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Nu-Perspective: Rage

Art by Shawn Alleyne. Concept by Shawn Alleyne and Fabian Woods.

We’re getting closer to the end of September and Nu-Perspective has been dishing out the extra goodies all this month. We hope you’ve been enjoying this month’s theme of THE NEW WARRIORS so far!!!
Our penultimate entry is a character that could easily be written off as a joke, but in the hands of Nu-Perspective I think we could have something special. The kid known as RAGE!!! As usual, do yourself a favor and Google this entry, then let us know if you like what we did with our take. Then see you in a few days for another Nu-Perspective.

Nu-Perspective is a column focused on revamps and updates of various underdeveloped, underutilized and all-but-forgotten Nubian (black) characters specifically. We aim to showcase characters in fresh, contemporary and exciting ways both visually and story-wise. All characters are copyrights and trademarks of the respective publishers and creators. This column is used solely for artistic enjoyment.

Art by Shawn Alleyne. Concept by Shawn Alleyne and Fabian Woods.

Rage

Real Name: Elvin Daryl Haliday

Current Alias: Rage

Identity: Secret

Occupation: Vigilante, Student

Place of Birth:

Base of Operations:

Affiliations: New Warriors; Avengers (formerly probationary reservist)

First Appearance: Avengers #326 1990

Original Creators: Larry Hama, Paul Ryan

Story: At the tender age of 12, a tragic accident involving young Elvin being bathed in toxic waste gave him a superhumanly powerful adult body in a matter of months and granted him superhuman strength.. Elvin was compelled by his devoutly religious grandmother Granny Staples to use his new powers for good, and he became the vigilante Rage. He would later join the super-powered teenage crime-fighting team “New Warriors”, with Warriors leader Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher) eventually becoming Elvin’s legal guardian after Elvin’s grandmother was killed right before his eyes leaving him an orphan. Even when the New Warriors were disbanded – over and over again – Elvin remained ever committed to being the “anti-bully”, protecting those who could not protect themselves and a proud representative of the African-American community. This commitment extended all the way to Elvin even becoming a martyr under the racially prejudicial judicial system, where he suffered severe brain damage after being brutally attacked by inmates while incarcerated and left in a coma. He would meet his end when, after recovering from his coma, he perished during the symbiote-poison outbreak in Manhattan. Miraculously returning from the dead, Elvin comes back with a rejuvenated purpose. Learning the true secrets of his powers, Rage rejoins Night Thrasher and the old New Warriors, starting anew, seeking answers to his resurrection and dedicating himself to becoming a better role model in the vein of other Africa-American vigilantes.

Powers/Abilities: Elvin has the ability to increase his physical strength and durability proportionally to his emotional state, initially via intense feelings of anger or rage. (In his resurrected state Rage has become more serene, and now absorbs the intense emotions of his opponents) This power has made him impervious to small arms fire, blunt force impacts and even blades. This ability also enhances his speed and stamina far beyond normal human limits. Elvin also has accelerated healing (not a true regenerative healing factor), and his body physically increases in size to match his growth in strength. During his coma, and confirmed after his death and resurrection, the accident that gave Elvin his powers actually granted him access to the same extradimensional force that powers Hulks (the same way the gamma radiation triggered their mutations). By being indirectly connected to this inexhaustible “Hulk-force”, the upper limits of his strength and speed are unknown, but theoretically it can be on par with other Hulks. Unlike other Hulks however, he cannot maintain this state for very long, as he still has physical limitations on how much his body can accumulate and adapt to. In addition to his super-powers, Elvin also has some hand-to-hand training from both Captain America and Night Thrasher, which makes him a formidable brawler.

Paraphernalia/Weapons: N/A

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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.

More of Shawn’s work can be seen here:
FB: www.facebook.com/PyroglyphicsStudio
IG: @Pyroglyphics1
T: @ShawnAlleyneArt
E-mail: pyroglyphics1@comcast.net

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