Unlike some of my fellow geeks, I have zero aptitude when it comes to drawing. I dabble in photography and Photoshop so I do consider myself to be somewhat artistically inclined with a decent eye stylistically. I'm also not very good at writing stories but think I'm ok at coming up with ideas for things. What this new series is going to cover are various characters I've created for MMORPGs. If you don't know what that stands for, you probably missed your exit on the information super-highway. There will be some info and images showing the evolution and/or costume variations of the characters over time.
When I started playing City of Heroes way back in 2004 I struggled for an idea for my first hero. Sure you can just pick a couple of power sets and create your costume, but if you know me when I get into "create mode" you know I am crazy about detail! I didn't just want to make any Superhero #1138, he needed to BE a character. The brain started firing and I remembered one of the comic characters I created in middle school when I was 13. His name is Captain Blaze.
|Check out that school-issue math paper!|
Real name Douglas Shaw? How lame is that for a hero?
I went on a kick around this time designing a few comic characters of my own and taking inspiration from the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, committed them to paper as best I could complete with back stories and other vital info. This original version of Blaze was similar to an intergalactic super spy.
At the time of the game's release there were no "gun powers" or jetpacks, otherwise he would have ended up more Rocketeer-like. Since Blaze was from outside our galaxy, I gave him a space suit outfitted with blaster gauntlets and jet boots. I didn't intend him to be an Iron Man knockoff but he sure seems like it! His "first appearance" suit is a little clunky because I figured after traveling to Earth, he would have built a new suit from whatever he could scrounge up.
Another fun fact about me: I totally dig retro/pulp style, as you'll see!
There was an online app that let you make your own City of Heroes trading card images.
|Nova Ranger suit|
|Retro SciFi suit|
Another retro-scifi inspired costume.
|Kinda looks like the cover to a sci-fi novel|
|DC Universe Online|
I hope you enjoyed the first "issue" of the Dexverse. Tune in next week when we dip into the darker corner of the Dexverse and meet the supernatural heroine Halloween Eve!