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Monday, February 18, 2019

Nu-Perspective Black History Month: Day 18- SILHOUETTE

What's up peeps. In celebration of Black History Month we're re-releasing all of last year's Nu-Perspective revamped characters each day.
With these reposts you get the same full bio, art and our storyline concept, but also some behind the scenes thoughts on how and why Fabian (co-writer) and I went about doing what we did (go to the bottom).

Today's character continues the revamp of my all time favorite team The New Warriors originally posted last year September. We previously revamped Night Thrasher, Debrii and Aegis. And next up is SILHOUETTE!


 



Our next entry is the multi-layered character SILHOUETTE. If you don’t know who she is this amazing character is worth the Google search. Let us know if you like what we did with her and then see ya sooner than ya think with another Nu-Perspective.

 



Real Name: Silhouette Chord
Current Alias: Silhouette
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Adventurer
Place of Birth: Cambodia
Base of Operations: New York
Affiliations: New Warriors; Initiative (formerly); Secret Avengers (formerly)
First Appearance: New Warriors #2 (1990)
Original Creators: Fabian Nicieza, Mark Bagley



Story: Silhouette was born a mutant, electively bred by a Cambodian cult to be part of a chosen “superior race” capable of harnessing a well spring of raw, primal energy called the “Well of All Things”. Silhouette and her brother Midnight’s Fire were left abandoned in Chinatown by their mother who faked their deaths. Originally embroiled in the local gangs growing up, an altercation with a rival gang leader steered them into a path of becoming vigilantes. It was around this time she met and fell in love with Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher) who surprisingly was shepherded by her father Andrew Chord. Shortly thereafter, Silhouette became paralyzed from the waist down after a bullet pierced her spine. Undeterred by her impairment, Silhouette continued to be a vigilante, eventually joining the New Warriors. Eventually tension between her and Night Thrasher caused her to leave the team. With the help of a cutting-edge implant courtesy of Parker Industries, Silhouette has recently regained the use of her legs. Still, she finds herself lost and discouraged without Dwayne in her life, but is awestruck to find him alive and reforming the original New Warriors. But as old love is rekindled, old grudges are being stroked, as Midnight’s Fire has also returned.

Powers/Abilities: Due to her peculiar conception, Silhouette was born with a connection to the Darkforce – an inter-dimensional infinite void of amorphous darkness. This imbued her with the ability to teleport short distances through shadows via “shadowmelting”. After a disturbance in the Darkforce that affected everyone who used it, Silhouette found that her powers had increased to the point where she could now teleport other beings and objects, although it is painful and leaves her exhausted. While she cannot conjure shadows herself, she can now manipulate existing shadows, warping their size and shape to take physical form as tendrils, shields or shrouds to engulf others in darkness. Since her powers rely on darkness and shadows, they are highly susceptible to high ambient luminescence or concentrated light energy. She can also now become 'living darkness', and can cause extreme pain by phasing through the bodies of her enemies. Like her brother Midnight's Fire, Silhouette also has enhanced speed, strength, agility, and sensory perception. She is a superb hand-to-hand combatant and capable martial artist, and master of an unspecified martial art.

Paraphernalia/Weapons: The cybernetic implant in Silhouette’s spine allows her to move her legs through precise neurological impulses from her brain. The implant however does not grant her “feeling” in her legs. Originally, Silhouette utilized a special pair of combat-capable crutches and leg braces that both had hidden electric tasers and anesthetic needle injectors that delivered paralytic chemicals. These crutches are now in the form of retractable braces in specially arm gauntlets.



 
 
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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.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

NuPerspective Black History Month: Day 17- AEGIS!

What's up peeps. In celebration of Black History Month we're re-releasing all of last year's Nu-Perspective revamped characters each day.

With these reposts you get the same full bio, art and our storyline concept, but also some behind the scenes thoughts on how and why Fabian (co-writer) and I went about doing what we did(go to the bottom).

Today's character cotinues the revamp of my all time favorite team The New Warriors. All from last year September. We previously revamped Night Thrasher and Debrii, and next up is AEGIS!





Seriously underutilized character. Check our update below



Real Name: Trey Jason Rollins
Current Alias: Aegis
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Superhero
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NYC
Base of Operations: New Warriors headquarters
Affiliations: New Warriors
First Appearance: New Warriors Vol 2 #0 1999
Original Creators: Jay Faerber & Steve Scott

Story: Fascinated by Greek and Roman mythology since his youth, Trey was serendipitously gifted a mystical breastplate of Aegis by the goddess Athena herself, which rendered him virtually impervious. He kept the object and designed a costume to become the superhero Aegis. He began fighting small crimes, but soon found himself alongside the New Warriors against The Negative Zone's inhabitant Blastaar. After the heroes' victory, Aegis was rewarded with membership in the New Warriors. But tragedy would strike soon after the infamous Stamford incident which saw Aegis marked by the government. Later, tricked into leaping out a window by the Huntsman, and falling to his death, Trey was seemingly abandoned by his patron goddess Athena. Trey’s good deeds and connection to the Olympic pantheon would however eventually gain him favor to be allowed back to the mortal plane without his post-death memories. Now confronted by a world years after his death, Trey finds the Aegis breastplate fused to his body permanently, and again, by serendipity he is found by his old leader Nigh Thrasher, on a crusade to bring back the New Warriors to their former glory and purpose. With this new lease on life, Trey hopes to bring honor to his patron gods, unbeknownst he may in fact be their pawn.

