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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Nu-Perspective: GOBLYN


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. 
As you know, March is International Woman’s Month, so this month we dedicate to all women characters. Earlier this month we showcased the character Pathway from Marvel's Alpha Flight Universe, and it fit perfectly to give her sister Goblyn the Nu-Perspective treatment.

Original Goblyn design...artwork provided by Google, artist unknown.

Goblyn obviously also comes out of Marvel Universe and the Alpha Flight comic books. Check our Nu-Perspective take below.
And be sure to check out her original look(above) 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 redesign by Shawn Alleyne



Real Name: Goblyn Dean

Current Alias: Goblyn

Identity: Secret

Occupation: Adventurer

Place of Birth: Liveworld

Base of Operations: Canada

Affiliations: Derangers (formerly), Beta Flight (formerly), Gamma Flight (formerly), Alpha Flight

First Appearance: Alpha Flight #48 (1987)

Original Creators: Bill Mantlo & Terry Shoemaker



Story: Due to her parents’ mutaphobia, the physically mutated fetus of Goblyn was supposed to be aborted, with her “normal” twin sister Laura preserved to term. When Laura was the sole infant born, her parents breathed a sigh of relief, believing the procedure was successful. Unbeknownst to everyone at the time, both children were mutants, and while still in her mother’s womb, Laura subconsciously used her nascent powers of dimensional portals to send her twin sister to the dream-like realm known as “Liveworld”.

“Born” in an alternate dimension, Goblyn grew up feral into adulthood, while her sister Laura lived in the normal world, but with autism. Falling into the clutches of the evil Bedlam when her well-meaning parents sent her to the New Life Clinic to cure Laura’s autism, 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."). At some point both Laura and Goblyn were forced into becoming members of the evil team known as the 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, the 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.

While taking a long reprieve from both Beta and Alpha Flight, the two fell off the radar shortly after the disbanding of Alpha Flight and Department H, following the team’s altercation with the Hardliners.

In actuality, Laura became manipulated by the Dream Queen, using her portal powers to invade and conquer other worlds and realms, increasing her mistress’ empire. But with Goblyn’s aide, Laura was able to break free of Dream Queen’s control.

Returning to the “real” world in the nick of time, portals from Liveworld being to open up around Canada, unleashing legions of nightmarish hordes onto the terrified and unprotected populous. At an impromptu crisis conference, Laura and Goblyn Dean appear before the former board members of Department H, with one order… “Initiate the Alpha Flight protocol.”



Powers/Abilities: Due to her physical mutations, Goblyn has sharp claws and fangs, capable of clinging to most solid surfaces and shredding reinforced steel or concrete. Further mutating as she “matured” has granted her a pair of bat-like wings which she can use to fly, and a prehensile tail. Despite her diminutive size, she possesses over five times the strength of a human in peak physical condition, as well as super human reflexes and senses, including nocturnal vision. Her hide is also more resilient than tactical body armor, enabling her to shrug off most small arms fire. With her hoofed feet, Goblyn’s powerful legs can run up to 30 mph and leap over five stories. Because she grew up feral in the Liveworld dimension, Goblyn is also a skilled huntress. While not possessing a fully developed healing factor, Goblyn can heal quicker from non-fatal wounds than a normal human. But it is not strong enough to re-grow entire limbs or organs. Her full-bodied fur also renders her invisible in low light conditions and in shadows. Her most distinguishing feature is her bulbous cranium, which also now have demon-like horns. Another latent power of Goblyn, is that she can psychically “see” through animals within a five-block radius, but only one at a time. While not full telepathy/mind control, she can empathically manipulate the animal to go where she wants. She can use this power on weak-willed people, but only through great effort.



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.




Q&A with Fabian and Shawn with bonus sketch

Initial pose that was rejected cause I felt I made her look too much like a flying money from Wizard of Oz

 

What do you like most about the character? S: I like the completely unique origin of the character. And the fact that she's an example of not all mutants looking like pretty boys and supermodels.

What made you choose this character? F: She’s Pathway’s dejected twin sister, so we couldn’t do Laura without Goblyn.

Did the character pose a challenge to update and if so what was the hardest part of the redesign?

F: Like Pathway, Goblyn pretty much went to the wayside after Alpha Flight ended, so it was easy to pick up the pieces and give her and her sister a new road to travel without meddling much in what came before. In terms of her physical appearance, Shawn and I agreed to update her, in the same vein as Beast from the X-Men who is periodically still “mutating”. The updates play up a more gargoyle-esque appearance for polish. 
S: Goblyn wasn't really a challenge to update from an art viewpoint, cause I felt her original design was pretty cool. I just wanted minor tweaks. 


Was there a challenge as far as the art itself? S: I was feeling my first sketch, but I felt it made her look like a flying monkey. And I really wanted a pose that would spotlight the similarities between Goblyn and her sister Pathway. Plus show that great maple leaf. I ended up liking this new pose.
 
In hindsight is there anything you would do differently now? S: I'm re-thinking if I should have made her bigger. 

What was the most fun part to redesign? S: Adding those wings was surprisingly fun as an artist. 

Would you want this character’s powers? S: I would love them, without the deformities.





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

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.