the story just as much. Often, the supporting cast are the plot generators, introducing problems, puzzles, and abilities to the main cast, among many more things.
Work on villains too, and establish them in the story. Who are they, why are they enemies with the main cast, what are their motivations, how important are the motivations to the story, what can they do as villains? That sort of thing. Hero is only as good as their villain, that's why Batman and the Joker are so fondly remembered by readers. Same with the X-men and Magneto, or Spiderman and Venom. Make the readers enjoy the villain as much as the heros, and make the villian believeable in what they are doing, why they are doing it, and such.
Thanks for the advice, I will make sure to make the supporting cast just as important as the main character. My sister and I are having trouble coming up with good villains but your advice was very helpful thanks!
Unfortunately, your plot is painfully cliche. Read some books, generate new ideas, broaden your horizons! Try something new and break out of your comfort zone.
Or, if you're really set on this plot, you're going to have to work hard to make us care about the characters and the story. Sharpen those writing skills! The concept is typical, but the actual story and what goes into it doesn't have to be! A lot of the time, it's not the story that's bad, it's how it's been written. So it IS possible to have a cliche summary, but it COULD still be a fun read. If you write it well.
I definitely encourage you to broaden your horizons, though. Nothing nurtures creativity like a vast pool of inspirations.
And make sure there's a point to your characters. Don't just write them because you want a host of cool characters to draw in pretty pinups for your story. They need a point, a reason to be there, otherwise they're painfully transparent, two dimensional toys for the fans to play with.
Manga is art AND writing. But the true art is getting them to work TOGETHER. You need to be just as good at writing as you are at art. It's so important to remember this.
You ever watched the show Reaper?... this is like the exact same plot... Not to crash your parade, because you're characters sound pretty good. I'll go take a look at the ones you have up. Just thought I'd point out that you may get crap for a plot/conflict that was already done on a major tv show.
Yeah I thought some one might point that out. I first saw Reaper after my sister and I came up with the idea. Very good show but I think our manga is different enough. I'd say that the biggest similarity is the personality of Satan in our manga. The characters have specific weapons instead of vessels. Also Satan isn't as evil as he was in Reaper he also doesnt really help the characters out they have to find demons themselves. I'll admit that it sounds pretty similar to Reaper at first glance but its pretty different. Thanks for the comment!
lol no problem. It's hard, if not impossible, to be completely original now-a-days. Being a budding manga artist myself, I can vouch for that. Still, just sticking with the topic of your post, there may be some ways to push your plot a little further from Reaper. Such as, maybe these demons didn't just escape, but they disobeyed Satan. Or that they are seeking something like salvation, which may add a touch of emotional wagging. (oh! these demons are the victims! If only I'd Realized! *flails*) lol Also, maybe making Satan different in a way? Make him a bi-polar female figure or something strange and almost innately frightening and unpredictable in nature. lmao Nothing more frightening than a sweet, motherly woman throwing your into a hell hole with a smile. At any rate, I feel there are plenty of possibilities for you guys to add drama, emotional connections, and a more complicated plot than the run of the mill search-and-destroy saga.
Anyways, I hope all that rambling made sense lol Good luck!
I like the idea of some of the demons seeking salvation. Not sure about making Satan a girl but he is very bipolar one minute he wants to give Liz gifts the next minute he threatens to kill her with a box cutter. All the characters are scared of him because he can be so unpredictable.
Well, my stories always evolve over time, if I'm open to the ideas coming in from other places. Given that, your stories plot could evolve into something totally different, but it's w/e you like. Anyways! good luck!
Yo im the sister i have posted two of the charcters so far. so if you want to see Liz or Colby go on my profile. Please leave tips and constructive criticism in the coments for the pictures. Thx and i appreciate any tips you can give me to become a better artist.