Powers/Abilities: In his previous life Trey has no innate powers, in his resurrected form Trey’s new body is enhanced and is stronger, faster and more durable than the average human. All of his abilities come from the Aegis Breastplate, an enchanted armour piece that generates a virtually impregnable force field around its wearer, which can be enhanced by the wearer’s bravery, theoretically allowing it to take blows from the likes of the Hulk, Juggernaut and even Galactus. Using the Aegis breastplate his strength is increased to unknown levels. The armor can also absorb, redirect or reflect energy blasts as well. The force field can be consciously extended to encapsulate other objects/persons, the limits of which are still unknown. The Aegis also has an auxiliary ability to allow the wearer to instantly transport from the mortal plane to anywhere on Earth or within the extradimensional realm of Olympus, such as Mount Olympus itself or Hades.

Paraphernalia: The Aegis Breastplate, enchanted armour.




Saturday, February 16, 2019

NuPerspective Black History Month: Day 16- DEBRII

What's up peeps. In celebration of Black History Month we're re-releasing all of last year's Nu-Perspective revamped characters each day.

With these reposts you get the same full bio, art and our storyline concept, but also some behind the scenes thoughts on how and why Fabian and I went about doing what we did(go to the bottom).

Today's character comes from last year September where it was all about one of my all time favorite teams- The New Warriors. We previously revamped Night Thrasher, and next up is DEBRII! 


Original Debrii appearance. Art by Skottie Young


Debrii debuted at a terrible time in New Warriors continuity, when they were on a reality show(ugh), but she's a great character with tons of potential. Check our update below


Nu-Perspective revamp by Shawn Alleyne


Real Name: Deborah Fields
Current Alias: Debrii
Identity: Public
Occupation: Adventurer
Place of Birth: New York City
Base of Operations: New Warriors headquarters
Affiliations: New Warriors; Secret Avengers; The Initiative; Counter Force
First Appearance: New Warriors Vol 3 #4 2005
Original Creators: Zeb Wells, Skottie Young

Story: Handpicked for the New Warriors reality-TV show to be the snarky, abrasive personality, young Debrii’s life became one of infamy following the tragic Stamford incident that demonized Deborah and her team. Her subsequent journey was filled with many highs and lows, with more lows than highs, eventually even leading to her living in Paris working as the snarky judge of a TV talent competition show. However, the call of a hero never left her, and she returned to the States helping her superhuman community where she could. When the original Night Thrasher, along with Aegis and Rage – all presumed dead – approached her to help rebrand and reform the New Warriors, her zeal to do good and be the person she dreamed of becoming was rekindled even more. But Debrii might soon find herself at odds with other super-powered teens that make up the S.H.I.E.L.D. funded Secret Warriors, who don’t want a repeat of Stamford history on American soil. 

Powers/Abilities: Debrii is able to move masses of huge objects in her immediate vicinity at will, and is capable of manipulating many such objects at one time. She can use any "debris" around her to defend herself from attacks, or to attack her enemies. She can also break objects down to create multiple projectiles. Debrii was originally considered a “low-level telekinetic”, and it was suggested she could only telekinetically move objects she could otherwise physically lift. However, the truth is that Debrii is in fact a more powerful telekinetic than others as it requires greater skill to control multiple objects at once. While she cannot control organic matter, she can levitate herself and others by manipulating her clothing and other items (though she cannot really fly).

Paraphernalia: None




Q&A with Shawn

Debrii costume design and pose sketches


What do you like most about the character? - This is messed up to say, but there wasn't much I liked about the previous incarnation of Debrii. The creators seemed liked they just didn't give a fuck.

What made you choose this character?- I like how bad she is. Characters like Debrii are tailor made for Nu-Perspective. Not much is known about this character, but that’s why she was so exciting to work on.

Did the character pose a challenge to update and if so what was the hardest part of the redesign?- The biggest challenge came in the form of updating her costume and making her look legit, but keeping that urban street swag.
In regards to the story aspect of the update, what was your main inspiration for the direction? - Not make her so sucky and upgrade her powers.

In hindsight is there anything you would do differently now? - Nah, this came out exactly how I wanted. The hardest part was coming up with a pose.

