Adam Schumpert - Bayushi Mifuyu on Flickr.
So Mifuyu showed up originally in the card Cowed and Defeated (http://imperialassembly.com/oracle/#cardid=9898) where she is tormenting a Phoenix clan samurai she just beat down. Since then I knew she needed her own card and have been patiently waiting for a place to slot the character. Adam as always did a stellar job. I did try to get her name to be Iria mostly because I love an anime character named that, but I suppose it’s not the most Rokugani sounding name. You win this round Story Team.
CHARLES SOULE (W) • JAVIER PULIDO (A)
Cover by KEVIN WADA
Blank Cover Also Available
Variant Cover by Milo Manara
Variant Cover by Ryan Stegman
Variant Cover by SIYA OYUM
Young Variant by Skottie Young
JENNIFER WALTERS IS…THE SHE-HULK! A stalwart Avenger, valued member of the FF, savior of the world on more than one occasion, she’s also a killer attorney with a pile of degrees and professional respect. A 7-foot-tall drink of cool, emerald water, she’s tough enough to knock out Galactus with one punch (possibly?) and has a heart bigger than the moon. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is starting to be a little more complicated than she anticipated. With a new practice, a new paralegal and a mounting number of super villains she’s racking up as personal enemies, She Hulk might have bitten off a little more than she can chew…but she just calls that that Tuesday.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
Wait… a poster of a powerful warrior woman astride a unicorn, but wearing more than just a chain-mail bikini? Unheard of!
Glitchy submitted:Angela, repaired
When Marvel announced they were adding Angela to their roster and posted the promotion image, I was amazed at how both silly and bland they managed to make it. That, my friends, takes talent, and not the good kind.
So, here’s my attempt at fixing it. (original on left for comparison)
She’s now got a full breastplate and chainmail which is more fitting a soldier of heaven. I had hoped to make the breasts less defined but I couldn’t get the contours and shading to look right, so I eventually gave up and left it as is with the new armor built around it.
I brought back the facepaint because for some reason I liked it. I also brought back the semi-impractical-yet-potentially-artistically-dynamic loincloth because it was potentially-artistically-dynamic and it added a splash of color. I made the shoulderguard bigger because I felt it needed it, but tried not to make it 90’s big.
Hope you like it.
I like the design and how you did the colors, including making the facepaint more visible. :)
DAZZLING DC LADIES MONTH: Kate Spencer, aka Manhunter
First appeared: Manhunter (vol. 3) #1, October 2004
Who is she? Kate’s a brilliant federal prosecutor, a divorced single mother and an at-times ruthless vigilante. Fed up with seeing brutal metahuman murderers escape convictions only to kill again, Kate breaks into an evidence lockup, stealing an assortment of confiscated villains’ equipment and taking on the identity of Manhunter.
Unlike most heroes, Kate doesn’t have a strict no-kill policy. She’s passionate about the justice system and believes that it should always be given the chance to work — but when it fails, and a killer walks free, then she’s ready to step in and take on the role of executioner herself. She’s also fully prepared to play dirty, as former supervillain lackey Dylan Battles finds out when she strong-arms him into joining her cause with the threat of blowing his Witness Protection cover. She struggles to balance her work and family life even before she takes up vigilante justice on the side; after she takes on the role of Manhunter, it turns into a chaotic juggling act and her son Ramsey is the first to suffer from the fallout.
Nevertheless, Kate is an extremely smart, witty and strong-willed woman, who over the course of the series learns and grows from her mistakes. She develops genuine friendships, learns to let others into her life more, works hard at being a better parent to her son, and ultimately finds her place in a legacy hero family.
What can she do? What she lacks in superpowers, Kate makes up for with her quick mind and formidable weaponry. Her suit is a customised Darkstar Exo-Mantle, keyed into her bioelectric signature to grant her enhanced strength, agility and endurance. She wears clawed gauntlets, originally used by Azrael during his time as Batman, and a power staff designed for a previous Manhunter.
Throughout her series, there are subtle indications that Kate might not be entirely without powers. Super strength does run in her family, and she’s repeatedly shown a remarkable ability to bounce back from injuries. Whether this is the result of some latent power or just coincidental is never made clear, though.
Where can I find her?
