Crack a bottle and break it on a boat; this is character number 40 for the year…
RECAP: In November 2010, I participated in the 30 Characters Challenge and created 35 new characters. In December, I gave them all away (for the most part). I decided that one of my projects in 2011 would be to add to that list of 35 and, by December 2011, create 100 new characters total. Every Monday, I will post a new character. This is the fortieth:
Last week, when I posted Gryphon, I mentioned that I was looking at mythological monsters/characters and looking at ways to rethink them in terms of superhero costumes, powers, etc. for the modern era. Iconoclast isn’t a mythological character, obviously, but the thinking that went into creating Gryphon went into Iconoclast (and next week’s Rook), so I tend to think they’re related (in my head if not on paper).
Iconoclast was an operative of the Grand Inquisition, and took great pride in his work (killing heretics and other offenders of canon law) and was often seen covered in blood. The blood of many innocents started to…change him. He stopped aging and started to going mad, and as a result, he was excommunicated from the church. Soon after, he began to destroy churches…not just Roman Catholic ones, but other religions. He believes he is called by God to a higher mission; to raze the church so that only the strongest believers will be left standing. He has now turned his gaze to superheroes (and supervillians).
What I find interesting about this character is the religious aspect. I see him as more of a villain (one of those deranged types that believes what he’s doing is truly good and for the benefit of mankind), but I’m not trying to villainize religion. I’m trying to show extremism. Make no mistake; Iconoclast, when it’s all said and done, is a terrorist in the modern definition. He’s a character for the modern times, for the modern world because he reflects what we see outside our windows or on TV. I could have easily made him a Muslim and called him “Jihad,” but making him a European and drawing the parallel to the Inquisition gives this “full circle” kind of feeling (I wouldn’t call it closure, per se). We’re very shortsighted when it comes to history, so I hope I’m not the only one who sees this. It’s hubris on my part to take such a serious matter and make a comic book character out of it, but this has to be less offensive than War Heroes, right?
Interesting design note: I had him with a red cross on his chest, the bottom of which looked like a dagger or sword. I took that off only because in coming up with his history, I realized he would not serve Christianity, but his holy crusade.
NOTE: Due to weird HM usage rules, I’m not posting the images of the initial designs, so feel free to clicks the link to see them.
ARTISTS – If you’d like to take a swing at drawing the Iconoclast (daily sketch, etc), let me know so I can post your art here on the site!
#1-35: 30 Characters Challenge
#36: Effigy – aka, Christopher Sinclair
#37: Die Twenty
#38: The Gear(s)
#39: The Scout
#43: Agent Mummy
#45: Samhain (open source)
#46: Balor (open source)
#47: The Phantom Queen (open source)
#48: The Gaffer (open source)
#49: The Bloke (open source)
#50: The Bird (open source)
#51: Black Flag (open source)
#52: Strix (open source)
#53: Felidae (open source)
#54: Epitome (open source)
#55: Atom Master (open source)
#56: Lord Albion (open source)
#57: War Horse (Casino Criminale)
#58: Red Nova (Casino Criminale)
#59: Forsythe (Casino Criminale)
#60: Diana Dawn/Black Orchid (Casino Criminale)
#61: Robert Simon/Bobby Simone/Baffle (Casino Criminale)
#62: Dr. Zhang (Casino Criminale)
#63: Black Jaguar (Casino Criminale)
#64: Captain Freedom (Casino Criminale)
#65: Mike Dexter/Stump (Casino Criminale)
#66: The Puzzler (Casino Criminale)
#67: A Bunch of Bad Guys
#68: The Chillbillies of the Frozark Mountains
#69-72: The Scout Family
#74: The Gryphon
Next week, character number 76, The Rook!
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