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Friday, March 8, 2019

Nu-Perspective: PATHWAY

Welcome back to another edition of Nu-Perspective, THEE column for all redesigns and updates of various Nubian (black) comic book characters you never knew you loved. 
March brings International Month, and also International Woman’s Day, so we gotta show love to the ladies. First up for the month is a character perfect for the Nu-Perspective treatment- Pathway.

Original Pathway appearance


Pathway is from the mighty Marvel Universe and comes out of the Alpha Flight books. She gets the Nu-Perspective below.
Check out her original look and story, and let us know if you like what we did with her. Then see ya in 2 short weeks with another Nu-Perspective.

Nu-Perspective Pathway design by Shawn Alleyne




Real Name: Laura Dean
Current Alias: Pathway
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Governmental Peacekeeper
Place of Birth: Canada
Base of Operations: Mobile in Canada; Global when required
Affiliations: Alpha Flight; Beta Flight
First Appearance: Alpha Flight #48, 1987
Original Creators: Bill Mantlo and Terry Shoemaker

Story: Laura's story begins in her mother’s womb. Laura and her twin sister experienced their first case of mutaphobia…from their own parents. Prenatal screening of his pregnant wife revealed that she was carrying twin girls, one of whom was a mutant with a nonhuman form(later to be named Goblyn). In fact, both twins were mutants, but the twin who would be named Laura had a human form and hence was not detected as a mutant. They decided to kill Goblyn, but Laura sensed the danger to her twin and her mutant powers instinctively activated. She protected her sister by opening a dimensional portal sending her to a realm that would later be called Liveworld.

Born with autism, Laura’s parents sent her to the New Life Clinic to help treat her. Unfortunately, this facility was run by the evil Lionel Jeffries, the madman called Scramble. There Scramble used his superhuman powers to cause Laura to release her sister Goblyn, from the "Liveworld" dimension to Earth. It was found out that when Laura was tremendously frightened, she would switch places with her twin sister trapped in the extra-dimension dream realm of “Liveworld”. This would lead to many believing for many years that Laura and her sister (who became known as “Goblyn”) were one and the same.  (Whenever Goblyn came to Earth, Laura took her place in "Liveworld." When Laura returned to Earth, Goblyn would again return to "Liveworld.")

Laura escapedScramble, but was soon captured by another villain called Bedlam, who turned the patients into unwilling slave warriors of a team call Derangers.  Tragically, Laura/Goblyn were the only mind-controlled members of the Derangers to survive their encounter with the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight. Inducted into the trainee team Beta Flight, and adopting the codename “Pathway”, the separated twins would not officially meet until an adventure took Alpha Flight to Goblyn’s home dimension, ruled by the magical succubus entity called Dream Queen. The miraculous and heartfelt reunion of both sisters even cured Laura of her autism.  

Pathway, was instrumental in defeating the Queen, but on their return to Earth she left Beta Flight to try to lead a more normal life, and took Goblyn with her. However, portals from Liveworld began to open up around Canada, unleashing legions of nightmarish hordes onto the terrified and unprotected populous. At an impromptu crisis conference, Pathway and Goblyn appear before the former board members of Department H, with one order… “Initiate the Alpha Flight protocol.”  

Powers/Abilities: Laura’s mutant power is the ability to psionically open and close portals at will. These portals can be spatial or interdimensional in nature, and it appears there is no known limitation (theoretically she can open planet-sized portals to the end of space itself). These powers are on par with (or greater than) Dr Strange. Even before she was born, she was able to exercise this power subconsciously to save her twin sister from being aborted, and years later, switch places with her when frightened. Her powers easily enable her to enter and exit any situation or location at a moment’s notice, taking any quantity of mass with her, even if she has never been to that place before. Through rigorous training, Laura has mastered opening multiple portals at once, trapping or disorientating her targets with ease, using physics (primarily gravity and momentum) expertly to her advantage. She can easily manipulate moving objects, projectiles or energy attacks, such that a chucked bus or laser blast can be juggled through many portals, increasing or maintaining momentum and sent back when and where her foe least expects it, or send a bullet/knife right back to its sender. She can even open portals to arctic areas or the ocean to put out fires, or to deep space to suck enemies into it. Her powers do not extend to fully controlling portals created by other individuals or technologies; however, through sheer force of will, she can override them. Another ability linked to her power is that she can swap persons or objects, but they must be of similar or equal size and composition (she cannot swap an organic object for an inorganic one). Her only known limitation, is that extensive use of her powers in short succession is physically exhausting and she can burn out. One time she was even able to open a temporal (time) portal, but she has yet to do this at will.  