- Manhunter #1-38
- Batman: Streets of Gotham #1-13 (back-up stories)
- Birds of Prey vol. 1 #100-108, #116-122, #125-126
- Birds of Prey vol. 2 #14-15
"Every princess needs a battleaxe." —Princess Zeetha of Skifander
I finished coloring this finally.
Themyscira: Returning Home
After dreaming about bringing Warrior Wonder Woman to life for years, this shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts feels like the zenith of the project. The setting was perfect, the weather beautiful, and the photographer - Andrew Ho - incredibly talented. I actually felt like an Amazon at home on Themyscira.
You can read my costume construction notes for Warrior Wonder Woman here.
These are glorious.
The perfection of this cosplay always just makes be giddily happy every time I see it.
Hello, my name is Adam and
this is jackassI’m here to tell you about Faiza Hussain.
Faiza is a doctor that works for the NHS in England who, during the Skrull Invasion event, is shot by a Skrull ray gun while trying to do her job and treat injured civilians. Instead of dying, Faiza gains a new superhuman power, which allows her to separate the human body by layer (muscles, nervous system, bones, etc.) and then heal her patient, who is awake but feels no pain. Her power allows her to not only completely heal wounds that would be mortal given enough time, but to also keep herself from dying as seen when (SPOILER)
she and Dane Whitman fall from an exploding plane mid-flight and Faiza heals them just as they hit the ground.
I’m sure you’re thinking, wow, that sounds pretty awesome! Well you’re right, but it just keeps getting better!
Faiza, almost immediately after gaining this new power, becomes the wielder of Excalibur. Even though Merlin the wizard had already chosen his champion in Captain Britain, and even though there were other superheroes in the book - Pete Wisdom, Dane Whitman, Jacqueline Falsworth (Spitfire) - who had more experience, the great sword Excalibur chose Faiza. She goes on to use this sword to fight for her country and (SPOILER)
even kill Dracula.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE:
Now, don’t think that all of Faiza’s amazingness comes just from her powers and worthiness for famous magical swords. She was already a hero before she gained her powers, risking her life to treat injured civilians right smack in the middle of the Skrull invasion of England. Faiza is a character who is also kind of a foil for the reader, a fangirl of British superheroes who takes the time to observe, in the middle of a battlefield, that Captain Britain’s fight with the Skrulls is in his ‘top ten’.
She’s someone just like you and me whose incredible strength and heart caused her to become one of the heroes she’d always admired.
Oh, and did I mention she’s one of only a handful of Muslim superheroes in the Marvel universe?
WHY I LOVE HER:
Faiza is an intelligent, charming, and lovable woman. I love reading about her because she feels like such an intelligent, relatable person, who then goes on to prove herself as one of the most apt and powerful superheroes Britain has to offer. She’s caring and interesting, and (as far as I know) the book never makes any harmful assumptions about her because she’s a Muslim, which is a breath of fresh air when you live (as I do in America) in a place where Islamic peoples are stereotyped and prejudiced against. Her parents are also wonderful and fun to read.
Watching her grow whole-heartedly into her new responsibilities as a superhero and protector of England really sold the Captain Britain and MI13 series for me. She’s an incredible character and woman and Marvel could certainly use more like her!
WHAT TO DO NOW:
I understand what you must be thinking. “There’s no way such an amazing character can exist!” you gasp, indignant. “There must be some sort of catch!” Well, you’d be kind of right. The catch with Faiza is that she’s not in a lot of stuff at the moment. I’m hoping that Marvel realizes how awesome British superheroes are and makes a follow-up MI:13 series (along with another Alpha Flight volume, but that’s another topic entirely), but until then, here’s where you can find Faiza:
- Captain Britain and MI13, issues 1-15
- Captain Britain and MI13 Annual #1
- the new Gambit series, issues 6 and 7
- Age of Heroes #1
Faiza only really makes cameos in the latter two, but it’s still worth reading to see her in action, especially because of just how amazing she is as a character and a person.
And stay tuned, because I’m also going to be the one talking about the series Captain Britain and MI13 and providing links to the issues. Once you’ve read it and realized how amazing it is, go out and buy it! Support Faiza and her friends and show Marvel how much you DO love British superheroes, so maybe we’ll get more on these characters!
Need to read this.