Nu-Perspective, home of revamps and updates of various forgotten and under-developed Nubian (black) characters, is back a little later than expected but back none-the-less. And we’re closing out December with a new character, Chapel!!!
As always, we encourage you to employ the amazing world of Google and check out his original look and story, then let us know if you like what we did with him. Enjoy and catch you in a few with another Nu-Perspective.
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Real Name: Bruce Stinson
Current Alias: Chapel
Occupation: Supernatural Mercenary
Base of Operations: Mobile
Affiliations: Bloodstrike (formerly), Youngblood (formerly), Hell (formerly)
First Appearance: Youngblood #1 (1992)
Original Creators: Rob Liefeld
Story: Chapel was born in a prison in Joliet, Illinois, and was seen as the perfect soldier due to his willingness for extreme violence. Driven by an insatiable bloodlust, Chapel’s thirst for violence made it impossible to work with others, as he even turned against his own Youngblood teammates. The man who killed Albert “Al” Simmons out of professional jealousy, Chapel was directly responsible for turning his brother-in-arms into a Hellspawn. His rivalrous vendetta with Simmons drove him further insane, as he killed himself in order to be reborn as a powerful Hellspawn. Instead, Bruce was brought back as “Lord Chapel”, a Horseman of the Apocalypse. When he was separated from this creature, Chapel was resurrected under mysterious circumstances and returned as a woman named Gazer, only to be turned back to a man again and left feeling empty. He then teamed-up with Spawn to face his other half, Lord Chapel. Now a virtually unequaled supernatural bounty hunter and mercenary with no allegiance, Chapel’s goal is to rid the world of all angels, demons, men and gods who were formerly under Lord Chapel’s command and his own heel when he was Lord Chapel.
Powers/Abilities: Formerly granted enhanced physical attributes by chemical injections, Chapel is now an enigma. He is seemingly a type of undead via the same demonic sorcery, alchemy and resurrection used to create Hellspawn, but with a few tweaks. Unlike other Hellspawns who are fused with a sentient neural parasite made of necroplasm, Chapel appears to be the reverse, a “stillborn” necroplasm parasite given physical form and limitations and with the tattered soul of Bruce. Although not immortal, this reincarnation has rendered Chapel extremely hard to kill with only decapitation or divine weaponry able to finish him. He not only has supernatural levels of strength, speed, senses and durability, but also an unparalleled healing factor, with the caveat of painful regeneration. He can now also render himself intangible to mortal and supernatural attacks, and he can phase through solid matter. Chapel has also exhibited a small degree of telekinesis and telepathy to psychologically torture his targets. Chapel can now literally feed on violence and rage, even what he creates for himself to amplify his powers. As such, he is most vulnerable where there is little or no violent psychic energy. Chapel’s most prominent power is the ability to summon a myriad of bladed weapons and firearms of his own imagination from his being at will. The bladed weapons can slice through any Earthly metal and are durable enough to withstand strikes from divine and demonic counterparts. The guns fire necromantic energy, which is exhaustible after prolonged use, and would need to be rejuvenated over time. Due to his many years of military and guerilla training, Chapel is an exceptional marksman, strategist, tactician and combatant in both hand-to-hand and firearms.
Paraphernalia: Although Chapel’s body is a one-stop-shop for virtually any weapon he desires, he still fancies keeping (and using) a cache of military-grade weapons on Earth (and elsewhere) in safe houses.
Extra: Chapel seems to not be as bloodthirsty as before when it comes to harming humans but has no such limitations when it comes to his supernatural enemies.
Fabian Wood (Writer)
Hailing from the eastern-most Caribbean island of Barbados, Fabian Wood has long since been fascinated by the power of storytelling to inspire and invoke emotions – whether in film, comics or video games. No longer content to be just an avid comic book reader and videogamer, he’s eager to exercise his literary acumen as an aspiring writer and reviewer.
Shawn Alleyne (Freelance Skillastrator/Instructor)
Born and raised on the island of Barbados, Shawn later relocated to Philadelphia in his teens, where he has lived ever since. He is currently working in the demanding field of freelance art as a Writer, Illustrator and Instructor. Shawn constantly seeks to promote the arts, and so formed the comic book networking group Xion and the art group Artmada. Shawn’s personal work is produced under the Pyroglyphics Studios banner, a name roughly translated to “Hot Images”, meant to reflect his gritty self-taught style.