Paraphernalia: N/A 




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What IS Nu-Perspective you ask? Well, it's a bi-weekly column I started with my writing collaborator Fabian Wood with the purpose of spotlighting, revamping and updating different underdeveloped, underutilized and all-but-forgotten Nubian (black) comic book and pop culture characters. Our goal is to showcase them in fresh, contemporary and exciting ways both visually and story-wise.


Fine Print: All characters are copyrights and trademarks of the respective publishers and creators. This column is used solely for artistic enjoyment.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Nu-Perspective Black History Month: Day 28- BANDIT!

We made it!!! Our Black History Month celebration is at an end. This was fun for me and a great way to re-introduce you to the Nu-Perspective column. I hope you enjoyed the work so far, cause we got even more hotness coming your way.
That's right, we celebrate Nubian pride all year round over here. And we will be back to dropping Nu-Perspective entries bi-weekly. In the meantime, we're ending off Black History Month with a brand new entry. Enter BANDIT!!



This character was suggested to me by an instagram follower, and I was glad cause I had completely forgot about this guy. So keep those ideas coming, you never know who you'll see.
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And don't forget to stay behind for some thoughts on how and why Fabian (co-writer) and I went about doing what we did (go to the bottom to read). Enjoy our little take.
 


Real Name: Donyell Taylor

Current Alias: Bandit

Identity: Secret

Occupation: Former CEO of Taylor Foundation, Vigilante

Place of Birth: New Orleans

Base of Operations: Chicago

Affiliations: New Warriors (formerly), Unified Guild (debunked)

First Appearance: Night Thrasher #3 (1993)

Original Creators: Fabian Nicieza, Ken Lashley & Fred Haynes



Story: The illegitimate son of Daryl Taylor, and the older half-brother of Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher), Donyell grew up alienated from the life he thought he was meant to have. While Dwayne grew up with the fortune and prestige of his family name, Donyell Taylor had to struggle in the shadows. This did not bode well for young Donyell’s psychological development, and he became obsessively jealous with his more successful brother. Reaching adulthood, and realizing Dwayne was the vigilante Night Thrasher, Donyell adopted the vigilante persona of “Bandit” and started challenging his brother’s foes to prove he was better than him. He fought Night Thrasher a few times, “stole” his brother’s ex-lover Silhouette and even leading a version of his brother’s street-level vigilante team the “New Warriors”.

Donyell and Dwayne eventually reconciled their differences, and when his brother was thought dead, Donyell even adopted his brother’s identity as the new “Night Thrasher”. He formed a new New Warriors team, and proceeded to take over his father’s philanthropic organization the Taylor Foundation, putting all his resources into "saving" Night Thrasher.

His main focus was to attempt to use a temporal device to go back in time and save his brother, to which his New Warrior teammates were just a means to that end.  Things went very wrong however, and Donyell ended up killing his brother of an alternate universe where Dwayne had become a Draconian Iron Man (and Tony Stark was the universe’s Night Thrasher). That horrific event only fueled the Donyell’s mental instability and pain, and he subsequently disbanded the New Warriors and went into hiding, becoming a fugitive under Norman Osborn’s “Dark Avengers” campaign years ago.

He only came out of hiding upon hearing rumors that Dwayne Taylor was alive, and was reforming the New Warriors. Once again adopting the “Bandit” identity Donyell sought out his resurrected brother, and the reconciliation did a lot to heal his pain and guilt. With Night Thrasher's blessing Bandit started his own “New Warriors” team called the "Dark Warriors", comprised of overlooked rejects with great potential. The family rivalry is there, but much healthier, tempered with respect. 



Powers/Abilities: Bandit has the mutant ability of bio-electricity, allowing him to generate a bio-aura that could shock persons like a tazer or electrocute them upon physical contact. It is not strong enough to discharge bolts or streams of electricity like other eletro-kinetic mutants and can only extend a few inches from his skin. He augments that with the special dart tipped wires he shoots from his gauntlets. His power was lost during the M-Day event, but he has miraculously gained them back; most likely due to the help of Silhouette’s brother Midnight’s Fire. Bandit is also on par with his brother Night Thrasher in terms of physical fitness, speed, strength, training and skills, even being able to best him in one-on-one combat on more than one occasion.He is also an accomplished thief and scientist.


Paraphernalia: Bandit’s armor is almost identical to Night Thrasher’s in composition and function, being of a military-grade light-weight bullet resistant and fire retardant material. It is also outfitted with a high-tech thermo-optic camouflage lining. The armor suit also comes with two multi-purpose wrist gauntlets that can, aside from shooting tazer cords, also launch a grapple line, a hacking interface, and has retractable blades. Twin conducting brass knuckles on his hands allow him to channel his bio-electricity through for deadly hand-to-hand blows. His jacket has hidden compartments for caltrops, smoke pellets, mini explosive and other devices and gadgets. Bandit is also skilled with twin Escrima sticks which can channel his bio-electricity or be charged with ion energy. He has also been known to carry an assortment of knives and throwing stars.


