100 Characters Challenge – #76 Rookon October 17, 2011 at 5:00 am
You may not even realize it, but for the past two weeks, you’ve all had access to characters 74-76 without even knowing it. I wonder how many of you actually noticed that the links were all live.
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 forty-first:
Who here remembers Pax Mundi? No? How about my version of Dagar, the Desert Hawk? Well, the Rook was a valued member of Pax Mundi who has now gone rogue. A mercenary assassin, he stands in direct opposition of what Pax Mundi stands for. Call him the Delsanteverse version of Deathstroke, the Terminator.
Now, the minor problem is that when you think of a rook, you think of a chess piece. If you’re well versed in comics, you’d naturally jump to DC’s Checkmate. I suppose that kind of comparison is inevitable and unavoidable, but that wasn’t the original character’s history. As I’ve mentioned the past two weeks, I created this guy at the same time as Iconoclast and the Gryphon. The idea behind the three of them was “modern mythology.” And again, like with Iconoclast, mythology has nothing to do with a rook. The idea came from me saying, “The rook is a pawn.” I know that Rook used to be an agent that got tired of being a pawn. I’m not sure who he was before, or what his name was or what his function was (yet), but I know that now, he is no longer a pawn. He’s moving up the hierarchy…perhaps, he’ll be a king?
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 Rook (daily sketch, etc), let me know so I can post your art here on the site! Only one person has ever taken me up on that offer (thank you, Johnny Bacardi), and I don’t know why I keep asking, but…it’s there if you want to.
#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 77, Argos!
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