Is there something in particular you want to point out? - Fabian wanted me to keep the fro but I had to switch it up. 



NP


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.

Friday, February 15, 2019

NuPerspective Black History Month: Day 15- STIGMATA




And we're back to our re-release of characters posted from last year's Nu-Perspective column. This is done in celebration of Black History Month with a revamped Nubian character a day.
With this repost, you get the same full bio, art and our storyline concept, but also some behind the scenes thoughts on how and why Fabian and I went about doing what we did(go to the bottom).
 
Today's character comes from last year August’s theme of "Caribbean Characters", and we choose STIGMATA! 

Original Stigmata appearance


Stigmata hails from the Dominican Republic and is from the Marvel Universe.Check out our revamp
Revamp design by Shawn Alleyne



Real Name: Ana Maria Magdalena Shwartz
Current Alias: Stigmata
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Government agent
Place of Birth: Dominican Republic
Base of Operations: Vatican City
Affiliations: Vatican; Longinus
First Appearance: Venom: Sign of the Boss #1 (1997)
Original Creators: Ivan Velez Jr & Tomas Derenick

Story: Exhibiting stigmata at a young age, her grandmother sold Ana to the Catholic orphanage. The Vatican soon recognized her uncanny power potential and recruited her into the Holy guard, where she was trained to master her “holy” abilities as a dedicated aide and bodyguard to the diplomats of the Holy City. Given the name of Stigmata, she eventually left to join the altruistic Jesuit Sect “Holy Fire”, where she was assigned to serve as the bodyguard for San Gregarian President Franco Santera. This assignment leads to her crossing paths with both Venom and the Ghost Rider, and being betrayed by President Santera. Ana prevailed, but dark secrets about the Holy Fire sect came to light from that event. This, coupled with Ana’s exposure to American vigilantes, lead her to seek the blessing of the Church to form “Longinus”, an elite special task force comprised of faithful mutants and humans. Their goal is to defend Christianity against larger threats and to have a more proactive role in global affairs. However, it remains to be seen if Stigmata’s blind loyalty to the papacy has made her a pawn for their clandestine geo-political intentions. Stigmata’s zeal also puts her at odds with anyone displaying “demonic influence” such as the aforementioned Ghost Rider, Blade, Daimon Hellstorm, etc. She has even targeted anyone seen a threat to the Christian faith, even other supernaturally endowed “heroes” such as the Dr Stephen Strange, Brother Voodoo, and more.

Powers/Abilities: Through the invocation of Catholic saints, Ana can manifest various mutant abilities such as superhuman strength, speed and psychokinesis. Her most common invocation is of Saint Gabriel, which gives her an angelic astral form of blue flames that grants her flight, intangibility and plasma energy projection. It is unknown the number of “divine” powers she possesses through the numerous saints, or whether or not she truly needs to verbally call upon the saints to manifest a desired power. It could simply be part of her psychological conditioning under the Church. What is certain is that she cannot manifest multiple powers at once, and that transitioning between them frequently is very taxing on her body. As part of the Vatican’s secret service, Ana has extensive training in armed and unarmed combat, however preferring to use her mutant powers instead of traditional firearms.

Paraphernalia/Weapons: Although Ana has no impairment in mobility, she carries an innocuous walking cane with her that she can utilize in combat. While in her angelic “Gabriel” mode, it takes the form of a flaming sword capable of slicing through reinforced steel effortlessly. Other times she can will it to take the form of a Cross fighting staff.


 
Q&A with Fabian and Shawn


Original artwork for the entry..I re-drew it cause I wasn't feeling this one. Even though they look the same there's a big difference to me. 



What made you choose this character? Fabian: Stigmata was a one-off character, but one of the few super-powered Nubians where religion was part of their character make-up. Being from the Dominican Republic and representing the Caribbean was a big plus for both Shawn and me.
Shawn: I wanted an excuse to draw a sexy nun. lol

In regards to the story aspect of the update, what was your main inspiration for the direction? – Fabian: Maintaining her religious background and devotion was important, there was a lot we could do with that. Showing how it can be manipulated and prejudice her against other superheroes of a more mystical and supernatural persuasion I think was an interesting and unique take, given her good intentions.



Did the character pose a challenge to update and if so what was the hardest part of the redesign?- S: The challenge came in my own stubbornness. I really wanted a sexy, functional superhero nun. That proved harder to execute than I thought. lol 



In hindsight is there anything you would do differently now? F: No. I’m pretty satisfied with how Stigmata turned out.
S: As usual I wish I had drawn her better. I was also thinking I should have shown her Angel manifestation. 

Did this character resonate with you in anyway? – F: No, as there little to nothing to go on from the source material, even though her powers were unique.


S: Just the pride of having a character from the Caribbean bonds me to this character. Aside from that I wish I could see more of her in action. 

NP

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.