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What IS Nu-Perspective you ask? Well, it's a bi-weekly column I started with my writing collaborator Fabian Wood with the purpose of revamping and updating different underdeveloped, underutilized and all-but-forgotten Nubian (black) comic book and pop culture characters.




Fine Print: Nu-Perspective is a column focused on revamps and updates of various underdeveloped, underutilized and all-but-forgotten Nubian (black) characters specifically. We aim to showcase these chosen characters in fresh, contemporary and exciting ways both visually and story-wise to show just how awesome they can truly be. All characters are copyrights and trademarks of the respective publishers and creators. This column is used solely for artistic enjoyment.

Nu-Perspective Black History Month: Day 27- STATIC SHAGZ!

Ahhhhhh snap!!! Here we are in the final lap of our Black History Month celebration. So, if you've been paying attention you would know that each day of February I re-released a Nu-Perspective revamped comic book/pop culture character. But so far these characters have all been from North America. Well, time to switch it up. I want to highlight some characters and creators from my homeland of Barbados.

For our penultimate entry we have "STATIC SHAGZ"- created by Tristan Roach, from the comic book Spirit Bear created, written and drawn by the prolific Tristan.

Now, these ones reposts, but they aren't revamps, just my style on some pretty sick characters. You will still get the complete bio and art. Check em out, these characters deserve some love.



Character Name: Static Shagz
Real name: Dustan Knight
Occupation: Student
Identity: Secret
Place of Birth: Barbados
Group Affiliations: Pride and Sally(associates)
Base of Operations: Abandoned spec ops base
First Appearance: Spirit Bear 1

History: Dustan’s history is a mystery having not known his parents or any relatives. The closest thing to a relative was his caretaker at an orphanage until he was saved by Greg Fox aka Pride, who he now considers his older brother. He is a fast learner and could be considered a prodigy but is sometimes overly confident with his fighting abilities because of his dependence on his transformation.

Race: Hybrid
Height: 4’9/6' 2" Shagz form Weight: 90 lbs/450 lbs Shagz 
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Super human when in Shagz mode with an unknown limit.
Special Abilities: Electric based powers, Electric blast, Ability to transform into Shaggy bear.
Weapons/ Equipment: Claws; Static ribbons on back; Teeth.

Psyche/Personality: Dustan is a little naive, but also overconfident, carefree, fun loving. Loves disguises and macaroni pie and ketchup.


Fine Print: All characters are copyrights and trademarks of the respective publishers and creators. This column is used solely for artistic enjoyment.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Nu-Perspective Black History Month: Day 26- SNIPER

Catching up to the days, but here we are in the final lap of our Black History Month celebration. So, if you've been paying attention you would know that each day of February I re-released a Nu-Perspective revamped comic book/pop culture character. But so far these characters have all been from North America. Well, time to switch it up. I want to highlight some characters and creators from my homeland of Barbados.

Next up we have SNIPER- from the comic book OffSet created by Delvin Howell.

Now, these ones reposts, but they aren't revamps, just my style on some pretty sick characters. You will still get the complete bio and art. Check em out, these characters deserve some love.




Character Name: Sniper
Real name: Unknown
Occupation: Drifter , formerly Pel-ting (Assassin)
Identity: Secret
Place of Birth: Bimshire, St. Philip (assumed)
Group Affiliations: The Pel-Ting family of the East (though subject denies it)
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Offset #3- The man who walks with a case of bottles on his back
 
History: Little is known about Sniper aside from his affiliation with the Pel-Ting family of the East. He hides in plain sight, attracting attention just long enough for those who find him to be killed.
Race: Black /West Indian
 
Height: 5 ft 6
Weight: 195
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black, corn-row style
Strength Level: Above average
 
Special Abilities: Genius level in the Pel-ting technique (able to throw projectiles at great distances, a deep understanding of angles, wind speeds, flow etc.), outstanding agility for his appearance. Combines acrobatics and his abilities as a Pel-ting in ways previously unseen.
 
Paraphernalia: Bottles, stones, anything that can be thrown easily. A bottle in his hand is like a bullet in a magazine.
 
Psyche/Personality: A vagabond at first glance. He has a short temper that easily snaps at the slightest provocation. However, in battle he can display intense, deadly focus that makes him even more formidable as a Pel-Ting.



Fine Print: All characters are copyrights and trademarks of the respective publishers and creators. This column is used solely for artistic enjoyment.